Installation and Finished Product
For our test build, we first adjusted the ends of the backplate to the LGA115X setting and then placed it in through the back of the motherboard. There is also no specific way that this needs to be installed as all sides of the plate are identical.
You then install standoffs, the Intel top brackets, and then screw it all down securely with the knurled nuts on the top. Be sure to install these top brackets to either side of the socket and not the top and bottom, as the cross bar on the cooler does not change direction.
One optional way to go is to remove all of the covers and have this shiny metal insert showing on the top of the cooler. This can also be deleted to show the exposed pipes and aluminum top fin, but this is the more attractive offering of the two.
We also tried out the textured steel top cover. This is a sleek look, but in our opinion, not nearly as nice looking as the tinted plastic cover once the cooler is powered and LEDs lit.
As we mentioned, the fans must be removed from the cooler to allow access to the screws that secure the cooler to the rest of the hardware. This is where you will appreciate the fact that the fans slide on and off the cooler so easily - no mucking about trying to clip them to the cooler.
With the MasterAir Maker 8 tucked in behind the memory, we see this cooler is just as wide as the RAM is. To be honest, clearance did not seem like much of a concern when Cooler Master developed this design, so be aware of that.
If we allowed the 140mm fans to clip into the bottom of the shroud, it infringes a lot of the memory area. Not only does it cover two slots, but the fan is also so low that unless you have some super low-profile sticks in the motherboard, you will end up having to use it like we did in the next photo.
Even after removing the top of the memory, we were only able to get the front fan to sit so low, not able to clip it fully into place. There is some good news, however, at least, the 140mm fan locked into the 120mm fan position so that the fan will not slide off the cooler.
This does make the cooler look a bit goofy from this angle, however. This should not affect its performance, though, as, in its bottom-most position, a lot of the fan was below the coolers fins, so being raised should take slightly more advantage of the fans air flow.
Once everything is installed and it is time to mount the motherboard into the chassis, we found that the first PCI-e slot is usable, and with all the plastic on the shroud, if contact is made, at least, it cannot short against the card. We did find that accessing the motherboard screws in the middle row of the board is complicated by this design, but we were still able to get them installed.
Once powered up as we began the testing, we found that as it is shipped out of the box is a sleek looking design. Not only do both fans offer eight LEDs to illuminate both sides of the cooler, but there are also LEDs at the top of the cooler that highlight the pipe tips and the Cooler Master logo under the tinted cover. If left exposed you still get the LED effect, but using the steel cover option does eliminate the view of the LEDs at the top of the cooler.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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