Installation and Finished Product
For Intel, after you set each of the ends to the proper notch for your socket type, mine being the middle of three, you just drop it in on the back of the board. No need to worry about the screws or anything no matter which direction it is installed.
Once the back plate and its four threaded posts are aligned in the holes, you simply tighten the knurled nuts to the top of them making the back plate now part of the motherboard.
You also will need to hole the appropriate legs under the top piece of the base to secure them. The threads are in the sets of legs, not in the aluminum the screw is running through.
After working just a bit in close quarters to secure the top nuts to keep the legs secured to the board, the cooler is finally installed. Since the pre-cooler is so small and raised up from the base, it allows for 50mm of memory and heat spreader to easily pass under its fins.
From the top of the board, not only can you put large heat spreaders in here without blocking much of the cooler, all four slots are easily accessible, and the same can be said on the opposing side for LGA2011 users that want to populate all of the slots.
With the board now in the test chassis, the V8 GTS is large and in charge from this angle. It covers the view of almost everything, but as I showed you, you can still access the memory slots, and access to the 8-pin is generous as well. But wait, it gets better.
We now have the V8 GTS in her illuminated glory. Both of the 140mm fans offer four red LEDs in each fan, and the shroud offers six lined up at the top for a total of 14 LEDs illuminating the components that surround this very attractive looking design.