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Noctua DH-15 or DH-15S in Corsair Spec Alpha case?

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Can anyone confirm whether either the Noctua DH-15 or DH-15S CPU coolers will fit in a Corsair Spec Alpha Mid tower case?
The noctua is 165mm (height) but the case specs say up to 158mm in height, however there is a 'dent' in the side panel which adds quite a few more mm's. I know people have fit the Hyper 212.

I tried measuring it myself and it seems like it will just barely fit, so im asking if anyone can confirm whether this is possible?

I want the DH-15 cause i plan to overclock my 7700k and im not keen on watercooling.

Thank you!!
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  1. This thread should help. This link should offer some more light.

    Surely you've found that the bulge isn't a 1cm offset, now, have you?
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  2. Go to noctua. They have detailed specs and drawings showing all possible dimensions.

    The new s variants , like the NH-D15s and the NH-U12s are redesigned to clear ram heat spreaders and also are offset to clear graphics cards mounted in the first pcie slot.

    You will likely run out of safe vram before you will run into thermal limits even with the 158mm U12s.
    FWIW:
    As of 6/9/17
    What percent can get an overclock at a somewhat sane 1.4v Vcore.

    I7-7700K
    4.9 83%
    5.0 62%
    5.1 29%
    5.2 6%
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  3. I havent found a whole cm gap but it appears as though there will be at least two millimetres gap if i measured correctly.
    I was hoping someone who has tried it would give a simple yes or no but i guess that would be too easy :P

    In the scenario where it doesnt fit, will the U12S be a good cooler, or any other suggestions? Im worried because ive heard the 7700k can get real hot and i dont wanna compromise on the cooling, but i also dont wanna buy a new case since i got this one three months ago :(
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    kingnik said:
    I havent found a whole cm gap but it appears as though there will be at least two millimetres gap if i measured correctly.
    I was hoping someone who has tried it would give a simple yes or no but i guess that would be too easy :P

    In the scenario where it doesnt fit, will the U12S be a good cooler, or any other suggestions? Im worried because ive heard the 7700k can get real hot and i dont wanna compromise on the cooling, but i also dont wanna buy a new case since i got this one three months ago :(


    I think you are OK.
    The key is to get cooling air INTO the case from the front.
    Your case allows 2 120mm intake fans which should be sufficient for the 7700K and a strong graphics card.
    I use a NH-U12s for a i5-7600K@4.9 with no issues.
    I have the noctua fan undervolted at that.
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  5. Hi all
    Thanks for your replies.

    For anyone else looking for a solution, I ended up buying a Noctua NH-D14 and so far it seems it has fit in the case, even though it is 160mm in height. I have not yet properly closed the side panel as im still doing cable management, but i put the panel against the case and it all seems to fit fine, although tight. The cooler is very big for this case and its difficult to work around it with cables, however it is possible.


    I can very confidently say that the D15 WOULD NOT fit in the Corsair Spec Alpha with side panels closed, however dont quote me as ive not tried it lol.

    I would suggest getting a bigger case if you plan to have a cooler any higher than 160mm in height!

    PS. I will post further details as to how well it cools (an i7 7700k) when closed/open and temperatures when i test it fully, soon. :)
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  6. Hopefully this will shed light to the community and the www...good luck and do keep us posted!
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