As the Transformer 4 utilizes a baseplate, the motherboard must be out of the case before installation. Secure the LGA 1366 baseplate, placing it over the existing baseplate that holds the socket bracket, and place the pins in the motherboard’s holes. Remove the fans from the cooler by taking the wire retainers out of the designated recess in the fins. Be careful as aluminum fins bend easily.
Prep the CPU and cooler base with isopropyl alcohol and a lint free cloth. Apply thermal compound to the CPU surface. With cooler bases using heatpipe direct touch, I highly recommend spreading the thermal compound on the CPU as the cooler base is not perfectly flat and usually does not properly spread the compound.
Secure the cooler’s retainer bracket and place into the channel in the top of the cooler base. Make sure it is seated properly. The baseplate pins will go into the outermost holes in the retainer. Decide which direction you want the cooler to face, place the cooler over the CPU socket, and guide the baseplate pins into the proper holes. It is much more simple than it sounds. Wiggle the cooler from side to side slightly to eliminate any bubbles in the thermal compound. Start two of the thumbnuts on two pins that are diagonally from each other and tighten a couple of twists. Start the other two thumbnuts. Alternatively tighten each nut a small amount diagonally until all four nuts are snug. Do not overtighten, DO NOT USE ANY TOOLS TO TIGHTEN THESE NUTS!!!
Reinstall each fan by placing one wire retainer into the recess in the fins, and stretch the other retainer in place. Again, be careful not to bend the fins. Plug each fan’s 3-pin connector into a motherboard fan connector. I put the intake into the CPU connector, and the exhaust into the “system 3” fan connector. It really doesn’t matter, afterward you should disable any fan controls in the BIOS so that the fans will receive a full 12v. Looking at the specs, these fans will run at 1000 RPM at 12v, which isn’t very fast.
Install the motherboard, wire things up, install the video card, and you’re done.
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