Installation for the Vortex Plus is different than a lot of other coolers even though it still uses a pushpin design. For installation we used a socket 775 processor. The first step to installing the Vortex Plus is to make sure that the support brackets are in the right position. There are three positions: 1366, 1156 and 775. The support brackets were luckily left in the 775 position by default. Once you align the support brackets on your motherboard you can begin to attack the pushpins. However, the pushpins aren’t like others where you can just press and turn, you actually have to put them together.
Once you get the base of the pushpin aligned on the motherboard you can then place the second one over top of it and push down until it snaps and then rotate. There is a little notch on the second pushpin part, so you need to make sure you align it up with the slot on the first part.
You must then apply the thermal grease to the bottom of the CPU cooler prior to attaching it to the CPU. To secure it to the CPU you use the retention plate which latches over one of the support brackets and gets screwed in on the other.
The fan installation is the last part to installing this CPU cooler. It was much easier than I anticipated. To install the fan you need to use two clips to secure it to the heatsink. Luckily the clips have to extended areas which make it easier to push down with your fingers.
Once it’s installed you’ll notice that it takes up little room inside of the case.