Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler Review
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While I was in the middle of my last review from Noctua, the A series fans – I was contacted by Noctua with a press release featuring the NH-L9 CPU cooler. Of course, since I’ve always had a deep respect for Noctua products I told them to send one over and I would take a look at it.
The L9 or L9i that we are looking at today is very small cooler, rated to a top TDP of 65w. Of course we don’t have anything that small in house so we will take a look at it on our Sandy Bridge 2500K. Noctua was a little worried about this at first but I assured them I would do no overclocking. So accordingly DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OVERCLOCK YOUR CPU WITH THIS COOLER!!!
Now that we have that out of the way, we can talk about the real purpose of this cooler and that is HTPC use and more specifically for those times when space is so tight there is no other option. Setting on top of this cooler you will find one of the new A9x14 fans we recently reviewed to give the cooler a footprint of 95mm x 95mm x 37mm.
With a footprint this small you can be sure that this will not block memory slots nor expansion slots, of course this cooler has all that fun Noctua technology behind it as well, so let’s dig into the box and see what we have.
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