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Continuando con el legado de la galardonada serie NH-U9 de Noctua, el NH-U9S es un excelente y silencioso disipador de CPU disponible en el tamaño clásico de 9 cm. Su diseño asimétrico con 5 heatpipes no solo proporciona un mejor rendimiento de refrigeración que la anterior generación, sino que también mejora la compatibilidad: Gracias a sus dimensiones de 95 x 95 mm, el NH-U9S despeja las ranuras de la RAM y del PCIe en todas las placas base de Intel y en la mayoría de AMD, incluyendo µATX y ITX. Gracias a sus 125 mm de altura, el NH-U9S es una solución altamente versátil con una excelente compatibilidad de caja, RAM y PCIe. El excelente ventilador NF-A9 que se incluye permite un control automático de la velocidad a través del PWM que garantiza un funcionamiento sorprendentemente silencioso. Además, se puede añadir un segundo ventilador NF-A9 opcional para mejorar el rendimiento en modo de doble ventilador. Equipado con el fiable y profesional sistema de montaje multisocket SecuFirm2™, el aclamado compuesto térmico NT-H1 de Noctua y la garantía de 6 años del fabricante, el NH-U9S es sin duda la elección perfecta.

Detalles
Galardonada serie NH-U

Galardonada serie NH-U

El NH-U9S pertenece a la galardonada serie NH-U9 de Noctua. Desde su lanzamiento en 2005, la serie NH-U se ha convertido en la elección estándar de disipadores silenciosos de CPU de gran calidad y ha ganado más de 800 premios y recomendaciones por parte de páginas web y revistas internacionales líderes.
Versión S con mejor compatibilidad

Versión S con mejor compatibilidad

Al igual que sus hermanos mayores NH-U12S y NH-U14S, el NH-U9S presenta un diseño revisado y más fino: Mientras que el NH-U9B SE2 tenía una profundidad de 120 mm debido a sus dos ventiladores, el NH-U9S se ha construido asimétricamente y mide tan solo 95 mm, ya que cuenta con un único y más eficiente ventilador NF-A9, lo que le permite ofrecer un mejor rendimiento y compatibilidad.
Compatibilidad RAM del 100%

Compatibilidad RAM del 100%

Gracias a sus dimensiones de 95 x 95 mm, el NH-U9S no sobresale por encima de las ranuras de la RAM en las actuales placas base de Intel y en la mayoría de AMD. Todo ello permite que el usuario tenga pleno acceso a los módulos de memoria y garantiza una compatibilidad del 100% con difusores térmicos altos o ventiladores de memoria opcionales.*
Compatibilidad del 100% con tarjetas PCIe en mini-ITX

Compatibilidad del 100% con tarjetas PCIe en mini-ITX

Muchas placas base mini-ITX basadas en Intel LGA115x cuentan con ranuras PCIe que se sitúan a la derecha de la zona del socket de 95 x 95 mm. Mientras que los disipadores de mayor tamaño que superan esta zona pueden bloquear la ranura PCIe, el NH-U9S, gracias a sus dimensiones de 95 x 95 mm, proporciona total compatibilidad con las tarjetas PCIe, en ATX, microATX o ITX.
Ventilador NF-A9 de gran calidad

Ventilador NF-A9 de gran calidad

El altamente optimizado ventilador NF-A9 cuenta con el marco AAO de Noctua, así como con sofisticadas medidas de diseño aerodinámico como los Flow Acceleration Channels (Canales de Circulación Acelerada), que permiten mejorar la conocida eficiencia de los anteriores modelos de 92 mm de Noctua y obtener un rendimiento de refrigeración superior del NH-U9S.
Soporte PWM y Adaptador para la reducción de ruido

Soporte PWM y Adaptador para la reducción de ruido

El ventilador NF-A9 de 92 mm del NH-U9S incluye el soporte PWM para un conveniente control automático de la velocidad a través de la placa base. Además, la velocidad máxima del ventilador se puede reducir de 2000 a 1550 rpm y conseguir un funcionamiento más silencioso al utilizar el Adaptador para la reducción de ruido.
Doble ventilador (opcional)

Doble ventilador (opcional)

El NH-U9S incluye un conjunto adicional de clips de montaje del ventilador para que los usuarios que deseen un mayor rendimiento de refrigeración puedan añadir un segundo NF-A9 PWM para crear una configuración push/pull. Utilizando el cable con forma de Y, que se incluye junto con ventilador NF-A9 PWM, ambos ventiladores pueden conectarse a un único conector del ventilador de la CPU.
Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™

Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™

Los sistemas de montaje SecuFirm2™ de Noctua se han convertido en sinónimo de calidad, seguridad y fácil manejo. Al ser compatibles con los LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011 (LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3), LGA2066 de Intel y los AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ de AMD, el montaje de SecuFirm2™ incluido con el NH-U9S garantiza una presión de contacto perfecta y máxima comodidad en todos los sockets.
Compatibilidad con los antiguos y nuevos sockets

Compatibilidad con los antiguos y nuevos sockets

Al cumplir con los estándares del SecuFirm2™, el NH-U9S puede ser compatible con los sockets más antiguos LGA1366 y LGA775, al utilizar el kit de montaje opcional NM-I3 que Noctua ofrece de manera gratuita. Si es técnicamente posible, Noctua también proporcionará los kit de actualización de los nuevos sockets.
Compuesto térmico NT-H1

