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Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 CPU Cooler Installation

What is in the box?
1x 120(W)x50(D)x158mm(H) H.D.T.(Heat-pipe Direct Touch) Heat-sink CPU cooler
1x 1500rpm 120mm "Hypro bearing" fan
1x User Manual/Warranty card
1x non-capacitive thermal paste pouch
1x Xigmatek Gaia bolt-threw installation kit

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Installation kit:
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Thermal Paste:
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Installation

1) The center foam pad will need to be removed depending on which socket you are using:

AM2(+)/AM3(+), 775:
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1155/1156, 1366:
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2) Remove any existing CPU back-plate from motherboard and install Xigmatek Gaia Backplate, being sure to line up with the mounting holes on motherboard.
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3) From the front side of motherboard, insert insulating washer then the "knurled" nut. Hand tighten until backplate is firmly in place.

*This step is depicted partially completed for clarity*
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4) Apply Thermal Paste in two thin, symmetrical lines across aluminum portion of heat-sink base.
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5) After cleaning CPU surface, install heat-sink, making sure to line up holes with the bolts mounted on back-plate. secure with T-type nuts:
*Mounting bracket acts as a spring, it will bend slightly*
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6) Gently pull rubber anti-vibration fan mounts through fan mounting holes using pliers
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7) Feed each rubber mount threw the side of the heat-sink, being mindful of RAM module clearance.
*Tall memory modules may or may not interfere with heat-sink fan installation*
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Plug fan into desired power source and enjoy
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Can't reply your PM because I reached my limit of 2 PMs/day..

What I meant is I can't remove the T-type nuts showed in Picture 5..
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thanks for this. I have a question though. I'm installing it on a MSI Z87-G45 with i5-4670K. There is a cpu backplate on the board, you're saying I should remove that? But isn't it attached to the cpu mount on the front side of the board? It seems that removing it will also remove the cpu mount (socket).

Also, the foam pad, the instructions mention to remove it for 1155, what about 1150? Same? What's the harm in leaving it in place?
 

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Nono, the small backplate on new Intel sockets should stay on; just remove the foam cutout on the xigmatec backplate. Basically the Intel backplate will go inside the xigmatec one . If you don't remove the foam pad, the xigmatec backplate will be putting all the pressure on the Intel one instead of the motherboard, causing the backplate to stick out too far and possibly warp the board when you tighten it all down.
 

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thanks. I figured that. However I installed it with the foam insert in place. my system is running great so far. and nice and quiet. anything for me to be concerned about?
 
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