OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler



The OCZ Tempest weighs in at a total of 580 grams, which unlike a lot of other high-end coolers is actually within the socket weight limit guidelines set out by AMD and Intel. I'm pretty sure that OCZ could have got away with mounting the Tempest directly on the Intel/AMD heatsink brackets, but instead have erred on the side of caution and provided custom mounting mechanisms for all socket types. The installation procedure below will be completed on an Intel D975XBX "Bad Axe" socket 775 motherboard.

OCZ Tempest Instructions

OCZ Tempest Mounting OCZ Tempest Mounting

Credit has to be given to OCZ for providing an instruction leaflet containing detailed images and explanations on how to mount the Tempest on all supported sockets. This is a great relief considering I almost had a heart attack when coming face to face with the large bag of screws included with the cooler.

Step 1 Step 2

Step 1: Install the retention bracket to the back of your motherboard. This allows for the weight of the cooler to be evenly spread over the CPU socket area.

Step 2: Place the non-conductive washers over the socket holes to prevent any possible short circuit occuring.

Step 3 Step 4

Step 3: Install the mounting frames over the CPU socket area holes and securing the screws through the motherboard into the retention bracket in Step 1.

Step 4: Screw mounting bracket "ears" on to both sides of the Tempest between the fins and the base (I almost messed up here!).

Step 5 Step 6

Step 5: Put fresh thermal paste on the CPU and install the cooler over the top. Install the two screws either side of the cooler, screwing the cooler into the mounting frames from step 3.

Step 6: Place the fan mounting plate over the top of the heatsink and clip down using the latches at both sides of the plate.

Step 7 Done!

Step 7: Screw the fan into the mounting plate.

All in all, it took me a total of 22 minutes to install the Tempest. I found the instructions to be clear and easy to follow, however the installation was slightly fiddly and left me wondering if OCZ could have found an easier way to mount the Tempest.

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Most Recent Comments

30-09-2006, 10:18:54

Sweet arse heatsink, I like the performance/size ratio. Great review as well Jim, quality as usual.Quote

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