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.

When oriented in its default configuration, the Noctua cooler fits to the Strix X99 Gaming motherboard without issue. The cooler has adequeate room along all sides and does not conflict (space-wise) with either the DIMM slots nor with a card seated in the primary PCIe x16 slot.

The closeup views of the cooler seating and mounting further display just how well the Noctua cooler fits to the board. If a cooler as large as the D15 can fit on this board, you should have not issues with anything.

The Noctua hold down mechanism is large enough to quickly determine exactly how much space is available around the CPU socket. The Noctua mounts fits the socket well with no tight areas or contact points evident between it and the on board capacitors, chokes, or heat sinks.

Included Accessories

The Strix X99 Gaming motherboard comes with all the necessary components to get the board up and running, as well as some nice to have accessories to further customize the board's look.

The manual included with the Strix X99 Gaming does not disappoint, written in the clear and detailed language we've come to expect from ASUS motherboard manuals. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers and Window's utilities, ROG case badges, and ROG case labels. The case labels can be used to label SATA cables, hard drives and SSDs, as well as Keybot-related function keys.

The board's rear panel shield consists of a chrom surface with the port identifying text and icons printed in white text on its surface. Under good lighting, the text and icons are easy to read, but would be challenging to see under poor lighting conditions.

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 single two-way NVIDIA SLI cable.

For use with the on-board front panel header, ASUS included one of their Q-Connector header plugs. You simply plug the front panel case leads into the Q-Connector, then plug the Q-Connector into the appropriate board header. It makes the installation of the front panel plugs much easier.

For use with the integrated WIFI adapter, ASUS includes a dual-plug antennae with gold-plated screw-in connectors. The antennae can be used in a flat or upright orientation with its flat surface optimized for broadcast and reception of 802.11ac type signals.

ASUS included a CPU installation tool with the motherboard to ensure easy and proper CPU installation into the board's socket. You simply snap the plastic guide over top of the CPU and place the CPU in the socket with the "This Side Up" arrow placed near the socket hinge. The plastic guide remains in place when you lock the CPU into the socket.

For use with an external RBG LED strip, ASUS included an extension cable that plugs into the board's RBG LED header for powering and syncing the external strip with the board's illumination settings.

To better support a variety of user illumination settings, ASUS included three additional chipset and rear panel in-lays in addition to the factory installed red colored in-lays. The additional in-lays come in white, pink, and yellow.

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