Before the block is installed:
All of the Gemini blocks are leak tested after assembly, however damage can occur during shipping and no one is perfect. Therefore, prior to installing any water cooling components into your system it is highly recommended and simply good practice to perform a leak test at maximum flow conditions for a minimum of 30 minutes.
When installing tubing onto the fittings ALWAYS wet the end of the tubing and only twist the tubing in a clockwise direction. Once the tubing is in place over the fitting, a hose clamp should always be used to ensure that the tubing does not loosen with thermal fatigue.
When installing the water block onto the CPU core ALWAYS make sure thermal compound is used and applied properly. When installing or removing the water block from the CPU ALWAYS place the computer so that the motherboard is horizontal. This will limit the risk of tilting the water block and damaging the CPU. When tightening the water block onto the CPU, tighten the screws in a zigzag pattern so that the pressure is applied somewhat evenly. Do not completely tighten one screw while the others threads are not yet started. When removing the water block the same holds true. Loosen each screw before completely removing anyone screw.
Through board mounting:
This method uses the 4 longer nylon bolts, the springs, the washers (optional), and the locking nuts or the regular nuts. Put one spring on each of the longer bolts. Place motherboard on a flat surface, such as a table, so that the CPU block can be rested atop the CPU. Put the four bolts through the mounting holes of the water block so that they extend through the mounting holes on the motherboard. On motherboards with .157" mounting holes, the nylon screws WILL need 'threaded' through the hole. So gently apply pressure while twisting the thumb knurl in a CW direction. Once the screws are through each hole, slide the MB to the edge of the table so that you have access to the bottom of the board. Use one washer (optional) and one nut on each screw. If you elect not to use the provided washer, only turn the screw, do not rotate the nut. The nuts will start easy but will become VERY tight quickly. I have learned from the manufacturer that the lock nuts are actually designed for use with steel bolts and they do not have official lock nuts for nylon screws. After testing this installation, it was felt that the difficulty tightening the assembly and the deformation of some of the bottom threads was an acceptable tradeoff for the piece of mind that the assembly will not vibrate loose. We have also provided four (4) regular 8-32 nylon nuts for those of you who do not wish to use the locking nuts. To tighten the nuts, I recommend using an 11/32 ratchet and blade style screwdriver. Don't try to hold the knurl with your fingers, unless you're a masochist as it only leads to pain. Tighten the screws till the springs are compressed to a little more than ¼ inch. You may need to trim the 'extra thread' that comes through the nut depending on the height your motherboard standoffs.
Surface mount on boards that use .247 mounting holes:
This method uses the 4 longer nylon bolts.
Use the four supplied rivets. Place one rivet in each mounting hole. At this point make sure the motherboard is laying HORIZONTAL. Set the CPU cooler onto the CPU. Use the four longer blots. Put one spring on each bolt then slide the bolts through the holes. Put all four bolts through the holes before you begin tightening them. Begin tightening the bolts in a zig zag pattern. Start each thread before you completely tighten any one bolt. Once all four bolts have been started, tighten each bolt so that the spring is compressed to about ¼" or till the screw makes contact with the motherboard tray, whichever comes first.
Surface mount on boards that use .157 mounting holes:
Use the four standoffs. Snap one standoff into each hole. CAUTION: once these are in place, you will need to remove your MB to remove them. Make sure your CPU is installed before you snap in the standoffs that are next to the ZIF socket-locking arm since sometimes it can be difficult to move the arm once the standoffs are in place. At this point make sure the motherboard is laying HORIZONTAL. Set the CPU cooler onto the CPU. Use the four SHORTER bolts. Put one spring on each bolt then slide the bolts through the holes. Put all four bolts through the holes before you begin tightening them. Tighten the bolts in a zigzag pattern across the CPU and begin by only just starting the thread, do not tighten any one thread all the way before they are all started. When screwing the bolts into the standoff, rest your finger on the standoff so that it does not spin. The screws should be tightened till the spring is compressed to about ¼" or till the screw bottoms out in the standoff, whichever comes first.
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