As always, the packaging -- so that you know what to look for in the stores. Everything is packaged and bundled safely in the carton.
A bit of a shortcoming with the cooling solution is that you can't swap out the factory installed fan and replace it with your own (silent) fan. We spot a bucket load of common components delivered with the package, which usually indicates a nasty installation procedure.
Thermal Grease (ZM-STG2)
Gold Bolts (Socket 1366)
Silver Bolts (Socket 1156/775/AMD)
Nut (Slide) Caps
So summed up, once unboxed you'll spot the cooling unit consisting of the heatsink assembly, fan and brackets + back plate that support a wide range of AMD and Intel processors. A little thermal paste is included as well. Also included is a special screwdriver slash wrench, extra long, we'll show you why later on in the article.
The cooler is nice and big at dimensions of 94(L) x 131(W) x 152(H)mm. It weighs 755g. The fan can be used in PWM mode controlled by your motherboard, you can have it rotate at 100% or you can use a resistor wire (included) which makes the fan spin at a maximum of 1500 RPM, which we totally recommend noise/perf wise.
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