Thermaltake V1 CPU CoolerMakaveli - June 3, 2007
On the bottom of the heatsink, you’ll see a clear plastic film stuck to it to prevent scratches and to keep it clean from any dust or other materials, which would disrupt perfect contact between the heatsink and the processor. Also, notice the fan port and a fan RPM dial which means that you can change the fan speed from “High” to “Low”.
Remember that white box we saw earlier? Well that’s your box of goodies. Inside of it, you can find the instructions, mounting brackets and thermal paste.
Installing the CPU cooler was very easy, but it is also very easy to mess up and not get the right contact. The very first thing you need to do is to take 90% rubbing alcohol, a few Q-tips and wipe off all the current thermal paste on your CPU. It should be almost perfectly clean so that you can easily read the writing on the top of the processor.
After it’s all clean, you should get the cooler ready to snap into place, by getting the brackets installed on the heatsink. To do this, line up the brackets on the board so that you know where to install them on the heatsink and screw the brackets into place. Now, apply a new, thin coat of thermal paste on the processor. I used “Ceramique” by Arctic Silver and used a credit card to smooth it out evenly. Install the heatsink so the fan is horizontal and the fan cables dangle on your video card. Push the pins into their respective holes and turn them the way the arrow points, so that they lock into place on the motherboard. The picture on the left shows you what the brackets should look like on the heatsink and the picture on the right shows the cooler installed.
Plug in the fan cable and turn on your computer; the fan lights up blue when it’s on.