Installation and Finished Product
To get this far, we had to align and install the small studs in each corner, and then lock it in with the provided clips, ensuring to click it into the proper slot. Once that is done, you can then rest the composite backplate against the motherboard and continue with the process.
After flipping the motherboard back over, ensuring the studs are still in the motherboard holes, we installed the dual threaded nuts into the studs in the backplate. Once you run out of threads, you are in far enough, and there is some play in the assembly thus far.
To get to this point is a matter of having no memory in, assembling the brackets and the cooler, setting the cooler into place, and fumbling around with nuts to secure the cooler, without the room to do it in quickly.
This does make us want different hardware, for sure. As for the mounted cooler, it looks big and imposing, but it might be due to the fan riding high to clear the memory, and its proximity making it appear bigger than other 120mm CPU air coolers.
While the cooler, on a technical level, clears the top of our slightly taller than usual memory, that is not the end of it. To populate the closest slot to the CPU, we were forced to angle in the stick and put odd flex into the DIMM slot itself. In today's market, we expect some offset or at least a cooler that does not sit over the RAM, but the fan does, not both.
Moving further back, so that we can take it all in, we were not finding any issues with getting to the motherboard screws or any limited access to the 8-pin connection. Some good news though out of this, if you are on a quad-channel system, there is plenty of room for RAM behind the towers, with no clearance issues in the slightest.
With all of the other matte black finishes on the motherboard, the video card, and in the chassis, the MA620P fits right in. Even though this is a dual-tower design, from this angle, we can see how little room it takes up overall. There is plenty of room to access the first PCI-e slot, and with the cooler as far forward as it is, you could add a third fan to the tower, and still have plenty of room for the chassis exhaust fan.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MASTERAIR MA620P 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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