What ITX Motherboards Are Compatible with the Noctua NH-L12S?

Tsuchinoko

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Hello, friend.
I plan to build on GHOST S1 and NOCTUA NH-L12S. I have heard that the NH-L12S is a very good cooler, but the biggest issue is compatibility with the VRM big heatsink on the ITX motherboard. I am looking for a Z390 (itx) motherboard since I will be choosing 9900K.
I was planning to use the ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING, but this motherboard has a huge VRM cooler so the NH-L12S doesn't seem to work.
Do you have any recommended Z390 motherboard that can use NH-L12S? My friend recommended the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming - ITX/ac, but can this motherboard carry the NH-L12S?

Please let me know what you think.
Thanks in advance!

P.S. The Noctua NH-L12S is not compatible with the GHOST S1, but I will press it in and process it to 66 mm or less.
 
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Solo

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Yeah, the Asrock board will work. Technically both would work, but you'd have to remove the Strix's huge ass aluminum thing. However then you wouldn't have a VRM heatsink lol.
 

Tsuchinoko

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Yeah, the Asrock board will work. Technically both would work, but you'd have to remove the Strix's huge ass aluminum thing. However then you wouldn't have a VRM heatsink lol.

Thanks for telling me!
Please tell me one more thing. I am also interested in the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming - ITX/TB3 on the X570 motherboard. Do you think this motherboard is compatible with Noctua NH-L12S?
 

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P.S. The Noctua NH-L12S is not compatible with the GHOST S1, but I will press it in and process it to 66 mm or less.

Ewww, am I the only one being worried there ? The original NH-L12 (non S) is 66mm tall and compatible with the S1. Out of curriosity, why aren't you going with an AIO (and a top hat) ? 9900K is quite the heater and the S1 is rather small to keep it cool on air.