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Written by: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy
Posted: August 15, 2006
Supplied by: Scythe USA
Price: About $45
The Monster Finds Its Home
Once inside, it was pretty obvious that the Mine Cooler would fit without problems. I removed the Thermalright XP-120 Heatsink (pic). My old heatsink was not equipped for overclocking and did not have a fan directly attached to the aluminum. Instead it relied on two very closely mounted 120mm fans that acted as intake and exhaust to outside air. I kept this ventilation system in place for the new Mine Cooler.
After replacing the aftermarket plastic fan carrier and re-installing the Lotes OEM piece on the motherboard, I had to install the tension mechanism that secures the heatsink in place. The smallest accessories in the package were spring loaded clips that were installed by pressing them firmly into the Galaga heatsink. The other side of these clips grabbed loosely onto three tabs on each side of the heatsink mounting mechanism on the motherboard. Finally a generous turn of the lever on the clips compressed the spring and locked the heatsink firmly against the CPU. The installation kit did include a bit of thermal paste which was used to lightly cover the CPU prior to mounting the heatsink. A three-pin fan connector was used for power, which for me was a stretch to reach (next to the PS2 connectors because I'm using the closer connections for the 120mm fans).
The spring clips
When Things Go Wrong
On the first attempt to boot up, the PC did not power up. Nothing happened in fact. I am not sure if this issue is related to the early AN8-32X motherboard or the power supply which I recently replaced, but after flipping the PSU power switch a few times, it fired up. The fan was so quiet on the first boot that I had to check several times before deciding for sure that it was even moving. It's that quiet -- especially amongst the loud fan on the BFG 7800GT and the other case fans. Once in Windows XP, I setup Everest to do some basic stability tests and monitor temperatures.