I like to take the boards I review and Install them into a standard ATX case, so the user looking to make a potential purchase, can get a general feel if the layout is sufficient for their needs. Nothing sucks quite as bad as purchasing a motherboard, only to discover the port placement makes it impossible to install your hardware, or route your cables. This will be an ongoing feature of my reviews. I do not take to the time to perfectly route each wire, so it will not appear as clean as a fresh enthusiast level build.
Shown here is just the board mounted in the case with the CPU installed.
All Cables hooked up.
The ram and CPU socket area. Here the well thought out power connection placement comes into effect. The power lines are not in danger of interfering with the CPU fan installation or removal.
Easy access to the front panel connections as well.
As you can see, even with a full complement of hardware installed, port access is still fairly wide open. No installation hassles were encountered.
Lastly, here is an installed back panel view as well.