Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

Noctua Presents NH-L9 Series Low Profile CPU Coolers

Noctua today presented its new NH-L9i and NH-L9a low profile CPU coolers for Intel and AMD. At a super-low profile of only 37mm, the NH-L9 coolers are ideal for extremely slim cases and with footprints tailored to the respective socket keep-out zones, they provide full compatibility with tall RAM modules and VGA cards on mini-ITX mainboards. Topped off with the new NF-A9x14 PWM premium fan, the NH-L9 coolers fuse everything users have come to expect from Noctua's larger coolers into a super-compact package for slim HTPC systems.

"The response on our first low profile cooler, the NH-L12, has been overwhelming", says Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "However, users asked for even smaller, lower height models that also provide better compatibility for extra slim, ITX based HTPCs. We're thrilled that we can now meet this demand with the new NH-L9 coolers."

The NH-L9i and NH-L9a are premium quality quiet CPU coolers for Intel LGA115x (NH-L9i) and AMD FMx (NH-L9a) based HTPCs and Small Form Factor systems. Due to the slim 23mm heatsink and the NF-A9x14 low profile fan that measures only 14mm in thickness, the NH-L9 coolers stand a mere 37mm tall, which makes them ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer minimum clearance for CPU coolers.

The heatsinks have a 95x95mm (NH-L9i) and 92x114mm (NH-L9a) footprint that complies exactly to the Intel LGA115x and AMD FMx socket keep-out zones. This means that the coolers are fully compatible with tall memory modules and PCIe cards on mini-ITX mainboards.

The highly optimised NF-A9x14 premium fan features Noctua's proprietary AAO frame as well as sophisticated aerodynamic design measures.

Supporting PWM for fully automatic speed control, the NF-A9x14 allows the NH-L9 coolers to stay remarkably quiet. The included Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.) allows to reduce the maximum fan speed from 2500 to 1800rpm and makes it possible to create near-silent setups.

The NH-L9 coolers bundle custom-designed SecuFirm2 mounting systems for AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ (NH-L9a) and Intel LGA1150/1155/1156 (NH-L9i) that offer extended compatibility with mini-ITX boards and make installation easier than ever, all while maintaining the trusted SecuFirm2 quality.

The premium quality bundle is completed by Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 thermal compound, a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.



Price and availability
The NH-L9i and NH-L9a will be available immediately at a recommended retail price of EUR 39.90 / USD 47.90.

For more information, visit the product pages of Noctua NH-L9i and NH-L9a CPU coolers.
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10 Comments on Noctua Presents NH-L9 Series Low Profile CPU Coolers

#1
tacosRcool
That is pretty big. Actually this may fit in my silverstone milo case
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#2
3870x2
Most boards are built with the fact that the coolers are a certain distance away from the motherboard rather than right on top of it. That could be a serious problem for some.
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#3
PLSG08
I hope this works better than Thermaltake's Slim X3
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#5
btarunr
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by: 3870x2
Most boards are built with the fact that the coolers are a certain distance away from the motherboard rather than right on top of it. That could be a serious problem for some.
To me it looks like these coolers maintain the same distance from the motherboard PCB as Intel reference cooler. There are no tall component inside the "square" of the Intel socket, or the "rectangle" of AMD sockets, so these coolers should be OK.
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#6
Liquid Cool
Sold! I like it...:). Although, if they price it outrageously...the Xigmatek Praeton with a replacement Scythe 100x12mm fan is perfect for most uses and it will fit on all mini-itx motherboards with a pci-e slot and be dead silent.

My Praeton/Scythe set ups usually run about 900 to 950 RPM's and from viewing the video...easily fit inside the same footprint.

Best,

LC
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#8
Static~Charge
by: nickbaldwin86
will it keep a 3770k cool @ 4.5Ghz?
I take it that you didn't click on the link for the NH-L9i:

Caution: The NH-L9i is a highly-compact low-profile quiet cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. While it provides first rate performance in its class, it is not suitable for overclocking and should be used with care on CPUs with more than 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power). Please consult our TDP guidelines to find out whether the NH-L9i is recommended for your CPU.
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nickbaldwin86
by: Static~Charge
I take it that you didn't click on the link for the NH-L9i:

Caution: The NH-L9i is a highly-compact low-profile quiet cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. While it provides first rate performance in its class, it is not suitable for overclocking and should be used with care on CPUs with more than 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power). Please consult our TDP guidelines to find out whether the NH-L9i is recommended for your CPU.
ya I was more kidding than anything...lol

"But will it keep it cool enough to play Crysis?"
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#10
alwayssts
I lolled at 'aka the pancake'.

I am really digging all these low-profile coolers they are putting out. While the others are starting to provide alternatives for 3u-4u size chassis (5.1 to 7 inches tall), they are steadily leading the charge into the smaller height (similar to server rack unit size 1u and 2u...less than ~90 and ~45mm or 1.75 and 3.5 inches tall).

Will it cool an ivy overclocked in any fashion? It might! Only one way to find out...request a test from noctua and TPU.

Getting closer, this race to practical smaller and smaller form-factor.
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