CoolIT Freezone CPU Cooler
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 02-28-2007
Provided by: CoolIT

Installing the Freezone was actually much easier than I anticipated. You will need to remove the motherboard from your system, however, in order to install the four standoffs used to secure the retention bars. The standoffs should be installed in this order: place one of the included nylon washers on the standoff, place the standoff into the motherboard hole, then place another washer before threading the screw on the underside of the motherboard. Repeat this for each standoff and tighten the screws / standoffs.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to clean any thermal grease from your processor. Now, place the Fluid Heat Exchanger on your processor and align the retention bars in an "X" pattern as seen above. Once you have both bars in place, use the included thumb screws and secure the bars down tightly.

If the computer case you are using has a 92mm exhaust fan port you are in luck. Simply line up the fan on the Freezone to the rear exhaust port on your case and secure it with the four screws provided. If you have a 120mm fan mount, such as the one on the case I will be using, you are required to install a mounting bracket first. You can see I did this in the photos above, but if you look closely at the last picture, you can see that the 92mm screw holes do not line up with the hole in my case. I suspect the reason for this is because I cut out the original fan grill that was built into the case and perhaps my cutting skills aren't what they should be :)

The fix for this was easy enough; just mount the adapter to the fan, then secure the adapter to the case and voila, I am done. All that is left to do now is mount and connect the MTEC Thermal Control Module.

The Thermal Control Module is responsible for controlling power to the TECs and also has three fan headers. The back of the TCM has double-sided sticky tape, allowing you to mount the module anywhere in your system. I chose to mount mine in the lower portion of the case, directly behind the front 120mm intake fan. The module is powered by a single 4-pin Molex connector. Move ahead as we wrap up installation and put the Freezone to the test...

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