Noctua NH-D12L Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅31-05-22
Installation Process

For the installation we’ve chosen to use LGA 1700 since this is new and NH-D12L has compatibility for it.

So, for the first step, it’s necessary to attach the provided backplate and then install the plastic standoffs as shown. It should be noted that these blue standoffs are specifically designed for LGA 1700, the black standoffs in the pack should be used for other sockets.

Next, it is necessary to take the two brackets and place them over the threads which are poking through and apply the screws. Depending on the orientation you desire, you’ll want them aligned top and bottom (like us) if you want the heatsink and fan facing the rear exhaust, which is generally regarded as the best option.

The last step in the process is to apply thermal paste to the CPU and place the baseplate of the cooler over the CPU, lining up the screws to the pins and then one full rotation of each screw to apply even pressure. Once both screws are tight, and the PWM fan connector is attached to the CPU fan header on the motherboard, the job is done!

It is necessary to remove the middle cooling fan in order to be able to reach the screws, as shown in the picture above.

Here is the finished look.

In true Noctua style, this cooler looks stunning in our chassis and compliments it very well. All in all, a very easy installation – something we always expect from Noctua.

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