CPU Cooler Fit and Included Accessories

CPU Cooler Fit

To test the amount of space surrounding the CPU socket, we mounted the Noctua NH-D14 cooler to the CPU socket. This behemoth CPU air cooler sports a dual fan construction and two huge vertical cooling towers.

With the cooler oriented to blow air towards the rear panel, there is no space issues around the cooler boundaries with sufficient room on all side of the socket to accommodate the cooler as well as a PCIe video card seated in the primary PCI-Express x16 slot.

From the side view, EVGA designed the CPU socket area and surrounding heat sinks to easily accommodate even larger heat sinks like the Noctua NH-D14. The rear tower of the cooler and its associated heat pipes easily clear the heat sink above the CPU socket and all memory slots are usable.

The Noctua hold down mechanism is large enough to quickly determine exactly how much space is available around the CPU socket. While the mount looks tight on the left side of the socket, there is no contact between the mount's arm and the heat sink cooling the PLX chip.

The backplate rests securely on top of the CPU socket backplate with no risk of component or board damage because of the lack of chips in close proximity to the CPU socket.

Included Accessories

EVGA includes in everything you need to get the board up and running with several accessories included with the board supporting the its more esoteric features.

EVGA includes several manuals, an install dis containing all necessary drivers and utilities, and an EVGA-branded case badge with the Z97 Classified board. The included manuals contain rudimentary information concerning board setup and operation with the more esoteric components and board features quickly glossed over or not mentioned at all. The UEFI BIOS features are not discussed in the manuals at all, but a BIOS-centered manual can be found from the site's product download page.

EVGA designed the rear panel shield with a flat black background. All port identifying text and icons were printed in white, making them easily identified and read.

EVGA included a total of four 6Gb/s rated SATA cables for use with the integrated port. The cables have integrated port locks with straight connectors only.

For multi-GPU use, EVGA bundles the board with two-way, three-way, and four-way NVIDIA SLI cables for board support with up to a quad-SLI configuration.

EVGA includes a rear bracket, offering support for two additional USB 3.0 port through the on board header.

The included GPU Link cables can be used to connect a supported via card to the on board GPU Link header (located just below the DIMM slots), giving the user access to GPU card voltage manipulation settings from within the UEFI BIOS.

The Probe It cable plugs directly into the on board Probe It header just below the DIMM slots to measure board voltages directly from the traces. Instead of having to place the multi-meter leads directly on the board surface, you attach them to the integrated extension cable ports.

To protect the board traces and rear panel assembly, EVGA includes a branded rear panel cover. The cover is a matte-black colored aluminum construction, shaped to fit the rear panel assembly without conflicting with the VRM heat sink. The cover is held in place by the motherboard mounting screws in the top right section of the motherboard.

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