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 mounts to the board with adequate room provided by the board design along all sides of the cooler with the exception of the spacing between the socket and the primary PCIe x16 slot. Because of the slots proximity to the socket, the Noctua cooler impinges on use of a card in the primary slot. if you desire to use such a large cooler with the board in the orientation shown, you will need to use the secondary or tertiary PCIe slot for your primary video card.
The cooler does not conflict with the DIMMs mounted in the DIMM slots nor with the VRM heat sinks, illustrating ECS' careful slot design and layout.
The Noctua hold down mechanism is large enough to quickly determine exactly how much space is available around the CPU socket. The Noctua mount easily fits into the socket area without issue.
The cooler's backplate rests on the socket backplate, minimizing the risk of direct board contact. Further, there is no risk of any back plate to board component contact even with a cooler back plate that extends farther out than the pictured Noctua plate.
ECS bundled in the bare minimum required accessories for board use.
The Z170-Claymore's manual is well documented, covering covering the integrated board functions in sufficient detail. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers.
The board's rear panel shield is flat black colored with port identifying text and icons colored white and yellow for easy port identification.
ECS bundled in four black 6Gb/s rated SATA cables for use with the on board SATA ports. The cables have integrated port locks with straight connectors only.