Compuesto térmico NT-H1

Tras haber recibido más de 100 premios y recomendaciones de periodistas especializados de todo el mundo, el NT-H1 de Noctua es una solución térmica profesional y de probada calidad que proporciona una resistencia térmica mínima, gran facilidad de uso y una destacable fiabilidad.
6 años de garantía

6 años de garantía

Los productos de Noctua son conocidos por su impecable calidad y destacada longevidad. Al igual que todos los demás ventiladores de Noctua, el NF-A9 ofrece un tiempo medio de vida entre fallos (MTBF) de más de 150 000 horas y el paquete NH-U9S completo viene con una garantía total del fabricante de 6 años.
*Algunas placas base de AMD violan la zona de distanciamiento de 96 x 114 mm de AMD, por lo que el NH-U9S solo puede utilizarse con módulos RAM de hasta 30 mm de altura en este tipo de placas. Consulte nuestra lista de compatibilidad para más información.
NH-U9S
Especificaciones disipador
Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate necessario), AM4 con NM-AM4-UxS
Altura (sin ventilador)
125 mm
Anchura (sin ventilador)
95 mm
Profundidad (sin ventilador)
68 mm
Altura (con ventilador)
125 mm
Anchura (con ventilador)
95 mm
Profundidad (con ventilador)
95 mm
Peso (sin ventilador)
524 g
Peso (con ventilador/es)
618 g
Material
Cobre (base y heat-pipes), aluminio (aletas de refrigeración), uniones soldadas, niquelado
Tamaño del ventilador
92x92x25
Volumen de entrega
  • Ventilador de primera calidad NF-A9 PWM
  • Adaptador para reducción del ruido (L.N.A.)
  • Compuesto térmico NT-H1
  • Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™
  • Ganchos de ajuste para un segundo ventilador NF-A9
  • Noctua Case-Badge en metal
Garantía
6 años
Especificaciones ventilador
Rodamiento
Velocidad de rotación max. (+/-10%)
2000 RPM
Velocidad de rotación con L.N.A. max. (+/-10%)
1550 RPM
Velocidad de rotación min. (PWM, +/-20%)
400 RPM
Sonoridad max.
22,8 dB(A)
Sonoridad con L.N.A. max.
16,3 dB(A)
Potencia
1,2 W
Voltaje
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
NH-U9S
NH-U9S
NH-U9S Video
SecuFirm2™ AMD installation (NM-AMB3)
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA115x installation
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA2011 installation
Video Reviews
The following video reviews have not been created by Noctua. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the videos lies entirely with the authors.
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21.03.2015 // TweakTown.com
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NH-U9S Opinión

The fact that when converted over to CFM, that near 80 cubic meters of air turns into roughly 55CFM is impressive enough, but there is plenty more to be impressed with here. What's really impressive about the NH-U9S is that it uses a 92mm fan, it's able to cool the tower with ease, and it still offers plenty of room in the design for a dual fan setup (unless you are using LGA2011 with tall heat spreaders on the memory) to increase the efficiency of this design. You may be able to find more affordable solutions out there, but you are probably not going to find something so simultaneously silent, compact, and feature loaded. Comparable solutions probably won't come with this level of hardware, extra goodies, or a six-year warranty either. Looking at the NH-U9S for what it is, where it can go, and just how capable this compact the design is all lends to what we have been glowing about for this entire review. Not only is this a solid, more professional feeling cooler to use, but it fits almost anywhere (except in very small SFF cases and server racks), and stays unbelievably quiet for a cooler that uses a 92mm fan.
Resultado del análisis: "The intent of the NH-U9S was to stay compact, quiet, and offer full access to everything around it, and we feel Noctua hit the nail on the head with this design." (Chad Sebring, TweakTown.com)
01.08.2015 // eTeknix.com
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NH-U9S Opinión

The build quality is stunning, but the real star of the show is one of the things that makes Noctua famous, their fans! Unless you’re going crazy and driving thundering overclocks through your system, this cooler runs virtually silent, despite not being passive. I’ve never heard a cooler this quiet and due to the limits of human hearing or without an acoustically silent room, I’ll likely never find one quieter than wasn’t passive.
Resultado del análisis: "If I’m building a compact HTPC, workstation or office rig, this will be the cooler I choose. It looks great, it’s easy to install, it’s got exceptional build quality and it’s quieter than a mouse." (Peter Donnell, eTeknix.com)
29.01.2015 // ThinkComputers.org
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NH-U9S Opinión

Noctua always seems to impress. Each time they come out with a cooler it has a specific purpose and it always accomplishes that goal. For the NH-U9S their goal was to make a high-performance CPU cooler that would still fit in small systems. They were able to accomplish this. It is not often that you find a CPU cooler that guarantees that there will be no clearance issues with memory or PCI-Express cards, even on mini-ITX motherboards. When it comes to performance the NH-U9S performed at the top of the air coolers we have tested lately, even with the low noise adapter in use the cooler had very respectable performance. If you wanted to add even more performance you can add a second NF-A9 PWM fan, which we did and you can see those results on the previous page. During operation, even with two fans installed the cooler is not all that loud at all.
Resultado del análisis: "If you are looking for a smaller air cooler for a compact system this cooler is a great choice!" (Bob Buskirk, ThinkComputers.org)
08.01.2015 // Modders-Inc.com
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NH-U9S Opinión

