The Vigor Monsoon II Lite is available in two versions, one that supports AMD K8/AM2 processors and the other that supports Intel LGA775 CPUs. Everything needed for easy installation is included with each kit. For this review, I will be using an Intel dual core 955 processor with the LGA775 mount.
The Intel LGA775 mounting hardware includes an insulated steel backing plate with four pre-installed studs along with four springs and thumb screws. In most cases the motherboard will have to be removed to install the backing plate.
Overall, the Monsoon II cooler was easy to install. The main base assembly is square so you can position the cooler in whatever orientation you like. I mounted the cooler in a front-to-back position.
On my test bed (Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe), the Vigor Monsoon II Lite cooler cleared all of the surrounding components with ease. Airflow with the fan mounted in the stock push position will work well with most cases that have a rear case fan to exhaust air from behind the CPU socket area out the back of the case.
The Vigor Monsoon II Lite PCI card control module can be mounted into a spare PCI slot of your choice. An 18” long sleeved cable neatly connects the control module to the cooler (fan, Peltier device, and temperature sensor).