Noctua NH-L9a Low Profile AMD CPU Heatsink

Keeping your spendy components cool is what it is all about with mini AMD itx pc builds! Finding the performing right heatsink isn’t as easy as just going out and plunking your hard earned cash down only to race home and find out you made a little mistake with your purchase and now basically have a funky looking paperweight until you build is needed.

Fitting a heatsink into an mitx build is always fun if you buy the right unit. Compact cases today with internal space restrictions play a role in ones selection and today I want to give a plug to Noctua

This is a slick heatsink with 37mm vertical height clearance, 23mm for the heatsink itself and 14mm for the low profile fan once mounted. Noctua’s SecuFirm2 mounting system for AM3+/FM1/FM2/FM2+ makes installation simple /2011. One thing to note is while this is a very good performing heatsink for mini itx AMD builds it is recommended only for 65 w TDP processors and isn’t really designed for overclocking, but lets face it big overclocks are not happening with the A8 7600 65 w AMD offering I chose to be the base of a recent itx build.

Some of the units features are listed below. Installation on my Asrock FM2A88X-ITX+ was a breeze. Packaging of the product, fit and finish and the included thermal paste are all top notch. It is a more spendy heat sink but worth your hard earned cabbage. two thumbs up to this product.

NH-L9 100% RAM compatibility
The NH-L9a has a 92x114mm footprint that complies to the 96x114mm keep-out zone specified by AMD. This means that it doesn’t overhang the RAM slots, so it’s fully compatible with tall memory modules.*
NH-L9 100% compatibility with PCIe cards on mini-ITX
Some AMD based mini-ITX mainboards have the PCIe slot sitting close to the 96x114mm socket zone. While larger coolers that exceed this zone may block the PCIe slot, the 92x114mm sized NH-L9a provides full compatibility with PCIe cards.
NH-L9 NF-A9x14 PWM premium fan
The highly optimised NF-A9x14 premium fan features Noctua’s proprietary AAO frame as well as sophisticated aerodynamic design measures. Supporting PWM for fully automatic speed control, the NF-A9x14 allows the NH-L9a to stay remarkably quiet.button
NH-L9 Low-Noise Adaptor
Allowing to reduce the maximum speed of the NF-A9x14 fan from 2500 to 1800rpm, the included Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.) makes it possible to achieve near-silent setups using CPUs with less than 65W TDP.
NH-L9 Custom-designed SecuFirm2™ mounting for AMD
The NH-L9a bundles a custom-designed SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2/FM2+ that offers extended compatibility with mini-ITX boards and makes installation easier than ever, all while maintaining the trusted SecuFirm2™ quality.
NH-L9 NT-H1 thermal compound
Noctua’s much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability. button
NH-L9 6 years manufacturer’s warranty
Noctua products are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the supplied NF-A9x14 features an MTBF rating of more than 150.000 hours and the entire NH-L9a package comes with a full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty.Noctua L9a 92mm fan heatsink
Author – Cisco Kidd

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