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ROG MAXIMUS Z790 DARK Hero & contact frame

lawrencewilliam
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Would the ROG MAXIMUS Z790 DARK Hero benefit from one of the contact frames (thinking Thermal Grizzly), or is the board + backplate considered strong enough on its own not to bend? 

ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero, Cooler Master HAF 700 Case, i-9 14900K, 64Gb Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum 6400MHz, Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 OC , Alphacool Core 1 block, EISBECHER AURORA D5 VPP655, 2 x NEXXXOS HPE-45 360MM Radiator, Corsair AX1600i PSU, Noctua iPPC FANS
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Bit of a loaded question. Some users seem to struggle to get the correct torque settings, or perhaps there are some tolerance issues. These things can lead to memory instability amongst other things. You can test first, it's your system - just be mindful of the potential drawbacks. I can't say I noticed any perceivable difference in temperatures on my 14900KF.

13900KS / 8000 CAS36 / ROG APEX Z790 / ROG TUF RTX 4090

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Silent_Scone
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Hi @lawrencewilliam my advice would be to test without before installing, the difference on this gen can be negligible. Look for a Performance Core delta of higher than 10c.

13900KS / 8000 CAS36 / ROG APEX Z790 / ROG TUF RTX 4090

Would I be any worse off if I installed first?

The build hasn't happened as yet, and being disabled I would prefer to do something the once. Getting into the case once built would be a lot harder for me than installing beforehand.

Not asking for a definitive answer, more general advice. I doubt that I would do more than try the one-click XTU. at least for now.

Thanks

ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero, Cooler Master HAF 700 Case, i-9 14900K, 64Gb Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum 6400MHz, Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 OC , Alphacool Core 1 block, EISBECHER AURORA D5 VPP655, 2 x NEXXXOS HPE-45 360MM Radiator, Corsair AX1600i PSU, Noctua iPPC FANS

Bit of a loaded question. Some users seem to struggle to get the correct torque settings, or perhaps there are some tolerance issues. These things can lead to memory instability amongst other things. You can test first, it's your system - just be mindful of the potential drawbacks. I can't say I noticed any perceivable difference in temperatures on my 14900KF.

13900KS / 8000 CAS36 / ROG APEX Z790 / ROG TUF RTX 4090

Thanks, all I can do I guess.

Would have liked a definitive answer, but then wouldn't we all re everything, lol.

ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero, Cooler Master HAF 700 Case, i-9 14900K, 64Gb Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum 6400MHz, Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 OC , Alphacool Core 1 block, EISBECHER AURORA D5 VPP655, 2 x NEXXXOS HPE-45 360MM Radiator, Corsair AX1600i PSU, Noctua iPPC FANS

Yeah. Unfortunately, not every IHS will be identical and neither will the board or retention/amount of flex. It's why there's mixed results out there. Just one of those extra considerations in the DIY space. If the concavity of the IHS is bad enough, you'll likely find some benefit. That's as much as one can say. 👍

13900KS / 8000 CAS36 / ROG APEX Z790 / ROG TUF RTX 4090

Maybe I'll win the lottery tonight and then be able to learn the expensive way 😂

ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero, Cooler Master HAF 700 Case, i-9 14900K, 64Gb Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum 6400MHz, Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 OC , Alphacool Core 1 block, EISBECHER AURORA D5 VPP655, 2 x NEXXXOS HPE-45 360MM Radiator, Corsair AX1600i PSU, Noctua iPPC FANS