To install the Megahalem onto our Gigabyte EX58-Extreme motherboard, we had to use this backplate. It’s simple enough to install – just place it on the back of the motherboard and flip over the board so the holes are still aligned on the other side. It should have come with a little sticky tape or something to secure the backplate better, but the holes were still aligned when I flipped it over so we can move on to the next step.
Next, screw in four double-end studs that will be used to secure the aluminum mounting plates to the board itself. These just need to be hand-tightened and they will stay secured to the board and backplate.
Next, slide on two aluminum strip adapters over the double-end studs. The studs should line up with the holes on the outer side of the strip adapters.
Secure the strip adapters with four nuts and hand-tighten them down so they are nice and tight.
Slide the aluminum mounting plate over the base of the Megahalem and place it into the correct position over the CPU. The mounting plate should be aligned between the strip adapters. Then, secure the mounting plate with two spring-loaded screws to ensure the Megahalem is making good contact with the CPU.
The last step in the installation is to attach the 120mm fan to the Megahalem. Attach the 120mm fan using two included fan clips that slide easily over the fan and heatsink to create a nice and snug fit.
Here’s the finished product in all its glory. The entire installation took around 10 minutes and was one of the easiest installations I’ve ever experienced. The entire mounting system was the BEST I’ve ever used with an air-cooled CPU heatsink. I never liked Intel or AMD’s mounting solutions and I hope more vendors can adopt this mounting style from Prolimatech because it seemed to secure the heatsink perfectly and I wasn’t worried about it sliding around or moving out of position. The quality and craftsmanship of the aluminum mounting plate and stud adapters was incredible and everything lined up perfectly over our i7-920 processor. Kudos to Prolimatech for making a quality mounting solution that made this reviewer smile from ear-to-ear.