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El NH-L9x65 es una versión más alta y tiene un mayor rendimiento que los galardonados disipadores de bajo perfil NH-L9 de Noctua. Con una altura de 65 mm en vez de 37 mm y cuatro heatpipes en vez de dos, el NH-L9x65 es más potente que sus hermanos pequeños incluso manteniendo sus dimensiones de 95 x 95 mm, lo que garantiza una total compatibilidad de RAM y PCIe en placas base ITX basadas en Intel y hace que el disipador se establezca como la unidad perfecta, ya que no sobresale por encima de los conectores cercanos al socket. Gracias al ventilador de primera calidad NF-A9x14, altamente optimizado y compatible con el control de velocidad automático mediante PWM, el funcionamiento del NH-L9x65 es altamente silencioso. Dotado del sistema multi-socket SecuFirm2™ para Intel y AMD, del renombrado compuesto térmico NT-H1 y de la garantía de 6 años del fabricante, el NH-L9x65 supera cualquier expectativa que los usuarios pudieran albergar con respecto a los disipadores más grandes de Noctua con un tamaño compacto para los sistemas con espacios reducidos.

Precaución: El NH-L9x65 es un disipador silencioso altamente compacto y de bajo perfil diseñado para su uso en cajas con factores de forma pequeños y entornos HTPC. Aunque proporciona un rendimiento de primera categoría dentro de su clase, no es apropiado para el overclocking y debe emplearse con precaución en CPU con una TDP (Potencia de Diseño Térmico) superior a 84 W. Consulte nuestras lista de compatibilidad de CPU y indicaciones sobre TDP para comprobar si el NH-L9x65 es apropiado para su CPU.
Detalles
Perfil bajo de 65 mm

Perfil bajo de 65 mm

Gracias a su disipador compacto y al ventilador de bajo perfil NF-A9x14, cuyo grosor es de solo 14 mm, el NH-L9x65 tiene una altura de solo 65 mm (la misma altura que las tarjetas de expansión de bajo perfil), lo que lo hace perfecto para su uso en HTPC compactos o cajas con un factor de forma reducido que ofrecen un espacio limitado para los disipadores de CPU.
Total compatibilidad de RAM en placas base basadas en Intel

Total compatibilidad de RAM en placas base basadas en Intel

El NH-L9x65 tiene unas dimensiones de 95 x 95 mm que cumplen exactamente con el espacio de precaución alrededor del socket Intel LGA115x. Esto implica que no provocará problemas con los disipadores del chipset y no sobresaldrá por encima de las ranuras de la RAM, por lo que es completamente compatible con los módulos de gran tamaño.
Compatibilidad del 100 % con tarjetas PCIe en ITX

Compatibilidad del 100 % con tarjetas PCIe en ITX

La mayoría de placas base mini-ITX basadas en Intel LGA115x sitúan la ranura PCIe junto a la zona del socket de 95 x 95 mm. Mientras que los disipadores de mayor tamaño que superan esta zona pueden bloquear la ranura PCIe, el NH-L9x65, gracias a sus dimensiones de 95 x 95 mm proporciona total compatibilidad con las tarjetas PCIe.
Acceso sencillo a los conectores cercanos al socket

Acceso sencillo a los conectores cercanos al socket

La mayoría de disipadores de bajo perfil utilizan ventiladores o disipadores más grandes para conseguir un rendimiento de refrigeración adecuado, pero al sobresalir por la zona del socket, hacen difícil o casi imposible alcanzar los conectores cercanos al socket en placas base ITX de tamaño reducido. Gracias a sus dimensiones de 95 x 95 mm, el NH-L9x65 proporciona un acceso sencillo a todos los conectores y componentes.
Ventilador de primera calidad NF-A9x14 PWM

Ventilador de primera calidad NF-A9x14 PWM

El ventilador de primera calidad NF-A9x14, altamente optimizado, cuenta con el marco AAO exclusivo de Noctua, así como con sofisticadas medidas de diseño aerodinámico. Compatible con PWM para un control de velocidad completamente automático, el NF-A9x14 permite al NH-L9x65 ser altamente silencioso.
Adaptador para la reducción de ruido

Adaptador para la reducción de ruido

Al permitir la reducción de la velocidad máxima del NF-A9x14 de 2500 a 1800 rpm, el adaptador para la reducción del ruido (LNA) permite lograr instalaciones casi silenciosas, utilizando CPU con TDP inferiores a 65 W.
Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™

Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™

Los sistemas de montaje SecuFirm2™ de Noctua se han convertido en sinónimo de calidad, seguridad y facilidad de uso. Al ser compatibles con Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011, LGA2066 y AMD (AM3(+), AM2(+), FM1, FM2(+)), el montaje de SecuFirm2™, incluido con el NH-L9x65, garantiza una presión de contacto perfecta y máxima comodidad en todos los sockets.
Compatibilidad con los antiguos y nuevos sockets

Compatibilidad con los antiguos y nuevos sockets

Al cumplir con los estándares del SecuFirm™, el NH-L9x65 es compatible con los sockets más antiguos LGA1366 y LGA775 al utilizar el kit de montaje opcional NM-I3 que Noctua ofrece de manera gratuita. Si es técnicamente posible, Noctua también proporcionará los kit de actualización de los nuevos sockets.
Compuesto térmico NT-H1

