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HELP - Zalman CNPS9500 + GA-P35-DS3L to fit together ...

post #1 of 9
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Hi Guys,

I am trying to put together a Zalman CNPS9500 with a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, but there is a big gap between the clip and the clip-support as you can see on this picture:

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I was thinking about getting a longer screw or bending the clip ..., but I do not wanna force it. What should I do to fix it?

thx
post #2 of 9
Not certain but I think thats normal.
It allows it to put pressure on the cpu to ensure good contact.
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Hi.

That gap is supposed to be there - it provides the tension that increases the pressure that the HS is putting on the IHS

Note: You may want to make a couple of dry-runs (no TIM) so that you can place the HSF in the right place on the first go. You don't really want to be moving it about once it is seated and you start to tighten the screws. <edit> oopsies.... just placement, not TIM...

First, make certain that the mobo is on a stable/sturdy surface.

Start with one screw and seta it about 1 turn.
Move the the other side - whilst gently but firmly holding the HSF use your screwdriver to push the 2nd screw into place, then tighten one turn.
Once you have that done, then rotate back and forth from one screw to the other until the unit is fully seated. Alternating keeps the pressure consistent across the surfaces.

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I do not know. It looks way too much for me. I found a newegg review post and he could easily fit together.

"Pros: Elegant design, well made, very quiet, easy to install. Fit easily on GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L mobo inside Cooler Master Centurion RC-534-SKN2-GP case. No interference by other mobo parts whatsoever."
post #5 of 9
The tension is intentional.

There is some force required, but it should be controlled so you do not slip, skip or scrape.

If you feel the tension is too much, you could always bend the bracket slightly so that there is less of a bow to it. I wouldn't do that too much however, as the tension does pay a part in thermal transfer from one surface to another.

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post #6 of 9
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Ok thx, I am going to try it gently
post #7 of 9
yeah just START one side then go to the other and screw it down then go back to the side you started to secure it
post #8 of 9
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Ok it is done thx everybody
post #9 of 9
Yea, I was afraid of that too. Good to see you got it fixed.

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