Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 03-31-2010
Provided by: Noctua

I will be installing the Noctua NH-D14 with the following components:

Intel Core i5 661 Processor
EVGA H55 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 2x 2GB
Patriot Torqx 64 GB SSD
BFG 550 Power Supply
NZXT Premium Cables
Corsair Obsidian 800D Case
Lite-On Optical Drive

This is the installation kit for Intel installs. It consists of a backplate, four long screws, four plastic spacers, four thumbscrews and two mounting bars.

For the Intel install, you will need to remove the motherboard from your case, unless you have a chassis like the Obsidian that has an access panel on the motherboard tray. This was a huge time-saver and I highly recommend it.

To install, you will first need to slide the long screws through the backplate and then slide these through the back of the motherboard. Next, put the four plastic spacers over the long screws. Then install the two mounting bars using the appropriate holes and secure them down with the four thumbscrews (using the included screwdriver to make sure they are firmly secured). Finally, position the heatsink in place and screw the two pre-mounted screws on the sink to the mounting posts on the mounting bars.

The instructions are detailed enough to help even a beginner install the cooler without issue. There are plenty of diagrams and the English is well-written and easy to comprehend.

Here we have the finished install with both fans back in position. I didn't run into any clearance issues with the EVGA H55 motherboard or the Crucial Ballistix memory, as it uses standard-size heatspreaders. Memory with tall heatspreaders like Corsair's Dominator or OCZ's Flex will require either moving the 120mm fan upwards or eliminating it completely.

Let's move ahead and put the massive NH-D14 to the test.

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