Installation and Finished Product
The first step we took to set up the hardware was to place the keyed end of the standoffs in the correct holes for LGA115x. Once they are pressed into the backplate, you then take the fine threaded screws and attach the standoffs to the backplate, which is done on the flip side of the plate. Once that is done, we could move on.
Flipping the motherboard over allows us to drop the backplate down onto the motherboard. There is no padded or isolation material, but since it is made of a composite of plastics, there doesn't need to be any. Also, both ends of the plate have three holes, so orientation isn't an issue to deal with.
Holding on to the backplate while turning the motherboard over keep the standoffs in the holes. It is at this time that we were instructed to install the plastic spacers. The spacers are snug, and once in place, adds grip to the standoffs, so the plate will not slide right out the back.
We then applied our thermal paste of choice, set the head unit on the CPU, and screwed the spring loaded nuts in until we ran out of threads. An X-pattern is recommended of a few turns on each screw to get the pressure even, and when it came it installation we ran into nothing like RAM clearance or anything noteworthy.
In the middle of mounting the radiator, we had a thought cross our mind, and is why we stopped with the installation halfway through. While there is plenty of length to get the radiator installed anywhere we wanted to, we made the realization that the pump is now the highest point in the loop, and that is not a good thing for an AIO.
Since nothing about the radiator or the fan changes when the system is powered on, we get up close and personal with the head unit for the last image. As the default setting, this is the color and circular rotating pattern applied to the head unit. To change this in pre-set modes or address the ring of LEDs individually, you will need to install the CAM software. Otherwise, what you see is what you get.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [NZXT Kraken M22 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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