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NH-L12S TDP guidelines


The NH-L12S 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 see the following table for our detailed recommendations and also read the explanations below:

Intel

Socket Codename TDP rating SKU Compatibility & remarks
LGA1151 Kaby Lake 65W or less all compatible
91W i5-7600K compatible
91W i7-7700K compatible with restrictions
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
Skylake 65W or less all compatible
91W i5-6600K compatible
91W i7-6700K compatible
LGA1150 Broadwell 65W or less all compatible
Haswell 65W or less all compatible
84W all* compatible
88W all* compatible
LGA1155 Ivy Bridge 65W or less all compatible
77W all compatible
Sandy Bridge 65W or less all compatible
95W all* compatible
LGA2066 Kaby Lake-X 112W i5-7640K compatible
112W i7-7740K compatible with restrictions
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
Skylake-X (HCC) 165W all compatible with restrictions
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
Skylake-X (LCC) 140W all compatible with restrictions
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 all 95W or less all compatible
140W all* compatible

*Caution: Under certain conditions unlocked Intel CPUs may dissipate more heat than indicated by the TDP value. Please see this FAQ for details. Our recommendation includes unlocked CPUs, but only if the heat dissipation is limited to the indicated TDP by choosing appropriate BIOS settings.


AMD

Socket Codename TDP rating SKU Compatibility & remarks
AM4 Summit Ridge 65W or less all compatible
95W all compatible
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
Bristol Ridge 65W or less all compatible
AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2 (+) all 65W or less all compatible
100W all compatible
125W all compatible with restrictions
Recommended with good case ventilation only.


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. If your ambient temperature is significantly higher (30°C or more), we only recommend the cooler for configurations where we specify full compatibility without any additional remarks or restrictions. Please also 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 cooler with the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors, we recommend choosing CPUs with less than 65W TDP.


4) All our TDP recommendations are based on thorough testing with the default values specified by Intel using popular applications such as Asus Realbench and prime95. Please note, however, that prime95 creates a particularly high load that goes beyond typical application scenarios and this leads to elevated temperatures. We thus recommend using other programs such as Realbench for checking the stability and temperatures of the CPU in realistic scenarios.