Installing the MasterAir MA610P
Installing the cooler was very straight forward. To start, I first set up the universal back plate for Intel’s LGA 1151 Socket. The universal back plate is essentially, the same back plate design Cooler Master has been using for year. Where the back plate on the Hyper 212 Evo is metal, the one for the MA610P is plastic. However, they work the same. Plastic clips hold bolts in place. The back plate is then held in place on the back of the motherboard tray. I use electrical tape to get hold it in place. There are four nuts that secure the back plate to the motherboard. These same nuts are what the cooler is fastened to the motherboard.
Once the back plate is attached, you have to remove the fans from the heat sink. Then, its time to attach the mounting brackets to the heat sink. The brackets get attached to an aluminum heat sink that the heat pipes are fused to. The bracket sits on the top of this heat sink and gets screwed together for the under side.
There are a few wires that need to be connected before reattaching the fans. There is an RGB header that can either connect to an RGB controller, an RGB ready motherboard or the Molex powered RGB controller that comes with the cooler. The wires for the lights on the top are fed through a channel in the center of the the heat sink. It connects to the the RGB cables coming off the two fans, then to what ever RGB source you are using. The Molex RGB controller that comes with the MA610P has 6 preset modes. These modes are Static, Stars, Cycle, Breathing, Cycle breathing and Mirage. The controller has 3 buttons. The first switches modes, the middle button switched colors and the lst, the brightness of the RGB lighting.
The MA610P also comes with a fan splitter. This way you don’t have to use 2 fans headers on you motherboard for the cooler. Once all connections are made, I tightened down the cooler and attached the fans. I decided to install the MasterAir MA610P in the NZXT S340 Elite. This was almost a big mistake. If the cooler has been even a few milometers taller, the side panel wouldn’t have closed. This should give you an idea of just how large this cooler is.