The NH-U9B SE2 comes with a pair of NF-B9 fans out of the box but the NH-U9S easily bests its thermal performance with its single NF-A9 fan. Granted, it is a faster 2000 RPM fan compared to the NF-B9’s 1600 RPM but when both fans were outfitted a 3500 RPM Enermax Twister Storm fan which has a static pressure of 11.125 mm-H2O, the NH-U9S pulls way ahead in performance with a 5C difference in stock and 7C difference in 4.2GHz FPU-only load. When the NH-U9S was provided an additional NF-A9 fan, it was able to outperform the larger Noctua NH-U12S under overclocked conditions.
Resultado del análisis: "The NH-U9S takes the 92mm level of thermal performance beyond even further than the NH-U9B SE2 despite being bundled with only a single fan." (Ron Perillo, Modders-Inc.com)
07.01.2015 // SilentPCReview.com
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NH-U9S Opinión

The Noctua NH-U9S and NH-D9L are welcome additions to the Noctua line of high quality CPU coolers. They expand cooling options for Silent PC enthusiasts seeking smaller quiet systems. Both of these coolers are very close to the size of the long discontinued Scythe Ninja Mini, a unique short tower heatsink in its day. The 110mm and 125mm height clearance and small footprint of these coolers allows them to be used in much smaller cases than tower coolers normally allow. They fare well in comparison to both tower and top-down 120mm fan heatsinks, though they can't challenge the best tested on our LGA1155 platform. The improved performance with an additional fan in push-pull mode at very low noise levels makes these coolers even more versatile. The big plus for the PC builder is that they're almost as low profile as the bigger top-down fan heatsinks, but have the advantage of blowing the heat out towards a nearby back or top panel vent. The efficient evacuation of heat from the case is a key element in quiet PC cooling. We've already used the NH-D9L successfully in such a role in two recent small Gaming Build Guides — Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition and Journey to a Silent MicroATX Gamer. In both of these builds the only other cooler we know of that might have fulfilled the same role is the NH-U9S. The traditional Noctua strengths of excellent secure mounting, ease of installation and thoughtful accessories combine with the absence of any real competition from other brands to make them compelling.
Resultado del análisis: "[I]f small and quiet is beautiful to you, these new 92mm fan tower coolers from Noctua are tough to beat." (Mike Chin, SilentPCReview.com)
17.12.2014 // PC-Max.de
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NH-U9S Opinión

Für Home-Theater-PCs, Small-Formfaktor-Konfigurationen oder auch kompakte Gaming-Rigs, bei denen das Hauptaugenmerk weniger auf einer High-End-CPU mit allzu hoher TDP liegt, können sowohl der NH-U9S als auch der NH-D9L mit ausgezeichneter Qualität und Verarbeitung punkten, wie wir es von Noctua gewohnt sind. Auch das Gesamtpaket mit einem anpassungsfreudigen PWM-Lüfter, der Möglichkeit einen zusätzlichen Fan problemlos zu integrieren und damit weitere Leistungsreserven auszuschöpfen sowie die Tatsache, dass vom Montagematerial bis hin zu kleinen Details wie einer - "gütig"- mangels anderen Wortes - dimensionierten Einheit Wärmeleitpaste oder dem hochwertigen Case-Badge keinerlei Kompromisse eingegangen wurden, zeichnen die beiden Kühler aus.
Resultado del análisis: "Auch wenn es sich bei den beiden neuen Kühlern von Noctua um keine Modelle mit brachialer Cooling-Performance handelt, liegen die verzeichneten Temperaturen in einem Bereich, der einige deutlich ausladendere Konkurrenten überflügelt. Zudem muss sich vor Augen geführt werden, in welchen Einsatzgebieten die Verwendung eines derart kompakten CPU-Coolers sinnvoll ist. Die kleinen Würfel machen aufgrund ihrer großen Kompatibilität mit umliegenden Bauteilen des Systems und der besonders im Falle des NH-D9L geringen Bauhöhe vor allem in kompakten Systemen viel her." (William Zwingenberger, PC-Max.de)
11.12.2014 // AwardFabrik.de
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NH-U9S Opinión

Der NH-U9S ist unter 7V Lüfterspannung sehr leise, selbst mit einer Doppelbelüftung steigt der Wert auf maximal 36,1dB. Unter 12V sind es noch akzeptable 39,8 respektive 41,7dB bei zwei montierten Lüftern. In Anbetracht der hohen Umdrehungszahl von 2000 Umdrehungen in der Minute gehen auch diese Werte in Ordnung, zumal der Propeller ohne Nebengeräusche arbeitet und durch den beiliegenden L.N.A. auf maximal 1550 Umdrehungen gedrosselt werden kann. Die CPU erreicht maximal 37 bzw. 32°C, mit 12V Lüfterspannung sinkt die Temperatur auf 33 bzw. 31°C. Mit gesteigerter Spannung sind es unter 7V 58 respektive 52°C, bei 12V Lüfterspannung kann die Temperatur auf unter 50°C gehalten werden. Damit kann sich der NH-U9S stets einen Platz im Mittelfeld sichern. Neben der ausgewachsenen Kühlleistung und dem umfangreichen Zubehör samt 6 jähriger Garantie und potenter Serienbelüftung erhält der Käufer ein durchdachtes Kühlkonzept, was einen Preis von 55€ rechtfertigt.
Resultado del análisis: "Noctua hat mit den kompakten Kühlern NH-U9S sowie NH-D9L zwei sehr potente Produkte auf den Markt geworfen, die sich, obwohl sie mit einer Grundfläche von nicht mal 10cm2 ideal für uATX und ITX Gaming Systeme geeignet sind, nicht vor den großen Konkurrenzprodukten – auch aus den eigenen Reihen – verstecken müssen." (Denis Emmerich, AwardFabrik.de)
09.12.2014 // NikKTech.com
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NH-U9S Opinión

