Alpenfohn K2 Review
For such a large cooler the K2 was actually quite easy to fit. That said the job would have been much easier if the instructions didn't need a microscope to read them. I found the pictures that small that I actually resorted to taking several close up photos of the diagrams and then enlarged them on my PC so I could see what was going on. Combine that with a confusing and often hilarious German to English text and what we have is a set of instructions that actually appear to want to make the job harder than it is.
As I say the fitting itself, despite the intentions of the graphics department is actually a simple two stage affair. A multi socket back plate is attached to the rear of the case by means of threaded pins passing from back to front, with each of the legs having rubber isolation socks slid over them to prevent shorting on the rear of the motherboard. Brackets are then screwed to these pins on the front side of the motherboard using the relevant spacers depending on your socket type. After adding TIM to the CPU, the tower is then placed atop the chip where it is secured down by a cross brace. This brace has sprung screws to adjust tension and engages with the brackets on either side. The tower has to be installed without the fans in place but attaching them after is easy as the spring clips are nicely flexible. One in place each fan can be attached to separate headers or a fan controller or joined by a supplied adapter to enable them to be run from a single PWM header. Alpenfohn also include a fan-molex adapter if you want to go straight into the 12v supply from your PSU. There is also sufficient clearance underneath the unit for those who favour RAM with big heatsinks.