Tuesday, April 5th 2022

Noctua Presents NH-D12L Low-height 120mm Dual Tower CPU Cooler

Noctua today presented the all-new NH-D12L low-height dual tower CPU cooler and the corresponding NF-A12x25r round-frame 120 mm fan. At a height of only 145 mm (13 mm lower than Noctua's regular 120 mm models), it fits many 4U enclosures as well as narrower tower cases that have been previously limited to solutions with 92 mm fans. At the same time, its five heatpipe dual-tower design and state-of-the-art NF-A12x25r 120 mm fan allow it to achieve a level of efficiency that surpasses many full-height 120 mm models.

"So far, all our 120 mm class coolers were 158 mm high, but as of recent, more and more PC cases only support up to 150 or even 145 mm - this is where the NH-D12L steps in", explains Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "Simply lowering one of our existing models wasn't an option because a standard square 120 mm fan would cause lots of issues with motherboard heatsinks or shrouds. That's why we came up with this novel dual tower design and a round-frame version of the NF-A12x25 fan that can be installed at a very low position between the two towers - a winning combination that provides impressive results for this height class."
While Noctua's regular 120 mm CPU coolers stand 158 mm tall, the NH-D12L measures only 145 mm. This allows it to fit not only a wide range of 4U rackmount server cases and many tower-style enclosures that are not wide enough for 158 mm units, but also some larger Small Form Factor (SFF) and Mini-ITX chassis. Despite its reduced height, the NH-D12L easily outperforms 92 mm coolers. It can even surpass renowned 120 mm units such as the NH-U12S and often comes close to Noctua's award-winning 120 mm flagship model NH-U12A.

Due to its asymmetric design, the NH-D12L does not overhang the RAM slots on Intel LGA1700/LGA1200/LGA115x and AMD AM4/AM5 based motherboards, which ensures easy access to the modules and 100% compatibility with DIMMs that feature tall heat-spreaders or RGB lighting.

Introduced in 2018, Noctua's NF-A12x25 is widely considered to be the best 120x25mm fan on the market. The round-frame variant used on the NH-D12L provides the same renowned quiet cooling performance yet makes it possible to reduce overall cooler height without risking compatibility issues with tall motherboard heatsinks or shrouds. The NH-D12L also ships with an extra pair of fan clips that can be used to install a second of these NF-A12x25r PWM fans either on the front or on the rear fin stack. However, it must be noted that the second fan will usually sit on top of either the RAM or I/O panel and thereby increase the total height beyond 145 mm.

Topped off with Noctua's award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound, a 6-year manufacturer's warranty and the renowned SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system that already supports Intel's latest LGA1700 socket as well as AMD's upcoming AM5 platform, the NH-D12L is the perfect choice for applications that require serious cooling performance but cannot fit the larger NH-U12A.


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53 Comments on Noctua Presents NH-D12L Low-height 120mm Dual Tower CPU Cooler

#1
Oasis
Baby D15!! :eek:
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#2
Chrispy_
Oh, nice!
Pricing is a little higher than I'd hoped, only a $10 reduction from the D-15 and you get two fans and way more heatsink for that.
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#3
claes
Why no NT-HT2?

I love Noctua, but the way they’ve been skimping on good designs (looking at redux) gives me real pause. In that case you're at least looking at color schemes, but charging $10 less (NH-U12) for one less heat pipe and fewer accessories screams “I’m too bourgeois for you,” as does the 011 in the press release.

Profit > design :( They could do a lot better with market segmentation if they were willing to demonetize the “prestige” brown and vanilla, just a little.
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#4
AnarchoPrimitiv
I understand that they probably never will, and I understand that numerous snobs would loath the idea, but Noctua, just based purely on the goal of profit, should make an RGB fan series....it would sell extremely well....Noctua legendary performance AND RGB....it would definitely take sales away from other ridiculously priced RGB fans like those from Corsair. I understand that RGB, or aesthetics in general, are not Noctua's thing, but it would seem like a guaranteed and substantial increase in sales and profits for the company.
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#5
claes
I don’t know, so please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that would require a significant redesign of their fan hubs, hindering performance, and thus their prestige factor. I think they like being the market leader more than profit, which I admire a little, but raises questions when the TT knockoff comes around.

Side-note: I’m becoming convinced that aRGB versions of products underperform their non aRGB counterparts due to additional electronics in the fan hub, but maybe I’m an idiot, and appreciating that some aRGB fans display colors around the frame and not the fan blades (which would presumably improve performance, if you decrease the distance between bald and frames for the extra electronics).
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#6
progste
Can't go wrong with noctua, I'm still using an nu-12 from the core 2 days and it works great on my Ryzen 7!
At 90€ though you're probably better off with the NH-U12a unless the height is a real issue.
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#7
Garrus
Wow, that's nice. I've wanted this for so long! Now we need the cases. Come on Corsair, make a tiny Corsair 4000D micro atx case (3000d?)... for this cooler ;)
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#8
DeathtoGnomes
I dont get it, is 13mm really that big of a difference? Thats half an inch, I could see a full inch shorter being a big deal but not this.
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#9
Tarte
Nice, but I have an D15s.
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#10
ThrashZone
Hi,
Still sending out ht-h1
My personal favorite to :cool:
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#12
Chrispy_
AnarchoPrimitivI understand that they probably never will, and I understand that numerous snobs would loath the idea, but Noctua, just based purely on the goal of profit, should make an RGB fan series....it would sell extremely well....Noctua legendary performance AND RGB....it would definitely take sales away from other ridiculously priced RGB fans like those from Corsair. I understand that RGB, or aesthetics in general, are not Noctua's thing, but it would seem like a guaranteed and substantial increase in sales and profits for the company.
I, on the other hand, have no problem with ARGB being stuck in the realm of low-quality, high-cost.
It's a blight on the industry, IMO and the sooner the fad dies off, the happier I'll be.

