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LGA 1150, High RAM heatspreads, and CPU cooler options?


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Okay, so I just recently ordered the parts to build my first computer and had a few questions about some of the things I have read.

I have bought the ASRock Fatal1ty Killer LGA 1150 motherboard, along with the Corsair Vengeance Blue RAM with the rather large heatspreads. I've read that numerous boards have issues supporting these RAM sticks with aftermarket coolers, and I was wondering if this board faced the same issue? I plan on overclocking down the road and so obviously I'd get an aftermarket cooler. So would the cooler block the first RAM slot like it does on many other boards? Would running A2 B2 change my performance at all, since I don't plan on getting more than 8gb of RAM in the near or distant future? I know the low profile is an option, but I've already purchased this one.

Also, this is a more n00b question, but my motherboard has come already and has the whole perimeter of it covered in foam that is ziptied to it. Is that to remain on or should i take it off? I ask because the zip ties are rather rigid, and maybe the foam helps with fitting, support, and vibration noise or something? I'm just making this up as I go haha. So a real explanation would be helpful.

If anyone has any further questions let me know.

As far as I know the RAM is either 50-52mm tall, from what I've seen different people post.

And the option of flipping the coolers the opposite way is out too I believe because the Killer board has something on the other side that blocks it (I'm not exactly sure what it is/does)

The three coolers I've considered is the cooler master hyper 212 evo, noctua nh-d14, and the corsair h100i. The price and cooling performance of the three aren't a huge factor because they're all good enough for me and worth what they can do, I just need to know if only 1 of the 3 is compatible or whatever to help me make my decision.

Thankyou.
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I don't have any experience with asrock motherboards, but I don't think I've ever seen a motherboard with foam on it for anything other than shipping. I could be wrong though.
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"Inside, the Fatal1ty Z87 Professional is packaged much like any high end motherboard. It is nestled into a foam protector and both are encased in an anti-static bag. Over this, ASRock has included a cardboard divider where the accessories and various manuals are housed. The foam protector is a nice touch and should keep this motherboard from becoming a shipping ‘fatality’."

I managed to find that, so I believe you are correct as well. I'm just going to have to safely cut those zip ties off then, maybe a smile pair of scissors would be the best bet so i don't slip and hit anything. There's like 6-8 of them haha.
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Gday howtheflip,
Info for your RAM, > http://www.corsair.c...3m2a1600c9.html
For best performance you should use the slots as instructed, you may take a performance hit by moving to different slots.
To save yhou lots of time researching, it is simple to exchange for a low profile kit.
FYI. Using a cooling solution other than the one supplied with a Retail boxed CPU voids your warranty, should damage occur, you are not covered, actually, this also applies to overclocking.
As well as clearance to RAM, you must also look at total hight of cooler. Put a straight edge across the open side of the case and measure distance to the top of the RAM slot not the board surface, this gives a little wiggle room, a case side fan can also cause problems.


I use the Noctua, NH-D14, have the fan blowing up to the top case vent, > https://docs.google....atasheet_en.pdf
the corsair h100i. is very noisy, > http://uk.hardware.i...ts-noise-levels
the hyper 212 evo, spec, Check carefully for compatibility. > http://www.coolermas...er-212-evo.html
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Gday howtheflip,
Info for your RAM, > http://www.corsair.c...3m2a1600c9.html
For best performance you should use the slots as instructed, you may take a performance hit by moving to different slots.
To save yhou lots of time researching, it is simple to exchange for a low profile kit.
FYI. Using a cooling solution other than the one supplied with a Retail boxed CPU voids your warranty, should damage occur, you are not covered, actually, this also applies to overclocking.
As well as clearance to RAM, you must also look at total hight of cooler. Put a straight edge across the open side of the case and measure distance to the top of the RAM slot not the board surface, this gives a little wiggle room, a case side fan can also cause problems.


I use the Noctua, NH-D14, have the fan blowing up to the top case vent, > https://docs.google....atasheet_en.pdf
the corsair h100i. is very noisy, > http://uk.hardware.i...ts-noise-levels
the hyper 212 evo, spec, Check carefully for compatibility. > http://www.coolermas...er-212-evo.html



Yes I've heard that it voids warranties, and I don't plan on doing it right away, but a little down the road, I was just curious for now. I don't see the point in buying a K version if you never experiment, you know? And that noctua doesn't list lga 1150 as compatible, although I thought I've seen people say they're using it?

Noise is not a concern to me, it's not something I pay much attention to in relation to the corsair.

And from the pins to the top of the heatsinks I believe the ram is 52mm tall from others have said, but I have no measured

The only problem with "easily switching to low profile", is that I already purchased the high heatspread RAM and don't feel like spending more money on it.

I plan on putting a case side fan in as well when it finally comes in. From what I can see the location is slightly lower than the RAM though, but I'd have to doublecheck. So i'm not sure how much room there is going to be Upwards, but I was talking specifically for the RAM in the first slot to fit below the cpu cooler

I just got the specs and it says it supports cpu coolers up to 172mm tall, I don't know if that's including the RAM issue, but probably not? or maybe they don't consider the ram because of the spacing? I have no idea.

Edited by howtheflip, 08 December 2013 - 11:41 PM.

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Corsair memory hight, > http://www.corsair.c...ort/faq/memory/
Which Noctua coolers are compatible with LGA1150?The mounting is identical on all LGA115x sockets (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156). The following coolers are thus compatible with LGA1150 out of the box and don’t require any upgrades in order to be used on this platform: NH-C12P SE14, NH-C14, NH-D14, NH-L12, NH-L9i, NH-U12P SE2, NH-U9B SE2. In addition, all older models which have been upgraded with the NM-I3 kit can also be used on LGA1150 without any further upgrades.Source, > http://www.noctua.at...oducts_id=34#27

This one may be a go as you can install with the offset on different sides, socket 1150, yes >http://www.istorya.n...ler-review.html
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