While water cooling itself is not the easiest learned skill, it’s also not that hard. Installing this XSPC memory block is certainly no harder than any other watercooling task. All that is required is some pre-planning to decide how you want to connect the block into your loop.
First things first, installing your memory into the side plates. The plates are held together by three screws each. We are going to remove these screws in order to place our memory inside.
As you can see the ram we are using is some Samsung low clearance stuff. With these dimms, we are going to have to use the included spacers to fit our dimms properly.
Before inserting the spacers, remove the backing from the tape that holds the spacer in place.
Next you need to select the correct pre-cut piece of thermal pad for your memory. XSPC was kind enough to include pre-cut sections for both tall and short memory. Selecting the smaller of the two pieces for our application, peel off both sides of backing from the thermal pad and place one strip on the back of the side plate.
Before installing your memory you will need to remove any stickers or heat sinks currently on the modules.
Place the dimm on the already placed thermal pad and repeat on the side facing up with another of the smaller pieces of thermal pad.
With the memory in place, set the other side of the plate in place and reinstall the three screws.
Repeat for the other memory module, and you’re done!
The next step is to install the dimms with the side plates attached into the correct memory slots on your motherboard.
With both dimms in place take one of the leftover pieces of the thermal pad and cut it in half lengthwise. Place one of these strips on each of the tops of the side plates. These strips will form a thermal connection between them and the waterblock itself.
Now you can set the waterblock on top of the ram modules, and attach it with the supplied screws. One thing you will want to pay close attention to is the way the tightening screws turn the block. Since there are no notches or cut outs to keep the turning screws from moving it, the block itself will turn.
The next steps will all vary depending on your individual build. Essentially, you attach your fittings to the block and plum the loop with tubing. This is the part where careful planning will assist you. In most cases you will be connecting the CPU to the memory block, specialty fittings and connectors will make this much easier to accomplish.
And finally attach the LED’s to an open molex connector on your PSU.
Dec 11, 2014 0