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.
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- 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]
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