For our test bed we will use the Intel mounting set. There are several installation options on the backplate for the Intel sockets. The installation will have to be conducted outside of the case. We begin by turning the motherboard upside down and placing the back plate on the board. We can now line up the holes with the backplate.
We actually recommend to continue the installation by holding the motherboard sideways but for the purpose of this review all images will either show the top or the bottom. We continue the installation with the nuts and mounting bolts. While holding the board sideways we hold the backplate and nut for the first bolt in place while we insert and screw in the bolt from the other side.
Here is a quick sideways look.
We are pretty much done with the installation of the mounting gear. Good stuff. It was a bit of a balancing act but guess what, we are over the hill already. Now comes the easy part. Let's take a look at the cooler and the mounting clip.
On the top of the cold plate you will notice this nudge.
The nudge is there to secure the mounting clip in place and prevent the cooler from moving around once it is mounted. The clip has a pin that fits exactly into this nudge. Let's have a look at clip.
The screws are already attached to the clip. They can be removed if need be but there should not be a need unless we replace a broken screw. The clip can be opened up and this way accommodates the different socket configuration. The screws also feature springs and they can also be moved along the elongated slots at the ends of the clip to further accommodate socket configurations.
Time to seat the heatsink. As usual we refrain from going into detail about TIM application as this is a very broad space with plenty of room for opinion. Once the TIM is installed you should move the mounting clip to it's most narrow position and then move it through the bottom of the cooler. Seat the cooler and open up the clip to line up with the mounting bolts on the motherboard. Also makes sure the pin on the clip is seated in the nudge of the cold plate.
With the heatsinnk in place and secured we can move on to install the fan and clips.
The clips are attached to the fan with standard fan screws. The once included are a little bit shorter but the standard length screws will make no difference so if one should get lost, they are easy to replace. We are glad to see that Cooler Master managed to reconfigure the clips so that the foam patches do not cover the screw holes as we have seen from the H612(PWM).
The fan with the clips is really a snap to install.
All done and ready to go into the case.