Installation and Finished Product
Following the instructions. We mounted our block without the backplate. The plate will work just fine, and using the screws only, did not seem to warp the motherboard, the block mounting does not induce that much pressure. Makes sure that there are nylon washers on both sides of the motherboard though, they protect the traces from damage.
We are then told to add the other set of nylon washers to the top of the motherboard, and then use the standard nuts to lock the standoffs onto the motherboard. If you are using an LGA2011 system, this is not needed, but AMD users are advised to do the same as what we show here.
Taking a few more steps gets us to this point. We have applied the thermal paste, set the block and top plate over the standoffs, and locked them down with washers, springs, and then the knurled nuts. We also polished the top plate, so it looks much better now, reflecting the pair of compression fittings we installed into the top of the block.
You then need to make the connections to the compression fittings with the tubing. Make sure that the flow is correct, going in from the tower to the middle, and out the block to the tower at the top. As for the anti-kink coils, they are optional, but since Alphacool provided them, we made use of them.
The next step we took was to go ahead and make the connections to the bottom of the tower with our tube and coils over it. Nothing so far is anything impossible, not tougher than screwing in a lightbulb. We also show the adapter in place for the power delivery, but that is up to you if it is needed. We did take advantage of using the Molex extension cable, as having a plug right next to the PC is not always something available.
After filling the system and topping off the reservoir a few times, we now have the Alphacool Eiswand running is all of its near silent and LED lit glory. The base o0f the unit illuminates with blue LEDs, and the reservoir is also lit, but with white LEDs and is much harder to see in this image. We did notice though, that if you do use the power adapter, you do lose the LED lighting feature.
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