Installation and Finished Product
Moving on to the installation, we took the backplate, using the appropriate holes for our LGA115X system slid in the long screws, and are ready to flip the board over and carry one. However, even though the hex heads appear to lock into the channels of the backplate, there is nothing more than friction to keep them from spinning later in the installation process.
With the long screws already protruding through the holes in the motherboard, you next need to drop a washer over them and use the threaded nuts to lock it all to the motherboard. Again, since the long screws can spin, we stopped turning the nut when the head of the screw spun against our finger which is holding the screws in place through this process.
To get to this point, we made sure that the plastic warning sticker is removed, we applied some thermal paste, and in an X-pattern, we secured the head unit to the motherboard with the tightening nuts. We knew we had gotten them screwed into place when the entire system of the long screw, threaded nut, and tightening nut all spin at once.
As most AIOs will do, the ID-Cooling ZOOMFLOW 240 stays well away from memory and still has plenty of room to change the angle of the fittings to accommodate all setups inside of a chassis. While it cannot be seen, we had no issues with anything around the head unit including access to fan headers or the 8-pin connection out of frame to the right.
With everything installed, and inside of a chassis that has more of a gap on top of the motherboard than just about anything else out there, the length of tubing shines and allows the cooler to be installed without tension on the tubes. While things all blend and the AIO looks good, things do get even better.
Once we added some power and tuned the system on, the light show grabs you and sucks you in. The amount of colors at one time is nice, but keep in mind, any colors are possible as long as the software on the motherboard will allow for it. Things are a bit more limited for the non-RGB motherboards, but the modes and options on the remote will keep most users more than happy with the light show options.