Accessories and Documentation
While one large bag contains all of the hardware, a smaller bag labeled Intel is what we opened first. In it, you get the universal Intel top brackets that snap onto the sides of the head unit. The paperwork is a warning to socket 2011 users about the depth of the mounting holes, and to the right are the Intel backplate, and a set of screws for LGA2011/2066 at the top, and all others use the set below the backplate.
AM3 and AM4 users will want this hardware kit. The mounting brackets are surrounding the mounting screws, and to the right is a set of four washers. There is no backplate, as AMD users will need to use the stock backplate on the motherboard.
For those of you wanting to put this on a Threadripper system, Alphacool has you covered. Specific to the TR4 socket, there is another set of snap-together mounting brackets, and of course, a proper set of mounting screws as well.
We opened two bags at once, this time, as they are universal in nature. We found thirteen fan screws in a bag, which also contained the thirteen short screws for securing the radiator to a chassis. In the bottom right corner, we find a set of four springs that work with the washers and the nuts, which is what gives pressure to the socket mounting screws.
When it comes to the illumination of the Eisbaer Aurora, you have two options. The first is to use that the cable arcing across the top, plug the left side connection into an RGB header on the motherboard, while the right end connects to the fans and the pump. The other option is to use that same adapter, but plug it into the SATA powered controller. The controller allows you to swap through roughly ten modes, various colors, and you can address the speed and light intensity from it!
Floating around inside of the large bag which housed everything we have seen so far, we find these three items. On the left is some thermal paste, suitable for a couple of applications. In the middle is an insert that provides users with information should they have issues of questions. To the right, Alphacool also considered adding three more fans into the chassis and is sure to add a three-way fan splitter, so we only need the CPU FAN header on the motherboard to get them up and running.
The trio of fans supplied in the kit goes by the name of Eiszyklon Aurora LUX PRO Digital RGB, and are 120mm fans with round frames and seven blades in each. Two leads are needed, one for the fan and another to connect the RGB lighting, which can be seen through slits cut in the front edge of the frame. To isolate these fans from sending vibrations into the radiator or chassis, each corner, on both sides, has a dense foam pad to take care of that.
FI you thought that this kit might be too much for you to handle, Alphacool wrote a small novel to ensure you will have everything at your disposal to get it installed properly. Each socket has a section after going over the parts list, and even wiring gets a specific section all its own. While it does take considerably longer to install this versus a CLC AIO, it takes no more skill to accomplish.