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TDP guidelines & cooler height

Noctua does not specify the performance of its heatsinks in terms of maximum possible heat dissipation because the question of how much Watt (W) a heatsink can dissipate depends on various parameters such as the type and shape of the heat source, contact quality, contact pressure, thermal interface material application, ambient temperature, etc. As a result, the maximum possible heat dissipation value varies from platform to platform and between individual systems. 

Please refer to the following table for how much Watt of Thermal Design Power (TDP) Noctua‘s heatsinks support on different platforms and how much overclocking (OC) headroom a given model will offer.

The indicated W value refers to the maximum recommended Thermal Design Power (TDP) as specified by the CPU manufacturer.

The overclocking headroom (OC) is specified as follows:
*** = best overclocking potential
** = medium overclocking potential
* = low overclocking potential

If no OC headroom is specified, Noctua does not recommend to use this cooler for overclocking CPUs with the indicated maximum TDP. CPUs with lower TDP can be slightly overclocked but the overclocking potential will be low. 


Maximum recommended Thermal Design Power (TDP) & Overclocking (OC) headroom

Intel

  Cooler height LGA2066 LGA2011 (LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3) LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156)
NH-D15 165mm 165W & OC** 140W & OC*** 95W & OC***
NH-D15S 160mm 165W & OC** 140W & OC*** 95W & OC***
NH-D14 160mm 165W & OC** 140W & OC*** 95W & OC***
NH-D14 SE2011 160mm 165W & OC** 140W & OC*** -
NH-U14S 165mm 165W & OC** 140W & OC** 95W & OC***
NH-U12S 158mm 165W 140W & OC* 95W & OC**
NH-U9S 125mm 165W 140W 95W & OC*
NH-D9L 110mm 165W 140W 95W & OC*
NH-C14S 115/142mm 165W 140W & OC* 95W & OC**
NH-L12S 70mm 165W (see detailed guide) 140W (see detailed guide) 95W (see detailed guide)
NH-L12 (dual fan) 93mm 165W (see detailed guide) 140W (see detailed guide) 95W (see detailed guide)
NH-L12 (92mm fan only) 66mm see detailed guide see detailed guide 95W (see detailed guide)
NH-L9x65 66mm see detailed guide see detailed guide 95W (see detailed guide)
NH-L9i 37mm - - 95W (see detailed guide)



AMD

  Cooler height AM2(+), AM3(+) AM4 FM1, FM2(+) TR4, SP3
NH-D15 165mm 220W 95W & OC*** (with NM-AM4) 100W & OC*** -
NH-D15 SE-AM4 165mm - 95W & OC*** - -
NH-D15S 160mm 220W 95W & OC*** (with NM-AM4) 100W & OC*** -
NH-D14 160mm 220W 95W & OC*** (with NM-AM4) 100W & OC*** -
NH-D14 SE2011 160mm - 95W & OC*** (with NM-AM4) - -
NH-U14S 165mm 220W 95W & OC*** (with NM-AM4-UxS) 100W & OC*** -
NH-U14S TR4-SP3 165mm - - - 180W & OC*
NH-U12S 158mm 140W & OC* 95W & OC** (with NM-AM4-UxS) 100W & OC* -
NH-U12S SE-AM4 158mm - 95W & OC** - -
NH-U12S TR4-SP3 158mm - - - 180W
NH-U9S 125mm 125W 95W & OC* (with NM-AM4-UxS) 100W & OC* -
NH-U9 TR4-SP3 125mm - - - 180W
NH-D9L 110mm 125W 95W & OC* (with NM-AM4) 100W & OC* -
NH-C14S 115/142mm 140W & OC* 95W & OC** (with NM-AM4) 100W & OC** -
NH-L12S 70mm 125W (see detailed guide) 95W (see detailed guide) 100W (see detailed guide) -
NH-L12 (dual fan) 93mm 125W (see detailed guide) 95W & OC* (with NM-AM4, see detailed guide) 100W & OC* (see detailed guide) -
NH-L12 (92mm fan only) 66mm 100W (see detailed guide) 95W (with NM-AM4, see detailed guide) 100W (see detailed guide) -
NH-L9x65 66mm 100W (see detailed guide) 95W (with NM-AM4, see detailed guide) 100W (see detailed guide) -
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 66mm - 95W (see detailed guide) - -
NH-L9i 37mm - 65W (with NM-AM4-L9aL9i, see detailed guide) - -
NH-L9a 37mm 65W (see detailed guide) 65W (with NM-AM4-L9aL9i, see detailed guide) 65W (see detailed guide) -
"-" indicates that the CPU platform is not supported by this cooler. See our socket compatibility chart for details on mechanical socket compatibility.

CPU temperatures depend on various different factors, so please take note of the explanations below and keep in mind that our recommendations can only serve as general guidelines for typical setups. 

1) Our recommendations are based on an ambient temperature of 25°C or less. Please ensure good case ventilation when ambient temperature is 30°C or more.

2) Our recommendations assume that the cooler is installed in a typically equipped, properly ventilated system. If you are using particularly hot components inside your system, it may be necessary to use stronger case ventilation to ensure sufficient CPU cooling performance.

3) Our recommendations assume that the fan is used with PWM control (configured so that it can speed up to 100% when necessary) but without the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor. If you would like to use the coolers with the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors, the maximum recommended TDP and/or overclocking headroom will be lower. As a rule of thumb, overclocking headroom will be reduced by one star when using Low-Noise-Adaptors. If no overclocking headroom is specified, please choose a CPU with a lower TDP if you want to use Low-Noise Adaptors.