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Conclusion and Thoughts
I did not encounter any problems or issues during the installation of the NPH-2. The fan was elevated enough to avoid capacitors, and the heat sink was made to fit within the socket clearance. Installing the NPH-2 was very easy, as no tools were necessary. All that is needed to install the heat sink is your thumb.
The heat sink also provided excellent contact with the CPU core. The paste oozed out on all four sides due to the excellent pressure--not too much and not too little. Had there not been enough pressure, then contact would have suffered. That would result in excess grease remaining in the center and not being spread out correctly.
Overall, this heat sink performed well. It was not great and did not drop any jaws, but it did its job at cooling under quiet operations in an overclocked system. It even outperformed the all copper Thermalright heat sink. Of course everything comes with some flaws; the NPH-2 lacked the fan options. It only gives users the choice of 70mm fans. There aren't even many 70mm fans available. If there was an option for 80mm fans, imagine the potential with a Vantec Tornado.
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