Originally Posted by Cloud9394
I see, so same mounting bracket...but different brackets. Thats alright i guess, i'll just wait till next black friday if i buy a new computer. But if intel comes out on top next year...i would go intel. I hope this cooler will work on intel boards...Can you just drill the motherboard to mount the backplate?
Depends on what socket. If it's going to be 1155, then you don't need new mounting hardware since it can match 1156. LGA 2011 or 1356 will be different sockets, and I don't think it's known if their mounting holes on the motherboard will be the same as say 1366 as of yet.
Drilling holes to your MB is a great way to void warranty, and in all honesty I wouldn't recommend it. It's one thing to drill a hole in say a fan's outer frame, or even sawing off a part of say a ram heatsink (for video card aftermarket ram cooling etc). But drilling a hole to an area that may or may not be near circuitry is a rather stupid unless you know exactly what you are doing and what risk in entails to possibly bricking your mobo.
Simply put, don't be cheap, if you're gonna upgrade then just get a new motherboard if it's a new socket. It's not worth risking destroying current hardware just in hopes of compatibility. Also Noctua sends out free hardware for future upgrades, and you got a D14 so if LGA 2011 or 1356 turn out different for mounting, then talk to them and they'd send you something.