Installation and Finished Product
With our Intel test system, we are required to use the backplate, and no matter which way it is put into the holes of the motherboard, it will clear the screws protruding from the motherboard. To isolate the metal plate from the board, the plastic clips at the ends are what does the job.
Using the correct set of universal brackets, we installed them on top of the black spacers as per the instructions, where they go on the sides of the CPU socket. To lock everything into place and solidify the lower mounting hardware, the nuts go over the studs and are screwed down until we ran out of threads.
After the protective plastic layer is removed from the base of the cooler, and TIM is applied to the CPU heat spreader, you can attempt to mount the cooler to the brackets. This is almost impossible to do with the fan installed, and once removed, you can quickly go back and forth between the two screws to evenly apply pressure. You know you are tight enough when you run out of threads.
Due to the height of the plastic on the rear I/O cover of the motherboard, we did have a clearance issue, which made us have to rotate the cooler 180-degrees, which did lead to some other problems, but we were able to rectify things to suit our needs for testing. However, the view of it behind the memory of the Big Shuriken 3 does show that this is wide like a 120mm tower cooler, but hardly needs space above the motherboard to obtain airflow.
In a proper installation, the heat pipes would be next to the memory, but if, like us, you run into any issues, it is possible to spin the cooler while still populating the memory slots. It does appear that the fans would fit under the cooler, but the stick nearest the cooler was touching, so we removed them.
As we step back to look at the cooler, two things come to mind right away. In a proper installation, the offset of the cooler shift closer to the 8-pin connection, but due to the compact design that is not much of an issue. However, the point we saw with our memory clearance will apply to any LGA2011/2066 user with the slots nearest the rear I/O.
Looking at it as if in a standard chassis, the view is of the fan with all of the aluminum fins showing through it. Keep in mind; this should be turned around, and sadly, had it fit that way, it would have blocked our view of the silver heat sink with HERO painted on it. In all honesty, we like things better the way we had to install it.