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CM Hyper 212+ & asrock z77e ITX problem

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July 8, 2012 7:30:33 PM

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.

July 8, 2012 7:36:14 PM

What is the point of putting a 212 on a ITX board? :heink: 

Anyways, why didn't you use the intel stock cooler?
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July 8, 2012 7:40:39 PM

It's going on an i5 3570k inside BitFenix Prodigy. I didn't use the stock cooler because I wanted something that cooled better with less noise.
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July 8, 2012 7:48:22 PM

Does the 212 even fit inside of that dinky little thing? :p 

If you aren't overclocking the stock cooler is fine.
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July 8, 2012 7:55:08 PM

Yeah it fits easily, the case is amazing. I was hoping to OC it a bit, but it looks like I'll be running stock speed with the stock cooler until I can find a compatible cooler.
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August 3, 2012 6:33:34 AM

Did you end up figuring out how to deal with the backplate problem? I'm planning on almost the exact same setup except I have the 212 EVO.


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August 3, 2012 11:55:10 AM

Evo has the same setup as the plus.
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August 3, 2012 1:52:51 PM

Yeah that's what I figured. So has anybody figured out a solution to marry the 212 and the asrock z77e?
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August 3, 2012 1:53:41 PM

Or, has anybody figured out a way to marry the 212 with any ITX gaming suitable board?
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August 16, 2012 5:32:27 PM

cooler master tx3 i believe.. but not yet sure as i am still waitin for my components.. guys let us know!!
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August 16, 2012 5:32:35 PM

cooler master tx3 i believe.. but not yet sure as i am still waitin for my components.. guys let us know!!
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August 16, 2012 5:32:47 PM

cooler master tx3 i believe.. but not yet sure as i am still waitin for my components.. guys let us know!!
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August 23, 2012 12:20:57 PM

Camineet said:
Did you end up figuring out how to deal with the backplate problem? I'm planning on almost the exact same setup except I have the 212 EVO.


no I had to return it, I ended up using an Antec Kuhler 620, which has a plastic backplate. I was able to easy shave off a millimeter or so needed for it to fit.
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August 23, 2012 12:52:26 PM
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August 23, 2012 7:03:53 PM

games4breakfast said:
no I had to return it, I ended up using an Antec Kuhler 620, which has a plastic backplate. I was able to easy shave off a millimeter or so needed for it to fit.


Alright, thanks for letting us know.
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August 29, 2012 10:08:37 PM

Do you guys know if the ASUS P8Z77I Deluxe has the same problem?
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August 30, 2012 11:27:02 AM

Best answer selected by games4breakfast.
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October 9, 2012 3:40:05 PM

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.imgur.com/Jms7Q.jpg That long line on the left is the RAM, and the four pins bit to the right of that are capacitators.

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2012/09/mini-... In this picture, the RAM slots and capacitators are on the right. Note that the CPU's locking arm is also on that side.

http://i.kiwi.io/8f53295a73878494e9bc8dd6c3c7104f.png A drawing from Intel's specifications for area around CPU. In this picture, you can see the locking arm on the side which is marked as south.

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.
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