Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 Heatsink and NF-F12 PWM Fans
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 04-22-2012
Provided by: Noctua

I installed the NH-D14 SE2011 in my new test system using the following hardware configuration:

Intel Core i7-3930K
Gigabyte X79-UD3
Kingston HyperX 8GB (4x 2GB) 2400MHz kit
Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD
Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W PSU
Corsair 800D Full Tower Chassis
NZXT Premium Cable Kit
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Installation of this heatsink couldn't have been any easier. First you need to screw the four bolts into the screw threads of the LGA2011 socket frame. Next you need to put the mounting bars in position as shown in the second photo above. It's worth pointing out that you need to choose the alignment of the mounting bars according to the desired final orientation of the cooler. For my install, I wanted the fans to blow air towards the rear exhaust fan.

Next attach the thumbscrews to each post until they stop tightening; just don't over tighten. Finally, after applying thermal paste to your processor, position the heatsink in place, line up the two screws and screw them down to the mounting bars. Note that you will need to remove the middle fan to do this.

Here we have the finished product. As you can see, the heatsink is so large that it blocks the top PCIe x16 slot on this Gigabyte board. This wasn't a huge issue for me as I was able to move the card down to another slot but if you are planning to run multiple video cards, it's certainly worth checking into beforehand.

Also note that I added the three fans into this build. I used one at the rear for exhaust and two at the top for intakes.

Testing is coming up next.

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