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post #1 of 19
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How hard is it to install the big typhoon?
I have to take the mobo out right?
Do I have to take the mobo out when if I get a xp-120?
Is the big typhoon the best air cooler at the moment?
And where do I find out if it fits in my case?
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post #2 of 19
Yes you have to take out the mobo to install the Big Typhoon because there are metal clips that need to be fixed on the rear side.
It's really not hard to install it at all if you follow the instructions.
I have a Mini-ATX and it didn't fit. It was slightly touching the PSU.

I think it has a diameter of around 122mm. So take that and divide it by 2 to get the radius and you get 66mm.
What I did was I measured the distance from the center of my cpu to my psu (since it was the closest component to the cpu). I got 65mm (which is less than 66mm). I knew it was a tight fit but I gave it a try. Alas !
I'd say you need at least 75mm from the center of the cpu to the psu to have it fit on your system.
Don't worry too much about other components that are close to the cpu (such as the northbridge) because the Big Typhoon will normally rise above it as it has heat pipes.

From what I hear, the Big Typhoon is one of the best air coolers around. It's the closest you can get to water cooling.
If my memory serves me right, I think the heat pipes have a coolant that runs inside them (they are not solid blocks of copper).
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post #3 of 19
it depends on what type of backplate your mobo currently has. I didn't have to take my mobo out to intall mine because because my mobo already had a compatable backplate installed. After that it was just putting it on and screwing it down. it is a little hard to screw in because you have to do it from an angle... bad design, but it's not too bad. easy enough with just a regular screwdriver as long as you are careful and go slowly.
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it depends on what type of backplate your mobo currently has. I didn't have to take my mobo out to intall mine because because my mobo already had a compatable backplate installed. After that it was just putting it on and screwing it down. it is a little hard to screw in because you have to do it from an angle... bad design, but it's not too bad. easy enough with just a regular screwdriver as long as you are careful and go slowly.
How do you know if the backplate is compatible???
I have the premium so to me it would seem as if they would have the same backplate.
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post #5 of 19
yeah wired i just ordered one too (seeing how newegg.com had them for $30.00) but i was wondering about the mounting and how it actually screwed in. I assumed that the two screw's would be just like the vapochill micro (the two screws that hold the bracket in place.
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post #6 of 19
If you have a socket 939 board, you don't need to take out the backplate. All you have to do it remove the stock bracket and put in two screws. That is it. The screws were short for me so I had to go buy some.
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post #7 of 19
thanx im not as worried now - how about you Tweak
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post #8 of 19
hello
i was thinking of buying a Tt big typhoon but i saw on some reviews that it can only fit some mobo, i have a k8v-se deluxe, was wondering wheteher it would fit?
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post #9 of 19
hey, well check out tt's website I think they have a compatability chart.

there are 2 main things w/ the big typhoon that affect compatibility.
1. it mounts using an H clip. as long as the H clip doesn't hit anything, you're good to go
2. it is tall! you need to have a case that is wide enough to house it.
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post #10 of 19
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Well I got it installed and it was easy IMO.
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