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December 27, 2012 3:53:04 PM

Hi guys, I want to install an H80 in my computer, but I am not sure if I am able to. My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3. When I look at the back of the case, where I am supposed to mount the backplate, I do not see any slots for it to mount. So the real question is, will it work?

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December 27, 2012 4:15:49 PM

You will need to take that black piece off and mount the back plate that came with the H80.
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December 27, 2012 4:30:49 PM

j2j663 said:
You will need to take that black piece off and mount the back plate that came with the H80.


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December 27, 2012 4:39:44 PM

That is an AMD motherboard and the backplate that comes with the H80 is for use on an Intel motherboard. For AMD you don't need to change to back plate, but you do have to change the mount on the waterblock and use the default one on the motherboard.
December 27, 2012 4:46:07 PM

j2j663 said:
You will need to take that black piece off and mount the back plate that came with the H80.


Thank you, and it will work just as good as an Intel board?

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December 27, 2012 4:50:56 PM
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the included instructions should illustrate how to install it on an AMD board
December 27, 2012 4:52:01 PM

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December 27, 2012 4:52:28 PM

I did not know that. Lol, thank you for your help. I will be ordering the H80 soon :) 
December 27, 2012 5:21:09 PM

ittimjones said:
i hear that the Noctua ND-H14 is better than the H80. I have one on the way actually. However, it is HUGE (see picture of it installed below)
http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/796/img1338s.jpg


That is pretty big, lol. Unfortunately I dont have the biggest case, so thats why I picked the H80 :) 
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December 27, 2012 5:26:47 PM

gotcha, yeah, i looked at the H80 for a while, and I finally got the ND-H14 after lots of people saying it's better. I talked to one guy earlier today who got his 2600K to 5GHz on it. But I am worried about clearance above my RAM, between the top and side of my case, and above my GPU...
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December 27, 2012 5:40:47 PM

^The Noctua is WAY better than an H80... it's better than an H100.
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December 27, 2012 5:53:07 PM

Noctua is pretty quality, I have their downdraft cooler (much less heatsink obviously than the ND-H14 but designed well) and it still keeps me around 70c with a 4.2 OC on my i5-3570k on full load.
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