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Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review (Page 8)

Chad Sebring | May 4, 2012 at 2:26 am CDT - 0 mins, 38 secs time to read this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Noctua

Noise Level Results

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review 33 | TweakTown.com

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.

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review 34 | TweakTown.com

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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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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