Installation and Finished Product
In this image, we cover two steps at once. Since we use an LGA115x processor, we first addressed each corner of the back plate, ensuring the threads and locks are set in the appropriate positions. We then applied the double-sided foam pad to the back plate, which helps to hold the back plate onto the motherboard, for instances where the cooler is installed while the motherboard is vertical.
We then moved on to the head unit. To allow the brackets to be securely mounted, they must be installed above the black plastic tabs, and then screwed into place, creating threads in the plastic. The manual does not show this, and the way they show does not give the screws a way to bite into the plastic while containing the brackets at the same time.
The next move is to align the threaded studs with the motherboard socket holes and allow the pad to adhere to the back of the motherboard. Orientation makes no difference, as all sides are identical, and have room under the bracket to go over the two screws not seen right now.
At this time, we find that the P7-240L broke a cardinal rule with CPU coolers. The head unit is so wide, that when installed as we have here, the fittings block nearly all of the first RAM slot. We tried with the fittings on top, and 0on the left, but the motherboard heat sinks will not allow it. There was an option to have them at the bottom, and in certain instances, it could work, but the way we installed it, that would not have worked.
Once you have the head unit in place, you can then mount the radiator portion of the cooler. Even with the height of the D-Frame being what it is, we do have plenty of tubing to do the job. In an ordinary chassis, you will have more options for front and top installations, and even the option to have the fittings on the bottom of the block, so it clears everything else. We will be orienting the block that way for testing so that we can run the bench test with the same RAM density as everything else.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [AeroCool P7-L240 RGB CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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