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 with air blown towards the rear panel of the case, the Noctua cooler fits into the CPU socket area of the Z170X-Ultra Gaming without issues. Further, the spacing between the CPU socket area and the primary PCIe x16 slot are sufficient to seat a video card with the cooler mounted. Note that you may have spacing issues between a large cooler and a card mounted in the primary PCIe x1 slot however.
The closeup views of the cooler seating and mounting further display just how well the Noctua cooler fits to the board. Even though fit between the cooler and the upper VRM heat sink looks tight, there is sufficient clearance between the two.
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 with no tight areas or contact points evident between it and the on board capacitors, chokes, or heat sinks.
The cooler's backplate rests on the socket backplate, minimizing the risk of direct board contact. Further, there is no circuitry in close proximity to the socket to pose risks.
GIGABYTE provides all necessary components to get the Z170X-Ultra Gaming motherboard up and running in your system, as well as some nice to have tidbits for good measure.
The manual included with the board details out the board components and BIOS in an easy to read, yet sufficiently detailed language. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers and Window's utilities, a G1 Gaming series case badges, and G1-branded cable labels. The labels can be used to easily identify your system drive cables.
The board's rear panel shield is an aluminum plate with the port identifying text and icons printed in tan 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.
GIGABYTE included a total of four silver colored 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, GIGABYTE includes a single two-way NVIDIA SLI cable.
For use with the on-board front panel header, GIGABYTE included G Connector device. You simply plug the front panel case leads into the G Connector, locking the plugs in place, and then plug the G Connector into the front panel board header. It makes the installation of the front panel plugs much easier. The G Connector housing has notched arms that lock the case header plugs in place within the housing.
For cable management purposes, GIGABYTE included several G1 Gaming-branded velcro cable strips.
GIGABYTE also included a G1 Gaming-branded door hanger.