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Thermaltake NiC L32 Non-Interference CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 16, 2015 2:19 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Thermaltake NiC L32 CPU Cooler

 

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Looking into the fin stack of the NiC L32, we find that the center of the fin stack is slightly lower than the sides. The heat pipes are in line behind one another, and we can also see that the tips of the fins have been bent over for additional fin spacing support.

 

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When viewed from the side, it appears that the fin stack is only about twice as wide as the trio of pipes running through it. We also see that the bent sections of fin are not square to the edge; they actually curve a bit to help guide air through the cooler, rather than just spilling out the sides.

 

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We laid the cooler down so that you can see the trailing edge of fins and the slight shift of the fins. There is also a slight valley cut into the fins that allows for a fan to build a bit of pressure before attacking the fins, and the valley is also found on the leading edge of the cooler.

 

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We took the picture of the last side of the NiC L32 at an extreme angle to show the second purpose of the bent sections of fins. Not only will they direct air flow, but they also allow the wire fan clips to lock over them to secure the fan to the fin stack.

 

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The top fin on the stack is a bit more dressed up than the rest with the shiny plating and the Thermaltake logo in the center. There are louvers at both sides of the fins that have been shaped into the fins as well.

 

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At the left of this image, we see that the louvers are present throughout the stack. We can see that the fins are pressed onto the pipes, and not soldered, and to the right, we can see that the Thermaltake logo is indeed on every fin in the stack.

 

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Moving further down to the base of the NiC L32, we see that there are the typical cut outs to allow the pipes to bend, but there are also two protrusions that help to lock the cooler to the cross bar when it comes to mounting this cooler.

 

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Flipping that over, we now see the 8mm heat pipes have been milled flat to the aluminium component of the base. Where the CPU actually makes contact, the gaps are tight and the surface is flat, but milling marks are easily visible.

 

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Jumping ahead and grabbing the fan clips and 140mm fan, we see that the NiC L32 is fully covered with this fan. It does need to be installed low on the cooler to keep the 160mm height, but then the fan is also offering a lot of air flow to the surrounding components on the motherboard as well.

 

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Spinning the cooler to the side, we can see that the width has almost doubled from when we first saw it. Even so, with such a thin tower to start with, this fan will not cause any issues with the memory slots.

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