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So I'm looking at the G1 Sniper M3. Does anyone have experience with setting up a Noctua NH-D14 with one of these boards? I'm curious as to if it will fit properly.
post #2 of 10
If you want to use an NH-D14 just buy a full atx mobo. In any case this massive cooler will probably hang over the rear io or depending on its orientation hang over a pci slot. In general if you plan to do overclocking just get a usual sized mobo.
- chmodlabs
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In general if you plan to do overclocking just get a usual sized mobo.

Why? MATX mobos can do what the big boys do biggrin.gif especially the Sniper M3 & Gene V thumb.gif
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The Sniper M3 has the same spacing as the bigger GB boards between the CPU and the memory. It is just shorter not laid out differently.
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Cool. I was looking at the ASUS Maximus 5 Gene as well... I didn't know if that motherboard could also accommodate a D14. I wouldn't normally go for a Micro ATX board, but I like both of these boards for their price and features. Thanks for the replies. I would appreciate some info on the Maximus 5's capability to fit a D14 while using SLI and 8GB of RAM.
post #6 of 10
To be safe, you might as well get some low-profile RAM, like the Samsung low voltage DDR3 1600 8GB kit.

A big constraint is getting a heatsink that fits in an mATX case. So we'd have to know what case you're considering. Also it depends on the case layout. I'd probably go with an NH-C14 or Thermalright AXP-140 if you want to use a smaller case.
 
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if you want to see through pictures just look at the boards, there is usually a box drawn around the CPU socket, the space between the memory and the box would tell you the spacing as the size of that box doesn't change.

IMO it will fit both boards, just use shorter memory DIMMs, IDK why they make the heatsinks so tall on memory. Also if you use only 2 DIMMs you will use the slots far from the CPU, so the last slot then the slot two away from it.

They seem to be the same spacing, both slightly more space than intel standard:
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For the memory if you use 2 sticks, then you use the green first on the G1SM3 and the red on the M5G
Edited by Sin0822 - 5/13/12 at 4:08pm
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post #8 of 10
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To be safe, you might as well get some low-profile RAM, like the Samsung low voltage DDR3 1600 8GB kit.
A big constraint is getting a heatsink that fits in an mATX case. So we'd have to know what case you're considering. Also it depends on the case layout. I'd probably go with an NH-C14 or Thermalright AXP-140 if you want to use a smaller case.

Well, the case is no problem. It's a HAF 932. I wanted one of these micro ATX boards because they offer a sound card solution as well as having superb build quality, while also maintaining a lower price compared to other premium Z77 boards.
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if you want to see through pictures just look at the boards, there is usually a box drawn around the CPU socket, the space between the memory and the box would tell you the spacing as the size of that box doesn't change.
IMO it will fit both boards, just use shorter memory DIMMs, IDK why they make the heatsinks so tall on memory. Also if you use only 2 DIMMs you will use the slots far from the CPU, so the last slot then the slot two away from it.
They seem to be the same spacing, both slightly more space than intel standard:
293
For the memory if you use 2 sticks, then you use the green first on the G1SM3 and the red on the M5G

Thanks Sin, I appreciate all of your feedback
post #9 of 10
I've read online that the metal fan clips on the Noctua may touch the PCB of video cards in a Asus Maximus V gene setup. What should I use on the metal fan clips to prevent shorting out my video card and system? Electrical tape or maybe a piece of cardboard? Thanks for the help.
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I've read online that the metal fan clips on the Noctua may touch the PCB of video cards in a Asus Maximus V gene setup. What should I use on the metal fan clips to prevent shorting out my video card and system? Electrical tape or maybe a piece of cardboard? Thanks for the help.

Sorry to bump but to answer this, Noctua says you can use Duct tape. You could also wrap the clips in electrical tape if you wish. Basically as long as the metal doesn't touch the card you're good.
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