Installation and Finished Product
The backplate was already set for us to install it onto an LGA115X motherboard, so we were mindful of the holes drilled in the plate for the socket mounting screws, and slid the backplate into the motherboard. The steel plate is not touching the board due to the thick rubber ends which not only capture the studs but also isolate the board and the plate.
The instructions then say to install the plastic spacers with the rubber washer at the bottom, over top of the studs. Once that is done, for standard cooler orientation, we mounted the top brackets above and below the socket and secured it with the knurled nuts.
After the previous steps are taken, you need to put some paste on the HIS, and install the tower. To do so, you align the crossbar on the base of the cooler with the holes in the brackets, and alternating sides, about five turns at a time, and you know they are tight enough when you run out of threads.
Looking at the front of the Ninja 5 with it now installed, we were able to get the cooler over, the taller RAM, but the fan does not account for this. As you can see, the front fan sits much higher than the top of the cooler, making this installation roughly 165mm in overall height. Something to keep in mind unless you use standard height memory.
As you can see, all of the fins cleared the RAM we have installed, and the notched section adds even more room for the tallest of sticks available. However, with even taller sticks under the fan, every millimeter in height increased in the RAM will make the front fan have to sit even higher.
There is no denying that the Scythe Ninja 5 is a beast, as it takes over the majority of the motherboard with both fans installed. We like that there is room under the cooler to hide the wires, there is just enough room to plug in the 8-pin CPU power when it is in a chassis, and you only need to remove the front fan to change the memory, not the whole cooler.
Inside of any chassis with a window or with the door off, this is the view you will see. Mostly blacked out, with just the gray rubber corners and the eight-pointed star in the center to break up all of that black aluminum, the aesthetics are nice and are subdued. While the Ninja 5 is quite heavy, the mounting is secure, and the board is not warped by using it.