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NH-L9a TDP Guidelines

The NH-L9a is a low-profile quiet cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. While it provides first rate performance in its class, it is not suitable for overclocking and should not be used on CPUs with more than 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power). Please see the following table for our detailed recommendations and also read the explanations below:


AMD   65W or less Yes
100W No
125W No


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 25C or less. Please ensure good case ventilation when ambient temperature is 30C or more.

2) Our recommendations assume that the cooler is installed in a typically equipped, properly ventilated HTPC 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 NH-L9a with the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors, we recommend choosing CPUs with less than 65W TDP.



Noctua
02.09.2015 - OverclockersClub.com NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "Are you looking to build a small system based on an ITX motherboard? With a six-year warranty, the NH-L9x65 retails for $59.99 and would be right at home in your HTPC build." (Chris Dawalt, OverclockersClub.com)
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01.09.2015 - WhatNext.pl NH-D15S
Test verdict: "Oczywiście cooler posiada wszystko to co wersja NH-D15 – znakomitą jakość wykonania, stosunkowe ciche działanie na niższych obrotach, świetne akcesoria i dobrą wydajność. Dlatego też, jeśli starszy model NH-D15 jest zbyt szeroki i nie zamontujecie dwóch śmigieł to polecam zakup tej wersji." (Michał Andruszkiewicz, WhatNext.pl)
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01.09.2015 - Neoseeker.com NH-C14S
Test verdict: "With the availability of past and future mounting kit options from Noctua, a 6 year warranty and several fan configuration options, the NH-C14S cooler proves an exceptional design that will help your computer system operate with ideal thermal performance." (Marvin Purdy, Neoseeker.com)
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01.09.2015 - ITPC.net.pl NH-U14S
Test verdict: "Mogę z czystym sumieniem polecić każdemu chłodzenia tej firmy, gdyż wyróżniają się wysoką wydajnością i idealną wręcz jakością wykonania. Ewidentnie jest to wzór do naśladowania." (Karol Kaszubowski, ITPC.net.pl)
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