Noctua NM-I3 SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit reviewOne of the most common issues with processor coolers is that once you move to a newer processor socket, the old cooler's included mounting tools will no longer fit on your new motherboard. After a few years of service, many processor coolers end up as scrap metal as they no longer have any purpose. Fortunately, this is not the case with all coolers. Some manufacturers sell conversion kits and really good firms even offer them for free!
In this brief review I'll take a look at the NM-I3 SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit from Noctua, this little accessory makes all Noctua coolers since 2005 compatible with Intel's LGA1156/1155 and LGA1366 sockets. The NM-I3 is sold at retail stores for under $10, but if have valid proof of purchase of your cooler and motherboard you can get the kit for free by filling out this form at Noctua's website. Noctua promises the shipment will take two weeks at most, depending on where you live.
Don't expect a fancy box, the NM-I3 ships in a plain cardboard box. The SecuFirm2 kit is compatible with Noctua's NH-C12P, NH-U12F, NH-U12P, NH-U12P SE1366, NH-U9B, NH-U9F, NH-U12 and NH-U9 heatsinks.
Inside the box, you find two fastening brackets and two mounting bars.
As well as a bag of screws and plastic spacers.
And the 3-in-1 Intel backplate.
On the rear of the backplate you can see there are three different mounting positions for the screws, position A is for LGA1366, position B for LGA1155/1156, and position C for LGA775 processors.
The included manual describes in great detail how to install the NM-I3 on your Noctua HSF, you can also find it online over here.
Added: February 22nd 2013
Product reviewed: Noctua NM-I3 SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit
Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck