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Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review (Page 6)

Chad Sebring | May 4, 2012 at 2:26 am CDT - 1 min, 32 secs time to read this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Noctua

Installation and Finished Product

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To get this far we had to grab the studs that lock into the back plate, use the black risers and the Intel top plates with the thumb screws securing this section of the hardware to the motherboard.

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The back plate fits nice and snug and gets isolated from the motherboard with dense foam that covers the entire underside of this plate. Notice it is also cut to accept the two screws on the socket with a specific side of the plate.

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With a cooler that only stands 66mm high right now, I am very impressed with the memory clearance of the NH-L12 cooler. There is just enough room between these very tall heat spreaders and the cooler to even be able to slide in the fan clips to secure it with the RAM still in place.

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I once again left the top fan off so you can see who the screwdriver passes through the cooler to gain access to the pair of mounting screws. Both fans can be in place for this, you just have to adjust the fan blades to allow it to go through them.

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I do like that the fans and adapter cables are all covered in that tight black braided covering. Once you add a zip strip to tidy the wiring up, it practically disappears after I tucked it under the cooler.

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With its small foot print, even with the heat pipes installed facing down, there is plenty of room around the cooler to get everything done. I can plainly see the 8-pin EPS plug and the memory. Most importantly, even with the pipes on the bottom, there is plenty of room to get a card in the top PCI-E x16 slot of the motherboard, too.

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Chad Sebring

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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