You have arrived at a crossroads. Before continuing on through the next steps, check the packaging labels to see whether you have an AIO cooler (marked E) or an air cooler (marked F). If you have an AIO cooler, continue reading. If you have an air cooler, skip this level and continue to Level 4B.
Skip to Level 4B if you have an Air Cooler (F).
A. Identify the Parts That Will be Used
Important! AMD® motherboards come preconfigured with a compatible backplate. Skip to Level 5 if you have an AMD® CPU.
Not all of the Kraken 120 components will be used for your build. Depending on whether your CPU is AMD® or Intel®, you will be using different parts in the installation. For now, take out the backplate, 4 standoffs, and 4 thumb-nuts.
B. Orient the Backplate to the Vertical Position
This is a universal backplate - find which holes match your CPU and fit your motherboard. Make sure the back plate is properly (vertically) oriented before doing so.
C. Peel the Plastic
Remove any plastic coverings on the backplate.
D. Insert the Backplate
Align the nubs of the backplate to the holes of the motherboard, pads facing the board, and with the backplate vertically oriented.
E. Install the Standoffs
Holding the backplate in place, screw four standoffs into the holes surrounding the CPU socket.
F. Screw On the Thumb-nuts
To temporarily secure the backplate to the motherboard, screw the thumb-nuts with springs onto the standoffs. Leave the other cooler parts untouched, we will resume installing them at a later stage of the building process.
You Will Resume Installing This Cooler at a Later Stage in the Build
Keep track of and safely store away all provided screws and materials that have not yet been used.