Installation and Finished Product
The first thing we did was to grab the pair of top mounting brackets, and with a couple of provided screws, mounted them to the head unit. Be sure to keep the bends inward when doing so, send the screws in until they run out of threads, and as one piece, the head unit is ready to be installed.
Being sure to align the backplate with the socket, we dropped it into place, after applying four of the plastic washers to the backplate, around the threaded studs at the corners. At this point, you either hold onto the plate with one hand and slide the motherboard onto a table or grab the standoffs and install them while holding the plate and motherboard with the other hand.
When installing the standoffs for LGA115X, do not forget to install the other four plastic washers. They are adhesive on one side, which we stuck to the bottom of the installed standoffs, rather than gluing them to the motherboard. With other sockets, you will not need the plastic washers.
After applying the thermal paste, we went ahead and set the head unit onto the CPU, and tightened the thumb nuts. Be sure to do this in an X-pattern to ensure an even mount of the cold plate, and again, we sent them down until we ran out of threads.
Even though the head unit of the Liquid Freezer II 280 is ever so slightly visible, the height of this AIO is much higher. We do not just have to take the fittings into account; we also have to take into account a gentle bend of the tubes, which increases the overall height quite a bit, but not an issue if using a standard width chassis.
We skipped the other close-up images, as it is painfully evident that there is not a single clearance issue, even with the enlarged head unit containing the VRM fan. We also liked the length of the tubes, as it allowed us to use the top of the D-Frame, which is much taller than the average chassis, and we still have gentle bends in the tube, and slack in the lines.