In the very first step of installing CAPELLIX into our test system, we attached the two cooling fans to the radiator. A push configuration is the usual course of action for this type of cooler, so we install the fans in this orientation – with airflow facing the radiator. As usual, long screws need to be tightened into all four corners of each fan.
The largest and most challenging aspect to installing a liquid cooler within a case comes when trying to fix the radiator and fan combo into the roof of the case, so this is the next phase of our installation. Since our case has plenty of space, and we’re dealing with the smaller dual-fan model of CAPELLIX, we have plenty of space to move into a position of choice. Screws just need to be attached to the top-side.
Next, we attached all four cables to the Commander NODE – RGB cables on one side, PWM cables on the other. This unit also requires SATA power from the PSU.
For our CPU cooler reviews we’re using LGA 1200, which is Intel’s new socket for 10th Gen. processors. This configuration fits into the same dimensions as previous Intel sockets bearing the LGA 115x. A backplate simply needs to be placed through the back of the motherboard so the mounting holes are visible on the front side and then standoffs need to be screwed into the four mounting holes which appear as shown above.
The final step in the install process is to place the block/pump over the CPU and tighten the four thumbscrews – tightening in a diagonal manner to apply even pressure.
Before switching on, we always check that all cables are properly connected – including the pump header.
With all these steps complete, we’re left with a dazzling display. The default lighting profile for this cooler is the rainbow mode which you can see above but this can be fully customised using the iCUE software. Different lighting profiles can be applied and performance profiles can also be adjusted as per other Hydro Series models.
Overall the installation process is very easy and hassle-free.