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    Asus bad Z690 heatsink design means poor cooler compatibility

    The height of the VRM heatsink on the below motherboards is too high and the majority of Noctua and similar coolers will not fit. This is bad design by Asus.

    For example the ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 is what I was going to buy but it will not work with my Noctua, See link below for how many noctua coolers are not compatible, poor Asus design.

    https://ncc.noctua.at/motherboards/m...g-WiFi-D4-5375

    ASUS ROG Strix B660-I Gaming
    Mechanically incompatible due to height of the VRM heatsink
    ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4
    Mechanically incompatible due to height of the VRM heatsink
    ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi
    Mechanically incompatible due to height of the VRM heatsink
    ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WiFi
    Mechanically incompatible due to height of the VRM heatsink
    ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WiFi D4
    Mechanically incompatible due to height of the VRM heatsink

    https://ncc.noctua.at/coolers/NH-U12...SUS/LGA%201700
    Last edited by raven77uk; 10-30-2021 at 04:24 PM.

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    Hi,

    same here.

    Air cooling seems to be obsolete since generations on Asus Zxxx-I boards.

    Have to wait for release. Hopefully Noctua or be quiet! create new coolers.

    Besides on Z690I AORUS the Noctua NH-D15 is compatible. So it's brand related.

    I've been always with ASUS boards but don't want to go AIO.
    Last edited by roganaut; 10-31-2021 at 10:48 AM.

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    Noctua is in the process of updating most multi-socket CPU cooler models,.. due to LGA 1700 socket mounting hole pattern, and stack-up height.

    It's no surprise that LGA 1700 requires a new mounting mechanism for CPU coolers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braegnok View Post
    Noctua is in the process of updating most multi-socket CPU cooler models,.. due to LGA 1700 socket mounting hole pattern, and stack-up height.

    It's no surprise that LGA 1700 requires a new mounting mechanism for CPU coolers.
    Nothing to do with noctua, this is all on Asus.

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    New ROGer Array Les_Garten PC Specs
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    Graphics Card #1EVGA RTX GeForce 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra
    Graphics Card #2EVGA Geforce Titan X (Old)
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    Seems to be a Strix issue, the Hero I ordered doesn't seem to have a problem. Strange

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    Exact height vrm coolers

    Does anybody know the exact height of the vrm coolers from an Asus ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4?
    Cant find them anywhere in the specs.... this is pretty poor...
    What are the vrm coolers heights of the other z690 boards?
    Thanks

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    New ROGer Array Les_Garten PC Specs
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    Motherboardz690 Maximus Hero
    ProcessorIntel i9-12900K
    Memory (part number)DDR5 64GB SK Hynix 4800mhz
    Graphics Card #1EVGA RTX GeForce 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra
    Graphics Card #2EVGA Geforce Titan X (Old)
    MonitorAsus PG32UQ
    Storage #1WD Black M.2 850SN 2TB OS
    Storage #2WD Black M.2 850SN 2TB DOCS
    CPU CoolerNoctua DH14 Chromax
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krewmen View Post
    Does anybody know the exact height of the vrm coolers from an Asus ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4?
    Cant find them anywhere in the specs.... this is pretty poor...
    What are the vrm coolers heights of the other z690 boards?
    Thanks
    I've been building PC's since 1985, ain't never seen that in any specifications. Why the Hero clears and the others don't is a mystery. You'll just have to get it and figure it out after you get it.

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    It's the daft plastic Asus have put over top vrm heatsink.

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    Yes, same, i resolved by turning the cooler sideways by 90 degrees .. you may need to adjust your airflow accordingly

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    New ROGer Array Les_Garten PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)Alienware OLD
    Motherboardz690 Maximus Hero
    ProcessorIntel i9-12900K
    Memory (part number)DDR5 64GB SK Hynix 4800mhz
    Graphics Card #1EVGA RTX GeForce 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra
    Graphics Card #2EVGA Geforce Titan X (Old)
    MonitorAsus PG32UQ
    Storage #1WD Black M.2 850SN 2TB OS
    Storage #2WD Black M.2 850SN 2TB DOCS
    CPU CoolerNoctua DH14 Chromax
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    Should be interesting. I have a Hero coming today with a Noctua DH-15D waiting on it.

    It is compatible according to the list.

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