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Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review (Page 5)

By Chad Sebring from May 4, 2012 @ 2:26 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Noctua

Accessories and Documentation


I thought I heard something rattling around inside of the hardware box. Due to the nature of the more fragile cellophane bags used, the sides tend to blow out and a bit of hardware escapes the bags every time. No real issue though, it was all still inside the box after all.


The AMD specific hardware is shown here. There are four screws that go through the metal top plates and through a white spacer and then screw into the stock AMD back plate for mounting.


For LGA775 through LGA1366, these sockets will use the hardware kit on the left, still in the bag, in conjunction with the pair of top plates and the SecuFirm2 back plate. For LGA2011 and Mini-ITX boards with clearance issues, you need to dig in the bag on the right for the appropriate hardware.


Covering the more universal included components from Noctua is what we see here. You get a set of rubber fan mounts to install one of these in a case, if you wish. In the middle you get a Phillips screw driver, a Y-split cable and extension cable and two LNA adapters. You also get a metal case badge and a healthy sample of NT-H1.


While the NF-B9 PWM is in fact a PWM fan, it doesn't share all of the attributes of the larger fan included in the NH-L12 package. None the less, this fan is capable of adding another 35 CFM of air flow to the cooling potential of the NH-L12.


The NF-F12 PWM is the same fan we tested not too long ago. It has the anti-vibration pads built in, the microstructures, the steeped inlet on the frame, the works. We already seen how well these fans can do on a radiator, so I can only assume it will do well with this dense fin arrangement of the NH-L12.


Three sets of instructions come in this folder of sorts. This can be found in amongst the hardware in the white cardboard box.


When you open it, you will see that there are two sets of instructions on the left for Intel mounting, while there is one on the right specific to AMD installations.


All three sets of instructions have fully detailed instructions with images with what is being described highlighted in them.

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