Installation and Finished Product
The initial step for Intel mounting is to grab the Intel brackets and mount them to the head unit. To do so, the brackets sit on top of the plastic tabs on the head unit, and the screws go from the bottom, into threads in the brackets. Go ahead and lock these down tight.
We are then told to prep the backplate, which for AMD users would already be on the motherboard. The heads of the studs sit in a groove on the other side, to ensure they will not twist. Once they are in the slots, take the black plastic locks, and clip them onto the studs, and once they are locked together, you can slide them in and out to line up with various socket spread measurements.
Once the backplate is assembled, you align the screws with the holes in the motherboard and drop it in. The way that the plate covers the socket screws is the same on all four sides making orientation irrelevant.
As we get ready to install the head unit, we flipped the board over. There are no spacers or lock nuts of any sort; the backplate sits there until we move to the final steps.
Making sure to apply thermal paste, we can then install the head unit. To do so, set the cold –plate against the CPU, and grab the nuts to mount it. Spinning each a few turns, while moving in an X-pattern is best, and feel free to screw the nuts down until you run out of threads.
In this chassis, the height of the top is exaggerated compared to most mid-tower and full-tower cases. It does prove a point though, and it if can mount in this chassis the way it does, in an ordinary case, there will be no issues reaching. We also see that there is a matching logo on the side of the radiator, to go with the one found on the head unit.
We stuck with the CM purple that they like to show their products with. However, there are plenty of choices with the controller to use one of six modes, and the colors can be cycled through until one you like is on at the time. Connecting the cooler to the motherboard for RGB control will deliver whatever modes are offered, and the same goes for color choices. Only one color is present at a time, and while it may shift and blend into another color, the fans do not have a rainbow mode, where many colors are offered at once.
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