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Will a Noctua NH-C14 fit on a GA-Z77X-UP5 TH?

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August 6, 2012 8:50:52 PM

Thread title says it all. I have searched high and low and cant seem to find anybody with this combo. The Noctua website doesn't list the UP series at all.

Edit: Memory notwithstanding, will it fit with the bottom 140mm fan in place and the heatpipes perpendicular to the long axis of the CPU die?
a c 328 V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 9:02:46 PM

Why not?

It should fit with no problem any mobo.

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August 9, 2012 1:35:50 AM

After digging around a bit on other forums where the GA-Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard is pretty popular, I have found a few people who used the Noctua behemoth with no issue... aside from having to use low profile / no heat sink memory, of course.

I too was looking to use the NH-D14 for my build, and--as long as the case is roomy enough--it looks like we're good to go. :D 

EDIT: :whistle:  My bad... misread the title as *D*14, not C14. I'd assume that the C14 will fit just about anywhere the D14 will; the physical dimensions are similar according to NewEgg details pages.

If you try it, be sure to come back and let us know how it worked out! Let the rest of the internet benefit from your experience. ;) 
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August 9, 2012 1:42:39 AM

I wonder how the fitment differs between the D14 and the C14. They use the same mounting system...
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August 9, 2012 1:45:54 AM

Well, I'll search around for the right cooler this time... maybe find someone else who's used it. Looking through the Hackintosh communities mostly, as they seem to fancy the UP5 TH for stability/compatibility... in case you're interested in digging around for info yourself. =)
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August 9, 2012 1:49:09 AM

I'm pretty confident it will fit and if not I'm not afraid to hack up the heatsinks to make it work...but I'd rather not.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 9, 2012 1:51:52 AM

Noctua has no info that says it will limit install on some mobos.

They are pretty good about that : )
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August 9, 2012 1:54:05 AM

To be honest, though, I'm really starting to fancy the Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe...
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August 9, 2012 1:54:15 AM

Haha, yeah, I'd suggest you don't. Sure you could do it fairly easily, but there goes your lifetime warranty...

Unless you've already got the RAM, low profile is a better choice anyway; most people (and tests, from what I understand) agree that the heat sinks are unnecessary for stable temps (unless you're going for insane memory overclocks), they are more forgiving of hugenormous CPU coolers, and (in my opinion) look sleeker than memory with fins sticking out like saw blade teeth.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 9, 2012 1:57:01 AM

Whats your CPU?
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August 9, 2012 2:00:03 AM

I'm not too concerned about memory temps with two 140mm fans, three 120mm, and two 80mm fans blowing air around in this smallish (for ATX) case. :-)
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August 9, 2012 2:02:28 AM

CPU will be 3570k with a moderate overclock to balance heat and performance.
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August 9, 2012 2:15:25 AM

Sorry I don't have a more concrete answer for you, but I *think* you will be just fine -- with the Asus or the Gigabyte mobo. I've found people using the NH-C14 cooler on the "older" Gigabyte UD5H (which also has fair-sized heat sinks on around the CPU) and they seem to do fine. Not certain about the orientation you asked about, but you're not likely to find that out online.

If you want to be sure, you could always just get two of those slim case fans for each side of the cooler. Or, if your case allows the height, just put the fan on the "top" of the cooler only. A higher CFM fan could still do a great job while being fairly quiet, if you find the Noctua fans inadequate (or ugly). =P
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August 9, 2012 2:20:40 AM

They are ugly, but with six of them I guess I'm all in. No windows in the case so it doesn't matter.
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August 9, 2012 2:31:00 AM

Well, good luck! =) And again, please be sure to update the original post to let us (and future Googlers with similar questions) know how it went. :thumbup:
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August 15, 2012 8:33:38 PM

I've opted to go with an Asus board, so I won't be able to answer the question directly. I'm still reasonably confident that it would work fine, though.
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August 15, 2012 8:34:09 PM

Best answer selected by cggorman.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
August 15, 2012 10:35:41 PM

This topic has been closed by Nikorr
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