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May 21, 2011 2:29:47 PM

Been thinking about getting either one of these:

Noctua NH d14
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B

Would they fit into my case with my motherboard? My case is a Thermaltake v3 BE and my motherboard is an Asus P6X58D-E

I'm worried about the heatsinks on my MB getting in the way of the cooler.

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May 21, 2011 5:47:36 PM

Base height clearance of the cooler will be the determining factor.
The higher the base height the better = allow you to clear mobo sinks and use taller ram kits.
Noctua NH d14 = 44mm
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B = 40mm
Measure height of NB heatsink.
I would also recommend you choose ram kits under 45mm tall for best compatibility.
Gskills Ripjaws/X = 41mm tall = good choice for hassle free install
Corsair Dominators/Vengeance 52mm tall - not the best choice if you want to avoid fit issues
Corsair XMS3 = 33mm = excellent choice
Mushkin Black/Redline = 40mm
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May 21, 2011 7:11:31 PM

Neither of those coolers will fit in the Thermaltake V3.You need to find a cooler that is less than 130mm tall.
I suggest looking at the Hyper 212+.I don't think your going to fit anything bigger than the 212.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 21, 2011 9:08:26 PM

PredaJ said:
Been thinking about getting either one of these:

Noctua NH d14
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B

Would they fit into my case with my motherboard? My case is a Thermaltake v3 BE and my motherboard is an Asus P6X58D-E

I'm worried about the heatsinks on my MB getting in the way of the cooler.

http://www.asus.com.au/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1366/P6X58DE/websites/Global/products/gFBKfNyhppW9tDbB/k0h0BOj8BBUKBwZ9_500.jpg


The Noctua NH-C14 will probably fit but you will have to make sure that your RAM works with it as it sits lower than the D14. However ASUS motherboards are very well laid out and the C-14 will probably work - but like I said check the dimensions first.

The NH-C14 cools as well as the D-14 but it has a lower overall height. There is a review at Frosty Tech here: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=256...

It is rated by Frosty Tech as the #2 best CPU cooler and it is fairly quiet in operation so it is a great choice.
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May 21, 2011 9:40:51 PM

I don't know that the NH-C14 will fit either.It seems like it's just as tall as the DH-14 it's just not as long.
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May 21, 2011 10:47:37 PM

purple stank said:
I don't know that the NH-C14 will fit either.It seems like it's just as tall as the DH-14 it's just not as long.


No it is not as tall - Noctua lists its exact dimensions on its website. You can check your case dimensions and you mobo and you will be able to tell if it will fit
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May 21, 2011 11:15:45 PM

The OP needs a cooler that doesn't exceed 130mm's (5 inches) in height.
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May 21, 2011 11:36:01 PM

purple stank said:
The OP needs a cooler that doesn't exceed 130mm's (5 inches) in height.


Then the NH-C14 won't work. It needs 140mm + 15mm for a total of 155mm according the Noctua website
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May 21, 2011 11:40:11 PM

Yah I thought it was just as tall.The DH-14 is 160mm tall so only a 5mm difference.

Most of the really good coolers aren't below 130mm's so I'm thinking the Hyper212+ is the only good option.
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May 22, 2011 2:05:33 AM

purple stank said:
Yah I thought it was just as tall.The DH-14 is 160mm tall so only a 5mm difference.

Most of the really good coolers aren't below 130mm's so I'm thinking the Hyper212+ is the only good option.

His case is 190mm(7.5")and will fit coolers 158.5mm tall = 212+ is the tallest cooler that will fit.
Don't know where you're coming up with 130mm tall as maximum cooler height since the 212+ is 158.5 mm tall and will just fit.
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May 22, 2011 2:37:06 AM

I don't understand how they say it will only fit a 137mm cooler. I have measured it up and I'm sure it can fit something well over that - around 159mm. Maybe they're talking about a side panel fan or something..

davcon said:
Base height clearance of the cooler will be the determining factor.
The higher the base height the better = allow you to clear mobo sinks and use taller ram kits.
Noctua NH d14 = 44mm
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B = 40mm
Measure height of NB heatsink.
I would also recommend you choose ram kits under 45mm tall for best compatibility.
Gskills Ripjaws/X = 41mm tall = good choice for hassle free install
Corsair Dominators/Vengeance 52mm tall - not the best choice if you want to avoid fit issues
Corsair XMS3 = 33mm = excellent choice
Mushkin Black/Redline = 40mm


Thanks for mentioning the RAM! I have patriot viper II sector 7's and the heatsink on them are quite tall!

Luckily I've found this table by Noctua! http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_ram_ge...
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May 22, 2011 6:12:30 AM

purple stank said:
Yah I thought it was just as tall.The DH-14 is 160mm tall so only a 5mm difference.