[T]he fact that the NH-U9S managed to keep our system running even at heavy load is really very important and shows just what this very small CPU Cooler is capable of. Of course even the much cheaper Raijintek managed to keep our system running but the NH-U9S performed better. Now normally the 4.5 degrees Celsius between these two similarly sized coolers (the Raijintek Aidos is 136mm tall however) isn't something that I’d tell people to pay over twice as much for but the NH-U9S is also 5.3dBA quieter and for HTPC users that's a big deal. And then you have the top notch craftsmanship Noctua alone can offer and although the end user is paying for that (naturally) i think it's well worth the extra money especially since the NH-U9S is covered by a 6 year warranty.
Resultado del análisis: "Noctua is amongst a handful of manufacturers that put quality and performance before cost for their products and their latest NH-U9S is one such bright example." (Nik Kastrantas, NikKTech.com)
01.12.2014 // Conseil Config
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NH-U9S Opinión

La qualité de fabrication est tout simplement excellente, le bundle est très complet, le montage est des plus facile et la compatibilité mémoire est complète. Du côté des performances et compte tenu de la taille du petit dernier c'est également du tout bon, que ce soit avec 1 ou 2 ventilateurs. Les nuisances sonores si branché en 5V ou PWM sont très bonnes, en 12V par contre le ventilateur se fera clairement entendre même si le bruit est plutôt neutre.
Resultado del análisis: "Le Noctua NH-U9S est un excellent choix lors du montage d'une configuration PC mini-ITX ou encore un HTPC de très petite taille, du fait de ses très bonnes performances pour sa taille." (Christian Marchini, Conseil Config)
06.11.2017 // PCMasters.de
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NH-U9S Opinión

Der NH-U9S erreichte in unserem Test bei einer Wärmeverlustleistung von 175W einen minimalen thermischen Widerstand von 0,199 K/W. Dies ist ein durchaus passables Ergebnis und zeigt, dass Noctua nicht nur im High-End Bereich in der Lage ist durch Qualität eine gute Performance zu bieten. Auch bei 120W sieht das Bild ähnlich gut aus. Der Schalldruckpegel beträgt bei dieser Konfiguration (12V / 2000 U/min) 55,8 dB(A). Somit ist der CPU-Kühler in diesem Betriebspunkt schon deutlich hörbar. Allerdings bietet der Kühlkörper eine so gute Performance, dass der Lüfter problemlos mit einer niedrigeren Drehzahl betrieben werden kann ohne, dass man zu hohe Temperaturen erreicht. Vergleicht man den NH-U9S direkt mit dem bereits getesteten Alpenföhn Atlas schlägt sich der Noctua bei geringem Volumenstrom deutlich besser als der Kontrahent aus dem Allgäu.
Resultado del análisis: "Wir können den Noctua NH-U9S jedem der einen kleinen Mittelklassekühler sucht empfehlen." (Tobias Mann, PCMasters.de)

NA-FC1

  • Controlador compacto y altamente flexible para ventiladores PWM de 4 pines
NH-U9S

NM-AM4-UxS mounting-kit

  • El soporte de montaje NM-AM4-UxS SecuFirm2™ convierte a los disipadores para CPU NH-U14S, NH-U12S y NH-U9S de Noctua en compatibles con el socket AM4 de AMD.
NH-U9S

NA-SEC1

  • Cables de extensión de 4 pines
NH-U9S

NM-I3 Mounting-Kit

  • El soporte de montaje NM-I3 SecuFirm2™ convierte a los disipadores para CPU de Noctua en compatibles con los sockets LGA775/1366 de Intel.
NH-U9S

Manual de instalación (PDF)

Hoja de datos (PDF)

Preguntas frecuentes

How big is the NH-U9S and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and mainboard heatsinks?

Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one?

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

What Thermal Design Power (TDP) is this cooler recommended for and how much Watt (W) of heat can it dissipate?

My case supports CPU coolers of up to XXXmm height, which model should I choose?

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

How much torque should be applied when tightening the screws of a Noctua CPU cooler?

How can I determine if the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS is overclocking my processor by default and deactivate this automatic overclocking?

Can I install a Noctua cooler in my system from Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo?

Can I upgrade my existing Noctua cooler to socket TR4 or SP3?

Is it possible to use the cooler with vertical graphic cards?

I'm experiencing fan speed issues with my motherboard from Supermicro, what can I do?

I get a CPU fan error using my Noctua PWM fan, is it faulty?

My Noctua PWM fan starts to spin when the PC boots but then stops, what is wrong?

My Noctua PWM fan runs at a much higher minimum speed than advertised, what is wrong?

My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

My Intel -K series CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

Why doesn't the supplied backplate fit my LGA2066 / LGA2011 motherboard?

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

How to remove the base protection cover?

Does the mounting-system support LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs?

Why is the cooler’s contact surface slightly convex?

Is the cooler compatible with LGA775 and LGA1366?

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

Is it a problem that the CPU heatspreader is not covered completely by the heatsinkbase on LGA2011-3?

Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model?

How big is the NH-U9S and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and mainboard heatsinks?

Thanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-U9S clears the RAM and mainboard heatsinks on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX. Please refer to the following drawing for the exact measurements and clearance for RAM and chipset coolers:

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Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one?

Most Noctua SecuFirm™ mounting parts are cross-compatible, so if you’re replacing one Noctua cooler with another, it is usually possible to keep the original backplate and/or mounting system in place in order to re-use it for the new cooler. If you had your previous Noctua cooler installed on an Intel LGA115x (LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150), LGA2011 (LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3) or LGA1366 system and replace it with an NH-U14S, NH-U12S or NH-U9S, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the NM-IMB3 ones supplied with the new cooler. For all other models, you can keep the entire mounting system in place on the aforementioned Intel sockets. On AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the ones supplied with the new cooler.

