Today there is an abundance of high performance CPU coolers, with each company supplying several solutions to the market. The vast majority of such CPU coolers however are tower coolers of significant size, making their implementation inside desktop HTPC cases and other tight configuration problematic. In this review we will examine and test a special kind of cooler; the NH-L12 by Noctua, a low profile quiet cooler developed to offer superior acoustics performance in tight spaces. 

Today there is an abundance of high performance CPU coolers, with each company supplying several solutions to the market. The vast majority of such CPU coolers however are tower coolers of significant size, making their implementation inside desktop HTPC cases and other tight configuration problematic. In this review we will examine and test a special kind of cooler; the NH-L12 by Noctua, a low profile quiet cooler developed to offer superior acoustics performance in tight spaces.

 

Manufacturer features and specifications

 

Socket compatibility

Intel LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775

AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 (backplate required)

Height (without fan)

66 mm

Width (without fan)

128 mm

Depth (without fan)

150 mm

Height (with fan)

93 mm

Width (with fan)

128 mm

Depth (with fan)

150 mm

Weight (without fan)

415 g

Weight (with fan)

680 g

Material

Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating

Fan compatibility

120x120x25mm & 92x92x25mm

Scope of Delivery

·  1x NF-F12 PWM premium fan

·  1x NF-B9 PWM premium fan

·  2x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)

·  Y-Split Cable

·  NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound

·  SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit

·  Mini-ITX Mounting-Kit

·  Noctua Metal Case-Badge

Warranty

6 Years


Fan specifications

 

Model

Noctua NF-F12 PWM & Noctua NF-B9 PWM

Bearing

SSO-Bearing

Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)

1500 / 1600 RPM

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

1200 / 1300 RPM

Min. Rotational Speed (PWM)

300 / 300 RPM

Max. Airflow

93,4 / 64,3 m³/h

Max. Airflow with L.N.A.

74,3 / 52,6 m³/h

Max. Acoustical Noise

22,4 / 17,6 dB(A)

Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.

18,6 / 13,1 dB(A)

Input Power

0,6 / 0,96 W

Voltage Range

12 V

MTBF

> 150.000 h