Installing the Noctua NH-L9x65
Before we inspect each member of our new CPU cooler collection, let’s establish that our tests consist of methods we have determined to be the best for our one singular purpose. Our methodology isn’t written in stone, and could very likely be changed or modified as we receive justification (and feedback from the community). Our scope is limited to stand-alone products only, meaning those products which can be installed and operated without additional critical components needed or kit construction. This is the reason for this first test, in which the mounting system for each cooler is tested. Since this is not an apple to apples comparison, but rather a subjective description of each of the kits available without any form of quantitative data, it does not affect the numerical scores we give to each product. The purpose of this test is to inform our readers on how the mounting system of each processor cooler can affect the buying experience.
Because the Noctua NH-L9x65 does not have LGA 775 compatibility out of the box, this time we will test it using our AMD platform . For this test we will be using a Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2P AM3 motherboard to test the mounting system included with the Noctua NH-L9x65, which Noctua lists as one of the supported sockets.
Installing the Noctua NH-L9x65 starts with locating the AMD back-plate included with your motherboard, the two brackets, the four silver screws, and the white spacers which are all in the AMD labeled bag of included accessories. The process is a bit tedious if you do not have your motherboard placed on a table, as you will have to hold everything together while tying the screws through the bracket, spacer, and motherboard to the back plate. The process is hard, but it is definitely doable if you already installed your motherboard inside of a case.
With the brackets in place you can easily install the heatsink now by simply screwing both sides of the cooler. For this you will have to remove the fan, but it only takes a matter of seconds to do so with the included fan clips. Orientation does not matter, as the Noctua NH-L9x65 is square and does not have any ram or PCI compatibility issues. Because Noctua has standardized the SecuFirm 2 mounting system, this means that you will not have to repeat the entirety of this process if you decide to upgrade your cooler later on to another Noctua cooler.