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:
65W or less
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 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.
01.07.2015 - NextHardware.comNH-C14S
Test verdict: "Design sofisticati, materiali eccelsi e prestazioni da far impallidire la concorrenza sono ormai una costante in ognuno dei dissipatori targati Noctua.
Ed i nuovi NH-D15S e NH-C14S non sono da meno grazie a strutture davvero robuste ed efficienti e a ventole estremamente performanti e silenziose." (Alfonso Basilicata, NextHardware.com)
30.06.2015 - Play3r.netNH-D15S
Test verdict: "The bottom line is that the Noctua NH-D15S is a solid performer, as well as offering fantastic compatibility which is aimed to “help” enthusiasts and consumers with large memory heatsinks, as well as PCIe slots;" (Gavin Bonshor, Play3r.net)
30.06.2015 - DVTests.comNF-S12B redux-1200 PWM
Test verdict: "With this airflow and static pressure measured through the tests, the fan is definitely capable to deliver astonishing cooling performance, which will be able to keep every processor cool and stable, while being cooled by a CPU cooler or water radiator compatible with 120 mm fans." (Dobrin Krastev, DVTests.com)