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Noctua NH-U14S, Carbide 300R and Z77X-D3H (compatibility)

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Hi guys, I just installed a Noctua NH-U14S and I wanted to share the compatibility with my case, Carbide 300R, and motherboard, Z77X-D3H. I did this since I had to research a lot to decide to buy the U14 and not the NH-D15 or D14 because of measurements and dimensions. The Z77X is old, but the Carbide is popular still.

If I am posting this in the wrong section (I saw no "Noctua NH-U14S Club" in this forum) I apologize. The moderators can move my post to where it belongs.

My full specs can be seen in my signature. Below is the rig with the NH-U14S mounted.





What caught me by surprise is that Corsair states 170mm clearance for coolers, Noctua states the height at 165mm, but it sits 1mm from the side panel. The ruler rests exactly on both flaps where the panel rests, so it is pretty much the space you have from the panel. No problem in this case (case), but if I counted with the space Corsair stated I would be in trouble. Below are three photos of how close it is from the side panel. Images can be deceiving, but from my point of view I estimate 1mm to spare.









And here is the height the fan is mounted. I checked visually to reproduce in the photo. The hole to fix the wire sits more or less one fin below the top of the tower. Kind of what shows in the Noctua manual and photos. Then I assume the ideal position of the fan will leave 1mm to spare from the side panel of the Carbide 300R.





And then we have the memory clearance. In my Z77X-D3H, all four slots are cleared. I tested and I was able to fit a Corsair Vengeance in the last slot with the fan installed.

The clearance from the cooler to the motherboard is of 34mm the way my fan is installed. Then you have to discount 3mm that the slots raise the memory and you are left with some 31mm for RAM (if the fan covers the slot of a given motherboard).





The cooler is really nice. From the top of my head, it lowered my temps in 10ºC from my old Zalman 9900NT running an i7-3770K OC'd to 4.4Ghz and 1,28v (?). I am not used to OC, then I used the auto feature in my 3DBIOS.

Ah, and the cooler does interfere with the first PCI-e X1 slot of my Z77X-D3H. if you are not using a push pull configuration and the card is short, like a Thunderbolt, it will mostly like fit. But the first X16 is cleared.

Well, that's it. I hope to have helped. Would be interesting to see someone with the Corsair C70, which also comes with "170mm" clearance for coolers.
post #2 of 15
The problem is likely cultural. Noctua, based in Europe, use European millimeteres and Corsair based in the USA, use 'Murican millimeters, grudgingly. They had to convert from inches and their spec writers went...uh inches to millimeters..it's multiply by 26.5 or 22.5 or 25...something something... biggrin.gif

In my experience most case suppliers err on the conservative side of the specs. Most cases I've used have an extra 5-7mm clear of the written spec.
post #3 of 15
I have the 300R and I would say that 170mm of clearance is almost accurate.
I would say closer than 170mm rather than 165mm.

Actually Corsair didn't state the HSF clearance years ago for the 300R neither the 400R and 500R.
My guess that clearances were listed in the tech specs from Anandatech reviews.

The clearance would also dependant from the board tickness and the cpu standoffs.
Edited by edsai - 2/9/16 at 2:52am
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Perhaps Corsair measured from the MB rather than the top of the CPU? That would line up perfectly with your findings. I wouldn't trust Corsair as far as I could throw them - everything they do is geared to pigeonhole you into buying one of their lousy CLCs.
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According to this owner here, he managed to fit the PH-TC14PE quoted 171mm tall.
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According to this owner here, he managed to fit the PH-TC14PE quoted 171mm tall.

The tower on the TC14PE is 160mm, it is 171mm with the fan centered on the tower. The fan can be dropped to make the overall height ~165mm.
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The tower on the TC14PE is 160mm, it is 171mm with the fan centered on the tower. The fan can be dropped to make the overall height ~165mm.

My bad, sorry!

Well, the Thermalright TS140 is 170mm tall without fans, right?
Then look at the post #3 here.
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Originally Posted by edsai View Post

I have the 300R and I would say that 170mm of clearance is almost accurate.
I would say closer than 170mm rather than 165mm.

Actually Corsair didn't state the HSF clearance years ago for the 300R neither the 400R and 500R.
My guess that clearances were listed in the tech specs from Anandatech reviews.

The clearance would also dependant from the board tickness and the cpu standoffs.
Just of general information, combined distance from motherboard tray to top of CPU is 15-16mm. I have never seen one that was more.
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Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post

Perhaps Corsair measured from the MB rather than the top of the CPU? That would line up perfectly with your findings. I wouldn't trust Corsair as far as I could throw them - everything they do is geared to pigeonhole you into buying one of their lousy CLCs.
All systems I'm check are 8mm from top of mobo to top of CPU .. or slightly less.

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Originally Posted by edsai View Post

According to this owner here, he managed to fit the PH-TC14PE quoted 171mm tall.

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Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post

The tower on the TC14PE is 160mm, it is 171mm with the fan centered on the tower. The fan can be dropped to make the overall height ~165mm.
What ciarlatano said. thumb.gif
I'm runnig a TC14PE in a Define R2 with 165mm CPU clearance. It does just touch the sound deadening of vent cover. wink.gif
Edited by doyll - 2/9/16 at 6:44am
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Doyll, thanks for your interesting inputs. REP+

Well, it's the 300R and the TS140 (170mm tall), right?



Source here.
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DVD R/W Sony Hyper 212+ Push Pull Corsair 300R 
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Originally Posted by edsai View Post

My bad, sorry!

Well, the Thermalright TS140 is 170mm tall without fans, right?
Then look at the post #3 here.
TRUE Spirit 140 is 170mm tal,RUE Spirit 140 Power spec is 171mm, but mine is 170mm

But TRUE Spirit Rev.A is 165mm tall.
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