Compuesto térmico NT-H1

Tras haber recibido más de 100 premios y recomendaciones de periodistas especializados de todo el mundo, el NT-H1 de Noctua es una solución térmica profesional y de probada calidad que proporciona una resistencia térmica mínima, gran facilidad de uso y una destacable fiabilidad.
6 años de garantía

6 años de garantía

Los productos de Noctua son conocidos por su impecable calidad y destacada longevidad. Al igual que todos los demás ventiladores de Noctua, los modelos NF-A9x14 ofrecen un tiempo medio de vida entre fallos (MTBF) de más de 150 000 horas y el paquete NH-L9x65 completo viene con una garantía total del fabricante de 6 años.
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General
Notes and warnings
Precaución: El NH-L9x65 es un disipador silencioso altamente compacto y de bajo perfil diseñado para su uso en cajas con factores de forma pequeños y entornos HTPC. Aunque proporciona un rendimiento de primera categoría dentro de su clase, no es apropiado para el overclocking y debe emplearse con precaución en CPU con una TDP (Potencia de Diseño Térmico) superior a 84 W. Consulte nuestras lista de compatibilidad de CPU y indicaciones sobre TDP para comprobar si el NH-L9x65 es apropiado para su CPU.
Especificaciones disipador
Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate necessario), AM4 con NM-AM4
Altura (sin ventilador)
51 mm
Anchura (sin ventilador)
95 mm
Profundidad (sin ventilador)
95 mm
Altura (con ventilador)
65 mm
Anchura (con ventilador)
95 mm
Profundidad (con ventilador)
95 mm
Peso (sin ventilador)
340 g
Peso (con ventilador/es)
413 g
Material
Cobre (base y heat-pipes), aluminio (aletas de refrigeración), uniones soldadas, niquelado
Tamaño del ventilador
92x92x14, 92x92x25
Volumen de entrega
  • Ventilador de primera calidad NF-A9x14 PWM
  • Adaptador para reducción del ruido (L.N.A.)
  • Compuesto térmico NT-H1
  • Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™
  • Noctua Case-Badge en metal
Garantía
6 años
Especificaciones ventilador
Modelo
Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM
Rodamiento
Velocidad de rotación max. (+/-10%)
2500 RPM
Velocidad de rotación con L.N.A. max. (+/-10%)
1800 RPM
Velocidad de rotación min. (PWM, +/-20%)
600 RPM
Sonoridad max.
23,6 dB(A)
Sonoridad con L.N.A. max.
14,8 dB(A)
Potencia
2,52 W
Voltaje
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
NH-L9x65
NH-L9x65 Video
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA115x installation
SecuFirm2™ AMD installation (NM-AMB1)
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA2011 installation
Video Reviews
The following video reviews have not been created by Noctua. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the videos lies entirely with the authors.
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14.08.2015 // TweakTown.com
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

While our overclocked testing does take this cooler past its "safe zone", we are very pleased to see it was able to tame near 100W of power and still leave us free of throttling the CPU. In the stock testing, which is where this cooler is in its sweet spot, the results were much better than what the stock cooler would afford, and again, in roughly the same footprint. We really like the move to SecuFirm2 mounting hardware. We also like that everything on the motherboard is fully accessible, and when it comes to cases with tight confines designed into them, a cooler like this will keep you from having to gut the entire rig to remove a stick of RAM or get to a SATA connector. Everything Noctua boasted about with this cooler is true, and while we feel they underestimated the power that the NH-L9x65 can actually handle in the right conditions, the 84W TDP rating is fair and safe in near all conditions.
Resultado del análisis: "Noctua revives what a compact cooler can be! The NH-L9x65 can tame our beast, comes with rock solid mounting hardware, and comes in at a fairly good price." (Chad Sebring, TweakTown.com)
24.04.2016 // eTeknix.com
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

The SecuFirm II mounting system is worthy of much credit too and it’s been a long time favourite of mine and can be seen on many of the latest Noctua coolers. It’s incredibly easy to install, remove and maintain. The fact that Noctua also includes their high-end thermal paste, as well as a custom screwdriver to help with the install/re-install process only makes things even easier and it’s going to be a big benefit for those who plan to install these coolers in multiple systems. The overall build quality is very robust, and the design is pretty neat too. Sure, not everyone is a fan of the Noctua colour scheme, but I certainly do. The fan is one of the best small fans we’ve ever seen or heard, it’s amazingly quiet even at high RPM, despite its compact size and that’s something for Noctua to be proud of.
Resultado del análisis: "There’s a lot to love about this cooler, and while I admit that it’s certainly not suitable for everyone’s needs, there’s a big market for very small coolers and the NH-L9x65 is one of the best in its class by a rather large margin. Capable of cooling a powerful CPU including the high-end Intel 2011 range in such a small form factor makes it an ideal choice for workstation and server deployment, or a mid-to-high end CPU with a modest overclock." (Peter Donnell, eTeknix.com)
02.04.2016 // LanOC.org
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

