A Closer Look: The Installation
The Captain 240 EX was simple to install and could be done with absolutely no tools at all. That being said, it was easier to do with a Philips head screwdriver. The Captain 240 EX comes with a universal back plate for both AMD and Intel. One side for AMD and the other for Intel. The back plate has several different screw holes for different sockets. The Captain 240 EX Supports all consumer and enthusiast grade Intel sockets going back as far as LGA 1336 and 2011. As for AMD, it supports both the FX lineup and the APU line up as far back as AM2 and FM1.
The Captain's mounting hardware supports all modern AMD and Intel sockets. Here you see all the mounting hardware as well as the fans and fan hub.
The mounting hardware for the consumer grade Intel sockets LGA 1336 and LGA 115X.
For the consumer grade Intel sockets, there are mounting pins that snap into the back plate.
The back plate was easy to install. The threaded pins snap into the rear of the back plate. They then slide through the holes in the motherboard and are fastened down by the larger threaded nuts to hold the backplate in place. You then slide the metal mounting brackets over the pins. They can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. Which way they are installed depends on the placement of the radiator and block.
The mounting pins snap into the back plate in different locations depending on the socket its being installed on. This is the configuration for Intels LGA 115X sockets.
The larger nuts that hold the back plate in place can be tightened by hand.
The mounting brackets can be installed vertically.
The brackets can also be installed horizontally. This is how I installed the mounting brackets for this installation.
This was the easiest part of the all-around easy installation. I installed the included TF120 fans on the top of the radiator. I usually install fans this way for no other reason than it's easier to clean them that way. At least in the specific case I installed the Captain 240 EX in which has a removable top dust filter to access the fans.
The pump housing has 2 mounting screws attached to it. These screws can be tightened by hand or with a screw driver. A screw driver is recommended.
The TF120 fans were top mounted to allow for easy cleaning of the fans. This also allowed me to add 2 additional fans on the other side of the radiator to allow for a push/pull configuration.
Another great touch of the Captain 240 EX was the included PWM fan hub. This is especially handy for the more budget oriented motherboards with few fan headers. The fan hub plugs into the CPU OPT header next to the CPU FAN header. This hub allows you to add up to 4 additional fans to your system. The 2 on the radiator and another 2 fans. This was perfect for the push pull configuration I set up on the Captain 240 EX.
The fan hub comes with a piece of double sided tape the length of the hub itself. This means it can be installed anywhere that’s convenient for the person installing it.
I installed the fan hub near the top behind the motherboard tray. This made it easy to conceal the fan wires.
The Captain 240 EX looks great installed on my Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5, especially with the red glass tubing to accent the red of the heatsinks and ram.