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NOCTUA NH-L12S CPU Cooler Review

  1. About the Noctua NH-L12S CPU Cooler…
  2. CPU Cooler Design and Layout Impressions
  3. How its tested??
  4. Temperature Readouts and Observations
  5. Conclusion
  6. Online Purchase Links
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Coming to the end…

For a single setup C-Type 120mm slim profile CPU cooler, the Noctua NH-L12S performs admirably. There are no complaints, apart from the clearance with the memory heatspreaders.  I would prefer the top placement as C-type coolers indirectly cool the surrounding components while blowing through its heatsinks- such as the VRM, MOSFETs and the memory kit.

The Noctua NH-C14S is an async design, like the NH-D15S and the NH-U14S. The NH-L12S is a slim profile design where is allows enough clearance with the first PCIe slot and near the I/O area. In a time when motherboard manufacturers have a redundant plastic housing around the CPU socket (especially for the I/O), this becomes a good choice. Mind you, none of the CPU coolers mentioned above has any clearance issue with the motherboards tested so far. Noctua has a done a great job of maintaining a generalization that choosing its air CPU cooler is a good decision. For the price, quality and form factor, 50$ USD with six years warranty provides incredible value.

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NA  $49.90  £44.99

  • Form Factor
  • Slim Design
  • Tried and tested SecuFirm2 mounting system
  • Good Performance in stock and OC configuration
  • Nothing significant
The fan is installed underneath the heatsink out of the box, however, an end user will typically re-install it above the heatsink for the purpose of getting better cooling performance and better clearance with the RAMs.

NOCTUA NH-L12S CPU Cooler Review from hardware

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