Originally Posted by Testing12
This is really sad news for me. I had been looking forward to a positive report from you.
I definitely do not
want to have to take off the backplate and LED lighting/controller, which I have paid good $ for.
What if the rubber grommets are removed? Would that help at all?
I had thought about using longer standoffs, but wondered how the motherboard i/o shield would fit into and with the case. It seems like it would be set at an angle. Not sure if it would be enough to notice or make any difference.
Does your experience line up with and look like the pics I posted in message: http://www.overclock.net/t/1418637/official-case-phanteks-case-club-for-lovers-owners/13870#post_25286174
The builder said he didn't screw down the motherboard until he had put the 24pin through the grommet hole. It looks like a very tight fit, with 1/2 of the grommets covered by the motherboard, but he said it's working for him, so...
I am hoping you can report a similar positive report as you move forward!
I haven't uploaded pictures yet, as I've only taken them with my phone (which has a partially broken camera lol)... But here's another update for you.
If you remove the backplate and LED's, it fits similarly to that RVE board from another user. I wasn't sure if my board was contacting the case with the last few solder pins on the board, so, as an extra precaution step, I added a strip of electrical tape going vertically along the edge of the motherboard that is close to that angled portion. I did it nice, and evenly, to avoid any showing from the other side of the case. There is some bending/flexing on the motherboard, but it doesn't seem too hard. If I remember correctly, the bottom right corner of an ROG P67 board I used in a Corsair 550D actually had worse bending, and I didn't insulate the board either, and it was fine. So, this combined will likely be fine. And while I did lose the side LED's, all other LED's on the board are working.
Removing the rubber grommets might help, but I don't think significantly. If anything, they're probably more useful as they add a bit of "push"/cushion off the metal frame of the case, and provided they are rubber or some kind of poly rubber composite, they should insulate any voltage the board carries through the pins on that side. For most cables, the roughly 1/2-3/4" space of useable grommet area should be enough for most cables to go through, but I'd say it's a fair bet the board needs to be removed, or loosened from standoffs, for the 24-pin cable.
I didn't check rear I/O shield alignment, as using longer standoffs on one side just seemed like a back idea. That idea felt like more flex over all on the board and probably more prone to damaging it. I don't think it would mis-align the rear I/O if you stepped out the stand offs. As in the first three on the left side were the regular height, the middle three were taller, and the right three were tallest. But, again, you're bending the board a lot more that way. Right now I'd estimate there is maybe 2-3mm most (maybe 1/8-3/16 inch?) of flex or push on the right side of my board. I've seen GPU's bend worse from sag. But if you step out the standoffs, and keep the backplate, you're looking at a solid 8-10mm maybe of bend. But it might not be as bad.
As I stated above, the board lined up basically exactly like that other user's did, just with the backplate taken off. And yeah, definitely somewhere around 1/2-3/4" of useable grommet space left.
I'll have pictures soon. Maybe I'll edit this post or just place them underneath it. As always, hoping this helps. I'm considering downgrading/downsizing to the STRIX X99, but, it's just not as cool
EDIT: I also found a way to keep the one 3.5" drive I need! There is one of their modular SSD/HDD mounts in the case basement. They make an adapter for 3.5" drives to utilize that space. So, I'll get to use a front 360mm radiator, and have my 3.5" drive still. Very excited. What WAS a little disappointing is one of my 2.5" SSD brackets came bent and with chipped paint.Edited by Sazexa - 7/1/16 at 9:26pm