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Noctua NH-L9x65 Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 3:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Noctua

Installation and Finished Product

 

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Making sure to orient the plates three drilled holes with the socket screws on the motherboard, we slid the studs through the holes and allowed the white o-rings to bottom out on the studs, isolating the motherboard.

 

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With the studs poking through now, you slide on the black spacers, add in the top brackets according to the way you want the cooler oriented, and lock it all into place with the nuts on top of the brackets.

 

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Since the fan is so small and more delicate than a larger one would be, we made sure not to try poking through the fan with the screwdriver. With no fan in play, it is very easy to get the driver into the heads of the screws, and in an alternating pattern, screw them in till they stop.

 

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Looking over the memory, we can just see the fan on the NH-L9x65, but that is the point of this cooler, to fit with very little room overhead, and to offer no issues around it while doing so.

 

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Looking down the RAM slots, we can see that if we did use four sticks in this system, we would have no issues with then going in and out, nor would there be a limit to the height of the heat spreaders, other than what the chassis itself might limit you to.

 

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With such a compact foot print on the motherboard, not only can we get to all of the motherboard screws, but everything from fan connections to wide open access around the socket is exactly what the NH-L9x65 cooler offers.

 

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When we said full access, we meant full access. With the cooler hanging in the chassis, it put things into perspective. No matter what size the motherboard is, this cooler will steer clear of memory, VRMs, video cards, fan headers, screws... everything is still right there out in the open.

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