Originally Posted by Myst1c
Yes those are the capacitors which are meant to interfere with the Supremacy block. Their point was not about touching the bracket right on top, but the copper block on the side which is lower than the bracket and extends over the socket, and presumably close enough to these capacitors to make contact by a few mm, 1.5 - 2mm they said. Apparently, these capacitors are located within what the Intel's 'reference design' for this socket is considered as the 'exclusion' zone.
Yes I understand the point about them making contact with the base. I just wanted to point out that they also clear the bracket because in the pic it looks like it might rest on them. Either way I did not notice any contact what so ever. No I did not put paste on them to see if they made contact. I just installed the block and didn't notice any obstructions even when I wiggled the block around to spread the thermal paste.
EK is probably taking an abundance of caution and it makes sense. They would rather lose a sale then have you get the block, say it doesn't fit, then send it back. Because they would lose the sale anyway and also waste a lot of time dealing with you.
To be honest I don't even think the caps are taller than the cpu retention bracket. Add in the extra height of the IHS and you clear by a mile. Asus is not dumb, you can see that they used taller caps on the ATX version, and shorter caps on the mITX.
Originally Posted by Fractal Design
That'd certainly be the most elegant solution but I'd be concerned for those who buy the Nano S for the sound dampening, which is really one the main defining traits of the Define series. They'd no longer have the option to run silent if we opened up the front without adding a moduvent.
This does bring up another point to think on though: Maybe there's something we could do differently to make the moduvent openings more attractive with the panels removed. No reason it can't look great both ways.
Yea ultimately this will effect a very small fraction of the nano s owners. I could have done a 35mm radiator with fans mounted inside and still had enough room, temps would probably be less than 5c different. Was my choice to copy the youtube build with a thick radiator. Anyway you have a great product here especially for the price and I honestly have zero complaints.Edited by plant - 7/14/16 at 4:46am