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011 and LGA2066, Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 also support Intel’s upcoming ‘Basin Falls’ X299 HEDT (High End Desktop) platform for ‘Skylake-X’ and ‘Kaby Lake-X’ processors. Most current Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 and can thus be used on LGA2066 motherboards without any upgrades or modifications.

The following models include a mounting-kit for socket LGA2011/2066 and are thus compatible out of the box:

NH-C14S
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15
NH-D15S
NH-D9L
NH-L12
NH-L9x65
NH-U12S
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U14S
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9S

The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets free of charge using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit:

NH-C12P
NH-C12P SE14
NH-C14
NH-D14
NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-U12
NH-U12F
NH-U12P
NH-U12P SE1366
NH-U12P SE2
NH-U9
NH-U9B
NH-U9B SE2
NH-U9F

The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers:

NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)
NH-U12DX
NH-U12DX 1366
NH-U9DX 1366
NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)

The following models are not compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets and can not be upgraded:

NH-L9a
NH-L9i
NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9DO A3

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

The following models include a mounting-kit for socket AM4 and are thus compatible out of the box:

NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-L12S
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-L9a-AM4

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit:

NH-C12P
NH-C12P SE14
NH-C14
NH-C14S
NH-D14
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15
NH-D15S
NH-D9L
NH-L12
NH-L9x65
NH-U12
NH-U12F
NH-U12P
NH-U12P SE1366
NH-U12P SE2
NH-U9
NH-U9B
NH-U9B SE2
NH-U9F

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-UxS upgrade-kit:

NH-U14S
NH-U12S
NH-U9S

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-L9aL9i upgrade-kit:

NH-L9a
NH-L9i

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers:

NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)
NH-U12DX
NH-U12DX 1366
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9DX 1366
NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)

The following models are not compatible with the AM4 socket and can not be upgraded:

NH-U14S TR4-SP3
NH-U12S TR4-SP3
NH-U9 TR4-SP3
NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9 DO A3

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

Dust: Fans and heatsinks inside computer cases tend to accumulate dust over longer periods of usage. In order to maintain maximum performance, please clean your fan and heatsink regularly. For cleaning, please first remove the fan from the heatsink and clean it using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please do not use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan and do not put the fan under running water as water residues inside the motor may lead to short circuits. Please also note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty. Before reinstalling the fan, clean the heatsink itself with a duster or vacuum cleaner. Do not use water to clean the cooler. Finally put the fan back on and connect it to your motherboard fan header or fan controller.
Thermal paste residues: Whenever you take off the heatsink from the CPU, we recommend to clean the CPU as well as the base of the cooler before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler. You can either just wipe the base and the CPU clean with a dry, lint-free tissue or, for more thorough cleaning, use a lint-free tissue moistened with either a mild solution of washing-up liquid or isopropyl alcohol. Do not put the cooler or CPU under running water. Note that both the base of the heatsink and the CPU should be dry, free from residues of thermal compound and free from grease before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler.

What Thermal Design Power (TDP) is this cooler recommended for and how much Watt (W) of heat can it dissipate?

Please refer to our TDP guide for information on maximum recommended TDP and heat dissipation.

My case supports CPU coolers of up to XXXmm height, which model should I choose?

Please refer to our TDP guide in order to select the cooler that offers the best cooling performance at a given height.

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

Please refer to the installation manual and our video installation guides for detailed instructions on how to install the cooler.

How much torque should be applied when tightening the screws of a Noctua CPU cooler?

All screws should be tightened gently until they stop without using excessive force. Please do not exceed the following values for maximum tightening torque:
Screw typeMax. torque
NM-SSC1 screws for fixing the fastening brackets to the base of the heatsink0.5 Nm
NM-ITS1 thumb screws for fixing Intel mounting bars0.5 Nm
NM-ALS1 screws for fixing AMD mounting bars0.6 Nm
Spring-loaded screws for fixing the heatsink to the mounting bars0.6 Nm

How can I determine if the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS is overclocking my processor by default and deactivate this automatic overclocking?

Most motherboard vendors allow their overclocking-enabled products (e.g. those with Intels X- or Z-series chipsets) to run the processor at increased clock speeds by default, without requiring any user action at all. Since TDP (Thermal Design Power) limits are usually also disabled by default, this leads to the CPU exceeding the rated TDP to a varying degree, depending on the used applications and their workloads. Due to the increased heat output of the CPU, you may see higher CPU temperatures than expected.

In order to find out if your motherboard is overclocking your processor by default, please enter the UEFI BIOS and select the “advanced” or “overclocking” menu. There you should be able to find options such as “MultiCore Enhancement” (options: enabled/disabled), “CPU Ratio Apply Mode” (options: all/per core) or similar. To disable the automatic overclocking, adjust the settings either to “disabled” or “per core” and make sure that the individual multipliers match the original specifications.

In doubt, please contact your motherboard vendor for detailed instructions on how to disable this feature.

Can I install a Noctua cooler in my system from Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo?

Systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands often use motherboards which differ slightly from the specifications issued by Intel and AMD. While those changes are usually subtle, they can lead to compatibility issues with coolers that were built to comply with these specifications.

