It didn't test any better[hardwaresecrets.com] than the LQ-315, which I'm quite sure is because Zalman is still using a single fan to try to get air through a 2" radiator, a problem you seem to have adequately remedied.
Still one of the top coolers and an excellent value at this price.
Excellent bang for the buck. But the install instructions are very poor.
If installing on i5 or i7 processor make sure to install the pins that screw the
pump down towards the inside of the bracket. You can install them in either
the outer or inner position the outer position is for the 1366 and the inner
position is for 1155/1156. This is not labelled on the bracket but makes
all the difference. If you install the screwdown pins in the outer position on
an i5/i7 processor all 4 screws will not line up properly with the backplate.
Don't spend an hour trying to force it like I did. LOL
It's the same mounting system as the Antec, same backplate. I expect the same OEM makes both.
I managed to get the top bracket right but the the pins on the bottom bracket didn't go completely through the motherboard causing the screws to tighten down on the motherboard instead of the pins. Since the case I was using had the back of the motherboard inaccessible, and you can't see it from the top, this went unnoticed causing the water block to only contact the CPU on one side. In spite of this it still cooled about 12C better than the Antec 620. This is the fourth time I've installed one of these.
Insidentally, don't use the double sticky foam on the back plate. This is the same stuff that rips the sheetrock off your walls and makes removing the backplate a PITA and the stuff never comes off completely.
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