At first glance I thought installation was going to be somewhat easy, but it turned out to be quite difficult. The first step was to install the fan onto the heatsink. I’m not a fan of having to attach the fan to the heatsink myself using cheap metal clips, but it had to be done.
The next step was to secure the plastic mount to the motherboard. Ideally you want to have the fan on the right side of the motherboard blowing into the heatsink and then exiting out the rear exhaust fan of the case. So I had to align the mount to face this way. You just simply press the mount into the case and then attach it with the four plastic screws which can just be pressed in by hand. I have to admit I was happy, at that time, with the installation.
You then, of course, have to apply the included thermal grease prior to attaching the cooler to the motherboard.
While I was trying to secure the cooler to the mount I realized that there was no physical way that I was going to be able latch the cooler to the mount. The latches on the cooler would not fit over the mount because both sides were being blocked.
So I had to completely remove the mount and rotate it 90 degrees so that I would be able to even attempt to get the CPU cooler attached to the mount. The mount is so secure that it took me nearly 10 minutes just to remove it from the motherboard.
Even though it wasn’t properly installed I still managed to get it installed to test out for this review.
After getting the motherboard installed back into the case I realized that the DCC-C900 takes up little retail space inside of the case, leaving room for airflow and cable management.