Even in case the cooler is mechanically compatible and can be installed, other issues can occur, e.g. proprietary fan connectors, BIOS errors due to a low fan speed, shutdowns, etc. Some of these problems can be avoided with some technical knowledge, but especially BIOS related issues can often not be resolved.

Due to the large number of possible issues that cannot be resolved with different mounting parts alone, Noctua does not officially support systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands.

Can I upgrade my existing Noctua cooler to socket TR4 or SP3?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to upgrade existing Noctua heatsinks to support the AMD TR4 and SP3 sockets for Ryzen Threadripper (X399) and Epyc CPUs. TR4/SP3 CPUs have much bigger heatspreaders (as compared to e.g. LGA2066 or AM4 processors) and the contact surfaces of standard Noctua heatsinks would cover only about half of these heatspreaders, which would result in insufficient cooling performance. On top of that, the heatpipes of bigger cooler models like the NH-D15 or NH-D15S would completely block the RAM slots on many TR4/SP3 motherboards. For this reason, Noctua has introduced the new NH-U14S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S TR4-SP3 and NH-U9 TR4-SP3 cooler models that feature bigger contact surfaces and have been tailored to fit TR4 and SP3 systems. Please choose these models for AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Epyc systems.

Is it possible to use the cooler with vertical graphic cards?

Depending on the chassis, card and motherboard being used, installing PCIe cards in a vertical position using riser cards may cause compatibility issues with CPU coolers. Whether there will be a problem or not depends on the exact position of the card (which is determined by the PC case and/or optional vertical GPU holder bracket), the width of the card as well as the position of the CPU socket on the motherboard. In order to verify that there is sufficient space for the cooler, please measure the distance between the centre of the CPU socket and the top of the PCI card in order to make sure that the cooler fits.

I'm experiencing fan speed issues with my motherboard from Supermicro, what can I do?

The BIOS of many motherboard models from Supermicro expects a certain minimum fan speed (usually 700rpm), which is higher than the minimum fan speed that can be achieved with Noctua's PWM fan models. The BIOS may interpret the low minimum RPM of Noctua fans as a fan error and thus try to run the fan at 100% for a short period before going back to automatic control.. This can result in oscillating fan speeds and fan speed warnings in the BIOS or the fan management console.

Unfortunately there is usually no option to set a lower minimum value that would suit the low minimum speed of Noctua PWM fans.The issue can thus only be resolved by either disabling automatic fan speed control in BIOS, which will cause the fans to run at a constant speed, or by requesting a modified BIOS file from Supermicro, which takes the minimum fan speed of Noctua fans into account (charges might apply).

I get a CPU fan error using my Noctua PWM fan, is it faulty?

Noctua PWM fans feature a minimum speed of 300rpm to allow for ultra quiet operation when your CPU is at idle state and doesn’t require higher cooling performance. Some mainboards display error messages such as “CPU fan error” during the booting process when the fan speed is below a certain level. If you get such error messages using your Noctua PWM fan and if such options are available in your BIOS, please either adjust the minimum fan speed monitoring limit to 200rpm or increase the minimum PWM duty cycle. If your BIOS doesn’t offer these options, please disable CPU fan errors. For detailed information on BIOS fan settings, please consult your mainoard’s manual or contact your mainboard manufacturer.

My Noctua PWM fan starts to spin when the PC boots but then stops, what is wrong?

Some mainboards feature 4-pin fan headers that actually don‘t use a PWM signal on Pin 4 to control the fan speed but rather reduce the voltage on Pin 2 (like a standard 3-pin fan header). In this case, it may occur that the mainboard reduces the voltage so much that the fan stops. Please refer to your mainboard manual to check whether or not your mainboard has 4-pin fan headers that control the fan speed by reducing voltage on Pin 2 rather than by changing the PWM duty cycle on Pin 4:

4 pin fan header types

Note that mainboard manufacturers use different terms to indicate that Pin 4 is not being used for PWM control (e.g. “+5V”, “VCC” or “NC”), but if one of these terms is used, you can be sure that the fan header does not support PWM. If Pin 4 is described as “Speed Control” or “PWM” or the like, you can be sure that the fan header supports PWM.

Unfortunately, the description of Pin 2 is not always a clear indication as some manufacturers use terms such as “Fan PWR” or “Power” for both types of fan headers. However, if Pin 2 is described as “Speed Control”, you can also be sure that the fan header does not support PWM based speed control. If Pin 2 is described as “+12V”, this is a clear indication that the fan header supports PWM.

Please also note that in some cases, the descriptions of the pin layouts in the mainboard manuals may not be correct and some models actually allow you to switch the fan headers from voltage control mode to PWM control mode in the BIOS even though the pin descriptions do not indicate PWM support. We thus recommend to look for these options in the BIOS before taking other measures. In case of doubt, please contact your mainboard manufacturer.



To resolve the issue, you can:

  1. Choose a higher fan speed profile in the BIOS (e.g. „normal“ instead of „silent“, etc.) or deactivate automatic fan speed control and use a Low-Noise Adaptor instead.

  2. Use the mainboard‘s fan speed control software or 3rd party tools like Speedfan to regulate the fan speed. Unlike BIOS based fan speed control, the supplied software usually checks whether the fan has stopped and increases voltage accordingly or at least offer more options to set up the fan properly.

  3. If your mainboard features other 4-pin fan headers that use PWM for speed control, you can run multiple fans from these headers using Y-split cables. Make sure not to exceed the specified maximum power draw of the fan headers (usually 10-12W) though.

My Noctua PWM fan runs at a much higher minimum speed than advertised, what is wrong?

