Intel Core i5 661 Processor
Thermaltake Silent 1156 CPU Cooler
EVGA H55 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 2x 2GB
Patriot Torqx 64 GB SSD
BFG 550 Power Supply
Lite-On Optical Drive
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Case
Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit
As you can see, the 1156 is a great deal bigger than the retail Intel heatsink but not too big compared to some other sinks on the market. The copper base of the heatsink is relatively smooth but does not have a polished mirror finish.
The actual installation was a breeze. The Silent 1156 uses the same Intel retail style push-pins so if you can install that, this isn't any different. Simply secure the two brackets to the base of the heatsink using two screws per side and you are ready to go.
I used Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste for this installation. After cleaning the processor and the base of the heatsink with isopropyl alcohol, I applied the thermal paste then positioned the heatsink over the processor and secured it using the push-pins.
The heatsink looks good with the hardware and since it isn't very large, there was no interference with the memory modules or nearby motherboard components.
Move along as we put the 1156 to the test!