Review: Noctua NH-D12L CPU Cooler

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Noctua is back in the house with a new Noctua NH-D12L CPU Cooler that we review this round. The L in the name is short for low height. As always the product is silent and offers proper cooling. Let's...

    Review: Noctua NH-D12L CPU Cooler
     
  2. cucaulay malkin

    cucaulay malkin Ancient Guru

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    wow
    it's surprisingly good despite the size
    im going to get one perhaps
    d15s served me for 7 years and it's like brand new
    which means I can still get a lot of its original value back

    I love noctua coolers but d15s is huuuge. this is compact and performs the same
     
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  3. tty8k

    tty8k Master Guru

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    Lovely cooler.
    I guess it depends how many Watts you need to cool.
    Up to say 150W even smaller coolers can do just fine.
     
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  4. tunejunky

    tunejunky Ancient Guru

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    when i build a rig for younger family members Noctua has been the go-to. mainly because once installed (by me) it's idiot-proof. the issue has been every "significant other" wants a SFF or all-in-one pc.
    the NH-D12L can fit into small-ish cases and it's still cheaper than many aio's (with a longer lifespan).

    now if they can steal a march on Be Quiet! and offer a black anodized model (as if) it would be all of that AND the bag of chips.
     
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  5. Venix

    Venix Ancient Guru

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    Well as always Noctua delivers ....I mean is anyone surprised anymore ? :p
     
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    tsunami231 Ancient Guru

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    nice perfomance though i wouldnt mind seeing how they hand 6-8core cpus 4core done with at this point
     
  7. toyo

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    On par with the D15 and above the D15S? Weird stuff from smaller cooler. What did they change?
     
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    alanm Ancient Guru

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    This my only complaint with the D15s, aside from knicks and cuts on my hands connecting to fan headers close to it.

    D12L (with fan)
    Height = 145 mm
    Width = 125 mm
    Depth = 113 mm
    Weight = 890 g

    D15s (with fan)
    Height = 160 mm
    Width = 150 mm
    Depth = 135 mm
    Weight = 1150 g
     
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    cucaulay malkin Ancient Guru

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    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Surprising it can do this with a single fan between the 2 towers.
    I'd be tempted to put another fan on it to see what happens.
     
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    Reddoguk Ancient Guru

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    Now get rid of those horrible colours and as The Rolling Stones said i want it painted black.
     
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  12. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    # of Cores isn't really irrelevant to the test methodology. It's about the heat output of a processor (TDP = 1:1 in Heat/Watt).
     
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    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    Chromax version will probably come out 3 years from now.
     
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    Probably why everyone copies the Noctua mounting system these days, because it's fantastic.
     
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    so these hsf will work finen on current 6/8c 12/16t cpu? that are power hungry monsters
     

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    I dont understand why you reviewers cant calculate CPU power based on P = U x I. This way we no longer base cooling on Intel or AMD way to calculate TDP and we can choose colling based on this quite well.
    It's elementary physics. Power = Volt x Amp. Ex. 12V & 10A=120W
    You dont have an Amper metter?
    Or you have instructions from vendors not to do it?

    My i7 4790 at default speed, with a Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 (150w cooling) dont jump over 60 celsius.
     
  17. BLEH!

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    I've got the cooler that's basically half of one of these - ideal even for a slightly OCed 6850K. Never gets over 70 at 4.2 GHz.
     
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    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    For €75 you have a Noctua NH-U14S with fan included.
     
  19. 386SX

    386SX Maha Guru

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    I really start to like this cooler. Seems like you could push-pull with 3 fans if necessary.
     
  20. blkspade

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    Absolutely. I recently used one of these in a SFF build with 12600K. Keeps the CPU at around 74C under full load. I've even used the NH-U12S for a 5900X in the same NR200P case, with similar results.
     

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