Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The NH-L12 is a C-type cooler like others we have seen from them, but this time the low-profile design of this cooler takes precedent and thus the cooler is a NH-L rather than an NH-C. The list of socket compatibility means it will work with all of those sockets CPUs, but be wary that overclocking isn't something this cooler is specifically tailored to doing.
The NH-L12 has a relatively small footprint measuring from 128mm on the skinny side and 150mm measuring the side with the heat pipes. The height of this cooler is variable and with both fans installed, it stands 93mm tall and with the top fan off, it measures in at only 66mm tall. This copper and aluminum, along with the fans included with this weight, the NH-L12 won't stress the socket too bad at 680 grams of total mass.
The NH-L12 ships with both fans installed from the factory and it sits in the middle of the inner packaging. Below the cooler is where the hardware box can be located. Since the NF-F12 PWM and NF-B9 PWM fans are on the cooler, that leaves the pair of low noise adapters, the Y-split cable, NT-H1 thermal compound, the SecuFirm2 and Mini-ITX mounting hardware and a Noctua case badge made of metal.
Two things I want to get a bit deeper with are the Y-split cable and the Mini-ITX mounting hardware. The Y-split cable allows both fans to be connected to a single fan header allowing both fans to do their thing via their PWM functionality or allowing manual control to both fans at the same levels. As for Mini-ITX hardware, Noctua found that some boards won't allow for the back plate, so they include extra "pins" to be used in the instances where Mini-ITX boards have resistors or phase chips in the way such as a few Zotac motherboards I have seen.
Getting down to the most important things for most buyers - where can I buy it and how much is it going to set me back? The answer to the first question, as to where to get one, at the moment, that is limited. If you don't want to filter through e-bay sales, I found two locations selling this cooler at the same exact base price. Our new found friends over at FrozenCPU.com list it at $74.99 and so is Xoxide.com. Both offer pretty good shipping prices so it's really just a matter of picking one of the two and going for it. I expect a premium price with a Noctua cooler, but is the near $75 pricing a bit high for a cooler made for HTPCs with a 95W cap imposed on it?
Well, we are going to find out exactly what it holds for us in cooling capabilities as I overpower the designated limits and push this cooler for everything it is worth. Hopefully by the time I am finished you will see that the 95W limit implied on this cooler is a "safe guesstimate" as the NH-L12 is a cooler that can even tame my 2600K and even outpaces a much larger contender already on the new charts.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Noctua NH-L12 95W CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Wooting one analog mechanical keyboard hits Kickstarter
- Next-gen 4K-ready Xbox coming in 2017, could sport external GPU
- Microsoft to unveil a Shield TV-like Xbox set-top box at E3
- New Xbox One hardware will play 4K video, not 4K games
- Prepare for a career in ethical hacking with this bundle
- Corsair LAPDOG Gaming Control Center Review
- Fitbit Alta Fitness Wristband Review
- Does this look like a good and compatible setup/buy?
- Error on GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, config HDD RAID w/M.2 boot drive
- OCZ RevoDrive 400 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
- Samsung Electronics expands 750 EVO SSD with worldwide availability and increases capacity to 500GB
- Free public gamer event E3 Live to debut in Los Angeles
- Cryorig teases two new cases bound for Computex 2016
- Toshiba launches the OCZ RD400 NVMe SSD series
- Colorful & Bykski announces first water block for GTX 1080 Founders Edition