Wife at work, kid is sleeping and nothing worth watching on the telly ..
What to do ?
I know it!
*Puts on some Kavinsky tunes*
Lets install the Apogee Drive II - Eager to see how the thing fits and how the mounting is.
Taken from Swiftech webpage:ap.o.gee: The farthest or highest point; the apex; a final climactic stage
Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the Apogee™ Drive II integrated pump & waterblock returns to take its place at the helm of Swiftech's CPU waterblock product line. Close to 24 months in the making, it includes all the latest technological advancements that we have to offer:
Best thermal performance: the Apogee™ Drive II manages to achieve better thermal performance than the award-winning Apogee™ HD.
Best hydraulic performance: thanks to the integrated, PWM controlled MCP35X pump, which has established itself as the best-in-class pump on the market, the Apogee™ Drive II is the world's only waterblock that can be considered as a flow enhancing device, as opposed to a flow-robbing device.
Best retention mechanism: proven time and again to satisfy beginners and hard-core enthusiasts alike for its ease of use, reliability, and repeatable results.
Compact form factor enables liquid cooling in space constrained applications.
Adjustable G1/4 inlet and outlet ports, compatible with all compression fittings.
Illuminated logo in 3 colors: Red, Blue, or green.
Perfect fit! Even clears the mSATA that Asrock placed at the backside of the motherboard. I know its "Just" a backplate, but it is the easiest backplate I ever mounted, just align it up - Gentle pressure - And the adhesive pads will hold it there - Done.
The mounting system on the Apogee Drive II is perfect - They managed to turn the whole process into "1 - 2 - 3 - Done" - The block does not slip away or wobble while you are trying to reach a screw - Just grab the thumbscrews and do the usual cross pattern until they bottom out. The whole thing can even be mounted in any direction you wish.
The whole thing clears everything on the Motherboard. I had slight concerns when I began, as the Asrock have its CPU-slot slightly moved towards the PCI-E when compared to the ASUS. It clears it perfectly though, more than enough room for a GPU with a backplate on it aswell.
Thanks for reading! Next update will most likely be regarding the Reference GTX 670 and the upcomming Heatkiller Waterblock, both should arrive early next week.