Although the installation of the Gelid GX-7 cooler requires tools and some time, it is not a complex procedure. To begin with, the user needs to screw the metallic retention bracket for the correct CPU slot onto the base of the cooler. Gelid drilled holes at all four sides of the retention brackets, allowing the end user to choose the orientation with the cooler is facing at.
The motherboard does not have to be removed from the case if the motherboard tray is cut open behind the CPU area. The universal backplate have to be placed at the rear of the motherboard and is being held into place by locking head screws.
Moving to the forward side of the motherboard, the washers and the locking nuts have to be installed. The locking head screws will not turn around once they are locked onto the backplate, therefore you can install the locking nuts and washers without holding the screws from behind the motherboard.
Finally, one has to spread a thin layer of thermal compound on the CPU, place the cooler on the CPU and secure it using the springs and screws. The screws can be tightened by hand but in order to secure them tightly one has to use a very long Philips screwdriver.
Gelid’s GX-7 cooler is relatively compact and will not cover everything near the CPU area when installed on a motherboard. As a matter of fact, it does not even block the RAM module slots and would allow the end user to install tall high-performance RAM modules in all of the motherboard’s slots, unless the slots are placed very close to the CPU area.