The CPU-Cooler is the same design as before with a very high cross-platform compatibility and the sensible half-moon design inside the CPU-Cooler.
The CPU-cooler viewed from above
Mounting was relatively easy and requires you to remove the motherboard from your case unless your case allows you access to the underside of the CPU socket area.
The CPU-cooler viewed from the side
However, not every motherboard gives you sufficient space to mount this cooler around your socket which means you have to modify the cooler, usually by cutting/filing/sanding away one of the Socket 754 holes (outer, center holes). This naturally can be risky as micro-fractures can develop of the cooler and, obviously, you can no longer use the holes you cut away to mount this cooler in a different system in the future.
Some problems mounting the CPU cooler
Asetek were good enough to supply an alternative acrylic cover for the CPU Cooler, which is simply bolted onto the copper base and also supplied the tool to do this with.
Extra acrylic top for CPU-cooler
The Chipset Cooler
The chipset cooler is fairly simple and was absolutely painless to mount. It took me significantly longer to get the existing chipset cooler off than to get this one on. Some Epox motherboards (some friends also tell me MSI has some motherboards) don’t use holes for mounting their chipset coolers, but rather use a small metal loops and a sprung metal bar over the cooler to mount and hold it in place. Asetek have supplied plastic cords to mount the cooler on such motherboards so this isn’t a problem.
The VGA Cooler
The VGA cooler is an interesting design, to say the least. It certainly is different from the previous VGA cooler from Asetek. The nice thing is that you only loose one PCI slot next to the AGP card and if your mainboard, like this Epox 8KRD3+ has a gap between the AGP and first PCI slot, then you don’t actually loose any slots. My NIC and SoundBlaster Live! Cards fit very snugly into that slot.
This cooler will mount of just about all current performance VGA cards:
- Geforce 2/3/4/FX
- Radeon 9700, 9800.
I am not sure if it will not also fit on the Radeon 9600 or not, from the pictures I see on the web, it should. But you better examine and compare your Radeon 9600 to a 9700 or 9800 to see if the holes are identical.