For our test bed we will use the Intel mounting set.
There are several installation options on the backplate both Intel and AMD. This means that you will have to use the included backplate for whichever platform your system is based on. All modern sockets are supported.
The installation process for this cooler and this mounting mechanism is fairly standard and straight forward. We will start by attaching the brackets, in our case the Intel brackets, to the cooler.
The installation package includes 4 small screws to attach the brackets to the cooler.
We can now move on to install the backplate. To install the backplate we have to remove the motherboard from the case. Once the motherboard is removed we can place the backplate on the bottom side of the motherboard and line-up the holes. We can then insert the screws and we are ready to turn the board right-side-up again.
We are now installing the washers to protect the motherboard.
The Tranquillo comes with black foam washers. We will be using the standard orange washers for our testing.
The screws are secured with small nuts.
The backplate is secured now and we can continue the installation with seating the cooler. At this point the thermal interface material (TIM) is applied to the CPU heat spreader and the heatsink is then seated.
The cooler is secured to the backplate and motherboard with 4 spring loaded thumbnuts.
The cooler leaves a decent amount of room in the front for the fan and in the back for MosFet cooling and exhaust fan as well as for the chipset cooling.
Even with the fan attached the Tranquillo leaves room for memory modules.
The fan is attached via 2 wire clips. The clips attach to the screw holes of the fan and then to the side of the cooler.