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NH-L12 TDP Guidelines

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 see the following table for our detailed recommendations and also read the explanations below:


Intel

    Dual fan setup (NF-F12 & NF-B9) 92mm single-fan mode (NF-B9 only, top fan removed)
LGA1155
Sandy Bridge  
65W or less Yes Yes
95W Yes
Yes
LGA1155
Ivy Bridge  
65W or less Yes
Yes
77W Yes
Yes
LGA1150
Haswell  
65W or less Yes Yes
84W* Yes
Partly
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
88W* Yes
Partly
Recommended with good case ventilation, Intel Turbo Mode disabled and typical workloads only (not recommended for continuous 100% load on all CPU cores).
LGA2011
  
95W or less Yes
Yes
140W Yes
Partly
Recommended with good case ventilation only.

*Caution: Intel's unlocked -K series CPUs dissipate more heat than the indicated TDP with most mainboards' default BIOS settings. For this reason, our recommendation does not include -K series CPUs unless the heat dissipation is limited to the indicated TDP by choosing appropriate BIOS settings.


AMD

  Dual fan setup (NF-F12 & NF-B9) 92mm single-fan mode (NF-B9 only, top fan removed)
65W or less Yes
Yes
100W Yes
Yes
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
125W Yes
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
No


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 don’t recommend running the NH-L12 in single-fan mode on 130W Intel or 100W AMD CPUs as well as in dual-fan mode on 125W AMD CPUs. For all other setups, please 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 fans are used with PWM control (configured so that they can speed up to 100% when necessary) but without the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors. If you would like to use the NH-L12 with the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors, we recommend choosing Intel CPUs with a TDP of 95W or less or AMD CPUs with a TDP of 65W or less.



Noctua
21.05.2015 - hardwareinside.de NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "Insgesamt lässt sich festhalten, dass Noctua mit dem NH-L9x65 einen soliden Top-Blow-Kühler für fast jeden Sockel geschaffen hat, der alle ihm gestellten Aufgaben zuverlässig löst." (Sebastian Weickelt, hardwareinside.de)
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21.05.2015 - hwresources.org NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM
Test verdict: "Noctua continua a stupire in tutte le fasce di mercato. Le versioni testate oggi ci hanno convinto appieno, in particolar modo le versioni Industrial PPC, fan che rasentano la perfezioni in ogni aspetto." (Michele Mura, hwresources.org)
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21.05.2015 - PC-Max.de NF-S12B redux-1200
Test verdict: "In jedem Fall verdienen auch NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000, NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM und NF-S12B redux-1200 unsere Redaktionsempfehlung." (William Zwingenberger, PC-Max.de)
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21.05.2015 - ComputerForum.de NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "Der NH-L9x65 ist aktuell für uns ganz klar eines: Der König unter den kompakten HTPC-Kühlern!" (Benedikt Weiß, ComputerForum.de)
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