I know some people like pretty lights but it adds cost, has a marginal but non-zero performance penalty, comes with shit-tastic software, per-vendor proprietary connectors, and ugly pointless cable spaghetti everywhere.

I'm quite happy to say that I think it's stupid shit for children and you don't have to agree with me, nor I you.
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#13
Tigger
I'm the only one
Nice ikkle baby
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#14
ThrashZone
Chrispy_Oh, nice!
Pricing is a little higher than I'd hoped, only a $10 reduction from the D-15 and you get two fans and way more heatsink for that.
Hi,
D15 is a 7 pipe cooler this one is just a 5 pipe.
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#15
Chrispy_
ThrashZoneHi,
D15 is a 7 pipe cooler this one is just a 5 pipe.
Yeah, heatsink is significantly scaled back not just in heatpipes but also surface area.
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#16
ThrashZone
Chrispy_Yeah, heatsink is significantly scaled back not just in heatpipes but also surface area.
Hi,
I paid less for a d15 from amazon warehouse a couple months ago gave it a second life so says amazon :laugh:
Box was just a little dinged up coolers wasn't used.
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#17
Valantar
ThrashZoneHi,
I paid less for a d15 from amazon warehouse a couple months ago gave it a second life so says amazon :laugh:
Box was just a little dinged up coolers wasn't used.
That's cool - if your case fits it. This is quite explicitly designed to fit in low clearance cases where a D15 wouldn't fit, so.... yeah. Buying the much larger cooler that's $10 more if you can fit it is pretty much a no-brainer (though these days there are alternatives to the D15 that match or beat it at much lower prices too).


This looks kind of neat for what it is - a huge dual tower for cases that can't fit a huge dual tower. It'll defiknitely be interesting to see how it performs, both against the size-be-damned competition as well as alternatives with similar dimensions. Pretty expensive though, but that's typical Noctua.
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#18
delshay
Still waiting for the new 140mm fan that was supposed to have been released last year.
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#19
Valantar
delshayStill waiting for the new 140mm fan that was supposed to have been released last year.
Yeah, they take their sweet time finalizing their fan designs. Really a shame, as their current 140mm offering is pretty unimpressive.
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#20
TheDeeGee
AnarchoPrimitivI understand that they probably never will, and I understand that numerous snobs would loath the idea, but Noctua, just based purely on the goal of profit, should make an RGB fan series....it would sell extremely well....Noctua legendary performance AND RGB....it would definitely take sales away from other ridiculously priced RGB fans like those from Corsair. I understand that RGB, or aesthetics in general, are not Noctua's thing, but it would seem like a guaranteed and substantial increase in sales and profits for the company.
I'd rather see them sell more GPUs with their own coolers. We don't need more RGB garbage and forced software to turn it off.
ThrashZoneHi,
D15 is a 7 pipe cooler this one is just a 5 pipe.
The D15 and D15S have 6 heatpipes, the 7 heatpipes version with more surface area will come out later this year.
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#21
thegnome
So you can finally fit a big-ish Noctua cooler in some ITX cases (NR200p for example)?
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#22
DeathtoGnomes
Chrispy_I, on the other hand, have no problem with ARGB being stuck in the realm of low-quality, high-cost.
It's a blight on the industry, IMO and the sooner the fad dies off, the happier I'll be.
ahhh a true believer in the #sayNO2rgb movement!
Chrispy_Yeah, heatsink is significantly scaled back not just in heatpipes but also surface area.
You'd think they would try harder to keep the surface area. its not the hard to remove a few fins and cut down the tubes, but keeping the surface area takes actual work.
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#23
CallandorWoT
TheDeeGeeThe D15 and D15S have 6 heatpipes, the 7 heatpipes version with more surface area will come out later this year.
this is the one I want then. I will wait for that 7 heatpipe variant to come out. nom nom
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#24
AdmiralThrawn
Chrispy_I, on the other hand, have no problem with ARGB being stuck in the realm of low-quality, high-cost.
It's a blight on the industry, IMO and the sooner the fad dies off, the happier I'll be.

I know some people like pretty lights but it adds cost, has a marginal but non-zero performance penalty, comes with shit-tastic software, per-vendor proprietary connectors, and ugly pointless cable spaghetti everywhere.

I'm quite happy to say that I think it's stupid shit for children and you don't have to agree with me, nor I you.
I'm guessing you are not a big corsair guy? /s
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#25
Chrispy_
AdmiralThrawnI'm guessing you are not a big corsair guy? /s
They make some nice PSUs and cases that don't have lights, yet. ;)
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