How To Install Frio OCK on LGA1055
The Frio OCK comes with an extremely well designed kit to hold all its installation components:
Everything is clearly labeled on the box itself, and the compartments keep everything neatly arranged. I have to say, this is the best install kit I’ve come across in a while. If you are on LGA 2011 platform, you can receive a free kit here. You will need to provide a copy of your heatsink invoice, as well as proof that you actually own an LGA 2011 motherboard. The LGA 2011 kit consists of four dual-sided bolts that work with the existing Intel bracket.
As for the installation itself, it is almost 100% tool free, but not quite. We’ll quickly take you through the steps on an LGA 1155 motherboard:
First you will need to set up the back plate the right way, with the “Intel” side facing out. In the picture above, I put the four “long bolts” into place, but you actually won’t want to do it this way, because they will fall out as soon as you flip the motherboard over.
Instead, you will want to screw on the four black pegs one at a time. I am used to pegs like these just sitting on top of the bolts, but these ones actually screw into place.
Once those are in place, simply place the two “Intel” brackets on top of them, and secure them with the four included nuts. This is all done without the use of tools so far. I should note here that the brackets are designed so you can actually still remove the CPU if you need to – they don’t get in the way of the socket lever.
From there, it’s just a matter of applying some thermal paste, and placing the heatsink on top. This is the one time you will need to use a screwdriver, to secure the bolts fully. They are mounted with springs, and will stop when the washer reaches the bottom, so you won’t have to worry about over tightening them (unless you are incredibly heavy-handed).
From here, simply pop the fan shroud into place, and you’re done! Both fans use the same header (3 pin only).
The Frio OCK can be installed rotated 90 degrees, which you might have to do if you run into clearance problems somehow. With this particular board, you will not be able to use memory with tall heatsinks, such as Corsair Vengeance or Crucial Ballistix Elite. Instead, you will need to use a low profile product such as Kingston HyperX.
On the next page, we’ll find out how this beast performs!