Had some time for another photo session seeing as the cpu doesn't get here for a few days:
Took the board out:
Took the ram out, seems to be the fastest I've seen at 1.5V with 4GB sticks.
Installed the ram, note that the polarity is reversed on each side, which makes sense if they flipped the pinout on the chip.
The paint job on the fins wasn't that even - some sticks definitely got more coverage:
Time to take off the heatsink in preperation for the EK full cover block:
Only the VRM area had thermal pads on the back and front of the heatsink:
Looks like Asus have moved away from that horrible yellow TIM they had on the R3E:
The VRM area with heatsink removed: