Installation and Finished Product
The back plate has been installed; the black spacers dropped on the studs, we added in the brackets to secure the NH-D15, and tightened it all in place with the thumbscrews to make it solid to the motherboard.
Behind the motherboard we have the main components of the SecuFirm mounting hardware, the Intel back plate. We have it oriented to allow the socket screws to poke through, and it is isolated from the motherboard with a plastic sheet on the flip side and washers at the studs.
For testing purposes, we had absolutely no issues with the installation or removal of the GSkill Trident X we use for testing. It is easy to see that even taller heat spreaders will have room, and for ones like these, there is plenty of room for removal without needing to pull the cooler.
Looking at things much closer, we can see that even the closest slot won't be interfered with by the cooler, and this is true for both sides, so that LGA2011 users reap the same benefits.
When we went to reinstall the front fan to the cooler we now plainly see the issue we eluded to earlier, and that is that the fan has to sit much higher than most cases will allow for. Even with the tops of ours removed; the fan still is left sitting 20mm taller than the tips of the pipes, making the NH-D15 now stand 185mm in height.
Our point is only exaggerated from this angle as it is easier to see just how much higher the fan at the front sits than the one in the middle does. Of course, we could just try the back of the cooler too for the second fan, but sure to the shield on our motherboard, we couldn't lower the height much there either.
This last image is just to give normal chassis users an idea of what the Noctua NH-D15 might look like through the window of your chassis. Inside of a normal chassis, the cooler will overtake the majority of the top half of the motherboard. Planning out the wiring before mounting the cooler is also a good idea.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Quake Champions enters Steam Early Access on the PC
- Destiny 2 rocks on the PC with its new 4K 60FPS trailer
- Intel Core i9-7980XE pre-orders begins, priced at $1999
- ASUS tease ROG Strix RX Vega 56 OC Edition graphics card
- Intel Core i3-8350K perf: competes with Core i7-7700K
- Lenovo Legion Y720 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop Review
- Killer Networking - Killer control center new version (Z97X Gaming 5)
- GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7 TR4 Motherboard Review
- Linksys WRT32x AC3200 Wireless Gaming Router Review
- Massive drop in temps by lowering "VCCPLL OC" in BIOS: Is the reported temperature correct?
- Micron appoints Anand Jayapalan as Storage Business Unit Vice President
- Bluehole, Inc and Microsoft announce expanded partnership for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
- Optimize system performance with new drive adapter
- Lian Li reveals new PC-Q39 tempered glass Mini-ITX tower
- Longsys' world-first 11.5x13mm NVMe BGA SSD drives new mobile user experience