Installation and Finished Product
If you are using the smaller Intel sockets, anything not LGA2011, you have the option to use this hardware. The push-pins work just like an Intel stock cooler, and by offering three holes where they screw to the base of the cooler, this fits LGA775, LGA115X, and LGA1366 sockets with ease.
We opted for the serious hardware which includes the use of this backplate. Making sure it is aligned correctly, we slid the standoffs through the plate and locked it all to the motherboard via the four nuts.
A plastic washer under the standoff protects the motherboard when the nuts are tightened from behind. What you see now is the four standoffs, ready for the cooler to be mounted onto them.
The X-bracket is collapsed and passed through the heat pipes, and expanded and aligned with the hole and pin on the base. Once that was done, we tightened the spring loaded screws into the standoffs until we ran out of threads.
With a 120mm fan cooling this tower, we can see it spreads side to side, nearly even with the RAM sticks. You may also notice that the fan is sitting a little higher than it was previously, but still covers the majority of the tower behind it.
The reason the fan has to sit so high is that it touches the RAM stick nearest the socket. We could have removed the top on that stick, but the few millimeters of height gained would not matter much in the long run. If you plan to populate all of the DIMM slots, this is something to consider.
Looking at the room around the cooler, we see that there is plenty of room to add a second fan. While this cooler is not offset like the MASTERAIR PRO 3, an extra fan will not block access to the 8-pin EPS lead.
With the motherboard installed into the chassis, we can get a look at things from a different angle. It is easy to access the motherboard screws around the cooler, and even with its increased size, this single tower cooler still leaves room to populate the first PCI-E slot.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MASTERAIR PRO 4 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]
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Bethesda promises deep dive into DOOM Eternal at E3 2019
- Valve boss Gabe Newell talks about Halo coming to the PC
- Master Chief Collection on PC won't support Play Anywhere
- NVIDIA unlocks ray tracing on some GeForce GTX series cards
- Master Chief Collection PC beta tests announced
- GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 (VT-D Support)
- ASUS Zenith Extreme Alpha (AMD X399) Motherboard Review
- m.2 shows in BIOS Windows installed but not showing in boot list
- Addlink S70 NVMe SSD Review - Phison E12
- Electrifying 3v3 Asymmetrical Shooter Aftercharge Premieres New Characters at the Indie Megabooth during PAX East
- VIPER GAMING attends PAX EAST 2019 with New Gaming Products
- Project Downfall - a retro-style, cyberpunk, reflex-based shooter now available on Early Access & coming to Xbox One & Switch. Preview copies await!
- Adventure Is Around Every Corner In One Piece World Seeker
- Ancestors Legacy is now available on GOG with Cross-play integration