Originally Posted by ihateolives Noctua lists the L12 as compatible with the ASUS Z270i
For big shuriken 2, see this detailed picture of the dimensions
. With these dimensions, it clears the Vengeance LPX low profile memory sticks (34mm) and since heatsinks are roughly the same size and positioning on the z270i, I can't see the problem with compatibility there. Note that 93mm is pretty much equal to the intel no-fly zone above the CPU socket, which both the C7 and L9i aghere to. Since i can confirm that the C7 doesn't obstruct the Z270i in terms of footprint, the Big Shuriken will not either - it has the height to clear the DIMM's and heatsinks, and it has the footprint the stay within the no-fly zone for the core part of the heatsink.
I'll make sure to see if it fits when I change CPU cooler some time during next 4 weeks. Need shipment of mobo mosfets and some new fans and fan grills for further mods to arrive before I make my mods. It takes a long time to dismantle the TU100
. And besides, I might need some new hole saws to make the mods (2x A8's in the top).
Replacing the PSU? Well by all means, go mod!
I think the placement of the PSU is the single biggest design flaw of the TU100/TU200 series of cases. It's astonishingly bad, in my opinion. It creates heatpockets around the CPU socket and in the case of the TU200, it forces CPU compatability to super bad 80mm. Considering the size of that case, that's almost criminal in my opinion.
In the TU100, an SFX psu doesn't really fit any other places, unless you fundamentally change the design (e.g. by laying the case down, so to speak: removing the front aluminium opening the unused compartment, making mobo lie horizontal, moving PSU to the side of the case fan hovering over DIMM's and mounting case fans on other panels).
In short, I think a lot has happened with ITX case design, I highly doubt we will ever see a design with PSU so close to the CPU again. It's just not a good design option: it pretty much forces the average user to low-end aircooled systems or water-cooled CPU's, which scares away a lot of customers.