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post #11 of 18
There are a lot of people who have an unfounded fear of larger heatsinks. The motherboard's PCB is a lot tougher then people think, and the risk of damaging your motherboard with the D14 is incredibly slim.

IMO the only danger from larger heatsinks like the D14 is if you accidentally drop your computer. Due to the larger nature of the heatsink it will have more momentum behind it in the event of a drop. So as long as you don't plan on dropping your computer it'll be fine. wink.gif
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post #12 of 18
like what I said before just be careful with the installation. I remember posting years ago that those big coolers are safe to install and only an idi0t would break his board. to my surprise there's a lot of people who actually broke their boards with these coolers. a friend of mine killed his board when installing the Silver Arrow. I have no idea how he did it tbh lol
post #13 of 18
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yay so there's a chance that i might break my board lol. anyways im getting it sooner. thanks
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post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by kelvintheiah View Post
yay so there's a chance that i might break my board lol. anyways im getting it sooner. thanks
A very very very VERY small chance. I literally JUST installed one of these suckers this weekend, and it really isn't as heavy as you would think. I felt 100% confident that it wasn't going to break my board, besides the mounting system it comes with is pretty awesome, seems to support it extremely well.
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post #15 of 18
Install on these is really straightforward. The instructions are actually good. I wouldn't worry about your board.
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post #16 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by kelvintheiah View Post
yay so there's a chance that i might break my board lol. anyways im getting it sooner. thanks
is there a chance you'll break your board if you have a D14 installed on your motherboard and you drop your computer from a height of 5 feet? yeah, you'll most likely break your board. is there a chance you'll break your board if you have a D14 properly installed and motherboard properly secured to the tray in your case, and you take care of your computer and don't drop your case? no, your board will never break simply due to the weight of the D14.
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post #17 of 18
i have similar concerns about the weight of high end air coolers.

maybe a simple support bracket could be fashioned out of steel wire to support the coolers weight?
    
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post #18 of 18
You don't need a bracket. In fact, if you're not careful a bracket can distort the heatsink mount and worsen your temps.

The D14 has the best mount of all the coolers. But all the good mounts share this: they make a motherboard sandwich, which makes it strong. Also, the motherboard is secured by three screws at the top. It's not going to move.

And even if it did move, the motherboard would bend, not break.

I've carried my rig up and down the basement steps many times with Megahalems, Z600R, Mugen 2 and D14, and zero problems.
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