Installation and Finished Product
Using an LGA115X system to test, our installation process began with the backplate. Using the inner set of holes on the backplate, we installed the screws, which lock into the diamond-shaped holes. To secure the screws to the backplate, as well as acting as the isolation material, you slide the rubber washers down the screws and into a groove.
Now, as one piece, you align the backplate with the holes in the motherboard and allow it to slip through the board. You can also see that all four sides are designed the same, allowing the backplate to go in any orientation, as well as there is no top or bottom to the plate, making it really hard to screw this part up.
After flipping the motherboard over, we can mount the rest of the hardware needed. We first dropped the plastic standoffs over the screws to set the proper height. Once completed, we took the brackets and installed them above and below the socket, as it is laid out in the instructions.
After applying the paste, grabbing the crossbar and sliding it properly into the base of the DRP 4, we needed access to mount the pair of hex-head Phillips screws. We mentioned earlier that a couple of the caps at the top of the cooler are removable, and unscrewing them from the top plate allows the supplied screwdriver access through the cooler. Of course, the second fan will need removing to accomplish this.
While there are taller kits of RAM on the market, the DRP 4 is designed to allow for reasonably tall memory modules. The cooler is as wide as the RAM and stands tall above it, and we like the "murdered-out" appeal of this all-black tower.
If you happen to have some of the taller kits on the market, by raising the intake fan, we do see more room. Moving the fan can, and likely will increase the overall height of the tower, so be sure your chassis has the extra width needed to accommodate the change if needed.
Stepping back for a better look at things, there is a lot of cooler to see by doing so. Currently, only blocking access to swapping out the memory, if adding a third fan to this tower, it will complicate access to the 8-pin but should stay clear of the rear I/O and any exhaust fans in the chassis.
Looking at the Dark Rock Pro 4 as if viewed through a chassis window, the look of the cooler is clean, high-end, and it is easy to see how much room it takes while staying clear of the top PCI-e slot. For those who loathe RGB, there isn't a single light on the cooler, just sexy aluminum, the company name, and a view of the front fan is all.
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