CPU Cooler Fit and Included Accessories
CPU Cooler Fit
To test the amount of space surrounding the CPU socket, we mounted the Noctua NH-D15 cooler to the CPU socket. This behemoth CPU air cooler sports a dual fan construction and two huge vertical cooling towers.
The cooler easily fits the board, clearing the memory to its front and the VRM heat sinks along the sides and back. Further, you should have no problems with the CPU cooler interfering with devices seated in the primary PCIe x1 or x16 slots.
The close-up views of the cooler better illustrate how much space ASUS has opened up in the CPU socket area. All memory slots remain usable and the cooler and its integrated heat pipes easily clears the board's VRM heat sinks.
The Noctua hold down mechanism is large enough to quickly determine exactly how much space is available around the CPU socket. The Noctua hold down cage fits easily within the CPU socket area with more than sufficient clearance between it and the VRM heat sinks.
The cooler's backplate rests on the socket backplate, minimizing the risk of direct board contact.
ASUS includes the necessary accessories to get the board up and running with minimal hassle.
As expected from an ASUS prdouct, the Z97-Pro Gamer's manual was thorough and clear, covering in-detail all board functionality and included Windows software. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers and Window's utilities and an ASUS-branded metallic case badge.
The board's rear panel shield is a steel plate with a plastic, flat-blat colored overlay. The port identifying text and icons colored white and printed sideways, making it very readable under most conditions with it mounted on a vertical case.
ASUS bundled in four black and white 6Gb/s rated SATA cables for use with the integrated port. The cables have integrated port locks and a mix of straight and 90 degree connectors.
For multi-GPU use, ASUS included a two-way NVIDIA SLI connector.