Shadow Rock Slim Installation
I’ve ranted about be quiet!’s CPU cooler installation method in all our previous reviews, so I guess it’s time to do that again. Let’s take a look at the process first.
The first step is to place the bolts in the correct sockets for your CPU. In the case of Intel LGA 1150, you want to use the middle socket of the 3 that are in each corner. The foam will hold the bolts in place, at least until it starts to wear out after several installations. This has been our experience in the past with brackets like this, but if you’re only installing it once or twice, you should be fine.
Next, place the bracket under the motherboard, and hold it in place with the four plastic clips. The bolts are grooved to ensure they stay in place. That’s the theory, anyway…
Next install the correct clips to the CPU contact base, and install the four nuts and bolts, again making sure to use the correct sockets.
Now comes the hard part. Place the heatsink on the CPU (don’t forget to apply thermal paste!) and from the other side of the motherboard, fasten the bolts into the nuts that are installed on the heatsink. This is easier said than done, especially if the motherboard is installed in a case. I can’t express thoroughly enough how frustrating it can be to have the clips fall off during installation, and for the bolts to fall right out. If you can, I highly recommend doing this with the motherboard outside the case. If you do it that way, you can place the heatsink upside-down and fasten the bolts from the other side.
Otherwise, it’s just a case of fidgeting around with it until you get it installed properly.