I love it when a build comes together. Compared to the XP-120 this was a piece of cake.
Corsair needs to mention in the instructions that extra set of screws it comes with that just happen to thread perfectly into the stock AM3 backplate. Here I was not happy with needing to replace the good steel plate with a plastic one, and lo and behold, didn't have to remove the mainboard and all structural reinforcement is intact. Sweet!
Config as exhaust with corsair fan pushing and antec tricool that came with the case pulling. Also I'm betting it helped that I slid the retention bracket over the pump first and both made contact and screwed it down all at once. No lifting, no twisting, no goofing up that expensive TIM they put on it.
Once I figure out why prime95 hates my computer so much I'll know what the high temp is. Sometimes it works, sometimes it gets in a conflict and locks the computer at 800MHz. It won't let me do anything but move the mouse and very carefully click to stop the workers. I did manage to get it to run for 15 minutes a little bit ago and it peaked at 50C IHS and 52C core in a 26C ambient room. Not too shabby at 3.6GHz/1.4v. Linpack doesn't even get it hot, I don't have enough RAM... now that the ambient is down to 23C (opened a window...) IHS stops rising at 41C and core at 48C. Sweet. A heck of a lot better than the high 50s IHS and mid 60s core I had on the XP in that test, ick.
Used the Tt one last time... its wire adapter allows getting power and ground from molex but splits and sends just the rpm lead to the board so I can see it in speedfan. Fewer worries. This board does funky things on the fan connectors even when qfan is off.
Edit: 24C ambient, OCCT gives 47C IHS and 50C core. Linpack a little hotter in charts below. I love headroom!Edited by Iroh - 2/20/10 at 10:36pm