X299 Designaire 10G - anyone show me how the heck they installed the M.2 drive in the first slot with the HSF?

lopoetve

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Just need a pic - I bought it "used" (looks like the motherboard was taken out of the static bag but that was it), but the standoff for the first M.2 drive doesn't make sense (there's no screw long enough to reach through the hole in the heatsink to the actual standoff). Driving myself a bit nuts here - I've installed 30 of these things now, and this is the first time I'm just scratching my head.
 

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Seriously. This design doesn’t make sense. That’s way too much of a gap for ANY M.2 screw I’ve seen before.
 

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Looks like its missing a standoff that the screw goes into. They should be either screwed into random spots on the m.2 drive areas or in the accessory bag.
 
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Lots of time they use special screws for those heatsinks that are non-standard. If they did not include it the person who you bought it from did not know probably and kept it.
 

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Yeah. I think that slot is designed for a smaller M.2 drive; one where the original screw can go into the original stand off, and a normal screw is used for the drive in a different slot.
Retarded design.
 
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