Most of you probably already know about the Alpha PAL 8045, it is very large and can be very effective. The Alpha PAL 8045 is made of 6063 Aluminum w/ Embedded Copper 1100 or 1020 and is anodized black. The heatsink has an 80mm base which is very large, it also weighs 520 grams which is very heavy especially when you put a fan on. This can be a problem because a lot of motherboards do not have the space required to fit this massive heatsink.If your motherboard does not have the 4 mounting holes needed for this heatsink you will not be able to use it.
The Alpha PAL 8045 heasink comes in a pretty plain box with the Alpha logo on it.
The heatsink comes with a lot of hardware because of the way that it needs to me mounted onto the motherboard. The left picture is all of the mounting hardware for the heatsinnk and the right picture is the hardwar to attach the fan to the heatsink.
The Alpha PAL 8045 also comes with instructions on how to install it, they are pretty well written and easy to understand.
Like I mentioned before this heatsink is huge, I can already tell just by looking at it that it is going to be a tight squeeze, you can also see the reflection of my screwdriver on the base of the heatsink. It is finished pretty well however they are some noticeable swirl marks, lapping this heatsink might be a good idea you could probably get a few degrees of by doing so.
The Alpha PAL 8045 comes with a white shroud which goes on the top of the heatsink to create more air pressure.
Installation of this heatsink takes some time and care, to install the needed hardware you are going to have to remove your motherboard from your case. When you have it removed you are going to need to attach the mounting lugs to the motherboard by placing them thorough the washers and then attaching the nuts to the threads on the back of the motherboard. You should use 2 pliers to tighten the lugs onto the motherboard but don’t tighten them too much, you may damage your motherboard.
After you have the hardware attached to the motherboard you will need to get the 4 silver colored screws, 4 springs, and 8 nylon washers. You need to put a washer, then spring, then another washer onto each screw so it looks like the one below. After you have all 4 ready drop them into the heatsink.