The backplate handles both Intel and AMD installations. Each side of the backplate is marked with the name of the company, so you simply flip it until you can read the name ‘AMD’ or ‘Intel. We are using an Asus Sandybridge board for the installation page, although we will test on an X58 board later in the review.
The instruction manual is a lesson on how companies should write their guides, because it is basically foolproof. The first phase requires four bolts to be threaded through to the front of the motherboard.
These are then held in place, by screwing through into four plastic spacers, as seen above.
Two mounting adapters are then fitted onto the bolts, this acts as a mounting base for the main heatsink.
Both of these brackets are held in place by broad screwheads. The plastic shroud on the OCK is removed for the fitting procedure.
Two spring mounted screws are bolted onto the main heatsink from the underside of the supporting brackets.
The heatsink is then bolted into the mounting brackets as shown above. When the screws are fully in, the fitting mechanism stops you from turning them further.
The plastic shroud can then be refitted over the heatsink (check the airflow direction) and the single fan cable connected to the CPU header on the motherboard. This is one of the most straightforward fitting processes I have experienced, taking only a few minutes to complete.