Page 1:Eight Low-Profile Heat Sinks For Your Compact PC
Page 2:Gamer Storm Gabriel
Page 3:Gabriel Installation
Page 4:Noctua NH-L12
Page 5:NH-L12 Installation
Page 6:Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Revision B
Page 7:Big Shuriken 2 Revision B Installation
Page 8:SilenX EFZ-100HA2
Page 9:EFZ-100HA2 Installation
Page 10:SilverStone Nitrogon NT06-Pro
Page 11:Nitrogon NT06-Pro Installation
Page 12:Thermalright AXP-200 And AXP-200R
Page 13:AXP-200R Installation
Page 14:Xigmatek Janus
Page 15:Janus Installation
Page 16:Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet
Page 17:CNPS8900 Quiet Installation
Page 18:Test Settings And Methodology
Page 19:Results: Cooling And Fan Speed
Page 20:Results: Noise And Acoustic Efficiency
Page 21:Cooling Value
Page 22:The Best Cooler For Compact Systems?
Designed for semi-slim cases, Noctua’s NH-L12 could become a truly slim cooler by removing its 120 mm top fan. A second option for reduced profile would be to replace its 92 mm bottom fan with the top fan, though doing so would significantly diminish motherboard component and DRAM clearance. Noctua only recommends the first two options (both fans or one 92 mm fan).
In addition to mounting hardware, the NH-L12 includes a fan splitter and two speed-reducing resistor wires. While we prefer to let our motherboards manage fan speed, we’ll entertain ourselves with both high-speed and low-speed mode tests.
Noctua machines its copper base plate to an ultra-fine surface before plating the entire NH-L12 in corrosion-resistant nickel. Spring-loaded cap nuts with Phillips-head tops are also factory installed.
Some processor interfaces have built-in support plates; others don’t. Noctua still supports LGA 775-based motherboards by extending foam support material across most of its cross bracket, and it supports newer Intel platforms by making that center section removable. AMD and LGA 2011 owners have the benefit of direct-mounting Noctua’s brackets to the motherboard's original support mechanisms.
- Eight Low-Profile Heat Sinks For Your Compact PC
- Gamer Storm Gabriel
- Gabriel Installation
- Noctua NH-L12
- NH-L12 Installation
- Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Revision B
- Big Shuriken 2 Revision B Installation
- SilenX EFZ-100HA2
- EFZ-100HA2 Installation
- SilverStone Nitrogon NT06-Pro
- Nitrogon NT06-Pro Installation
- Thermalright AXP-200 And AXP-200R
- AXP-200R Installation
- Xigmatek Janus
- Janus Installation
- Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet
- CNPS8900 Quiet Installation
- Test Settings And Methodology
- Results: Cooling And Fan Speed
- Results: Noise And Acoustic Efficiency
- Cooling Value
- The Best Cooler For Compact Systems?