25 CPU cooling in tight spaces   Noctua NH L9(i/a) and Phanteks TC90LS

Do you have a hard time finding space in your slim HTPC, ITX or mini-ITX system? Noctua and Phanteks may have a solution for you with their new ultra low-profile NH-L9 and TC90LS coolers, designed to fit where no other cooler can. We take a thorough look at them in this review.

Every enthusiast knows how to appreciate the advantages of a high performance cooler. However, the size of most such coolers removes them as an option when HTPC and small form factor cases are involved. This is especially true with many ITX and mini-ITX systems, where the height of the cooler cannot exceed that of a few centimeters. Today we are having a look at three ultra-low profile coolers from two of the most reputable manufacturers, Noctua and Phanteks, designed to fit where no other cooler possibly can. How much of performance can possibly fit in such a small package? We will find out in this review.

24 CPU cooling in tight spaces   Noctua NH L9(i/a) and Phanteks TC90LS

Noctua NH-L9i and NH-L9a manufacturer specifications

Model

ΝΗ-L9i

ΝΗ-L9a

Socket compatibility

LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156

AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2

Height (without fan)

23 mm

23 mm

Width (without fan)

95 mm

114 mm

Depth (without fan)

95 mm

92 mm

Height (with fan)

37 mm

37 mm

Width (with fan)

95 mm

114 mm

Depth (with fan)

95 mm

92 mm

Weight (without fan)

345 g

390 g

Weight (with fan)

420 g

465 g

Material

Copper (base and heat-pipes)

aluminium (cooling fins)

soldered joints & nickel plating

Copper (base and heat-pipes)

aluminium (cooling fins)

soldered joints & nickel plating

Fan compatibility

92x92x14mm, 92x92x25mm

92x92x14mm, 92x92x25mm

Warranty

6 Years

6 Years

Fan specifications

   

Model

Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM

Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM

Bearing

SSO2

SSO2

Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)

2500 RPM

2500 RPM

Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)

1800 RPM

1800 RPM

Min. Rotational Speed (PWM)

300 RPM

300 RPM

Max. Airflow

57,5 m³/h

57,5 m³/h

Max. Airflow with L.N.A.

40,8 m³/h

40,8 m³/h

Max. Acoustical Noise

23,6 dB(A)

23,6 dB(A)

Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.

14,8 dB(A)

14,8 dB(A)

MTBF

> 150.000 h

> 150.000 h

 

 

Phanteks TC90LS manufacturer specifications

Compatibility

Intel Socket 2011/1155/1156

TDP

Up to 130W

Color

White

Material

- Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Nickel Plated
- Aluminum Cooling Fins with patented P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C technology

Fan Model

PH-F90 PWM Premium Fan

Fan Size

92x92x15

Fan compatibility

80x80x15mm

Bearing Type

UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) Bearing

Blade Geometry

White Colored Nine Blade Design

RPM

1000 – 2500 ± 300 RPM

Max Air Flow

11.53 – 28.67 CFM

Max Air Pressure

0.21 – 1.34mm H2O

Acoustical Noise

19 – 26 dB(A)

Input Power

3W

Current (Ampere)

0.25A

Rate Voltage

12V

MTBF

> 150,000 hr.

Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) with Single Fans

95x95x45mm

Heatsink Weight with fan

273g

Warranty

5 Years.