Installation and Finished Product
Starting the installation you insert the long screws through the backplate and secure them temporarily in place with the spacers. The center of them is tight enough to "grab" the screws in order for them to stay put as you set the cooler down on top of them.
Behind the motherboard you have the backplate rotated to match the screws in the socket for my LGA1155 test motherboard. The screws have Phillip's heads and are secured to the cooler brackets by tightening these screws until they stop.
As you can see the Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU cooler is a big boy. It pretty much takes over the top of the motherboard from this angle, even though most of it is the perspective of this angle. I would think the name plate would look better rotated 90 degrees clockwise on this cooler, personally.
Using naked memory is not an issue at all with this cooler, I even was able to fit Ripjaws with no issue, but RAM with taller heat spreaders may cause issues depending on the layout of the motherboard you're using or if you have an LGA2011 with memory so close on both sides.
This is what I really liked about this design. Even though they had to go to a smaller 120mm fan on the front, it offers a lot more room to populate all four slots, even though my first slot is well under the fins of the cooler. The fan can also go up a little bit from where it is now to help out those with taller memory.
Here is one last look at the Dark Rock Pro 2 as I prepare to bring on the torture of the 2600K and see how well this cooler performs.