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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 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.



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24.04.2014 - Hardware Ready NH-D15
Test verdict: "Per prima cosa dobbiamo fare i complimenti a Noctua per il lavoro svolto in questo dissipatore, come potete vedere dai test si evince che il Noctua NH-D15 è superiore a tutti gli altri dissipatori" (Matteo Russo, Hardware Ready)
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24.04.2014 - HardZone.es NH-D15
Test verdict: "Lo han conseguido. Lo que parecía imposible ha sucedido, y Noctua ha logrado mejorar el NH-D14 con este NH-D15. No solo han mejorado su rendimiento térmico, sino que han creado un disipador prácticamente inaudible incluso bajo máxima carga, con una instalación que no puede ser más sencilla, y además han solucionado los problemas de compatibilidad con módulos de memoria RAM de disipadores grandes que achacaba su predecesor. Dicho esto, solo podemos levantarnos y aplaudir: ¡Bravo, Noctua! (Rodrigo Alonso, HardZone.es)
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23.04.2014 - XtremeSystems.org NH-D15
Test verdict: "I was really surprised that the Noctua could keep such a low temperature, but I ran the test three times and reapplied TIM every time looking for what I did wrong, but I couldn't find anything odd. As for the load temperatures, all I can say is I have a huge smile on my face still." (Ambrosidou Nat, XtremeSystems.org)
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23.04.2014 - Crazypc.ro NH-D15
Test verdict: "Noctua își păstrează tradiția și continuă să ofere fanilor Noctua silențiozitate și performanță bună într-un singur pachet. Cu un design foarte reușit care a înlăturat problemele celebrului NH-D14, NH-D15 pe tot parcursul testelor s-a comportat impecabil." (Vlad Buluta, Crazypc.ro)
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