Let’s start with the socket 2011 mounting process. First you will need to fit the screw into the socket on the board:
These can be tightened with a wrench if needed, but it is not necessary. Then the block can be placed on top of the CPU. Remember to remove the plastic wrapped on the base and also add TIM. X99 needs a surprising amount of TIM and while you don’t need the TIM spread to completely cover the IHS it usually does give very slightly better results if it does cover the IHS completely.
Then tighten the nuts in a cross pattern a turn or two at a time, repeating until the tension feels appropriate but not overly tight. The end result should look like this:
Once fitted to an X99 board then the socket is still visible beyond the mounting bracket. This is the downside to a small elegant block and bracket.
Also distracting are the thumb nuts when coupled with the silver screws. We had hoped Koolance would improve these from the CPU-380 because we find that the screw thread coming through the centre of the nut is more ugly than some of the competition’s designs. The advantage of course is that you can fine tune the pressure more than a block where the thumb nuts will bottom out and prevent you from applying too much pressure.
However if you tighten enough that the screw head shows through then that just looks ugly. We found results were far better on X99 when the nuts were tightened enough to poke through the thumb nut. In other words we believe that it would look better if Koolance shaved 5mm off of these screws.
Now let’s try mounting socket 115X. First off you’ll need to mount the backplate. The first step is to lay down the protective rubber washer making sure to align it with the holes and socket:
Then go around in a crosswise pattern tightening each thumb nut a turn or two at a time until you are comfortable with the mounting pressure. Do not over tighten!
So now that we’ve mounted the block, let’s take a look at performance!