Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual CPU Cooler Review

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Installation

To get the installation kicked off, users will need to locate the backplate and the correct screws. Users installing the backplate onto an Intel motherboard/CPU will want to make sure they have the screws in the proper position inside the hole as this is a multi-fit backplate.

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Once you have the screws in their correct placement which is dependent on your system type, you can go ahead and put it on the back of the motherboard, pushing the screws through to the front.

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Once the screws are showing on the front side of the motherboard, you can now use the corresponding thumb screws to secure it in place.

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The thumb screws you just installed also act as mounting holes for the front plate/bracket. Just go ahead and set the bracket on top of the thumb screws and then use the correct black screws to secure it into place.

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At this point, you should now have all the mounting hardware in place so you can work on getting the FES14D installed into place. Now you will want to go ahead and apply your thermal paste, set the FES14D on top of the CPU, pass the retention bracket through the cooler on the topside of the base plate and screw it down on both sides, job done! Well, most of it anyway.

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Depending on the RAM you are using, its heatsink and the quantity of modules, you may run into some compatibility issues. As you will see below, I was able to make use of the number 1 RAM slot as my RAM does not have any heatsinks on it, I was even able to install the RAM in said slot whilst the cooler was already in place. However, you will notice, if I had left the original heatsinks on, the RAM would not have fit into any of the slots. This is something to bear in mind when buying any air CPU cooler and should not put you off from this model.

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