One might think that, hooking this thing up to the casing is very complicated. Well it takes some time and is not as easy as installing a heatsink and fan, but by following the detailed instructions from the manual it was quite straight forward. It involves sandwiching the board between the two black plastic retention pieces (the back piece should have the heating element).

Next screw them together for added support with the 4 screws supplied. Then put seal string around the edges of the evaporator head. Screw on the evaporator head to the retention system with the 2 allen bolts with the allen key supplied. Then seal the holes where the bolts are with a ball of seal string. Next connect the USB cable from the Mach2 GT to the board as well as the power connecters to the reset and power buttons. The 4 pin molex also has to be connected or it won’t start up.

In order to see how well it works, I decided to use the Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz Prescott. Due to its reputation as a hot CPU, the Prescott will stress the Mach2 GT’s cooling capabilities. Here is the test setup :

Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz Prescott
ASUS P4C800 E Deluxe rev. 2.0 motherboard
OCZ PC4000 Gold 2 x 512MB – Samsung TCCD
BBA ATi X800 XT Platinum Edition
Western Digital 80GB Caviar 8MB cache HDD