Installation and Finished Product
Getting the back plate in place is super simple. First, make sure the studs in the corners are set in for LGA115x and all the way out if you are using LGA1366, and set the plate on the motherboard, allowing the studs to settle in the CPU cooler mounting holes.
Once the back plate is in, you grab the correct standoffs, and screw them in until they run out of threads. We find finger tight is sufficient, and there is no need to grab a wrench to cinch these down before installing the head unit.
At this point, we re-applied some thermal paste, set the head unit on the CPU, and screwed the nuts down in an X-pattern until again they run out of threads. We also made sure to connect the pump power lead to the CPU FAN header, run the fan power cable to the fans on the radiator, and was sure to connect the Link cable as well.
There is a bit of room in the middle of the fan that gets no forced airflow, but this has always been the case, just these round frames point it out a bit more. As for the rest of the fins, they have beasts for fans to cool the fins they do cover, and we see them having no issues doing this.
There is plenty of cable to run from the head unit, up and over the top of the motherboard, down behind the motherboard tray, and still have a few inches to play around with to get it connected to the USB 2.0 header on any motherboard.
Before we get hammered for head unit orientation, this is strictly for images only, so the name is readable. In testing, we will orient the block properly and make sure our results are up to snuff in the various rounds of testing we put all coolers through. We do like that there is plenty of tubing for our needs, and that all told, this is a slick looking AIO.
For those wondering what the LEDs and head unit look like when it is in your chassis running, we made sure to turn down the lighting and give you just that. With everything black as can be, the colored Corsair name and sails glow brightly, and this is only one of 16.8 million choices it can be.
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