Noctua NH-D9L Review
|Cooler Type||Low Profile Dual Tower|
|Compatibility Intel||1150, 1155, 1156, 2011-0, 2011-3|
|Compatibility AMD||AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+|
|Material||Copper base, aluminium fins|
|Fan Type||1 x 92 mm PWM (4-Pin)|
|Mounting Type||Mounting frame|
|Thermal Paste Included||Yes (Noctua NT-H1)|
|Memory compatibility issues||No|
|Recommended for||HTPCs, Office PCs, Gaming PCs, Overclocking PCs|
|Recommended for Overclocking||Yes (CPUs with TDP of 100 W and below)|
Unboxing the D9L you will be amazed by the packaging and the product quality.
The Noctua NH-D9L is a low profile dual tower CPU cooler. I can recommend this cooler for all CPUs with a TDP of 140 W and below such as Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7. The D9L performs very well for using only one 92 mm PWM-fan. Therefore I can even recommend this cooler for overclocking using CPUs below 100 W such as an Intel Core i7-4790K.
The cooler comes with the Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste and is compatible to all latest Intel and AMD CPUs. NT-H1 is one of the best thermal pastes on the market and very easy to apply. So if you decide to buy this cooler there is no need to buy a seperate paste.
The 92 mm fan provides a good cooling and reaches up to 43.5 dB with 12 Volt. The fan has rubber protections at the edges to lower the vibrations transmitted to the rest of the system.
I recommend to use 5 or 7 Volt supply voltage as the cooler still performs very well at those voltages but the noise-level already drops to 38.1 dB at 7 Volt and even 34.1 dB at 5 Volt.
This cooler is perfect for small HTPC or miniITX systems. You won’t have any compatibility issues on the memory or the graphicscard.
Noctua has a great compatibility list on their website which you might want to check:
- Low noise at 5 and 7 Volt
- Low profile dual tower cooler perfect for miniITX / small systems
- Good performance
- Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste included
- Great packaging
- Amazing product quality