The RVT-12025 comes with mounts for AMD and LGA775, a 4-pin PWM to 3-pin fan connector adapter and some thermal goop.
Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad
Asus P5K Deluxe Wifi-AP
OCZ ReaperX PC2-6400 4 gig kit
Zotac geForce 8600GTS
Rosewell Xtreme 850 watt PSU
Silverstone KL-01 case
I will be using the Intel LGA775 mounts on the cooler.
Installation is too simple, merely screw the push-pin mounts on the base for Intel use, or place the bracket on top of the base for AMD use. Put the “spoiler” that is included with the 12025 in place.
Prepare the cooler base by cleaning with isopropyl alcohol and a coffee filter. Prepare the CPU heatspreader by cleaning off the old thermal goop (disregard if a new installation) and clean with isopropyl alcohol. If you are using the thermal compound included with the cooler, place an even amount across the cooler base. I will be using Arctic Silver 5.
NOTE>>>WHEN USING ARCTIC SILVER 5 OR OTHER THERMAL COMPOUND DESIGNED TO BE SPREAD OUT BY THE COOLER BASE, WITH AN EXPOSED HEATPIPE CPU COOLER, YOU MUST PHYSICALLY SPREAD A THIN LAYER OF COMPOUND ACROSS THE CPU SURFACE. THE BASE WILL NOT PROPERLY SPREAD THE COMPOUND ACROSS THE HEATSPREADER, AND WILL PREVENT PROPER COOLING
Install the cooler by placing the push-pins in the holes in the motherboard, push two opposite pins at the same time until each “click”, then push the other two. Do not push just one pin at a time, as you may damage your CPU or the push pins.
I have come to really dislike the Intel push pins, and the ones on the 12025 are the tightest I have seen so far. I have always been very careful handling my motherboards, and it really scares me pushing those pins. When installing the RVT-2025 I was wondering which click I would hear first, the click of the pin locking, or the click of the motherboard snapping. Make sure you use all nine offsets when mounting your motherboard to get as much support as you can.
Plug in the cooler fan, and you're done.
This is a tall cooler. The ends of the heatpipes are within an inch of the window. But it is fairly light, and it really doesn't seem to be putting any real strain on the push pins or motherboard.