Installation and Finished Product
After installing the studs into the backplate, and then using the stud clips to hold the studs in place, we also made sure we were clicked into the LGA115X slots at the corners. Once we had that all set, all we had to do was insert the studs into the motherboard, and orientation is of no concern.
The next step is to find the set of four standoffs and screw them onto the studs. Both ends of the standoff have a nylon washer taped to it, and with use of the socket, we can lock these down pretty tight.
After removing the fans from the tower, and disconnecting the RGB cables from them, you can take the cooler with the appropriate brackets installed on it, and mount the cooler to the motherboard. A few turns on each screw in an X-pattern is best, and keep twisting until you run out of threads.
After some finessing the wires back into the fans and fighting the top cover studs for alignment, we were able to get the cooler ready for testing. Standing tall, well above the memory, it will take a decent sized chassis to house this tower, and we can see that the RAM doesn't block any of the airflow.
By the skin of its teeth, the fan just fits in behind the memory. We could have easily removed the tops on our sticks, but this does point out that if you have taller memory on your motherboard, fan fitment may be next to impossible.
With the fact that the MA610P is not off center of the CPU, it does take up a lot of room, but it is all to one side. There is room behind it for quad channel motherboards, but keep the height in mind. Even if the motherboard was installed at this time, we still could access the 8-pin connection without too much hassle.
Once everything is installed, we can now take advantage of the best looking side of the MA610P. The top of the cooler is the money shot, as the angular black plastic shape is attractive to look at, and will blend in with most cases and motherboards, that is until you power it up.
With power now coursing through the MA610P, we begin to take advantage of the RGB LEDs to improve the look even further. As we alluded to earlier, the logo lights up, the four slits are backlit, and it all matches the color of the fans too. Keep in mind that this is only one color of many, and there are modes available through the controller as well as compatible motherboard controls.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MASTERAIR MA610P 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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