Noctua and Coolink Heatpipe Coolers

NH-U12 and U8-120-1600 with 120 mm fan support.
Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 24.02.2006
Manufacturer: Noctua
Product Group: Coolers
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Installation continued


Does not fit?

Next we had some problems on getting the heatsink to fit over the motherboard. As you can see, the heatsink is not sitting level over the CPU as the chipset fan is not allowing one side of it to go any lower. This situation was relatively easy to fix with the removal of the chipset fan and installing it to the other side of the chipset heatsink.

Width of the heatsink, 124 mm, can be a problem with some motherboards. It is a good thing that the fins do not start right from the base. This ensures that the components that are located right under the heatsink, have some clearance and do not interfere with the installation.

For LGA 775 there is also one more solution that can be used to solve this issue. As the heatsink mounting holes on the motherboard are equally spaced on every side, it is easy to rotate the cooler 90 degrees. This way one can steer clear from a chipset cooler that is getting in a way.



Support bar on the case was almost in the way but the cooler passed it by couple of millimeters. Height of the unit, 155 mm, would have made it impossible to fit the heatsink if that bar would have been located directly over the heatsink. So, make sure you have enough space on your motherboard and the case to house this monster. Both manufacturers do offer 92 mm version of this product so be prepared to scale down if needed. :)

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