I was putting together anew build with an AsRock z77e ITX and the CM Hyper 212+, but it looks like the backplate for the cooler sits right on top of a transistor! Am I out of luck, and should just try again with a different model cooler? Is this common in the mini ITX form factor? Thanks for your help.
I was putting together anew build with an http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77E-ITX/" target="_blank">but it looks like the backplate for the cooler sits right on top of a transistor! Is this common in the mini ITX form factor?
Sorry for bumping an old thread, but I just couldn't let the almighty AsRock be dissed. The fault is NOT in the mothetboard, it's in the cooler's bracket. Those problematic components on the motherboard are outside the keep-out-zone defined by Intel.
http://i.kiwi.io/1141938ba2c2b13f5505d7c424ebae5f.png A drawing for the same area but from the bottom side (where the problematic components are located). Now if you look at the side which is south, you can see that there is plenty of available space for components that are "2.54mm" high at most.
Now, I can't be bothered to take apart my AsRock Z77E-ITX based rig to check how high those components are, but at least the pics prove that they are not located in the keep-out-zone. Even if the components are higher than 2.54mm, which I think is unlikely, the cooler's bracket looks like it's designed to be a tight fit with the mobo. In other words, it wouldn't allow even for 2.54mm.
Conclusion: motherboard doesn't break Intel's specifications, but the cooler bracket does.