Today we’ll guide you through the process of installing your Corsair all-in-one cooler on an LGA 1700 motherboard, as well as previous Intel sockets.
Step 1: Preparing the Hardware
To begin, let’s gather our miscellaneous hardware, including four thumbscrews for later use in pump installation. Set these aside for now.
Step 2: Preparing Radiator and Fans
Next, you’ll have the hardware to install your radiator and fans. You can use long screws to mount the fans to the radiator’s top left side. Short screws and washers are for mounting the radiator to the case, a topic we won’t cover in this article.
Step 3: Fan Orientation
Consider two options for fan orientation: either pull air through the radiator or push air through it. Choose based on your case placement and airflow preferences. We’re opting for pushing air out of the case since we’re mounting it at the top.
Step 4: Installing Fans
Begin by starting each screw and then tightening them evenly to avoid rework. Also, think about how to manage the wire direction for installation within your case. Position them towards the back of your motherboard.
Step 5: Preparing the Backplate
Now, prepare your backplate. Ensure the pins on the backplate align with the holes on your motherboard. Select the appropriate standoffs for your motherboard’s socket type. Note that some sockets may not require a backplate.
Step 6: Attaching the Backplate
Remove the paper film covering the backplate’s adhesive. This adhesive helps secure the backplate during installation and allows for vertical placement within your case.
Step 7: Installing Standoffs
Align the pins with the motherboard holes, attach the backplate, and then place it down. Choose the correct standoffs for your motherboard’s socket type and begin screwing them in evenly. Finger-tight is sufficient; there’s no need to overtighten.
Step 8: Pump Installation
Remove the plastic cover over the pump lock, which protects the thermal paste. Avoid getting it on your clothes or touching it. Leave the cover on until you’re ready to attach the pump.
Step 9: Pump Orientation
The orientation of the pump’s hoses doesn’t matter; choose what’s easiest or your preferred direction. You can change the pump cap’s direction using the supplied Allen wrench.
Step 10: Attaching the Pump
Use the four thumbscrews set aside earlier to attach the pump. As with the standoffs, start each screw and tighten them evenly. Avoid overtightening.
Step 11: Wiring
The pump has two wires: a three-pin power connector and a 24-pin plug for the Commander Core RGB controller. Plug the three-pin connector into the appropriate motherboard header. You can use the CPU optional header or another suitable one.
Step 12: Connecting Fans
Each fan has a four-pin power connector. Plug these into your motherboard or the included controller. Additionally, connect the addressable proprietary connectors from Corsair.
Step 13: Commander Core Controller
The included controller has a USB connector and a SATA power connector. Connect your fans and addressable RGB to it. The 24-pin connector from your pump block also goes into the controller.
Step 14: Software Configuration
Once you’ve installed the IQ software on your computer, you can control everything through the controller. We tested the setup with a 12700k CPU and observed excellent performance with temperatures staying around 69-70 degrees under load.
The Corsair all-in-one cooler is easy to install and offers efficient cooling. If you found this article helpful. Let us in the comment box.