Tuesday, January 21st 2020

Noctua Introduces NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black CPU Cooler

Noctua today introduced another addition to its chromax line of all-black CPU coolers: the new NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black is a low-profile quiet CPU cooler for AMD's Ryzen-based HTPCs and Small Form Factor (SFF) builds. Thanks to the same proven heatsink design and NF-A9x14 PWM fan as the original NH-L9a-AM4, it stays true to the same successful formula of fusing a height of only 37 mm with strong performance and excellent quietness of operation, as well as 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility. At the same time, the chromax.black version, with its black fan and black coated heatsink, combines these assets with a sleek stealth look.

"AMD's Ryzen platform has become more and more popular over the last few months, not only for high-end builds but also for compact HTPCs and Small Form Factor systems", says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "We've already introduced the black NH-L9i low-profile cooler for Intel in October, but now we also want to give design-conscious AMD users a new option with the black version of NH-L9a-AM4!"
Recommended by more than 50 international hardware websites and magazines, the NH-L9a-AM4 is renowned as being one of the best low-profile coolers for AMD Ryzen CPUs and APUs such as the popular 3700X, 3600, 3400G or 3200G. Due to its slim 23 mm heatsink and the NF-A9x14 low-profile fan that measures only 14 mm in thickness, the cooler stands a mere 37 mm tall, which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer minimum clearance for CPU coolers. Thanks to its compact footprint that fully complies with the socket keep-out zones specified by AMD, neither the heatsink nor the fan overhang the RAM, so the cooler provides easy access to the slots and is fully compatible with tall memory modules.

The new chromax.black version is identical to the regular model except for the colour: featuring a black coated heatsink, a black fan with black anti-vibration-pads, black fan screws and black mounting parts, it is literally black from head to toe. Thanks to thoroughgoing optimisations of the coating material and process, the chromax.black model provides the same renowned quiet cooling performance as its regular, non-coated counterpart.

Topped off with the renowned SecuFirm2 low-profile mounting system for AMD AM4, Noctua's enthusiast-grade NT-H1 thermal compound and a full 6-year manufacturer's warranty, the NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black is a premium choice for customers who seek an ultra-compact heatsink that looks just as great as it cools.

Price and availability
The manufacturer's suggested retail price is EUR/USD 49.90. For more information, visit the product page.
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4 Comments on Noctua Introduces NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black CPU Cooler

#1
bonehead123
Finally, REAL truth in advertising......

a BLACK component that is called that, and actually is, like, 100% ALL BLACK.....and with a reasonable price too !

'bout friggin time... :respect:...:laugh:
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#2
Chrispy_
I have the nNH-L9i and it's a staggeringly competent cooler for its size.

I just wish Noctua would stop making beige stuff and update all their products to using black fans. In a market where cases without windows are a vanishing scarcity, the 1990's retro colour scheme is an eyesore to be avoided because it doesn't fit with a single other component in a build, even if you try really hard.

Noctua charge a premium for their Chromax line, which is dumb.
Surely black is cheaper to produce than the two-tone "dirty white and unfortunate poo smear" colour scheme that Noctua uses by default?
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#3
Cheeseball
Not a Potato
This is not as good compared to the Wraith Prism, which is a bigger cooler (enough for the 3800X, at least). This is perfect for ITX builds with stock 3700X (65W) and under though (According to their Amazon entry).
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#4
dinmaster
noctua is awesome, i wish they would just do aluminum coolers with black fans. unless this is anodized black, the color could affect the performance..
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