So where does the Noctua NH-L9x65 land when it’s all said and done? Well just like its smaller brother, I love its small form factor. With Noctua introducing different cooling options that can handle even the higher end CPUs it has really opened up the options when it comes to our LANrig builds like our Lunchbox project builds. In fact, I’ve used the NH-L9i in 4 or 5 of our builds ranging from our LANrigs, to SFF routers. The NH-L9x65 just opens up even more options for AMD CPUs that have higher TDPs than the L9a can handle as well as the 6700K that caused the need for the L9x65 in our upcoming build. The move back to a universal mount does help with those options and it means if you want to switch to or from AMD or Intel you have the option. Like all Noctua coolers the NH-L9x65 is quiet and its cooling performance was spot on as well. It might not have matched the larger tower heatsink on our open air test bench, but it did get a lot closer than I thought possible in an enclosed ITX case.
Resultado del análisis: "[T]he Noctua NH-L9x65 is a great option for anyone building a small form factor PC who needs the higher TDP when compared to the NH-L9a/I or if you just want a little room for overclocking. I don’t think you are going to find a better option in the form factor." (Wes Compton, LanOC.org)
23.10.2015 // PureOverclock.com
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

The L9x65 may not have the highest thermal rating, but especially for those smaller 65W CPUs that work great in HTPCs, this cooler won’t have any issues. I believe you’d be hard pressed to find a better unit than this in this same category.
Resultado del análisis: "The NH-L9x65 is a great little cooler for the purpose in which it was designed. It has a very low profile, decent cooling, and silent operation. As always, Noctua comes through in every area when it comes to quality. From the packaging, to the accessories, even to the cooler itself, everything about a Noctua unit says they are delivering a top notch product." (Josh Jackson, PureOverclock.com)
26.06.2015 // pcGameware.co.uk
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

Obviously due to its size the NH-L9x65’s performance is lackluster if you were to try and compare to other air based CPU Coolers. But that would be like trying to compare the top speed of a Bugatti Veyron to that of a Smart Car! So let’s look at it’s nearest rival (that we have tested), the Silverstone Argon AR06. Simply put the performance of the Noctua NH-L9x65 put the Argon AR06 in the shade, being approximately 18 degrees cooler when looking at both the stock and overclocked results. It also does this while staying pretty quiet with a maximum recorded dBA of 40 with the 90mm fan at 100%, this drops even lower to around 37dBA with the fan switched to PWM control.
Resultado del análisis: "The bottom line here is that we have a cooler designed to go where no other cooler is likely to fit, it’s beautifully made and extremely easy to install. The Noctua NH-L9x65 also performs well enough for modern day use and Gaming, even with an overclock!" (Mike Whatley, pcGameware.co.uk)
05.06.2015 // FunkyKit.com
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

In conclusion, The Noctua NH-L9x65 is a small compact cooler and with most cooler of this stature their may be some limitations in the cooling capabilities. If what you need a decent up grade over stock and want a top tier company to set up shop in your case take a look at the Noctua NH-L9x65. The quality and durability of Noctua's products will not disappoint. Every Noctua I have reviewed have all been extremely easy to install. I like that a cooler does not fight back when you go to install and do not want to have to disassemble your entire rig. If you have access to the backplate in your case then installing the NH-L9x65 will be a breeze.
Resultado del análisis: "The Noctua NH-L9x65 may have some cooling limitations in extreme overclocking conditions but if you have limited space and are in need of a cooler that can handle the stock load, look no further because the Noctua NH-L9x65 will meet those demands!" (Chris McCart, FunkyKit.com)
05.05.2015 // Noticias3D.com
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

Noctua no podía defraudarnos. Sigue estando en lo más alto del rendimiento, aunque estemos hablando de un mero disipador de perfil bajo que podría pasar desapercibido en cualquier entorno de HTPC. El NH-L9x65 puede estar orientado a entornos de escaso espacio y parecer que su ventilador activo de 92 milímetros no puede hacer mucho, pero se las ha visto de tú a tú con un disipador de tamaño estándar y ha equilibrado las fuerzas, lo que es todo un mérito. No le pidamos rendimiento si hablamos de overclock, pero tampoco se lo vamos a exigir, ya que ése no es su campo.
Resultado del análisis: "Volvemos a tener una solución más que buena para nuestro ordenador de pequeño tamaño, PC de bajo consumo, HTPC o similar, y si viene de parte de Noctua, conocida por su buen hacer y eficiencia, pues más que una solución se trata de una recomendación. Excelente sistema de montaje, piezas de calidad, buen rendimiento para tratarse de un disipador de perfil bajo, compatibilidad con todos los sockets actuales, deja espacio para operar y para módulos de RAM altos, y todo ello por un precio aproximado de 45 euros, algo más caro que un disipador de perfil bajo convencional, pero ya sabemos que los precios de Noctua suelen despuntar un poco respecto a otras marcas." (Iván Aparicio, Noticias3D.com)
30.04.2015 // NextHardware.com
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

Arrivati a questo punto non abbiamo più parole da spendere per Noctua. La dedizione e la conseguente ricerca della perfezione da parte questa storica azienda è palese in ogni minimo particolare dei propri prodotti, a partire da un bundle impeccabile ormai standardizzato in tutti le nuove creazioni, caratterizzato da un ordine quasi maniacale del confezionamento ed una dotazione di tutto rispetto e, soprattutto, di qualità. Nulla da dire nemmeno riguardo il kit di installazione SecuFirm2 che, oltre ad essere universale e quindi compatibile con tutti i socket attualmente in commercio, è uno dei migliori e rapidi sistemi di montaggio sul mercato.
Resultado del análisis: "Come al solito le prestazioni sono convincenti, considerato che il dissipatore in questione è di tipo top flow (a sviluppo orizzontale) ed è stato creato appositamente per sistemi estremamente compatti." (Alfonso Basilicata, NextHardware.com)
18.04.2015 // modding.fr
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

