Installation of this cooler is pretty easy and I have to say the instructions DeepCool provides are some of the easiest to understand and follow.
We will be doing our installation on an Intel Z490 system so this installation would be pretty much the same for Intel LGA 1200, 1150, 1151, and 1155 sockets.
The first thing you are going to want to do is find the Intel backplate and attach it through the backside of your motherboard holding it into place with the included Intel standoffs. On thing that is new is that DeepCool has added those little design elements on the actual Intel backplate.
Next take the black standoffs that are labeled 1150X, these standoffs are for LGA 1200, 1151, 1150, and 1155 sockets. Place them on top of the pegs that are sticking up through your motherboard.
Taking the mounting plate and place it on top of the standoffs, lining it up with the holes in the standoffs. Secure it in place with the included screws.
Remove the included fan, then carefully place the cooler on top of your CPU lining up the screws on each side with the pegs in the mounting plate. Secure the cooler by tightening the screws on each side. Reinstall your fan on the front of the cooler and then be sure to plug it in to your motherboard. With the cooler installed you can see that we have 100% RAM clearance and the cooler does not take up much space at all.
You are going to to want to connect the fan to the CPU fan header on your motherboard. You’ll have an internal USB 2.0 header and ARGB header that comes from the top cap. These need to be connected to your motherboard as well. We had no problem routing the USB 2.0 connector behind our motherboard tray and connecting it to the header on the bottom of our motherboard. For reference our case is the be quiet! Pure Base 500DX.