Installation and Finished Product
First, if the back plate applies like it does for our test system, you need to place the nuts in the appropriate slot in each of the four ends. Once that is done, you need to place an o-ring on that sets in the groove that is cut into the shaft of this nut to keep them attached to the plate.
Then you want to place the plate on the back of the motherboard. One thing about this back plate that many others do not provide, is the ability to go on correctly all four ways since the socket screw holes are on all sides.
Using the ASUS Sabertooth, I did run into an issue with the heat pipes rubbing against the plastic armor over the PWM above the CPU. For that reason we have positioned the cooler in this manner. When looking at the cooler in the other orientation, it was completely clear of all four memory slots, even with the fan on the cooler.
From the side of the board, the Armageddon Blue Series does sit a bit lower than the heat spreaders on my memory. In the normal orientation this does not matter, but in its horizontal placement that I have to use, I did need to remove one of the flame tops to make it all work.
This image is to show just how well these 140mm fans cover the cooler. There is only just the slightest bit of the corners of the fin arrays that are devoid of air flow, and this too should help the Armageddon Blue Series stay near the top of our thermal charts, but we will let the testing to prove that or not.
This last image is more of a glamour shot as it sits inside of our test rig prior to the trials that are soon to test this cooler. Even if you cannot see the sides, the top plate of the cooler makes this suit any blue themed build where you require a solid competitor with a compact design.
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