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CPU cooler screw-down advice

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by robn, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. robn

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    I've picked up one of the highly rated Akasa Nero S CPU coolers, and I'm using it on my X58 board.

    I need advice on how much to tighten the bolts into its back plate.

    It uses 4 bolt-thru-spring things to screw into its back plate, like this freedom tower. Only the last 1/4" of each bolt is threaded, the remainder is a wider smooth shaft to fit the spring.

    Obviously it can only be tightened up the threaded section anyway. Should I screw it all the way? The installation leaflet doesn't specify!
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    I've always screwed it down as tight as i could. The thing bout bolt-thru kits is they're supposed to apply alot more and equal pressure to your CPU so that heat transfer is improved. But like i said i've always tightened it to the point where i'd have to apply an obsurd amount of pressure to get it any tighter. You'll know when as it just doesn't seem like it'll screw in any further.
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    with the spring type you normally tighten to the point where it would seem knuckleheaded to tighten any more.
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    Ok, nice one. Thanks guys.
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    I tighten them like when putting the lugs on when putting a tire on. Hand tighten first in a criss-cross pattern then a 1/2 circle turn with a screw driver or socket wrench in the same criss-cross pattern to make sure equal pressure is used.
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    This is some awesome advice IMO. :toast:

    Edit: @Ken - Your avy is making me stare at the Cubbies more and more. On second thought, those aren't cubbies, those are full blown Bears!!!
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    :laugh:The C and the S really stand out:roll:
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