Installation and Finished Product
Since I am using an LGA1155 motherboard, I simply inserted the screws through the correct holes in the back plate. As you can see the plate is cut to allow the socket screws some clearance. On the right and left asides, these are the holes for the various AMD sockets.
The spacers are actually tight enough in the middle to get a grip on the screws. This allows you to keep the backplate on the board while you get the cooler ready to install on top of these screws and spacers.
Next to the base of the cooler there are two holes on either side that allow you to use the 3mm M3 screws to secure the appropriate brackets to the base of the cooler depending on the socket you are using. Here I have the LGA1155/1156 brackets on; all I need is some TIM and those four nuts.
The Dark Rock 2 is a bit larger than the others we have recently looked at, but somehow this cooler still leaves room for memory and isn't an issue with PCI-e slots.
See what I mean? There is plenty of clearance to even allow for most low to medium height heat spreaders. The tallest of spreaders still may cause a conflict, but with so many choices out there now, why limit things with tall memory.
Looking at the cooler from the front shows that even if you do have some tall memory, there is still room to be able to move the fan up to make a bit more room, but will increase the height of the cooler. On the flip side, if you are running those low profile Samsung sticks, you can lower the fan and add a bit of airflow to the motherboard.