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Thermaltake NiC L32 Non-Interference CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 16, 2015 2:19 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Installation and Finished Product

 

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As we get the NiC L32 mounting underway, we see that the universal back plate is also unidirectional. With Intel using the slots in the corners, and AMD using four of the eight holes on the sides, the open center makes it so there is much less to conflict with any motherboard.

 

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The screws we saw in the last image are used to lock the standoffs to the motherboard. They do have a washer on the bottom, and can be screwed in tightly.

 

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The top plate comes after the standoffs. This plate is marked "A," with raised threaded sections for most installations, and this top plate can be rotated if necessary. The holes marked with "B" are to be used for LGA2011 mounting only.

 

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To get the NiC L32 mounted to the motherboard, simply align the pegs with the bracket, and using the only pair of screws in the hardware, secure the cooler into place. At this point, everything should be as solid as a rock.

 

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We installed the fan as low as the fan clips would allow, and we did find that the fan stands 3mm taller than the pipe tips that stand above the top fin, increasing the overall height slightly, but the height is still under 165mm.

 

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We saw no real need for the close up shot of the memory since it is plainly obvious that the fan slides right in between the memory and the cooler. There is also plenty of room to add a second fan to this cooler to gain more performance; although, you would have to devise your own mounting solution.

 

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The last image we have for you shows everything mounted to the motherboard, and it is now in the test system. While gaining access to the memory and the motherboard screws is easy enough with the NiC L32 in place, the wider design does get much closer to the PCI-e slot than we would like, but it is possible to still populate the slot.

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