Installation Manual (PDF)
We create and update our compatibility lists with the utmost care. Unfortunately, mainboard manufacturers tend to change certain components and heatsinks without pointing it out by using corresponding revision names. If you run into problems while installing our coolers on one of the mainboards listed as being compatible, please don't hesitate to contact our support team at email@example.com.
Please also keep in mind that other components such as narrow or small cases as well as memory modules with special (higher) heat-spreaders can cause compatibility-issues.
For use in systems from Dell, HP or Lenovo, please note this FAQ.
Please note that our DX-series coolers are designed after the latest mPGA604/LGA771 specification and thus require mounting holes with a diameter of 10mm. Mainboards designed after the older mPGA603/604 specification have smaller mounting holes and therefor are not compatible with our DX-series products.
Please also note that the NH-U9DX is not compatible with the Intel D5400XS because this mainboard uses LGA775 mounting holes, so it requires LGA775 mounting hardware despite of its LGA771 sockets. Please choose our standard NH-U12P/NH-U9B for use on the Intel D5400XS.
Please note that the mounting kit is designed for SSI standard cases that allow to screw the cooler directly to the motherboard tray. The cooler can thus not be used in normal ATX cases or you would have to acquire a third party backplate in order to do so.
Our case compatibility list helps you to quickly identify which PC cases offer sufficient clearance for which Noctua CPU coolers. The compatibility indication is based on the height of the coolers (including fans) as well as the maximum CPU cooler height specification given by the chassis manufacturer.
Caution: Please note that the fans of some tower coolers (especially larger models with 140mm fans, e.g. NH-D15 or NH-U14S TR4-SP3) may overhang the RAM slots and that this can cause compatibility issues if RAM modules taller than 32mm are used. While the fans can be moved upwards to increase RAM clearance, this will increase the total height of the cooler and thus requires additional clearance inside the chassis. As a rule of thumb, if the fan overhangs the RAM, the maximum CPU cooler height specification of the case must be at least the size of the fan plus the height of the RAM minus 7mm (accounting for the height of the socket and CPU). For example, if a cooler uses a 140mm fan that overhangs the RAM and 46mm tall RAM modules are used, the max. CPU cooler height specification should be at least 179mm (140+46-7=179). For further information and instructions on how to move up the fan for each cooler model, please click the height specification link.
Disclaimer: We create and update our compatibility lists with utmost care. However, case manufacturers sometimes change parts or details of their products without prior notice or explicitly indicating a revision. Therefore, Noctua cannot accept any liability, nor in any other way be held responsible, for the following compatibility information.
For further information on CPUs exceeding their TDP ratings and how to configure the UEFI BIOS in order to avoid excessively high temperatures, please see this FAQ.