Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Asus P5K Deluxe Wifi
OCZ Reaper PC2-6400 2 gig kit
Kingwin Mach1 800w PSU
I will be testing the Revolution on my brand new Q6600 Core 2 Quad, which means I will be using the Intel hardware, and not the AMD K8. The AMD mount looks very similar to that on other AMD coolers I have, so I will assume that it fits AMD processors just fine.
There is an instruction booklet included, and I will be using it. I usually don't, but I have found over my years of reviewing that it usually pays to read a CPU cooler instruction manual. Though, the RVT-9225 instruction booklet is poorly translated, the illustrations are excellent and self explanatory.
Assembly couldn't be more simple. Just install each “leg” to the bottom of the base with the two screws provided. Be sure not to put the leg on the adhesive protective film that covers the base.
Next, install the “spoiler”. Using it is a good idea on any motherboard, since most of them now have most of the capacitors located behind the CPU area. With heatpipe passive cooling on the Asus P5K, I would say that using it is mandatory.
You can put the spoiler at any level from bottom to top of the radiator. I put it just below half way, to catch as much air as possible, but still blowing towards the motherboard.
The instructions didn't help at all here… just look closely at the splits in the fins. The center section goes below the spoiler and the two sections beside it go above. The holes in the spoiler will lock onto the round protrusions on those two sections.
Then, remove the protective film from the heatsink base, and clean it. I use 91% isopropyl alcohol and a coffee filter. The alcohol is about the purest I can find and a coffee filter makes the perfect lint-free cleaning cloth. Even if you don't drink coffee, you get like 250 of them for less than a buck.
Now, I'm rather stuck. With every CPU cooler that I have ever reviewed, I either started out with Arctic Silver 5, or started with the included thermal compound and replaced it with AS5 because I didn't like the results. I really don't know how AS5 is going to work using it by the Core 2 Quad instructions. I'm going to try it, and if it doesn't work satisfactorily, I will try the white goop supplied by Kingwin.
Installation is also pretty easy. Remove the old cooler (if applicable), and clean the old thermal compound. Once again, I use the isopropyl alcohol and coffee filters, but if the old compound is particularly tough, I use Oops or Goof-Off. Both are xylol based solvents and are safe to use on your heat spreader. If you use one of these, follow up with a thorough cleaning with the alcohol, as xylol leaves a film behind.
Next, apply the thermal compound as per manufacturer's instructions. You see that I have applied AS5 the way that AS recommends use on an Intel Quad Core.
Gently place the heatsink on the CPU surface, with the fan blowing through the radiator towards the rear of the case. Make sure that the pins are lined up with the holes in the motherboard. Gently twist the cooler clockwise and counter-clockwise a tiny bit (you are supposed to after the cooler is mounted, but it is so tight that you really can't move it).
Then, ensure that the pins are ready to be locked. Take a flat head screwdriver and gently turn the pin heads opposite from the arrows on the top of them until they stop. Then, simultaneously gently press opposite pins into the motherboard until they “click”. If one doesn't lock into the board, stop, unlock the other by turning in the direction of the arrow with the screwdriver. Once one pair is locked, repeat with the other two. NOTE: DO NOT PRESS ONE PIN AT A TIME, OR BOTH PINS ON THE SAME SIDE! If the split pins on the bottom aren't lined up properly with the motherboard holes, you will very likely split the pins and it won't go into the motherboard. You may distort them or damage them.
Once again, try to very gently twist the cooler clockwise and counter-clockwise. You won't move it much, but you are trying to eliminate any bubbles or voids in the AS5. Plug the fan into the proper fan port and you're done.
Time to do some testing.