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Picked up my new motherboard yesterday, ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3. Very nice M-ATX board.

Since my new PC will be water cooled I also had the XSPC Raystorm as my selected water block. Slight issue, the block hits some tall component legs around the front of the socket, it also hits a bank of SMD resistors. If you where to clamp down the block you'd get a big short and let the magic smoke out.

I am fairly certain this issue affects the Gene-Z and Gene-Z/Gen3.

You can cut down the component legs so they no longer touch the back plate with a set of side snips. For the SMD resistors you can easily file down the back plate to clear them.

Hears some pics on what I did to fix the issue.

Rear of motherboard :

RayStorm Backplate :

You can see more pics of the back plate and the mount on my flicker


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