Summary: Noctua's low profile NH-L9i heatsink stands 36mm tall so it will fit into the smallest of small form factor chassis. The NH-L9i is designed to cool Intel socket LGA115x (1155/1156/1150) processors only, which is a departure from the one-size-fits-all approach we're used to.
Summary: The NH-L9i low profile Intel CPU cooler may not be the cooler of choice for the typical computer, but it is an excellent choice for those building up an extremely compact small form factor system. It was able to outperform another low profile cooler and the stock Intel cooler, while also being by far the quietest of the three. In addition to keeping the CPU temperature and noise level down, installation time was also kept to a minimum.
Pros: » Ultra compact, » Quiet straight out of the box, but low noise adapter makes it nearly silent, » Impressive performance for such a little cooler, » Simple installation
Cons: » 65W TDP rules out some popular Intel CPUs for use with this cooler, » Priced close to $50 (US)
Summary: The Noctua NH-L9i is a premium heatsink designed for systems where space is an issue and noise control is of utmost importance like a HTPC and SFF (Small Form Factor) PC. These systems often feature half height chassis designs and sometimes have the PSU directly over the CPU both of which limit the size of your heatsink. The Noctua NH-L9i is designed to address these issues and boldly cool where no other cooler can.
Pros: Low Profile Cooler, Silent Operation, Large Mass Design, Better Than OEM, Perfect for HTPC
Cons: Limited heat capacity, Clearance issues with some pwm heatsinks
Excerpt: Noctua is company known for high quality and excellent performing CPU coolers and fans. It’s safe to say that most of their product line is aimed at the high end user who wants to push their system or CPU to the limits. Enthusiasts, or overclockers they would be called, and that’s all fine and good if you’re that type of person, Noctua certainly has a cooler for you that will keep your CPU cool even under overclocked conditions.
Summary: The Noctua NH-L9i is a very well-made, low-profile CPU cooler, with the same construction quality we are accustomed to seeing in other coolers from this manufacturer.
However, there is no point in comparing the cooling performance of such a low-profile cooler to the high-end tower coolers. Therefore, we must pay attention to the data comparing the portrayed cooler to the stock cooler and other low-profile models.
Summary: It has been a long time since I've looked at a traditional HSF. My last few cooling reviews have been of high-end liquid cooling solutions so the change was quite dramatic going with the Noctua NH-L9i. Let's make one thing perfect clear - the quality of this cooler is stellar. What I'm talking about with the big change is the size and performance capability of the product - the Noctua is not in the same class of course.
Pros: Good performance, Very low profile, Easy installation, Quiet, High quality construction
Cons: Base finish is a little rough, Price is a tad high for the performance
Summary: This small cooler packs all essential technologies of our awardwinning
high-end models into a highly compact package in order
to give you the best possible quiet cooling experience for HTPCs
and small form factor builds. I’m confident that you will be able
to sense some of the research, attention and care we’ve put into
making this product.
Enjoy your NH-L9!
Their confidence is well placed, again they managed to perform even when I thought it wouldn’t!
Conclusion: For $48 you get a high-quality cooling solution backed by a 6-year warranty. It may not be a cooler that everyone is going to rush out and have to buy one, since it has been made to fulfil the specific cooling needs of specific Intel-based small systems. Noctua has managed to bring silence, high quality, performance and simple installation into a shrunk, little package.
Cons: Supports only a few Intel sockets, Cannot be used with Intel CPUs with higher than 65watt TDP, Price could be lower
Conclusion: Noctua laver bare nogle fede kølings produkter og denne model er bestemt ingen undtagelse. Denne model er ikke en performer men en rigtig god køler til en mini pc. Jeg er meget overrasket over hvor god kvaliteten føles og hvor godt den rent faktsik klare sig, jeg var ret skeptisk i starten og var ikke overbevist om at den kunne klare at køle min Intel I3 2120, men trods mine bekymringer så klarede den sig ud over alt forventning.
Excerpt: Το όνομα της Αυστριακής Noctua έχει γίνει πια συνώνυμο των κορυφαίων επιδόσεων, της αθόρυβης λειτουργίας αλλά και της εξαιρετικής ποιότητας μιας και όλα τα προϊόντα της είναι ιδιαιτέρως προσεγμένα, μέχρι και την τελευταία τους λεπτομέρεια. Το πιο "φρέσκο" προϊόν της Noctua είναι η ψύκτρα NH-L9i, η οποία είναι συμβατή μόνο με Intel 115x sockets/επεξεργαστές (κυκλοφόρησε ταυτόχρονα και ένα μοντέλο για AMD επεξεργαστές, η NH-L9a).