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Danamics LM10 - Liquid metal put to the test - Mounting the cooler

Some of you might want to know how to install your LM10, would you have misplaced your user's manual or just happen to be curious. Either way, we've assembled a small guide showing you how to do it the hard way, the ReturnPower way.

Mount the backplate

Apply thermal paste (although about the half will do...)


Seat the heatsink on the CPU
Fasten the screws


Install the ReturnPower ATX cable
Install the ReturnPower 8-pin P4 cable


8-pin connector to motherboard
All red cables to one connector...


and all black cables to one...

step10 finish installing the LM10 with PowerBooster wiring

As you may have noticed, it isn't too hard really, just keep your wires separated and you should be fine. The wires themselves aren't exactly cute when having eight extra of them lying around in your case, but then again, if the cooler performs well, then why not? Also, the PowerBooster doesn't require the ATX or EPS 8-pin connectors at all, which means you only need the PowerBooster module and the wires straight from the LM10 to power your electromagnetic pump.

Also, we would like to point out at least one thing aside from the fact that the motherboard isn't going to be used in testing, but only for demonstrating the mounting. We would have preferred a stiffer mounting bracket, as the current one is a pretty soft, flexy plastic one, allowing the screws used to be fitted. A stiff metal clip along with spring-loaded screws would ensure the best contact between CPU and heatsink base. On the other hand, installing the LM10 heatsink is pretty easy, although the electromagnetic pump does emit quite a magnetic field even when turned off, meaning you should keep it away from hard drives and your screw driver and screws when screwing the LM10 into place.

That's about it for the theoretic part of this review... Let's move on to see what we use for testing before we go on to the testing itself.

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