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Noctua NH-L12 review

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Parge 17th December 2012, 10:33 Quote
"It's been nearly three years since we last saw a cooler from Australian manufacturer Noctua"

It does get pretty hot in Oz, I guess that explains why they make such good coolers.
rici1241 17th December 2012, 10:40 Quote
Noctua is Austrian, not Australian.

They do make some very good cooler's, and quite ones.
Parge 17th December 2012, 11:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by rici1241
Noctua is Austrian, not Australian.

They do make some very good cooler's, and quite ones.

Yep ;)
bawjaws 17th December 2012, 11:46 Quote
Bit-tech in proof-reading shocker! Do you guys not proof-read at all? ;)
TheDodoKiller 17th December 2012, 12:44 Quote
They're partnered with that other Australian country that makes motorbikes, KTM.
Dogbert666 17th December 2012, 14:44 Quote
Haha, oh dear, my bad :P fixed now, thanks!
mikeyandrewb 17th December 2012, 16:19 Quote
Man that's ugly....
SMIFFYDUDE 17th December 2012, 16:26 Quote
Why do they persist with that horrible colour scheme?
Parge 17th December 2012, 16:30 Quote
I know. Its absolutely rank. Do they not understand that aesthetics are important!?
rici1241 17th December 2012, 18:04 Quote
I think there reasoning is that it makes them stand out from the competition, and be more recognisable.
It certainly does that, but its hideous.
wafflesomd 17th December 2012, 18:44 Quote
I like the color scheme. Makes the product feel more professional as it doesn't rely on flashy plastic parts like say, a cooler master v8.
SuicideNeil 17th December 2012, 19:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
I like the color scheme. Makes the product feel more professional as it doesn't rely on flashy plastic parts like say, a cooler master v8.

Logic fail; the fan itself is the ugly part due to the colour-nearly all fans are made of plastic, yet most brands are sensible enough to stick with black, white, silver or clear for the frame and blades as they look nicer and match most cases. Light brown matches nowt ( company spiel is that it reflects their eco friendly attitude with its earthly colours... ).
Eiffie 17th December 2012, 19:04 Quote
The colors don't bother me one bit, I sorta wish more companies went with this style, it gives it a bit of a retro feel, like something I might find buried in an old office somewhere. :)
Adnoctum 18th December 2012, 10:32 Quote
How does it cope with the odd (and inconvenient) socket placement on S1155 ITX boards?
If the information that the retention mechanism doesn't require a backplate is important, then this is doubly so. Does it fit on a S1155 ITX board with a graphics card?
Benihana 18th December 2012, 13:47 Quote
I'm wondering if the other components were low enough, could you use the larger 120mm fan underneath instead of the 92mm? I'm building an HTPC with the Silverstone GD04 and the cooler height is 70mm, so this seems like a good bet, but Noctua also have a 140mm low profile cooler...
Benihana 18th December 2012, 13:56 Quote
In case anyone else wondered about my question:

"Is it possible to install the supplied NF-F12 or other 120mm fans underneath the fin stack?
The NF-B9 92mm fan is used underneath the fin stack because it gives easy access to the mounting screws and sits within the 95x95mm (Intel) and 96x114mm (AMD) keep-out zones, thus providing full compatibility with standard height RAM and chipset/VRM heatsinks. In principle, it is also possible to put the supplied NF-F12 120mm fan underneath the fin stack instead, but in many cases, this setup will cause compatibility issues with RAM and/or chipset/VRM heatsinks. Similar issues are likely to arise with other 120mm fan models and in addition, some fans may be blocked by the mounting screws and/or block access to the screws. As a result, using 120mm fans underneath the fin stack may be possible in some cases, but is not officially supported."

http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=faqs&step=2&products_id=46&lng=en#13
Dogbert666 18th December 2012, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
How does it cope with the odd (and inconvenient) socket placement on S1155 ITX boards?
If the information that the retention mechanism doesn't require a backplate is important, then this is doubly so. Does it fit on a S1155 ITX board with a graphics card?

I can't say whether it will fit on every LGA1155 mini-ITX board, but it can fit on an Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe w/ a graphics card, for example.
Adnoctum 18th December 2012, 21:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dogbert666
I can't say whether it will fit on every LGA1155 mini-ITX board, but it can fit on an Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe w/ a graphics card, for example.

Not a good example, unfortunately, because that motherboard is one of the few S1155 mITX-sized boards that has the socket away from the PCIe slot.

Compare the Asus P8Z77-I:
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2012/09/mini-itx-shootout/asus-s-3.jpg

To the Asrock Z77E-I:
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2012/09/mini-itx-shootout/asrock-s-1.jpg

The layout of the Asrock is far, FAR more common in S1155 mITX motherboards, such as the one I have.
Because of this inconvenient layout, the perfect Scythe Big Shuriken that I have sitting idle is looking for a home in some other flimsy excuse I can invent to spend money. My HSF needs something to do - that's a good excuse to build another system, right?
Dogbert666 19th December 2012, 12:17 Quote
Fair point. We have a Zotac Z77 wifi ITX board in the labs somewhere I think. If you want (and providing I have time/remember) then on Friday I can mount it (or attempt to)? No promises though :P
Adnoctum 19th December 2012, 12:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dogbert666
Fair point. We have a Zotac Z77 wifi ITX board in the labs somewhere I think. If you want (and providing I have time/remember) then on Friday I can mount it (or attempt to)? No promises though :P

Thanks, I am happy just for the vague prospect of an answer, because an Internet search for the info hasn't shown me anyone else providing it. Which is odd for a product aimed at HTPC/mITX systems and the popularity of S1155 in this market, which may mean it isn't a problem.
Dogbert666 21st December 2012, 15:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dogbert666
Fair point. We have a Zotac Z77 wifi ITX board in the labs somewhere I think. If you want (and providing I have time/remember) then on Friday I can mount it (or attempt to)? No promises though :P

Thanks, I am happy just for the vague prospect of an answer, because an Internet search for the info hasn't shown me anyone else providing it. Which is odd for a product aimed at HTPC/mITX systems and the popularity of S1155 in this market, which may mean it isn't a problem.

Hello again! I have quickly fitted the NH-L12 to the Zotac board, and there is a small issue with fitting the cooler when a graphics card is installed. I was only able to fit the cooler in the orientation where the heat pipes face the rear of the card, and even then they are pushing against the card (although it will still fit securely to the board). So it fits, but not comfortably, and you might need to put some material between the heat pipes and your graphics card that will stop metal on metal contact and potential short circuits :)
PlayLoud 23rd December 2012, 17:17 Quote
I have this cooler in my Antec Fusion Remote Black (HTPC). Case fans are 2x Noctua NF-S12B ULN (silent). For the CPU cooler, I had room to install the 120mm fan on top. I decided I wanted maximum quiet, so I didn't install the smaller fan at all. I don't remember if I used the ULN adapter, or just had the motherboard slow down the fan. Either way, with no video card in the system, a Seasonic 400w Fanless, 1x SSD, 1x WD Red, 1x WD Green, this is one quiet system.

I am very happy with the Noctua NH-L12. It only needs to cool my Ivy Bridge i3, but it does so silently (and I mean SILENT). I would definitely recommend it for anybody who has a lower profile case with limited cooling options.
wolfticket 28th December 2012, 10:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Why do they persist with that horrible colour scheme?

I actually like the colour scheme.
I like the fact it is distinctive, but I think I mainly like it because I associate it with Noctua, who I associate with making some of the best most advanced cooling kit available.

It's like if Ferrari made all their cars beige.
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