Originally Posted by kd5151
Are there any tricks to installing a motherboard with a pre installed backplate. What about the standoffs? My G7/2700x should be here Wednesday.
As long as your motherboard tray uses the standard 6-32 hexagonal brass standoffs of ~6.4mm / 0.25" height (any case from Fractal Design or Phanteks for example should) you ought to be fine. Essentially all it does is save one step (the IO plate install). Some people have concerns about the backplate and I relayed those concerns to GBT-Matt for him to suggest to the R&D team that the backplate and I/O shield may have compatibility issues.
Any Corsair 750D or Be Quiet Silent Base 600 case with the built-in standoffs that are sort of lumpy and protruding instead of an actual hexagonal standoff will be problematic though.
(If you have enough clearance for your CPU cooler and you have a case with the built-in standoffs, you can usually screw a normal standoff into it to make it properly clear the backplate but then the IO shield will likely not fit properly.)
If you do need to remove the backplate, I've done a full teardown down to the bare PCB to get a look at the PWM controller so here's what you need to do
Side view of the screw you definitely keep in place ,highlighted in yellow:
Backplate & IO shield removed
When facing the back of the board, the top left screw is actually for the VRM heatsink as well, so while you can remove the screw that screws into it for the backplate , leave that silvery-grey one in there. Most of the other screws are only also to hold the plastic RGB IO cover in place to the IO shield.
Shik0 , you might want to test your RAM for stability once you change the setting. For Hynix M-Die you ought to be able to hit 2933MHz with even timings (such as 16-18-18-38 or 16-16-16-36) at least. For Samsung B-die , there's no reason it shouldn't run 3200C14 or 3466C16. Geardown mode might have an issue with odd timings though and I've seen it reported that GearDownMode resets itself in Gigabyte BIOS.
Besides timings & ProcODT (default is 53.3 ohms), you might need VSOC manual voltage at 1.05-1.1V and also DRAM voltage ~ 1.35-1.39V.