Installation and Finished Product
We did find that the backplate is quite beat up from all of the other hardware rubbing against it in transit, but it is flat and aligns well with the socket screws. We slid in the long screws through the backplate, but again, there is no way to secure them while installing the standoffs tightly.
The next thing you need to do is flip the motherboard over, drop the paper washers over the screws, and then install the standoffs. At this time, you cannot tell if the standoffs are evenly installed; you just have to hope you did it right.
At this stage, we set the head unit on the CPU with the screws going through the holes in the top brackets. You then screw the knurled nuts down on the screws to lock it into place. This is when you see if the pressure is even, and for us, it is not. The top left nut has a few fewer threads visible above it, and even after many attempts to even it out, we always had one corner with not enough threads showing.
Even though other coolers like this come with up to fifteen inches of tubing, the amount delivered by ID cooling should be sufficient for most, as our chosen location is much farther from the motherboard than in the typical chassis. We have no issues with the block encroaching on the memory or anything else for that matter, and the head unit is not as tall as our memory, so views around it show very little of the block except when head-on like this.
Since the Maximus VIII Hero only offers Aura lighting and not Aura Sync, we were left with one option of lighting, and it is the blue lighting seen here. There is no software for the AIO, so without Aura Sync, you will not be able to work around the lack of support. Hope you like blue LEDs, which do not even appear to match.
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