Figure 11 shows the backplate for use with AMD processors (at the left) and the one for Intel sockets LGA775, LGA 1150, LGA 1155, LGA 1156, and LGA1366 CPUs (at the right). Socket LGA2011 systems will use the stock mounting system.

Cooler Master V8 GTSFigure 11: Backplates

The first step of the installation is to fasten two holders at the base of the cooler. Figure 12 shows the clips for use with Intel CPUs installed.

Cooler Master V8 GTSFigure 12: Holders installed at base

Then, place the backplate on the solder side of the motherboard, and install four spacers (shown in Figure 13) on the component side.

Cooler Master V8 GTSFigure 13: Spacers

Finally, put the cooler over the CPU and hold it in with four nuts. Fastening the nuts is not easy because they are hard to reach, especially if your motherboard is already installed in the case.

Cooler Master V8 GTSFigure 14: Cooler installed

Figure 14 shows the V8 GTS in action. Besides the red LEDs in the fans, there is also a set of LEDs in the plastic cover, with a nice looking result.

Cooler Master V8 GTSFigure 15: LEDs lit

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.