Installation and Finished Product
Following the manual, it says to locate the proper mounting bracket, and then with the small countersunk screws, you mount said plate to the bottom of the head unit.
The universal backplate and long threaded screws come next. There are five holes at each of the corners of the backplate, and you slide the screw through whichever is appropriate for your system. However, unlike many other mounting systems, the threaded screw never locks into place, and you have to keep your finger on the screws when tightening.
To get to this point, we have flipped over the motherboard, and the first thing to do is to drop the washers over the screws. Once that is done, you screw the spacers into place, and again, there is no defined stopping point. At this point, the screws may still be able to turn, even after making sure you got the spacers as tight as possible with your fingers.
We applied thermal paste, positioned the head unit onto the board, and with the tightening nuts, we secured the cooler in place, as best we could manage. Also, there isn't much point looking over the RAM at it, or getting up close to show clearances, as it is evident that the DASHFLOW 360 head unit is clear of all things on the motherboard.
After a bit of fiddling around with mounting the fans, running the wires, and putting the radiator into the top of our chassis, we found no issues with the process. In a normal mid-tower, or even some of the full-tower designs, the amount of tube could be cumbersome, and due to the amount of it, it could cause issues fitting it with the right bends, or not having it trying to poke out the door side of the chassis.
Unlike with the previous model, the ZOOMFLOW, we feel that the DASHFLOW lacks for those without motherboard RGB support. When connected to the motherboard, you are offered some options and modes that are not found without it, and as such, the best look we found was to stick with a solid red color to match the build. The lighting of the head unit is spectacular and bright, but the illumination of the fans is muted since the RGB LEDs are in the fan hub, and not part of the surrounding rings.