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Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Spire Coolers

3. Installation

The installation process of all KestrelKing series coolers is very easy. Although there are retention brackets in the retail box, with some motherboards you will not need to replace the default retention bracket already installed on the motherboard. For example, from among the motherboards we have in our labs, the ASUS A8V and the ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboards required that we remove the default retention brackets because the KestrelKing V is slightly larger. Conversely, with the ABIT Fatal1ty AN8, the KestrelKing coolers fit without problems.

The following pictures demonstrate the whole installation process.

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Step 1: unscrew the existing retention bracket

 

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Step 2: replace the plastic back plate with the provided metalic one

Spire engineers have done a very good job with their assembly system. The KestrelKing V uses 2 metalic clips. The fan is fitted on the motherboard by applying slight pressure.

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Easy assembly / disassembly clip

On the other hand, the KestrelKing VI uses the same clip that the stock AMD cooler has. No pressure is needed to fit the fan on the motherboard.

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Similar to the default assembly / disassembly retention clip




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