Receiving an Alpha heat sink is always somewhat exciting. So much to see,
so much to do! So let's have a gander as to what's inside the box. You get: 1
Alpha FC-PAL35 heat sink, 1 packet of Alpha heat sink paste, 1 clip, 4 washers,
4 screws, 1 intake cover (shroud,) 1 installation guide, and 1 YS. Tech 27.2 CFM
60 MM fan. Additionally, you get a cool Alpha sticker.
Alpha's dedication to workmanship and quality has always enabled them to
produce heat sinks of exceptional quality and visual perfection. The heat sink
is an all black, aluminum heat sink, with an embedded copper slug at the base.
This is to perhaps harmonize the heat transfer capabilities of both metals.
Copper absorbs heat faster, but retains it longer. Aluminum on the other hand
absorbs heat less efficiently, but dissipates heat faster. I failed to mention
this earlier. This unit is big and tall, therefore when installing with a Slot 1
Adapter board (like me,) make sure you can afford to give up the one or two DIMM
slots that the heat sink and fan combo will almost inevitably block. In point of
fact, installing this heat sink on my FC-PGA Celeron on an Asus adapter ended up
blocking up one DIMM slot. Finally there are four plastic pegs on the base of
the heat sink that do a great job of stabilizing the heat sink atop the FC-PGA
CPU. Unfortunately, these 4 plastic pegs make it difficult to utilize peltier
1: Place the heat sink on a flat surface.
2: Push the retention clip into
3: Align the intake cover on top of the heat sink.
4: Place the fan
on top of the intake cover. I have the fan blowing on top of the heat sink,
whereas Alpha recommends having it suck air away from the heat sink - the choice
is yours, but I always find a 1 degree Celsius advantage with the impingement
5: Place one washer on top of each of the four holes atop the
6: Insert the screws through the top of the washers, and then secure the
whole assembly by tightening the screws.
7: Many people recommend putting the
paste on the CPU contact area, but since that target zone is so miniscule (to
easily apply a thin layer.) I opted to just apply a thin layer on the copper
base of the heat sink.
8: Place the heat sink on top of the CPU, and secure
the heat sink to the socket with the retention clip.
9: Plug the fan into the
3-pin fan connector on the motherboard.
10: Power the computer up, and have
Now that all of the boring stuff is done with, let's get onto the temperature