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The NH-L12 is a low-profile quiet cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. With its flexible NF-F12 (120mm) / NF-B9 (92mm) dual PWM fan setup, the NH-L12 can be configured either for full performance in dual fan mode or extra-low profile (66mm) with the top fan removed. Bundled with the award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound and Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, the NH-L12 packs everything a premium quality quiet cooler needs into a highly compact package.

Caution: The NH-L12 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 be used with care on CPUs with more than 95W TDP (Thermal Design Power). Please consult our TDP guidelines to find out whether the NH-L12 is recommended for your CPU.



LegitReviews.com Review
07.05.2012: LegitReviews.com
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"The NH-L12 from Noctua was a little surprise for me. With all the caveats, provisos, a couple of quid pro quo, I felt the little guy wouldn’t hold up to the heat. It did, and for users that have a smaller/narrower case and not interested in the least to overclock then the NH-L12 would be rather perfect. Top it off with Noctua’s 6 year warranty and awesome build quality, the NH-L12 has win all over it. [...] The HTPC and SFF crowd stands to benefit the most from the NH-L12. The overall height is rather low at 3.7 inches with both fans installed. Removing the upper 120mm fan lowers that to 2.5 inches. Couple the small overall size with the quiet operation of the Noctua fans, makes it perfect for HTPCs or Small Form Factor builds where low noise is a goal."

Test verdict: "If you are in the market for a quality quiet low profile CPU cooler, then Noctua has you covered with the NH-L12." (Shane Higgins, LegitReviews.com)
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ComputerBase.de Review
15.05.2013: ComputerBase.de
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"+ Hohe Kühlleistung mit zwei Lüftern
+ Hervorragende Hardwarequalität
+ Leise Serienbelüftung
+ Umfangreiche Ausstattung
+ Moderater Platzbedarf"


Test verdict: "Das beste Gesamtpaket aller Testkandidaten wird unserer Ansicht nach durch den Noctua NH-L12 verkörpert. Der erstklassig gefertigte Down-Blower überzeugt durch gute Kühlleistung in Verbindung mit einem bei Bedarf zurückhaltend leisen Betriebsgeräusch und ist dank 120-mm-Konzeption erheblich kompakter als die Kontrahenten von Phanteks oder Alpenföhn. Typische Kritikpunktkategorien wie die mangelnde Qualität der Serienlüfter, Komfortabstriche beim Montagesystem oder potentiell fehlende Ausstattungsmerkmale umschifft Noctua beim NH-L12 zielsicher, sodass wir in der Summe eine klare Kaufempfehlung für den knapp 50 Euro teuren Österreicher aussprechen können." (Martin Eckardt, ComputerBase.de)
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KitGuru.net Review
19.06.2012: KitGuru.net
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"Noctua have been able to create a steady stream of high grade coolers over the years, and the NH-L12 is no exception to the rule. We managed to maintain a substantial 4.7 GHz overclock via the NH-L12 without experiencing high temperatures that could affect the longevity of the CPU. This is quite remarkable for a compact, low-profile CPU cooler especially as compromises normally have to be made. The impressive thermal performance of the cooler is rivaled by the excellent acoustic performance. Even with the fans running at full speed, the cooler is inaudible when it’s installed in a case. That said, both of the fans are PWM models, so most of the time they will be spinning much slower, emitting low levels of noise. Noctua offer a 6 year warranty as standard which gives us peace of mind that the cooler will last a very long time indeed."

Test verdict: "[I]f you want to build an overclocked HTPC or small form factor PC, you need look no further. KitGuru says: Another excellent product from Noctua!" (Henry Butt, KitGuru.net)
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ThinkComputers.com Review
15.05.2012: ThinkComputers.com
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"To my surprise this cooler worked exceptionally well, even at full system load. With the 2 fans on full speed the idle temperature was 31 and the load was 47, which is very impressive for such a small cooler. Even more impressive is when I took the top fan off to run the cooler in “low-profile” mode the temperature only went up 10 degrees (41 idle, 57 load). This cooler is extremely small. You really should not have any issues fitting it inside your case or HTPC system. I installed the cooler on my ASUS P9X79 Pro motherboard without any issues at all. The heatsink is large enough that you can actually fit most memory that has smaller heatspreaders under it. Also if you are having height clearance issues you can take off the top fan for a very low-profile cooler that still provides great cooling."

Test verdict: "Right now the NH-L12 is selling for $71.99 at my favorite online retailer. At this price it is at the higher-end of air coolers, but in the end I do think that it is worth it if you are looking for a superior low profile CPU cooler that is very quiet in operation and can be mounted quite a few different ways." (Bob Buskirk, ThinkComputers.com)
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TweakTown.com Review
04.05.2012: TweakTown.com
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"The stock run delivered a terrific result for a cooler of this size and design. 57 degrees might be a bit higher than normal, but look at how little of a cooler is doing this job. As for the overclocked run, I think the NH-L12 did a really admirable job handling over 125 watts of power being delivered to this 95 watt cooler. Yes, 80 degrees is warm, but considering the abuse level, I am pleased with these results. [...] Silence and performance are what we expect from anything Noctua and they prove that you don't need a humongous cooler in the build to get either of them. With a trend from most manufacturers showing that bigger is usually more quiet and usually performs better, the NH-L12 outdid the Enermax solution and the Enermax solution is a much larger cooler and isn't as easy to install as this is. [...] I can take this cooler off the test bench and slam it into some of the tiniest HTPC solutions, it doesn't interfere with the memory and even when abused well beyond its specified limits, it takes it well. Even if you don't need a cooler that can get under a 66mm height clearance issue, the NH-L12 has its place in almost any build, so it is well worth considering this for its silence and its ability to handle almost any CPU cooling situation. "

Test verdict: "It has two silent fans. It is convertible. It fits in almost any situation. There is very little reason not to buy the underrated NH-L12 from Noctua, it's just too handy of a cooler not to have on hand." (Chad Sebring, TweakTown.com)
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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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23.04.2014 - ExtraHardware.cz NH-D15
Test verdict: "A to hlavne pre vynikajúce ventilátory, ktoré v kooperácii s pasívom perfektne fungujú i pri nízkej hlučnosti. K výslednému efektu lepšiu alternatívu asi nenájdete." (Ľubomír Samák, ExtraHardware.cz)
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22.04.2014 - WASD.ro NH-L12
Test verdict: "Daca cumva prindeti vreo reducere va recomand sa il achizitionati fara sa ezitati. Merita!" (Octavian Fulger, WASD.ro)
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