On peut trouver des ventirads Top Flow plus efficace en terme de refroidissement, mais ils sont loin des 65 mm de hauteur que propose le NH-L9x65. Ce n’est pas seulement cette dimension qui rend ce ventirad attractif pour la mise en place d’une config au sein d’un petit boitier, ce sont aussi les 95 mm de coté qui font que le radiateur n’occupe que peu de place au niveau d’une carte mère mini ITX. Cela dégage ainsi de l’espace pour accéder aux différentes prises implantées sur le PCB. La compatibilité avec les barrettes mémoires s’en trouve aussi améliorée. Nous retrouvons la qualité Noctua avec une bonne finition et toujours cette simplicité de montage. Il est extrêmement dur de faire plus simple pour de ce qui est de la mise en place du ventirad sur la carte mère! la backplate est toute prête et on n’a pas besoin de batailler quant au serrage du radiateur sur le cpu. De plus Noctua fournit le tournevis et même une seringue de sa propre pâte thermique NT-H1. Un bundle toujours aussi complet! Le tout est accompagné d’une garantie de 6 ans. Malgré sa petite taille et sa vitesse de rotation, le ventilateur reste discret. Les différentes technologies d’amélioration du flux d’air tout en diminuant le niveau sonore sont efficaces.
Resultado del análisis: "Le NH-L9x65 est un ventirad « taillé » pour les mini boîtiers, les HTPC et toute sorte de boitier où la place est comptée." (Bertrand Curras, modding.fr)
17.04.2015 // CoolingTechnique.com
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NH-L9x65 Opinión

Il dissipatore in questione non si vuole porre infatti come una soluzione pensata per le prestazioni, ma si presenta al grande pubblico come il cugino di primo grado dell'NH-L9 di cui pur mantenendone gli ingombri laterali ne aumenta il volume in altezza, migliorando in maniera sensibile le prestazioni grazie alla superficie dissipante che cresce in maniera esponenziale rispetto alla precedente versione. Si tratta quindi di una sorta di ibrido a metà strada tra i low profile puri e i torre sotto i 130mm di altezza; una categoria sostanzialmente nuova di cui Noctua si carica le spalle e fa da pioniera. A questo si aggiunge l'ampia compatibilità con i moduli ram e sistemi di raffreddamento ad alto profilo delle schede madri, condendo il tutto con la solita qualità del gufo austriaco che non si fa mancare nemmeno in questa occasione l'eccellente sistema di ritenzione Secufirm II, con backplate e controdadi di ritenzione, assieme alle saldature in lega sul pacco alettato e cura per i dettagli assolutamente di fascia alta. Il risultato ne è un dissipatore bilanciato per l'utilizzo a cui è rivolto grazie anche alla ventola fornita di serie che sebbene risulti chiaramente presente a +12v, risulta tutto sommato sopportabile anche in ambienti tranquilli quando si trova a tensioni intermedie di daily use.
Resultado del análisis: "Tirare delle conclusioni su questo genere di proposte non è mai semplice, se però si analizzano le premesse con il quale l'NH-L9x65 viene venduto possiamo sicuramente direi che il bersaglio è stato nuovamente centrato da parte di Noctua." (Damiano Villa, CoolingTechnique.com)

NA-FC1

  • Controlador compacto y altamente flexible para ventiladores PWM de 4 pines
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NM-AM4 mounting-kit

  • El soporte de montaje NM-AM4 SecuFirm2™ convierte a los disipadores para CPU de Noctua en compatibles con el socket AM4 de AMD.
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NA-SEC1

  • Cables de extensión de 4 pines
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NM-I3 Mounting-Kit

  • El soporte de montaje NM-I3 SecuFirm2™ convierte a los disipadores para CPU de Noctua en compatibles con los sockets LGA775/1366 de Intel.
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Manual de instalación (PDF)

Hoja de datos (PDF)

Preguntas frecuentes

My Intel -K series CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one?

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

What Thermal Design Power (TDP) is this cooler recommended for and how much Watt (W) of heat can it dissipate?

My case supports CPU coolers of up to XXXmm height, which model should I choose?

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

How much torque should be applied when tightening the screws of a Noctua CPU cooler?

How can I determine if the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS is overclocking my processor by default and deactivate this automatic overclocking?

Can I install a Noctua cooler in my system from Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo?

Can I upgrade my existing Noctua cooler to socket TR4 or SP3?

I get a CPU fan error using my Noctua PWM fan, is it faulty?

My Noctua PWM fan starts to spin when the PC boots but then stops, what is wrong?

My Noctua PWM fan runs at a much higher minimum speed than advertised, what is wrong?

I'm experiencing fan speed issues with my motherboard from Supermicro, what can I do?

My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

Why doesn't the supplied backplate fit my LGA2066 / LGA2011 motherboard?

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

How to remove the base protection cover?

Does the mounting-system support LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs?

Why is the cooler’s contact surface slightly convex?

Is the cooler compatible with LGA775 and LGA1366?

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

Is it a problem that the CPU heatspreader is not covered completely by the heatsinkbase on LGA2011-3?

Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model?

My Intel -K series CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Intel's unlocked CPUs (K, X and C suffix) can dissipate more heat than indicated by the TDP specification if
  1. the TDP limits are extended or disabled in the motherboards' BIOS.
  2. the motherboard applies automatic overclocking by default, e.g. by raising the supply voltage of the CPU and using higher Turbo-Mode multipliers.
  3. some software creates untypical loads, e.g. Prime95 with AVX2 support and a) and/or b) apply.

This can lead to temperature issues, especially when using smaller coolers or compact cases.

The actual power draw of the processor can be monitored with software provided by the motherboard vendor or with 3rd party tools like HWInfo or HWMonitor.

If you encounter temperature issues (>90°C) and notice a higher than specified power draw, please ensure that no automatic overclocking is applied and limit the TDP to the specified value by choosing appropriate BIOS settings.

For Kaby Lake CPUs, it may also help to lower the CPU clock speed for applications that heavily use the AVX instruction set, which can lead to higher loads and power draw. This option is usually referred to as “AVX offset” and makes it possible to lower the multiplier specifically for AVX based applications without reducing performance when using other instruction sets. Depending on the quality of the CPU and the programs being used, a reduction of 2-3 steps usually gives very good results.

Please contact your motherboard vendor for details if you have trouble finding the appropriate settings in the BIOS.

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.

Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one?

Most Noctua SecuFirm™ mounting parts are cross-compatible, so if you’re replacing one Noctua cooler with another, it is usually possible to keep the original backplate and/or mounting system in place in order to re-use it for the new cooler. If you had your previous Noctua cooler installed on an Intel LGA115x (LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150), LGA2011 (LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3) or LGA1366 system and replace it with an NH-U14S, NH-U12S or NH-U9S, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the NM-IMB3 ones supplied with the new cooler. For all other models, you can keep the entire mounting system in place on the aforementioned Intel sockets. On AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the ones supplied with the new cooler.

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011 and LGA2066, Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 also support Intel’s upcoming ‘Basin Falls’ X299 HEDT (High End Desktop) platform for ‘Skylake-X’ and ‘Kaby Lake-X’ processors. Most current Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 and can thus be used on LGA2066 motherboards without any upgrades or modifications.

The following models include a mounting-kit for socket LGA2011/2066 and are thus compatible out of the box:

NH-C14S
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15
NH-D15S
NH-D9L
NH-L12
NH-L9x65
NH-U12S
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U14S
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9S

The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets free of charge using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit:

NH-C12P
NH-C12P SE14
NH-C14
NH-D14
NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-U12
NH-U12F
NH-U12P
NH-U12P SE1366
NH-U12P SE2
NH-U9
NH-U9B
NH-U9B SE2
NH-U9F

The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers:

NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)
NH-U12DX
NH-U12DX 1366
NH-U9DX 1366
NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)

The following models are not compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets and can not be upgraded:

NH-L9a
NH-L9i
NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9DO A3

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

The following models include a mounting-kit for socket AM4 and are thus compatible out of the box:

NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-L12S
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-L9a-AM4

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit:

NH-C12P
NH-C12P SE14
NH-C14
NH-C14S
NH-D14
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15
NH-D15S
NH-D9L
NH-L12
NH-L9x65
NH-U12
NH-U12F
NH-U12P
NH-U12P SE1366
NH-U12P SE2
NH-U9
NH-U9B
NH-U9B SE2
NH-U9F

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-UxS upgrade-kit:

NH-U14S
NH-U12S
NH-U9S

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-L9aL9i upgrade-kit:

NH-L9a
NH-L9i

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers:

NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)
NH-U12DX
NH-U12DX 1366
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9DX 1366
NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)

The following models are not compatible with the AM4 socket and can not be upgraded:

NH-U14S TR4-SP3
NH-U12S TR4-SP3
NH-U9 TR4-SP3
NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9 DO A3

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

Dust: Fans and heatsinks inside computer cases tend to accumulate dust over longer periods of usage. In order to maintain maximum performance, please clean your fan and heatsink regularly. For cleaning, please first remove the fan from the heatsink and clean it using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please do not use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan and do not put the fan under running water as water residues inside the motor may lead to short circuits. Please also note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty. Before reinstalling the fan, clean the heatsink itself with a duster or vacuum cleaner. Do not use water to clean the cooler. Finally put the fan back on and connect it to your motherboard fan header or fan controller.
Thermal paste residues: Whenever you take off the heatsink from the CPU, we recommend to clean the CPU as well as the base of the cooler before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler. You can either just wipe the base and the CPU clean with a dry, lint-free tissue or, for more thorough cleaning, use a lint-free tissue moistened with either a mild solution of washing-up liquid or isopropyl alcohol. Do not put the cooler or CPU under running water. Note that both the base of the heatsink and the CPU should be dry, free from residues of thermal compound and free from grease before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler.

What Thermal Design Power (TDP) is this cooler recommended for and how much Watt (W) of heat can it dissipate?

Please refer to our TDP guide for information on maximum recommended TDP and heat dissipation.

My case supports CPU coolers of up to XXXmm height, which model should I choose?

Please refer to our TDP guide in order to select the cooler that offers the best cooling performance at a given height.

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

Please refer to the installation manual and our video installation guides for detailed instructions on how to install the cooler.

