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Noctua NH-L12
9.0 out of 10

Noctua NH-L12

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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent cooler, but doesn't work well with "tall" memory DIMMS

Cary B., Newegg
21 March 2015
  • Summary: I really wish that they made a version which was about 1/2" TALLER, to clear the DIMM slots entirely. I have a full 1-1/4" between the top of my (full size) HTPC case and the topmost elements of this cooler.
  • Pros: This is a very, very quiet, very, very effective cooler, and it's short enough to go into my Zalman HD160XT home theater PC case (with both fans installed on the cooler) with room to spare (which is better than my old system in that case could claim, as I struggled to find a good cooler which wou...
  • Cons: The cons are simply this... the device's finned region overhangs the inner four memory slots on my Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard, and my Dominator DDR4 memory DIMM are too tall to occupy those slots unless I disassemble the heat spreader plates from those DIMMs. ("Plain vanilla" DIMMs without heat ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Small yet Large and Powerful

Nicholas Huynh, Amazon
15 September 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

It's Really BIG!!!

Michael C., Newegg
31 December 2013
  • Pros: Have had no problems, works great, stays cool and it's Quiet
  • Cons: IT'S REALLY, REALLY BIG So make sure to CHECK the dimensions before buying.
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Overall 8
8.0

Read the TDP Advisory!!!

Brian S., Newegg
22 April 2013
  • 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.
  • 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...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good for htpc

Joseph D., Newegg
21 January 2013
  • Summary: Bottom line is if you are limited for space, such as in Silverstone GD05, this cooler is the cats pajamas.
  • Pros: Works well, fits perfectly in Silverstone GD05. Decent cooling performance.
  • Cons: Probably not the best to use this for overclocking. Definitely get something cheaper and better performing if you have the space available.
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Overall 8
8.0

Runs cool

benjamin p., Newegg
9 December 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

LOVE IT !!!!

Luis Vega Jr, Amazon
30 November 2012
  • Summary: I had a C14 in my mid-tower build and choose this thing for my htpc setup. It works great and allows me to OC my 2500k in a tiny m-itx form factor without a hint of overheating. love noctua!
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent!

Daniel M., Newegg
2 September 2012
  • Pros: I have installed ALOT of heatsinks over the years and this one is my favorite. As other feedbacks have noted it installs very easy on AMD and is as close to silent as is physically possible.
  • Cons: the cooling tubes touch the RAM heatsink and block the fourth slot completely. wont hurt RAM but it is irritating.
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Overall 8
8.0

Update to earlier post

Anonymous, Newegg
28 August 2012
  • Summary: That is all.
  • Pros: Everything I've said in the original posts
  • 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)
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Overall 8
8.0

Just what I was looking for

Anonymous, Newegg
21 August 2012
  • 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.
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