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Noctua Announces Low-Profile NH-L12 CPU Cooler

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 15 comments

Austrian cooler company Noctua announced a new low-profile cooler designed for small form factor Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX computers as well as home theater PCs.

The NH-L12 has a 120 mm / 92 mm dual-fan setup and allows users to remove the top 120 mm fan, which reduces the height of the cooler to 66 mm.

According to Noctua, the system supports PWM speed control and can reduce its speed to 1200/1300 rpm using the included low-noise adapters.

The NH-L12 is available now for the sockets LGA 2011, LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 for a suggested retail price of $59.90. Included in package are Noctua's thermal compound well as the company's SecuFirm2 mounting system.

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    verbalizer , February 22, 2012 10:20 PM
    same Noctua look with the colors, I bet same awesome quality as well.
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    11796pcs , February 22, 2012 10:22 PM
    This looks fantastic for some of those stubborn (small) mini-ITX builds in which you want to put some crazy hot processor in a case the size of a briefcase.
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    phump , February 22, 2012 10:29 PM
    It's interesting that they have non-identical fan sizes. I've been wondering if that is beneficial or not, thinking that different fans could create some kind of canceling effect reducing the cooling potential.
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    Yuka , February 22, 2012 10:58 PM
    Uhm... It might be the ideal for my low profile HTPC case... The A8 heats up like a lighter.

    We'll need some benchies on that, please 8)

    Cheers!
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    JohnnyLucky , February 22, 2012 11:33 PM
    A technical review is definitely a good idea. Show us what the cooling capabilities are like.
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    omega21xx , February 22, 2012 11:50 PM
    I'm also interested in seeing how this performs to other HTPC sized coolers as well as a good tower size cooler just to put it in perspective :) 
    I could go for one of these in the new build I just made for my girlfriend.
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    cbrunnem , February 23, 2012 12:01 AM
    phumpIt's interesting that they have non-identical fan sizes. I've been wondering if that is beneficial or not, thinking that different fans could create some kind of canceling effect reducing the cooling potential.

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    rocknrollz , February 23, 2012 12:12 AM
    They have always made nice quality products. My only complaint on them is the beige and brown. I really don't like it.
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    CaedenV , February 23, 2012 1:29 AM
    This would be great for HTPCs with grill tops... but if your ventilation is rear only then this design could really suck. Only Noctua could design a low profile CPU cooler that dwarfs even stock coolers lol
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    aliened , February 23, 2012 2:00 AM
    phumpIt's interesting that they have non-identical fan sizes. I've been wondering if that is beneficial or not, thinking that different fans could create some kind of canceling effect reducing the cooling potential.


    lol?
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    SchizoFrog , February 23, 2012 3:19 AM
    I'm not convinced that only 4 heatpipes with such a small amount of total fin area to dissipate the heat will be that affective in spite of the extra fan underneath. Will look forward to a review on other sites.
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    cmcghee358 , February 23, 2012 3:54 AM
    schizofrogI'm not convinced that only 4 heatpipes with such a small amount of total fin area to dissipate the heat will be that affective in spite of the extra fan underneath. Will look forward to a review on other sites.


    Considering this is a preview, and not a review I will look forward to a review on tomshardware.
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    nebun , February 23, 2012 3:55 AM
    is this a joke?....i love my H2O system
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    hmp_goose , February 23, 2012 4:42 AM
    Grab some of those Cooler Master Geminii, get a Cooler Master 360, maybe a Silverstone Grandia GD01B-R, see if any of them will work *fan-less* with a Pentium G620 or so: Call it a BBQ.
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    __-_-_-__ , February 23, 2012 10:14 AM
    this is a great cooler but way too expensive. for that price you can get a micro watercooling rig