How much torque should be applied when tightening the screws of a Noctua CPU cooler?

All screws should be tightened gently until they stop without using excessive force. Please do not exceed the following values for maximum tightening torque:
Screw typeMax. torque
NM-SSC1 screws for fixing the fastening brackets to the base of the heatsink0.5 Nm
NM-ITS1 thumb screws for fixing Intel mounting bars0.5 Nm
NM-ALS1 screws for fixing AMD mounting bars0.6 Nm
Spring-loaded screws for fixing the heatsink to the mounting bars0.6 Nm

How can I determine if the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS is overclocking my processor by default and deactivate this automatic overclocking?

Most motherboard vendors allow their overclocking-enabled products (e.g. those with Intels X- or Z-series chipsets) to run the processor at increased clock speeds by default, without requiring any user action at all. Since TDP (Thermal Design Power) limits are usually also disabled by default, this leads to the CPU exceeding the rated TDP to a varying degree, depending on the used applications and their workloads. Due to the increased heat output of the CPU, you may see higher CPU temperatures than expected.

In order to find out if your motherboard is overclocking your processor by default, please enter the UEFI BIOS and select the “advanced” or “overclocking” menu. There you should be able to find options such as “MultiCore Enhancement” (options: enabled/disabled), “CPU Ratio Apply Mode” (options: all/per core) or similar. To disable the automatic overclocking, adjust the settings either to “disabled” or “per core” and make sure that the individual multipliers match the original specifications.

In doubt, please contact your motherboard vendor for detailed instructions on how to disable this feature.

Can I install a Noctua cooler in my system from Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo?

Systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands often use motherboards which differ slightly from the specifications issued by Intel and AMD. While those changes are usually subtle, they can lead to compatibility issues with coolers that were built to comply with these specifications.

Even in case the cooler is mechanically compatible and can be installed, other issues can occur, e.g. proprietary fan connectors, BIOS errors due to a low fan speed, shutdowns, etc. Some of these problems can be avoided with some technical knowledge, but especially BIOS related issues can often not be resolved.

Due to the large number of possible issues that cannot be resolved with different mounting parts alone, Noctua does not officially support systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands.

Can I upgrade my existing Noctua cooler to socket TR4 or SP3?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to upgrade existing Noctua heatsinks to support the AMD TR4 and SP3 sockets for Ryzen Threadripper (X399) and Epyc CPUs. TR4/SP3 CPUs have much bigger heatspreaders (as compared to e.g. LGA2066 or AM4 processors) and the contact surfaces of standard Noctua heatsinks would cover only about half of these heatspreaders, which would result in insufficient cooling performance. On top of that, the heatpipes of bigger cooler models like the NH-D15 or NH-D15S would completely block the RAM slots on many TR4/SP3 motherboards. For this reason, Noctua has introduced the new NH-U14S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S TR4-SP3 and NH-U9 TR4-SP3 cooler models that feature bigger contact surfaces and have been tailored to fit TR4 and SP3 systems. Please choose these models for AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Epyc systems.

I get a CPU fan error using my Noctua PWM fan, is it faulty?

Noctua PWM fans feature a minimum speed of 300rpm to allow for ultra quiet operation when your CPU is at idle state and doesn’t require higher cooling performance. Some mainboards display error messages such as “CPU fan error” during the booting process when the fan speed is below a certain level. If you get such error messages using your Noctua PWM fan and if such options are available in your BIOS, please either adjust the minimum fan speed monitoring limit to 200rpm or increase the minimum PWM duty cycle. If your BIOS doesn’t offer these options, please disable CPU fan errors. For detailed information on BIOS fan settings, please consult your mainoard’s manual or contact your mainboard manufacturer.

My Noctua PWM fan starts to spin when the PC boots but then stops, what is wrong?

Some mainboards feature 4-pin fan headers that actually don‘t use a PWM signal on Pin 4 to control the fan speed but rather reduce the voltage on Pin 2 (like a standard 3-pin fan header). In this case, it may occur that the mainboard reduces the voltage so much that the fan stops. Please refer to your mainboard manual to check whether or not your mainboard has 4-pin fan headers that control the fan speed by reducing voltage on Pin 2 rather than by changing the PWM duty cycle on Pin 4:

4 pin fan header types

Note that mainboard manufacturers use different terms to indicate that Pin 4 is not being used for PWM control (e.g. “+5V”, “VCC” or “NC”), but if one of these terms is used, you can be sure that the fan header does not support PWM. If Pin 4 is described as “Speed Control” or “PWM” or the like, you can be sure that the fan header supports PWM.

Unfortunately, the description of Pin 2 is not always a clear indication as some manufacturers use terms such as “Fan PWR” or “Power” for both types of fan headers. However, if Pin 2 is described as “Speed Control”, you can also be sure that the fan header does not support PWM based speed control. If Pin 2 is described as “+12V”, this is a clear indication that the fan header supports PWM.

Please also note that in some cases, the descriptions of the pin layouts in the mainboard manuals may not be correct and some models actually allow you to switch the fan headers from voltage control mode to PWM control mode in the BIOS even though the pin descriptions do not indicate PWM support. We thus recommend to look for these options in the BIOS before taking other measures. In case of doubt, please contact your mainboard manufacturer.



