Installation and Finished Product
The first thing I did was prepped the back plate. I installed the studs into the 1155/1156 mounting holes in the Intel legs. Then you slide the plastic sleeve over it to lock the stud and keep it from backing out and turning when you install the cooler.
Then I grabbed the Intel mounting legs, made sure they were bent the right way for proper mounting, then after loosening those screws, I slid them in and secured them. Now we are ready to get the CNPS9900DF mounted to the motherboard.
To help alleviate the issue of how to get to the mounting screws under a round cooler, this is how. The supplied Allen wrench has a speed ball end on it so that it can swivel out of the way and still secure the cooler. The screws must be hand started, and the wrench can be a little tricky at times, but it works.
If you run short memory like I do or something like the G.Skill RipJaw spreaders you can populate all four slots. If the memory spreader gets too tall it can easily end up conflicting with the front of this cooler.
Just to give you a bit of a perspective of what you will likely see through the case window as you looked in on the cooler. The CNPS9900DF looks larger than it really is as it leaves you room to connect the EPS 8-pin and doesn't even come close to a video card when installed.
I figured we started the review with a look at the CNPS9900DF much like this, it was only right we end with a similar image. Once powered there is a faint glow of the blue LED in the hub, even less at the end of the fins, I wasn't able to get a good image of it, but it is not as bright as the site and packaging images show it to be.