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 Crosshair VI Hero 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.
The Noctua hold down mechanism is large enough to qualify the socket space for use with the majority of mount methods included with a CPU cooler. The Noctua mount fits well to the CPU socket with no tight areas or contact points evident between it and the on board capacitors, chokes, or VRM heat sinks.
The Crosshair VI Hero motherboard comes with all the necessary components to get the board up and running, as well as some nice to haves that ASUS includes with their ROG boards.
The manual included with the Crosshair VI Hero is as full features as we've come to expect from ASUS, written in a clear and detailed language. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers and Window's utilities, an ROG case badge, ROG case labels, and an ROG-labeled drink coaster. The case labels can be used to label SATA cables, hard drives and SSDs.
The board's rear panel shield is an aluminum plate with a black plastic overlay. The port identifying text and icons are printed in white text on its surface. The contrast in color between the text / icons and plate background make for easy reading under most 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 two-way NVIDIA HB Bridge adapter. made to fit between cards in the primary and secondary PCIe x16 slots.
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 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.
For mounting 3D-printed accessories to the board's surface, ASUS included a mounting kit with uprights that screw into the provided integrated board mounts and screws that screw into the uprights.