The specified minimum speed refers to the speed at 20% PWM duty cycle. There can be several reasons why the fan doesn‘t go as low as indicated:

  1. Many mainboards do not go below 40%, 50% or even 60% PWM duty cycle on case fan headers. Please refer to your mainboard manual to verify whether the fan header actually goes down to 20% duty cycle. If that's not the case, in some cases you can use the fan speed control software supplied with your mainboard to overcome these limitations and reduce the fan speed even further. However, 3rd party tools like SpeedFan offer greater flexibility and better options to work around the limitations imposed by the mainboard vendors.

  2. Some mainboards feature 4-pin fan headers that actually don‘t use a PWM signal on Pin 4 to control the fan speed but rather reduce the voltage on Pin 2 (like a standard 3-pin fan header). As the fan speed at minimum voltage is usually higher than the speed at 20% PWM duty cycle, the fan can not reach as low minimum speeds under voltage control as under PWM control. Please refer to your mainboard manual to check whether or not your mainboard has 4-pin fan headers that control the fan speed by reducing voltage on Pin 2 rather than by changing the PWM duty cycle on Pin 4:

    4 pin fan header types

    Note that mainboard manufacturers use different terms to indicate that Pin 4 is not being used for PWM control (e.g. “+5V”, “VCC” or “NC”), but if one of these terms is used, you can be sure that the fan header does not support PWM. If Pin 4 is described as “Speed Control” or “PWM” or the like, you can be sure that the fan header supports PWM.

    Unfortunately, the description of Pin 2 is not always a clear indication as some manufacturers use terms such as “Fan PWR” or “Power” for both types of fan headers. However, if Pin 2 is described as “Speed Control”, you can also be sure that the fan header does not support PWM based speed control. If Pin 2 is described as “+12V”, this is a clear indication that the fan header supports PWM.

    Please also note that in some cases, the descriptions of the pin layouts in the mainboard manuals may not be correct and some models actually allow you to switch the fan headers from voltage control mode to PWM control mode in the BIOS even though the pin descriptions do not indicate PWM support. We thus recommend to look for these options in the BIOS before taking other measures. In case of doubt, please contact your mainboard manufacturer.


    If your mainboard features other 4-pin fan headers that use PWM for speed control, you can run multiple fans from these headers using Y-split cables. Make sure not to exceed the specified maximum power draw of the fan headers (usually 10-12W) though.

My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Intel's unlocked CPUs (K, X and C suffix) can dissipate more heat than indicated by the TDP specification if
  1. the TDP limits are extended or disabled in the motherboards' BIOS.
  2. the motherboard applies automatic overclocking by default, e.g. by raising the supply voltage of the CPU and using higher Turbo-Mode multipliers.
  3. some software creates untypical loads, e.g. Prime95 with AVX2 support and a) and/or b) apply.

This can lead to temperature issues, especially when using smaller coolers or compact cases.

The actual power draw of the processor can be monitored with software provided by the motherboard vendor or with 3rd party tools like HWInfo or HWMonitor.

If you encounter temperature issues (>90°C) and notice a higher than specified power draw, please ensure that no automatic overclocking is applied and limit the TDP to the specified value by choosing appropriate BIOS settings.

For Kaby Lake CPUs, it may also help to lower the CPU clock speed for applications that heavily use the AVX instruction set, which can lead to higher loads and power draw. This option is usually referred to as “AVX offset” and makes it possible to lower the multiplier specifically for AVX based applications without reducing performance when using other instruction sets. Depending on the quality of the CPU and the programs being used, a reduction of 2-3 steps usually gives very good results.

Please contact your motherboard vendor for details if you have trouble finding the appropriate settings in the BIOS.

All our TDP recommendations are based on thorough testing with the default values specified by Intel using popular applications such as Asus Realbench and prime95. Please note, however, that prime95 creates a particularly high load that goes beyond typical application scenarios and this leads to elevated temperatures. We thus recommend using other programs such as Realbench for checking the stability and temperatures of the CPU in realistic scenarios.

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

Teniendo en cuenta que mayoría de los entusiastas del hardware usan compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad, la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua se ha optimizado para el uso de este tipo de pastas térmicas. Las micro-hendiduras de la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua aseguran que los compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad se dispersen de manera uniforme en una fina capa por toda la zona de contacto y que no queden huecos entre el disipador y la CPU. Con un acabado pulido como un espejo, el riesgo de una dispersión desigual es mucho más alto. Dado que las capas demasiado gruesas de pasta térmica y los huecos con aire deterioran dramáticamente la transferencia térmica, las micro-hendiduras son de vital importancia en el rendimiento general de los disipadores Noctua cuando se usan con compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad.

My Intel -K series CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Intel's unlocked CPUs (K, X and C suffix) can dissipate more heat than indicated by the TDP specification if
  1. the TDP limits are extended or disabled in the motherboards' BIOS.
  2. the motherboard applies automatic overclocking by default, e.g. by raising the supply voltage of the CPU and using higher Turbo-Mode multipliers.
  3. some software creates untypical loads, e.g. Prime95 with AVX2 support and a) and/or b) apply.

This can lead to temperature issues, especially when using smaller coolers or compact cases.

The actual power draw of the processor can be monitored with software provided by the motherboard vendor or with 3rd party tools like HWInfo or HWMonitor.

If you encounter temperature issues (>90°C) and notice a higher than specified power draw, please ensure that no automatic overclocking is applied and limit the TDP to the specified value by choosing appropriate BIOS settings.

