Deep Cool Gammaxx S40 CPU Cooler
WHAT WE LIKED:Great performance/size/price ratio, quiet even under load. Easy mounting system. Great top expansion slot clearance.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Slight interference with first RAM slot (although very negligible).
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Installation – Intel
Installation starts by using the four included screws to secure the mounting brackets to the cooler’s base. The brackets are counter-sunk and the screws mount the brackets snugly in place.
After applying your favorite TIM, you install the cooler the same way you mount the stock Intel unit. Simply make sure the black parts are turned all the way clockwise, insert the plastic snaps into the motherboard holes and push the black pieces down to lock the cooler into place. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Once the tower is mounted simply install the fan with the included metal clips, plug the cable into your motherboard’s header and you’re ready to go!
RAM clearance to the first slot is tight but it’s doable if you absolutely need to. With a stick in the first slot there’s just slight pressure on the side of the DIMM.
The best option however is the same as it is with most performance air coolers. Skip the first slot and use the second.
Here’s a better shot showing the clearance. Notice there is TONS of room to the second slot while it’s almost exactly in line with the first.
You’ll notice from the specs page that this cooler is much narrower than most. This is shown perfectly here by the huge clearance between the cooler and the first PCI-E slot on our Biostar TZ77XE4 motherboard.
With the cooler mounted let’s see how it performs!