To resolve the issue, you can:

  1. Choose a higher fan speed profile in the BIOS (e.g. „normal“ instead of „silent“, etc.) or deactivate automatic fan speed control and use a Low-Noise Adaptor instead.

  2. Use the mainboard‘s fan speed control software or 3rd party tools like Speedfan to regulate the fan speed. Unlike BIOS based fan speed control, the supplied software usually checks whether the fan has stopped and increases voltage accordingly or at least offer more options to set up the fan properly.

  3. If your mainboard features other 4-pin fan headers that use PWM for speed control, you can run multiple fans from these headers using Y-split cables. Make sure not to exceed the specified maximum power draw of the fan headers (usually 10-12W) though.

My Noctua PWM fan runs at a much higher minimum speed than advertised, what is wrong?

The specified minimum speed refers to the speed at 20% PWM duty cycle. There can be several reasons why the fan doesn‘t go as low as indicated:

  1. Many mainboards do not go below 40%, 50% or even 60% PWM duty cycle on case fan headers. Please refer to your mainboard manual to verify whether the fan header actually goes down to 20% duty cycle. If that's not the case, in some cases you can use the fan speed control software supplied with your mainboard to overcome these limitations and reduce the fan speed even further. However, 3rd party tools like SpeedFan offer greater flexibility and better options to work around the limitations imposed by the mainboard vendors.

  2. Some mainboards feature 4-pin fan headers that actually don‘t use a PWM signal on Pin 4 to control the fan speed but rather reduce the voltage on Pin 2 (like a standard 3-pin fan header). As the fan speed at minimum voltage is usually higher than the speed at 20% PWM duty cycle, the fan can not reach as low minimum speeds under voltage control as under PWM control. Please refer to your mainboard manual to check whether or not your mainboard has 4-pin fan headers that control the fan speed by reducing voltage on Pin 2 rather than by changing the PWM duty cycle on Pin 4:

    4 pin fan header types

    Note that mainboard manufacturers use different terms to indicate that Pin 4 is not being used for PWM control (e.g. “+5V”, “VCC” or “NC”), but if one of these terms is used, you can be sure that the fan header does not support PWM. If Pin 4 is described as “Speed Control” or “PWM” or the like, you can be sure that the fan header supports PWM.

    Unfortunately, the description of Pin 2 is not always a clear indication as some manufacturers use terms such as “Fan PWR” or “Power” for both types of fan headers. However, if Pin 2 is described as “Speed Control”, you can also be sure that the fan header does not support PWM based speed control. If Pin 2 is described as “+12V”, this is a clear indication that the fan header supports PWM.

    Please also note that in some cases, the descriptions of the pin layouts in the mainboard manuals may not be correct and some models actually allow you to switch the fan headers from voltage control mode to PWM control mode in the BIOS even though the pin descriptions do not indicate PWM support. We thus recommend to look for these options in the BIOS before taking other measures. In case of doubt, please contact your mainboard manufacturer.


    If your mainboard features other 4-pin fan headers that use PWM for speed control, you can run multiple fans from these headers using Y-split cables. Make sure not to exceed the specified maximum power draw of the fan headers (usually 10-12W) though.

I'm experiencing fan speed issues with my motherboard from Supermicro, what can I do?

The BIOS of many motherboard models from Supermicro expects a certain minimum fan speed (usually 700rpm), which is higher than the minimum fan speed that can be achieved with Noctua's PWM fan models. The BIOS may interpret the low minimum RPM of Noctua fans as a fan error and thus try to run the fan at 100% for a short period before going back to automatic control.. This can result in oscillating fan speeds and fan speed warnings in the BIOS or the fan management console.

Unfortunately there is usually no option to set a lower minimum value that would suit the low minimum speed of Noctua PWM fans.The issue can thus only be resolved by either disabling automatic fan speed control in BIOS, which will cause the fans to run at a constant speed, or by requesting a modified BIOS file from Supermicro, which takes the minimum fan speed of Noctua fans into account (charges might apply).

My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Intel's unlocked CPUs (K, X and C suffix) can dissipate more heat than indicated by the TDP specification if
  1. the TDP limits are extended or disabled in the motherboards' BIOS.
  2. the motherboard applies automatic overclocking by default, e.g. by raising the supply voltage of the CPU and using higher Turbo-Mode multipliers.
  3. some software creates untypical loads, e.g. Prime95 with AVX2 support and a) and/or b) apply.

This can lead to temperature issues, especially when using smaller coolers or compact cases.

The actual power draw of the processor can be monitored with software provided by the motherboard vendor or with 3rd party tools like HWInfo or HWMonitor.

If you encounter temperature issues (>90°C) and notice a higher than specified power draw, please ensure that no automatic overclocking is applied and limit the TDP to the specified value by choosing appropriate BIOS settings.

For Kaby Lake CPUs, it may also help to lower the CPU clock speed for applications that heavily use the AVX instruction set, which can lead to higher loads and power draw. This option is usually referred to as “AVX offset” and makes it possible to lower the multiplier specifically for AVX based applications without reducing performance when using other instruction sets. Depending on the quality of the CPU and the programs being used, a reduction of 2-3 steps usually gives very good results.

Please contact your motherboard vendor for details if you have trouble finding the appropriate settings in the BIOS.

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.

