Although I'm p**ssed off at Epox, the 8RDA+ and 8RDA3+ are actually very decent boards that can do good overclocking and nice undervolting. In that respect, it's a better board than the Asus.
The clip problem is documented on Zalman's page. Plus it's no really big deal to cut it off.
This being a silentPC site, you didn't need the NB fan anyway
If the stock NB fan is unable to cool properly, you can always install a Zalman NB47 there. You'll need to cut two fins slightly but a regular scissors will do it easily.