For Kaby Lake CPUs, it may also help to lower the CPU clock speed for applications that heavily use the AVX instruction set, which can lead to higher loads and power draw. This option is usually referred to as “AVX offset” and makes it possible to lower the multiplier specifically for AVX based applications without reducing performance when using other instruction sets. Depending on the quality of the CPU and the programs being used, a reduction of 2-3 steps usually gives very good results.

Please contact your motherboard vendor for details if you have trouble finding the appropriate settings in the BIOS.

All our TDP recommendations are based on thorough testing with the default values specified by Intel using popular applications such as Asus Realbench and prime95. Please note, however, that prime95 creates a particularly high load that goes beyond typical application scenarios and this leads to elevated temperatures. We thus recommend using other programs such as Realbench for checking the stability and temperatures of the CPU in realistic scenarios.

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

Due to the low weight of the cooler, it is not necessary to take it off for transport.

Why doesn't the supplied backplate fit my LGA2066 / LGA2011 motherboard?

The supplied backplate is for LGA115x only and there is no backplate required for installation on LGA20xx (LGA2066, LGA2011-3, LGA2011-0). Please refer to the installation manual or our installation video for how to install the heatsink on LGA20xx.

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

Most case manufacturers provide specifications for maximum CPU cooler height/clearance. Please refer to these specifications in order to verify that the cooler will fit the case. If no specifications are available, please contact the case manufactuer or measure the distance from the motherboard tray to the side panel (tower cases) or top panel (desktop cases). If this distance is bigger than the height of the cooler + 15mm (mainboard spacers + mainboard + CPU), the height/width of your case should be sufficient.

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Please first loosen one of the two thumbscrews that hold the mounting bars in place. Then untighten the second screw so that you can swivel the mounting bar and open the socket. Depending on the position of the mounting bars, you may need to swivel both.

Open Socket

Open Socket

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

No. The new SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM2, AM2+ and AM3 uses the same standardised hole spacing as the Intel system and thus allows for a much easier installation, but the cooler cannot be installed turned by 90°.

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

No. As most AMD mainboards come with a stock backplate preinstalled, the cooler doesn’t include an AMD backplate. If your mainboard doesn’t have a backplate, please contact our support team at support@noctua.at.

amd backplate

How to remove the base protection cover?

Noctua CPU coolers are shipped with a plastic protection cover at the bottom side of the cooler, which protects the contact surface against scratches and other damage.

The base of Noctua CPU coolers is made from hard-wearing nickel plated copper, so there's nothing to worry about if you buy a Noctua cooler from second hand or if your cooler didn't come with a protection cover. Please proceed with the installation as explained in the manual.

You can simply remove the cover as shown below:

Base Protection Cover

Does the mounting-system support LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs?

There are two different types of ILM (Independent Loading Mechanism) for Intel’s LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs: Square ILM with 80x80mm hole spacing and Narrow ILM with 56x94mm hole spacing. The Square ILM socket is mechanically identical to the LGA2011 socket for Core i7, so the mounting-system is fully compatible, but it is not compatible with Xeon mainboards that use the Narrow ILM:

Xeon Compatibility

Why is the cooler’s contact surface slightly convex?

As the Integrated Heat Spreaders (IHS) of today’s CPUs are slightly concave, the cooler’s contact surface has been deliberately designed to be slightly convex in order to ensure optimal contact. This way, more contact pressure will be applied at the centre of the IHS directly above the DIE, which results in better heat transfer and improved overall performance.

Is the cooler compatible with LGA775 and LGA1366?

The cooler does not support LGA775 and LGA1366 out of the box, but can be made compatible using the NM-I3 mounting kit. Noctua provides the NM-I3 kit free of charge if a proof of purchase (scan, photo or electronic copy of the invoice) of the cooler and an LGA775 or LGA1366 motherboard or CPU are presented. In order to install the cooler using the NM-I3 kit, please first unscrew the center screw of the original one-piece fastening bracket (you can reach through the fin stack using the long screw driver supplied with the cooler) and remove it. Then install the two fastening brackets of the NM-I3 kit as described in the NM-I3 installation manual.

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Please kindly note that the NT-H1 thermal compound supplied with our coolers is a consumable item so our manufacturer’s warranty does not include providing additional thermal compound. You can purchase NT-H1 from our resellers.

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

Yes. Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011-0 and 2011-3, the cooler supports both types of LGA2011-3.

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

Yes. Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155 and LGA1156, the cooler also supports LGA1151.

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

The SecuFirm2™ mounting system requires a standard AMD backplate (either plastic or metal) with screw threads as shown on the pictures below. These backplates are pre-installed on the rear side of most AMD mainboards (see first picture below) and fixed to the retention module with four screws (see second picture below). If your retention module is fixed with plastic bolts instead of metal screws, please contact support@noctua.at in order to obtain an appropriate backplate.

In order to proceed with the installation of your Noctua cooler, please remove the four screws and the retention module but keep the backplate in place so that you can see the screw threads from the top side of the motherboard (see third picture below). You can then proceed with the installation of the SecuFirm2™ mounting kit as described in the manual (see fourth picture below).

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate



Is it a problem that the CPU heatspreader is not covered completely by the heatsinkbase on LGA2011-3?

No. Depending on the orientation of the cooler, 1-2mm at the outer edge of the heatspreader may not be covered by the heatsink base. As the heat is concentrated at the center of the CPU and the outermost parts are irrelevant for heat-transfer, this is no problem at all.

Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model?

Not sure which Noctua product to buy? Our detailed buying guides for fans and CPU coolers help you to choose the model that works best for you.

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