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Noctua NH-D14 fan clips? How to remove center fan?

post #1 of 9
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Hey, this probably seems trivial to the majority of you...but how do you disengage the fan clips on the Noctua NH-D14's center and side fans? I don't want to apply brute force to push the clip to the opposite side as I feel it may snap in half.

Do you have to bend the ends and then somehow get the connectors on the fan back in? I'm confused.
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The instructions provided weren't very helpful, they just showed arrows that pointed to where the physical fan clips were installed.
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i just slightly opened both sinks and it fell right in, an the latches just pull back and hold on to an edge on each side of the sink, im pretty sure it wont snap in half...its kinda like opening a tool box, you have to pull it past the ledge then when it pulls back it latches on
Edited by RUSL - 3/10/11 at 5:54am
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i just slightly opened both sinks and it fell right in
Did you say that you pulled the tower in two different directions? ...that can't be right.
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lol, yes but i didnt just rip it open it needs just the slightest breathing room to slip right in..like you barely have to wiggle it and it should go right in
Edited by RUSL - 3/10/11 at 5:56am
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lol, yes but i didnt just rip it open it needs just the slightest breathing room to slip right in..like you barely have to wiggle it and it should go right in

Alright, thanks. I'll give it a shot.
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post #6 of 9
If the center fan is the appropriate size it should go in or out of the middle with little more than some slight wiggling.

As for disengaging the clips, just pull the clip past the edge it hangs on and it should swing away from the heatsink with little problem. It's slightly confusing at first but once you get it you won't have to think twice about it again.
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post #7 of 9
Some of those clips are tight. I've needed pliers at times to pull them free. The trick is that once you've gotten a fan free, stretch the clips so they don't pull as tightly.

Depending on how much space there is between the fin stacks you might have to gently pry them apart a wee bit.
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post #8 of 9
I installed my D14 yesterday and at first was a bit perplexed as to how to remove the heatsink as well....

Just place your palm against the back of the heatsink so as to spread the force evenly and not bend any fins. Then just grab the part of the clip that looks and acts like a handle, and pull it away from the fan, itll give little bit of resistance and then youll see itll suddenly give way and come right off.

Easy as pie!

As far as getting it back in, it slides right back in between both heatsinks easily.
Edited by ColdFyre22 - 3/11/11 at 9:05am
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post #9 of 9
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As for disengaging the clips, just pull the clip past the edge it hangs on and it should swing away from the heatsink with little problem.
Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for. +1
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The trick is that once you've gotten a fan free, stretch the clips so they don't pull as tightly. Depending on how much space there is between the fin stacks you might have to gently pry them apart a wee bit.
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