Installation and Finished Product
The first thing to do is to get the brackets mounted to the head unit. Since we test with an Intel motherboard, we installed the universal brackets for Intel to the sides. All you do is align the keyway in the bracket with a tab in the head unit, and screw it into the base with the silver screws.
We next moved on to the fan mounting. To ensure the fans do not make any noise against the radiator, we put the gasket down first and then screwed the fans into place. You can also see the holes in the ends of each fan screw so that you can use the longer screws on the other side for fans too, and using the smaller screws, mount it all right to the chassis with no hassle at all.
To get here, we took the studs and made sure the key either faces to the inside of the bracket, or to the outside, to help lock them in place when it comes to the head unit being mounted. Once the studs are in, they get the plastic locks placed over them, and these will adjust to notches on the side of the back plate to set for various socket sizes. It is then that we slid it in through the back of the motherboard for this image.
There aren't any spacers or anything to grab onto the long studs to keep it all connected to the motherboard. In this design, you simply set the head unit over the studs and using the small thumbscrews, you can lock it down onto the motherboard. To completely tighten them, there is a slot in the top to use a standard screwdriver to get to the end of the threads.
The top of this D-Frame is further away than the front is from the socket in most chassis designs, and we had no issues getting the 240mm radiator that far away from the head unit. We like the white paint on the side of the radiator telling us exactly what is cooling this CPU, and we also like the look of that head unit, shining from the clear cover, waiting to be powered up.
Once the system and MasterLiquid Pro 240 is powered on, we find the brilliant glow of blue from the LED hidden into the side of the head unit. This light not only accentuates the Cooler Master logo, but it also shows the top of the pump down below the clear top cover. This LED will always be blue and is a bit of a letdown from many other RGB offerings out there.
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