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

Teniendo en cuenta que mayoría de los entusiastas del hardware usan compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad, la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua se ha optimizado para el uso de este tipo de pastas térmicas. Las micro-hendiduras de la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua aseguran que los compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad se dispersen de manera uniforme en una fina capa por toda la zona de contacto y que no queden huecos entre el disipador y la CPU. Con un acabado pulido como un espejo, el riesgo de una dispersión desigual es mucho más alto. Dado que las capas demasiado gruesas de pasta térmica y los huecos con aire deterioran dramáticamente la transferencia térmica, las micro-hendiduras son de vital importancia en el rendimiento general de los disipadores Noctua cuando se usan con compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad.

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

Due to the low weight of the cooler, it is not necessary to take it off for transport.

Why doesn't the supplied backplate fit my LGA2066 / LGA2011 motherboard?

The supplied backplate is for LGA115x only and there is no backplate required for installation on LGA20xx (LGA2066, LGA2011-3, LGA2011-0). Please refer to the installation manual or our installation video for how to install the heatsink on LGA20xx.

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

Most case manufacturers provide specifications for maximum CPU cooler height/clearance. Please refer to these specifications in order to verify that the cooler will fit the case. If no specifications are available, please contact the case manufactuer or measure the distance from the motherboard tray to the side panel (tower cases) or top panel (desktop cases). If this distance is bigger than the height of the cooler + 15mm (mainboard spacers + mainboard + CPU), the height/width of your case should be sufficient.

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Please first loosen one of the two thumbscrews that hold the mounting bars in place. Then untighten the second screw so that you can swivel the mounting bar and open the socket. Depending on the position of the mounting bars, you may need to swivel both.

Open Socket

Open Socket

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

No. The new SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM2, AM2+ and AM3 uses the same standardised hole spacing as the Intel system and thus allows for a much easier installation, but the cooler cannot be installed turned by 90°.

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

No. As most AMD mainboards come with a stock backplate preinstalled, the cooler doesn’t include an AMD backplate. If your mainboard doesn’t have a backplate, please contact our support team at support@noctua.at.

amd backplate

How to remove the base protection cover?

Noctua CPU coolers are shipped with a plastic protection cover at the bottom side of the cooler, which protects the contact surface against scratches and other damage.

The base of Noctua CPU coolers is made from hard-wearing nickel plated copper, so there's nothing to worry about if you buy a Noctua cooler from second hand or if your cooler didn't come with a protection cover. Please proceed with the installation as explained in the manual.

You can simply remove the cover as shown below:

Base Protection Cover

Does the mounting-system support LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs?

There are two different types of ILM (Independent Loading Mechanism) for Intel’s LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs: Square ILM with 80x80mm hole spacing and Narrow ILM with 56x94mm hole spacing. The Square ILM socket is mechanically identical to the LGA2011 socket for Core i7, so the mounting-system is fully compatible, but it is not compatible with Xeon mainboards that use the Narrow ILM:

Xeon Compatibility

Why is the cooler’s contact surface slightly convex?

As the Integrated Heat Spreaders (IHS) of today’s CPUs are slightly concave, the cooler’s contact surface has been deliberately designed to be slightly convex in order to ensure optimal contact. This way, more contact pressure will be applied at the centre of the IHS directly above the DIE, which results in better heat transfer and improved overall performance.

Is the cooler compatible with LGA775 and LGA1366?

The cooler does not support LGA775 and LGA1366 out of the box, but can be made compatible using the NM-I3 mounting kit. Noctua provides the NM-I3 kit free of charge if a proof of purchase (scan, photo or electronic copy of the invoice) of the cooler and an LGA775 or LGA1366 motherboard or CPU are presented. In order to install the cooler using the NM-I3 kit, please first unscrew the center screw of the original one-piece fastening bracket (you can reach through the fin stack using the long screw driver supplied with the cooler) and remove it. Then install the two fastening brackets of the NM-I3 kit as described in the NM-I3 installation manual.

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Please kindly note that the NT-H1 thermal compound supplied with our coolers is a consumable item so our manufacturer’s warranty does not include providing additional thermal compound. You can purchase NT-H1 from our resellers.

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

Yes. Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011-0 and 2011-3, the cooler supports both types of LGA2011-3.

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

Yes. Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155 and LGA1156, the cooler also supports LGA1151.

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

The SecuFirm2™ mounting system requires a standard AMD backplate (either plastic or metal) with screw threads as shown on the pictures below. These backplates are pre-installed on the rear side of most AMD mainboards (see first picture below) and fixed to the retention module with four screws (see second picture below). If your retention module is fixed with plastic bolts instead of metal screws, please contact support@noctua.at in order to obtain an appropriate backplate.

In order to proceed with the installation of your Noctua cooler, please remove the four screws and the retention module but keep the backplate in place so that you can see the screw threads from the top side of the motherboard (see third picture below). You can then proceed with the installation of the SecuFirm2™ mounting kit as described in the manual (see fourth picture below).

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate



Is it a problem that the CPU heatspreader is not covered completely by the heatsinkbase on LGA2011-3?

No. Depending on the orientation of the cooler, 1-2mm at the outer edge of the heatspreader may not be covered by the heatsink base. As the heat is concentrated at the center of the CPU and the outermost parts are irrelevant for heat-transfer, this is no problem at all.

Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model?

Not sure which Noctua product to buy? Our detailed buying guides for fans and CPU coolers help you to choose the model that works best for you.

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