Deepcool Maelstrom 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Deepcool Maelstrom 240 Installation
Having installed the Maelstrom 120 recently we expect that the 240 version should be a breeze as well. We start out the same way; installing the fans. With the wiring all facing the same direction and fans set to push air as indicated by the directions, begin attaching the fans with the 8 included screws. Once again we find that the machining is either too tight, or that paint has filled the screw holes on the radiator. The best advice we can give is be sure you are lined up correctly and not cross threaded and give it a good effort. This poor machining is disappointing considering how easy the rest of the installation is.

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With the fans attached we go ahead and attach the radiator to the case with the the 8 shorter screws. One tip would be to rest the pump on the backside of your GPU while trying to attach the screws. Again the poor machining is going to make this harder than it should be.

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Next we will install the backplate. To do this we need to attach the standoffs in the correct holes. On the directions you will find an indicator of which hole is correct for your socket. Ours is 1150, so we will use the further inside set. Simply slide the stand off screws in the correct holes and secure with the black plastic clips. They will snap into place when secure.

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With the backplate assembled simply slide the four screws through the backside of the motherboard. If you are careful not to bump your case too hard the backplate will stay loosely in place on its own.

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Now we need to attach the wings to the pump. You will of course want to be using the Intel or AMD wings for their respective motherboards. All the parts needed for either are kept separately in labelled bags. For the pump you simply line up the wings and attach with the small screws.

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With everything assembled go ahead and install the pump on the CPU. This is done by easily lining up the wings with the standoffs and securing with the thumbscrews. I found that attaching two screws thumb tight with one hand worked well to secure the pump that I was holding in place with my other hand. They are thumb screws, but I would recommend a flathead screwdriver to tighten the pump all the way to the CPU. You can not overtighten them as the standoff screws are not threaded all the way. When the pump is properly secured you can go ahead and connect the 3 pin to the CPU_FAN header.

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And lastly connect the two fans to the PWM hub and connect the hub to a PWM header on the motherboard. Secure the hub with either the included double sided tape or zip tie.

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