Installation and Finished Product
As we were instructed to0 for LGA115X usage, we first assembled the backplate and threaded screws. The manual states that each screw is to be locked down with a thin knurled nut to keep it in place, and this is where the first set of paper washers is installed, on top of each nut.
The next step is to install the backplate to the motherboard, and we see no issues with fitment. With AMD and Intel mounts, the backplate can go either way as far as top and bottom are concerned, but it is not equally spaced or drilled to fit on sideways.
The next step in the patch to mounting the XTC700 is a simple one. You must first drop on the second set of paper washers, and secure everything to the motherboard with the second set of knurled nuts.
We then move to the cooler, and after removing the protective sticker covering the base, we went ahead and installed the mounting bracket. The fit is snug around the base, and once the holes line up, you simply send a screw into either side to make this all one solid assembly.
After applying some thermal paste, we set the cooler onto the CPU, making sure the screws went through the bracket. You are then shown to grab the nuts with springs on them and mount the cooler into place. The wrench does help with leverage, but due to heat sinks on the motherboard, use of the wrench could be complicated.
We found it best to remove the shroud and the fans to access the mounting screws with a long screwdriver. This does require quite a bit of effort, disconnecting wires under the shroud, but we left the fans plugged in as getting to the Y-splitter cable is hard to do with the cooler installed.
Moving back a bit to take in the XTC700 in all of its mounted glory, we see that the fan sits high on the tower, and from this angle, we see a lot of space above the tower which the fan is cooling very little of the tower. We do like the exaggerated design of the fans from this angle, but many will never see this view after it is put into a case.
We figured that since this cooler was so tall, it may not cause complications with memory, but we were wrong. With no offset from the base to the fin stack, we were left having to remove the top of the closest RAM stick so that we could properly install the XTC700 with our components.
Glancing at the XTC700 from the top, we can see that mounting the fans is not blocked by anything, and we also have enough room to get access to the EPS12V 8-pin connection. There is no denying this is a huge 120mm fan based cooler, and from this angle, it only exaggerates that fact.
The view that most users will be left with for the majority of using the XTC700 is this one. We do like the cleaner look of the stylized cover on the cooler, but at 169mm you need something like we have in this open-air chassis, as most closed cases top out with 165mm of support.
Believe it or not, the Xtreme Gaming logo is currently backlit with orange as the LED color of choice. While one might think that the lights in the photo booth are just making it tough to see, we found that even in a darkened room, the intensity of the included LEDs is not that good, to begin with.
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