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Noctua NH-D15S orientation and RAM coverage

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Does anyone here have the Noctua NH-D15S mounted so that it exhausts vertically? Since the S variant is asymmetrical i am wondering if the 'short side' can be mounted facing the RAM when it is mounted to exhaust vertically, so that it does not cover the RAM slots. After all if you're gonna spend money on nice fancy RGB memory you don't want to cover it up! 🤔

 

Thanks for any info or pictures you can provide! 👍

 

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D15S is supposed to not cover up any RAM slots if you dont add a fan to the far right side of the heatsink, but why make it exhaust vertically? It's clearly not meant to do that since the heatsink is shifted to the top left comparing to the D15 in order to clear all memory slots and top PCIe slot (D15 does cover up top PCIe slot, though not all ATX boards place PCIe slot that high). If you keep the heatsink mounted in the right way, then fan will be blowing through a gap with nothing in the middle, wasting power without generating meaningful airflow through the fins


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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15 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

D15S is supposed to not cover up any RAM slots if you dont add a fan to the far right side of the heatsink, but why make it exhaust vertically? It's clearly not meant to do that since the heatsink is shifted to the top left comparing to the D15 in order to clear all memory slots and top PCIe slot (D15 does cover up top PCIe slot, though not all ATX boards place PCIe slot that high). If you keep the heatsink mounted in the right way, then fan will be blowing through a gap with nothing in the middle, wasting power without generating meaningful airflow through the fins

I have seen the normal D15 exhaust vertically, however it still seems to overhang the RAM slots. I am intending to mount my graphics card vertically so there will likely be much less trouble with the PCIe slots with a riser cable. I would prefer to get the beefiest air cooler possible without obscuring the rest of the internals, aesthetics and all that.

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5 minutes ago, Nozyspy said:

I have seen the normal D15 exhaust vertically, however it still seems to overhang the RAM slots.

as expected

 

5 minutes ago, Nozyspy said:

I am intending to mount my graphics card vertically so there will likely be much less trouble with the PCIe slots with a riser cable.

how? Those that replace the horizontal PCIe brackets into 2 vertical ones also take up the top slot, and most cards are that all so PCIe clearance is just as much of a problem


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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42 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

D15S is supposed to not cover up any RAM slots

It can still hang over the slots but there's usually ample space for ram due to the cutout. 

 

It will still cover the ram when rotated. Do you already have the cooler? If you want to see the sticks, get a different cooler. 


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10 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

as expected

 

how? Those that replace the horizontal PCIe brackets into 2 vertical ones also take up the top slot, and most cards are that all so PCIe clearance is just as much of a problem

Ill have to check the measurements, but there are quite a lot of PCIe brackets, so it should be mountable lower down if that's what you mean. Im just interested whether it is possible to mount the D15S in such a fashion, at the moment. While i consider my options. 

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4 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

It can still hang over the slots but there's usually ample space for ram due to the cutout. 

 

It will still cover the ram when rotated. Do you already have the cooler? If you want to see the sticks, get a different cooler. 

The D15S? 

 

And no i haven't bought anything yet, just doing my research before buying anything. 

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1 minute ago, Nozyspy said:

The D15S? 

Yes.

 

System specs?

Where are you shopping / located? Budget?


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11 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

Yes.

 

System specs?

Where are you shopping / located? Budget?

I'm in the UK, looking at 9900k + ASUS Maximus XI Formula, OR 3900x + one of the ASUS Crosshair VIII boards, RAM probably 32gb Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro. Budget is roughly £1500 at this time, since i already have PSU, and GTX1080 which don't need replacing just yet.

Alternate coolers would be the Noctua NH-U12A (alas no Chromax covers yet) or the U14S.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
31 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

What case?

Enthoo Primo, the original one.

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7 hours ago, Nozyspy said:

Enthoo Primo, the original one.

The Fuma 2 isn't far behind and should completely clear the ram slots: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/YsHRsY/scythe-fuma-2-5117-cfm-cpu-cooler-scfm-2000


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NH-D15S will still overhang the RAM slots on most boards if it is installed to exhaust to the top with the short side facing the RAM. Go with the NH-U12A if you want to stay clear of the RAM completely. Performance is similar.

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On 4/13/2020 at 7:39 AM, oriol said:

NH-D15S will still overhang the RAM slots on most boards if it is installed to exhaust to the top with the short side facing the RAM. Go with the NH-U12A if you want to stay clear of the RAM completely. Performance is similar.

I like the U12A, but those poop brown fans... I wish Noctual would hurry up with their black versions, and also the Chromax cover they are supposed to be making for the U12A.

 

I also rather like the look of the NH-U14S. With some 2000rpm Noctua fans it should have lots of cooling.

 

On 4/13/2020 at 3:02 AM, WoodenMarker said:

The Fuma 2 isn't far behind and should completely clear the ram slots: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/YsHRsY/scythe-fuma-2-5117-cfm-cpu-cooler-scfm-2000

Thanks, ill have a look into that!

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