Installation and Finished Product
This bit of the hardware needs to be used for LGA115X sockets only as LGA2011 and 2011-V3 sockets use screws that go into the top of the motherboard. After installing the standoffs, you then slide on the plastic clips to lock the standoffs into the location. Be sure the standoff is seated in the cap properly, and also be sure to use the middle position on the backplate for the side tabs to lock into.
The next step is to take what we just assembled, and as we align all of the standoffs, we allowed the backplate to settle onto the motherboard. There are holes at both ends, but the sides are also short enough not to conflict with the socket screws.
Mounted to the motherboard, seen behind the RAM, the Maker 92 appears tall and slender. Even though the tubing is wide on the side nearest the top PCI-e slot, the hose can be adjusted, and there is no fear of the braid or rubber to short against the video card.
If you should choose to run the Maker 92 horizontally, the height of the cooler shrinks drastically. Not only does this allow it to fit in smaller cases, but the airflow from the fans is also now blasting onto the motherboard.
In the vertical position, we find a gap between the cooler and the RAM, and the same is found for those using RAM on both sides of the cooler too.
Using the Maker 92 horizontally, there is more room between the two. We also found that with these taller sticks of memory that we use, the cooler did not make contact while pivoting it on the bracket either.
Make sure to connect the 4-pin fan connection from the cooler to the motherboard, as the PWM signal is used to drive the fans, and it also is used for the thermal setting of the motherboard to drive the front fan. In the vertical, the Maker 92 leaves room all around it.
If at all possible, install the Maker 92 vertical, then afterward twist it to the horizontal as seen here. While not blocking the 8-pin motherboard connection, room is at a minimum when inside of a case. Those with LGA2011 and 2011-V3 motherboards, the bit on the right comes from the top so that any RAM can be used on that side.
If you plan to use the MasterLiquid Maker 92 vertically, this is what you would see of the cooler if your chassis has a side panel window. The cooler is well short of conflicting with the motherboard screws, and we can easily populate the slot just under it.
Once moved to the horizontal orientation, we can see the cooler covers much more of the motherboard, but again, almost any memory will fit underneath of it, it just may not allow it to swivel freely without removal. Even so, the cooler does not cause any conflicts like this.
With both the 4-pin fan connection made and being certain to plug in the SATA power lead, both the Cooler Master logo and the pump light come on. If you do not connect the SATA cable, both lights will not turn on.
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