Installation and Finished Product
As shown in the instructions, we are told to line up the backplate with the socket, and this plate is designed so that its orientation is not such a big deal. We then slid in the hex head screws through the motherboard mounting holes, and as they twist a bit, the heads lock into the channels of the backplate.
We then screwed on the black plastic spacers, added on the top brackets, and used the knurled nuts to lock them into place. At this time, the hardware should be solid and locked tight to the motherboard.
After installing the cooler and the cross-bar mounting bracket, we took a step back to take in the view. The RAM is wider than the Windale 6 is, keeping it free from the top PCI-e slot, and also leaving room around it to tend to everything else too.
The fan on the Windale 6 sits high enough that it does not cause any conflict with our taller RAM. If you have taller RAM, you may run into an issue with height, as the fan does cover two of the slots.
Since there is no offset to the heat pipes, where the cooler is pushed back away from the RAM, it leaves plenty of room to add in a second fan. As it sits now, we have no interference with the 8-pin connector, and all of the screw holes are accessible.
As this is the view that most users will see day to day, it is likely the most important. We like the murdered out look of this cooler, where the body has the matte black coating applied to it, and the fan does not show any indications of anything fancy under the hood either.
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