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Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review - Noise Level Results

Noctua drops into the low profile and low power CPU cooling segment with the release of the 95W capable NH-L12 CPU cooler.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 4, 2012 7:26 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: Noctua

Noise Level Results

 

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At idle with the PWM controlling the fans speed and running just over 6.0V to the fans at this time, I got a reading of 27 dB. I do think that part of the low results seen in the sound testing is due to the fans blowing at the motherboard and a lot of the chop associated with coolers isn't getting to the MIC on my sound meter.

 

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Even with 12V going through both the NF-B9 and Nf-F12 PWM fans, all I could get the meter to read was 48 dB at a foot away from this cooler. Once in a build, especially in an HTPC build, you aren't going to have to listen to the NH-L12 cooling the CPU.

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