Most of the really good coolers aren't below 130mm's so I'm thinking the Hyper212+ is the only good option.


No it is 140 mm but Noctua advises adding an extra 15 mm of clearance for some reason. It is much more "flatter" than the D-14
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May 22, 2011 6:31:34 AM

The way measurements work with coolers is you stand the cooler upright out of the case.And from their is where you get Height,Depth and Length.I'm ausming by flatter you mean height.
I think the C-14 is just like the DH-14 but the C-14 only has 1 of D-14's heatsinks which is why it's shorter.

If the case is 7.5" wide then you should be able to manage a Hyper212+ or something similar.I just have no idea why Thermaltake is saying that the case shouldn't fit coolers taller than 130mm's

I was able to fit a Zerotherm ZT-10D(160mm tall) in my Cyberpower case but the door would just barely close and I believe that case was 7.25" wide.
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May 22, 2011 8:18:04 AM

I'll probably get a noctua nh d14. If not that I'll try a hyper 212+
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May 22, 2011 9:30:27 AM

PredaJ said:
I'll probably get a noctua nh d14. If not that I'll try a hyper 212+


I love the D-14 and I understand your reasoning, just make sure it will fit. All of the D-14 measurements are listed on Noctua's website. Several professional reviewers have noted that the Noctua C-14 is better for cases that are more narrow and so I am just passing on their information.

There is a good review at Hardware Canucks here: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

It talks about the clearance issues.

Take the time to google and read some of the professional reviews.

Keep in mind that the D14 and C14 both cool about the same.
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May 22, 2011 9:32:45 AM

Oh, one other thing, the C-14 will not clear RAM and other motherboard hardware as well as the D-14. That is why I prefer the D-14 if it will fit.
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May 22, 2011 10:50:50 AM

I'll pretty much guarantee you the D-14 won't fit in a V3.
Read the Newegg feedback on any case 7.48" or 7.5" wide.
The most you can squeeze in is a 212+.
Now i have a question!
Why would you buy a cheap $40 max case for expensive components like your mobo and an aftermarket cooler?
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May 22, 2011 12:54:44 PM


^ +1 on his choice of cases. Alternative HSF.
Zalman 9900 Max-r or -b on sale at Newegg for $70 - $20 MIR w/free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
151 mm Heigth, slightly less than the 212+
My case 8.3" and have 30 mm (1.25") clearance to side panel.
No problem on Ram clearance, But I have the ASRock Z68 extreme4 MB, Looking at picture and comparing it to my MB, should be fine on Clearance on HS on backside also.

Frosty shows it just below the D14 and Guru3d shows it just above D14 in performance.
http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=256...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/zalman-cnps-9900-max-revi...

Installed on I5-2500k, sofar only OCed to 4.2 (planning on going higher today) temps after 1 hr prime95: lowest core = 50C highest core = 55. Used AS5 so temps may drop a couple of degrees, also need to add a fan to my set-up. PITA to install
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May 22, 2011 1:11:37 PM

davcon said:
I'll pretty much guarantee you the D-14 won't fit in a V3.
Read the Newegg feedback on any case 7.48" or 7.5" wide.
The most you can squeeze in is a 212+.
Now i have a question!
Why would you buy a cheap $40 max case for expensive components like your mobo and an aftermarket cooler?


Excellent point ^

Maybe you do need a better case.
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May 22, 2011 9:23:30 PM

Yes all agree OP needs a new case.

The HAF 912 is almost the same price but it's a lot wider.
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May 22, 2011 10:06:51 PM

Relating to cases i have an Antec 902 8.6" wide with a Thermalright MUX-120(160 mm tall).
Side fan mount is unuseable(bad location) and have about half an inch clearance to panel.
I also have a CM690II 8.4" wide and i just installed a Corsair A70 160mm tall it just closes.
What you need to know is the space behind the mobo tray for cable management is not the same from one case to another = effects the useable width for cooler install.
Also not mentioned is the coolers are measured from top to bottom without taking the copper tube ends into account.= means 160mm coolers are often 161/162mm.
On another note i bought an el cheapo case yesterday for my i3 build.
Looked at the V3 $40 and V4 $45 and was turned off by no mobo standoffs and next to no spacing between mobo and top fan mounts.If you want top exhaust fans you'll have to buy slims.
Ended up buying a CM Elite 430 for $45/+$10 mir.
It's 7.5" wide and has a 212+ waiting to go in.
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May 22, 2011 10:30:05 PM

^ +10
quote ...space behind the mobo tray for ... end quote
Makes it diff to recommend coolers that are close, using best guess and width.
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May 22, 2011 10:30:59 PM

The HAF case's have that pocket on each side of the panels which gives about an inch each for clearance.
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