CPU Cooler Fit & Included Accessories
CPU Cooler Fit
To test the amount of space surrounding the CPU socket, we mounted a Noctua NH-D15 cooler to the CPU socket. An overly large CPU air cooler, the NH-D15 houses a dual fan construction and two huge vertical cooling towers.
With the NH-D15 oriented to blow air towards the board's rear panel, the cooler does not come into direct contact with any of the memory modules or heat sinks surrounding the CPU socket. While a graphics card does not conflict with the heat sink in the primary PCIe x16 slot, the card may require using an alternate slot if it contains large components on the rear side of the PCB or backplate.
The side views illustrate that the memory slot layout is designed to be usable with even the largest CPU coolers, as long as the cooler is designed to adhere to the Intel design spec. The fit between the front fan and the front memory modules could be tight, depending on the cooler's front fan seating height.
Noctua SecureFirm2 mounting system
Noctua's SecureFirm2 mounting system is a good method to quickly determine how well the CPU socket laid out to accommodate a larger cooler. The mount easily fits within the constraints of the upper and lower memory modules, as well in the PLX and VRM heat sinks and the power chokes located just under the VRM sink.
ASUS bundled in everything necessary to get the X99-E WS/USB 3.1 board up and running.
The X99-E WS/USB 3.1 motherboard manual is well written and highly detailed, as expected from ASUS manuals. ASUS also includes an install disk containing all necessary hardware drivers and application software for board functioning. Additionally, a "Powered by ASUS" branded metallic case badge is bundled in with the board.
ASUS includes a flat black colored rear panel shield with the ports labeled via white colored text and graphics and specialized coloring to differentiate the BIOS Flashback and Q-Code Logger buttons and tied USB ports as well as the USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 ports.
ASUS included a total of 12 6Gb/s rated SATA cables for use with the integrated sata ports. The black colored cables have integrated port locks.
For multi-GPU use, ASUS includes two-way, three-way, and four-way NVIDIA SLI cables, for using the board with multiple graphics cards.
For use with the on-board front panel and USB 2.0 headers, ASUS included their Q-Connector header plugs. You simply plug the front panel and USB 2.0 plugs into the Q-Connector, then plug the Q-Connector into the appropriate board header. It makes the installation of the front panel and USB plugs much easier.
ASUS included rear panel brackets for adding a serial port and two USB 2.0 ports to the system.