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Noctua split the mounting hardware and accessories into three
different bags with AMD parts in one, Intel in another, and a set with parts
common to both platforms.
Along with the necessary mounting hardware, Noctua includes
rubber strips for soft fan-mounting, fan clips, thermal compound, and two
3-pin fan adapters for 9V and 7V fan operation. Both AMD and Intel installations
require four sets of hardware: A backplate for the underside of the motherboard,
mounting arms for the topside of the board, steel wings for the heatsink,
and spring-loaded bolts to secure it all together. Washers are also provided
to prevent short-circuits.
Metallic wings are attached to the mounting plate via four screws.
The ones pictured above can be used on LGA775 and K8 motherboards (depending
on how the AMD heatsink retention frame is layed out). An alternate set of
U-shaped wings is provided which attach parallel to the heatpipes, giving
the NH-U12P the ability to mount in any orientation in an AMD-based system.
Mounting arms secured.
The backplate is placed on the underside of the motherboard,
and then washers placed over the four mounting holes. Mounting arms are attached
to the backplate via screws.
The holes on the wings align with those found on the mounting
arms and spring-loaded bolts thread through them to finish the job. Once installed,
the heatsink was firmly held in place no rotation was possible.
Installed fully, with fan.
Metal fan clips hook onto the inside of the fan on both sides,
and requires a fan with open corners. They form an exceptionally tight
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