Cooling [SFF Network] Convert Your NH-U12S or NH-U14S to Rotate 90 Degrees


John Morrison. Founder and Head writer SFF.N
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SFF Workshop
Editorial Staff
Jun 19, 2015
In my review of the NH-U12S, I made mention of the weirdness surround Noctua's decision to change the mounting system on the U12S and U14S coolers. It seemed odd to me to design an entirely new mounting system to rotate the cooler 90 degrees, but not make it compatible with other products in Noctua's lineup.

So, in the interests of finding something out, I took a screw driver to two coolers, namely the NH-D9L and NH-U12S.

Read more here..


Lord of the Boards
Editorial Staff
Gold Supporter
May 9, 2015
Excellent article ! It really pays off when a manufacturer (or engineers most likely) decides to future-proof and standardize their products so this kind of "modding" is even possible. With CPU coolers the Z-depth is also important though. Is it comparable between the AM1 and AM3 platform, did the screws wind down easily enough ?


FlexATX Authority
Feb 28, 2015
Great guide! I think it could be worth it to talk to Noctua about this, maybe they just didn't consider this possibility and might be willing to rework the mounting bracket to be universal?
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