Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler Review

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Installing the Trinity

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler accessories

The Trinity comes with all the hardware to mount to all Intel LGA sockets as well as AMD AM2, AM2+ and AM3 sockets.

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler instructions

The instructions are very nice full color photos and almost poster size.

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler instruction barcode

In the lower corner of the instructions is another QR Barcode that points to a video of the installation process.

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler backing plate

The Trinity uses a universal backing plate for both Intel and AMD sockets.

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler installing the backing plate

The legs on the backing plate are bent one way for Intel and the other for AMD. Installed the wrong way, as above, the backing plate does not set properly against the motherboard.

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler installing the backing plate

Installed correctly, the backing plate will rest against the board and clear the socket backing plate.

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler brackets

Depending on your socket of choice what parts are used for the cooler side of the mounting system will vary. In the above image the cooler is set up for Intel 1155/1156 sockets…

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler brackets

… and for Intel 775 and 1366…

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler brackets

… and for AMD sockets.

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler base

No matter the socket the upper mounts attach the same way. The brackets slide under a lip in the base and a screw holds it in place.

Thermolab Trinity CPU Cooler installed

And the Trinity installed on our Intel Core i7-930 test system. The Trinity cleared all the components of the Intel DX58SO motherboard we use. I was able to install the cooler with the fan in place. Also, if your motherboard has tall heatsinks around the socket reaching the thumbscrews could prove to be interesting. The thumbscrews provided do not have slots in them for use with screw drivers. Now for some testing.

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