Hi, I've searched online for answers to two questions, but couldn't find good answers, so am posting here.
1) Can the Z87 Sabertooth work perfectly fine with the thermal armor removed? And the two small fans that cool underneath the armor removed as well? It seems earlier models of the Sabertooth could function okay with the armor off, but have not seen info about the Z87 version. One concern is there is a sensor system on the MB, and will that system be disrupted with the armor all off? I like quiet computing, and the armor and two fans to cool under the armor seems like extra noise, when one would think the board should be fine with no armor or tiny MB mounted fans.
2) The Hero has only an HDMI port on the MB, and no display port as many Z87 boards have. I really like the idea of being able to run the monitor directly from the MB as a backup, in case there is a problem with the GPU card, or am ordering another card, etc. Can the HDMI-out on the Hero at least connect and run 2D applications at 1280/1024 on a 4/3 aspect monitor, where it will look fine for typing, etc?
Thanks for any help.