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Today we are going to test the Noctua NH L12 CPU cooler. It has a horizontal heatsink, four heatpipes, and two fans: 120mm and 92mm wide. This design helps in cooling the components around the CPU as well as the memory modules.
If we simply analyze the temperature performance offered by the Noctua NH-L12, it can be considered a mainstream performance CPU cooler with a price tag that approaches most high-end competitors. The NH-L12, however, must be analyzed keeping in mind its concept: it is a low profile, ultra-silent cooler. With both fans installed, it is 3.7” (93 mm) high, but if you need to install it in a really small case, you can remove its 120 mm fan, making it only 2.6” (66 mm) tall. It also presents the high-quality construction we are accustomed to seeing in Noctua products.
If you are looking for a good, quiet cooler for use in an HTPC (Home Theater PC) or small form factor (SFF) computer, the Noctua NH-L12 is an excellent choice.
Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler specifications:
  •    Application: Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and FM1 processors
  •     Dimensions: 5.0 x 5.9 x 3.7 inches (128 x 150 x 93 mm) (W x L x H)
  •     Fins: Aluminum
  •     Base: Nickel-plated copper
  •     Heat-pipes: Four 6-mm copper heatpipes
  •     Fan: One 120 mm fan and one 92 mm fan
  •     Nominal fan speed: 1,500 rpm and 1,600 rpm
  •     Fan air flow: 54.97 cfm and 37.85 cfm
  •     Maximum power consumption: 0.6 W + 0.96 W
  •     Nominal noise level: 22.4 dBA and 17.6 dBA
  •     Weight: 1.5 lb (680 kg)
Noctua NH-L12 L-Type Premium Cooler Price $59.95

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