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NH-L9a TDP Guidelines

The NH-L9i 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 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power). Please see the following table for our detailed recommendations and also read the explanations below:


Intel
Sandy Bridge  
65W or less Yes
95W Yes
Recommended with good case ventilation only.
Intel
Ivy Bridge  
65W or less Yes
77W Yes
Recommended with good case ventilation and Intel Turbo Mode disabled only.
Intel
Haswell  
65W or less Yes
84W* Partly
Recommended with good case ventilation, Intel Turbo Mode disabled and typical workloads only (not recommended for continuous 100% load on all CPU cores).
88W Partly
Intel
Broadwell  
65W Yes
Intel
Skylake  
65W or less Yes
95W* Yes
Recommended with good case ventilation only.


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


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 25C or less. If your ambient temperature is significantly higher (30C or more), we dont recommend running the NH-L9i on 95W Skylake, 84/88W Haswell, 77W Ivy Bridge or 95W Sandy Bridge CPUs. For all other setups, please ensure good case ventilation when ambient temperature is 30C 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 NH-L9 with the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors, we recommend choosing CPUs with less than 65W TDP.



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01.09.2015 - WhatNext.pl NH-D15S
Test verdict: "Oczywiście cooler posiada wszystko to co wersja NH-D15 – znakomitą jakość wykonania, stosunkowe ciche działanie na niższych obrotach, świetne akcesoria i dobrą wydajność. Dlatego też, jeśli starszy model NH-D15 jest zbyt szeroki i nie zamontujecie dwóch śmigieł to polecam zakup tej wersji." (Michał Andruszkiewicz, WhatNext.pl)
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01.09.2015 - Neoseeker.com NH-C14S
Test verdict: "With the availability of past and future mounting kit options from Noctua, a 6 year warranty and several fan configuration options, the NH-C14S cooler proves an exceptional design that will help your computer system operate with ideal thermal performance." (Marvin Purdy, Neoseeker.com)
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01.09.2015 - ITPC.net.pl NH-U14S
Test verdict: "Mogę z czystym sumieniem polecić każdemu chłodzenia tej firmy, gdyż wyróżniają się wysoką wydajnością i idealną wręcz jakością wykonania. Ewidentnie jest to wzór do naśladowania." (Karol Kaszubowski, ITPC.net.pl)
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Test verdict: "Consiglio caldamente, o sarebbe il caso di dire freddamente (ora potete anche compatirmi per la battuta, NdR), questi due compagni delle estati italiane." (Andrea Giorgio, SpazioiTech.it)
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