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Back in Black: Noctua's NH-D15 Cooler (And Two Others) Arrive in a Color Other Than Brown

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Well, at least for those of us that want a Noctua CPU cooler but don’t like their color scheme. Noctua is introducing three classic CPU coolers as chromax.black variants: the renown NH-D15, NH-U12S, and the NH-L9i. With this release, Noctua covers the enthusiast, mid-tier, and low-profile sizes, so there should be something here for most folks.

The chromax.black series of CPU coolers are for all intents and purposes identical to their original counterparts, with the only difference being that their heatsinks are coated in black, and the fans are blacked out too. Stealthy!

“Our customers have been asking us for all-black coolers for a long time, but we’re soldering the fins to the heatpipes in order to guarantee optimal performance over many years of usage and this production process is difficult to combine with coatings,” explains Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “It took a lot of time and engineering work to find an appropriate coating material and production process that gave us satisfactory thermal performance and consistent visual appearance. Now, we’re proud with the end result and confident that the new chromax.black coolers will meet the high standards Noctua users have come to expect.”

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If you’re wondering what took so long, having spoken with Noctua on multiple occasions, it’s become clear that they don’t settle for anything less than perfection. The company would rather take years to work on perfecting a product than to rush it to the market prematurely simply because everyone wants it. This also makes sense with the chromax.black series: coatings on heatsinks typically reduce their thermal conduction.

 NH-D15NH-U12SNH-L9i
Fan Size140mm120mm92mm
Fan RPM300 – 1500RPM300 – 1500RPM600 – 2500RPM
Noise Level24.6dBA22.4dBA23.6dBA
Heatpipes652
Height160mm158mm37mm
Warranty6 Years6 Years6 Years
Price$99.90$69.90S49.90

All the units come with low-noise adapters that reduce the fan’s maximum fan speed to 1200RPM (1800 for the NH-L9i), as well as a tube of Noctua’s NT-H1 thermal compound, the SecuFirm2 mounting kit, black screws for the fans, and a metal case badge. The units also all have compatibility with most modern sockets including Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), and AMD AM4.

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The first 5000 units each of the NH-D15 and the NH-U12S shipped worldwide will come as ‘Linus Tech Tips’ limited edition, which means they come with extra orange anti-vibration pads. Don’t worry; the black ones are included, too. All of the units are available immediately, and if you’re interested, you’ll also be able to purchase the anti-vibration pads in black, blue, green, red, white, and yellow.

  • Jake Hall
    Wonder if the black enamel has any affect on the thermal convection
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  • NightHawkRMX
    Wow, finally Noctua made a cooler I would buy.

    Its still ugly tho. Literally no attempt at styling the cooler other than coloring it.
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  • JamesSneed
    NightHawkRMX said:
    Wow, finally Noctua made a cooler I would buy.

    Its still ugly tho. Literally no attempt at styling the cooler other than coloring it.

    When it comes to CPU coolers I would take function over form any day of the week. They could make the NH-D15 in banana yellow only and I would still buy it. Yes I do have a NH-D15 cooling my Ryzen 1800x and it so wonderfully cool and quiet.
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  • NightHawkRMX
    JamesSneed said:
    NH-D15 cooling my Ryzen 1800x and it so wonderfully cool and quiet.
    And a Dark rock pro 4 would be pretty much as good, and the Dark Rock actually has an attempt at style.

    I don't get why Noctua is so anti styling. They lose a lot of sales because of it.
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  • randomizer
    NightHawkRMX said:
    And a Dark rock pro 4 would be pretty much as good, and the Dark Rock actually has an attempt at style.

    The fans might be a slight improvement but otherwise it's just another stack of aluminium fins with a black coating.
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  • Third-Eye
    I just know these coolers are gonna sell for even more than brown fan versions.
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  • NightHawkRMX
    Third-Eye said:
    I just know these coolers are gonna sell for even more than brown fan versions.
    Definitely. Because nobody would buy the old poop brown coolers if they were the same price.
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  • Darkbreeze
    Well, this must have been a pretty popular move, because the Noctua website has been INACCESSIBLE all day. Seems black Noctua coolers has broke the internet, or at least Noctua's website anyhow.

    As for the price, the black NH-D15 is going for ten bucks more than the standard D15. That is likely due to it being new, and availability issues since Noctua themselves are the only seller currently on Amazon.

    &rel=ugc]https://www.amazon.com/NOCTUA-NH-D15-chromax-Black-Dual-Tower-Cooler/dp/B07Y3CTQNT/ref=sr_1_24?keywords=NH-D15+black&qid=1570605623&sr=8-24

    &rel=ugc]https://www.amazon.com/NOCTUA-NH-U12S-chromax-Black-Single-Tower-Cooler/dp/B07Y3DCPVS/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=NH-U12S+black&qid=1570605725&sr=8-4

    Both are exactly ten bucks more than the standard edition. Which makes sense actually when you consider that the black fans, by themselves, cost more than the standard edition brown fans when bought separately anyhow.
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