Summary: For a low profile cpu cooler, it's almost perfect but pretty large. I have installed this heat sink onto an Asrock mini itx board and have encountered spacing issues. The lower fan must be moved slightly in order to fit in alongside with the RAM, even if the RAM is low profile. The heat pipes are oriented in a position where it is very tough to install the CPU fan cable although this could easily be my own personal fault (read the instructions before you finalize your...
Summary: I've been looking for a quality low profile cooler and thought this would fit the bill. It definitely beats the stock cooler without question, however for anyone with an FX8xxx series processor I can't recommend this cooler. I'm either going to have to leave the side of my case off or get a water cooling setup. Still kicking myself for not going to Noctua's homepage, but I'd like to see this 120W TDP info on the product data page to warn consumers.
Pros: Nicely designed, quiet, comes with thermal paste along with all the mounting hardware you could ever possibly need. Very low profile in single fan mode.
Cons: Stay away if you have a 120W TDP Processor!!!! If you check the manufacturers website they tell you that you can only use this with a 120W TDP AMD processor if you have good case flow! And the single fan operation mode won't work at all! I found this out the hard way when trying to run single fan mode with an 8320. Works great 99% of the time, but when you stress test it the system will crash due to overheating. I managed to mount the 120mm fan to the bottom, since I ...
Pros: Runs quiet, CPU (i5 3570k) is in the 20s to low 30s idle and around 40 under load on Borderlands 2, Planetside 2, Skyrim type games. Instructions for three socket types, were relatively easy to follow, might be a bit difficult for a first build - but youtube has plenty of content if need be.
Cons: Large with both fans installed, had to remove cooling fins from 2 ram chips, but no issues with motherboard temp have resulted.
Cons: Running Prime95 at stock yields 60c. That's a little high IMO, but there are many factors to consider like my case and it's size (even though that's what this cooler is intended to be installed in)
Summary: PC Specs: Lian Li PC-V352b ASUS P8Z77-M Corsair Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 1600 16gb (4x4) Corsair Professional 650 Modular PSU EVGA GT 640 SC ASUS Xonar Essence ST
Pros: Quiet Fits the heatsink and both fans in my Micro-ATX Box (Lian Li PC-V352B) Cools my i5 3570k at 29-30C everything stock and idle 40C load with a closed up case
Cons: Corsair Vengeance (non-low-pro) does not fit under the cooler. Would like to have one that IS powerful enough at this size for overclocking, although I haven't tried simply because the manufacturer states it isn't designed for it.
Summary: The Nocuta NH-L12 is a very well designed CPU cooler that works quite well in doing what it's supposed to do, and that's keep your CPU cool. The NH-L12 is designed to fit into smaller style cases and I think it should do that just fine especially since it comes with two fans and you can remove the top one to have the cooler be lower in height. This adjust-ability allows the cooler to be able to fit in most any sized case or system, be it SFF or HTPC.