Been so busy I totally forgot about this thread...
I didn't even look at what the VRM heatsink was like, since I didn't intend to overclock.
I did snap a couple of pictures, but they were from angles that it's hard to see the bottom of the heatsink from. That said, I'm pretty sure the one picture I can see well it has a mobo standoff, so I guess I got the Maxi!Thermalpad too.
Can I be bothered to contact Asrock? Depends. AIDA64 reports an unhealthily high motherboard temp (118*C idle) but I simply don't believe that because the BIOS reports mobo temps in the 50 range. Plus, system doesn't shut down, even when I stress test, game for a few hours (which is when it gets hottest) or encode (when the CPU is hardest loaded).
The case I'm using (a Raijintek Metis) is absolutely terrible for cooling, the CPU can be kept under control by swapping the orientation of the rear exhaust to intake... but the GPU in the roof of the case (it's an inverted-mobo layout) cooks regardless. I stuffed a high-airflow fan in there and set a custom fan profile so it spins up to 100% fairly quickly, which keeps things manageable (if a little louder than I would like)... but I'm limited by space where I am now. I bought the Metis knowing it was probably going to suck for cooling, but decided to try it anyway because it was smaller and cheaper than all of the other cases I was looking at.
I probably will contact Asrock, but it may be more trouble than it is worth for me. We'll see what they say.
Motherboard top down.
Motherboard I/O panel.
I'll be honest, when I've got some spare cash, I'll probably replace this case. I love how it looks, but I hate its cooling (or lack of it...)
Everything inside. Not my best cable-tidy job, have since improved it a touch when I replaced the terrible stock fan, but it's not like working inside a Fractal Design or Corsair case.