NH-L12 CPU Cooler

Socket Compatibility: 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011 / AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / FM1 / FM2


Stock Code: HS-021-NC

EAN: 4716123314653


Manufacturer: Noctua


Product information

"NH-L12 CPU Cooler"

The NH-L12 is a low-profile quiet cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. With its flexible NF-F12 (120mm) / NF-B9 (92mm) dual PWM fan setup, the NH-L12 can be configured either for full performance in dual fan mode or extra-low profile (66mm) with the top fan removed. Bundled with the award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound and Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, the NH-L12 packs everything a premium quality quiet cooler needs into a highly compact package.

- Socket compatibility: Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 (backplate required)
- Height (without fan): 66 mm
- Width (without fan): 128 mm
- Depth (without fan): 150 mm
- Height (with fan): 93 mm
- Width (with fan): 128 mm
- Depth (with fan): 150 mm
- Weight (without fan): 415 g
- Weight (with fan): 680 g
- Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
- Fan compatibility: 120x120x25mm & 92x92x25mm
- Scope of Delivery: 1x NF-F12 PWM premium fan / 1x NF-B9 PWM premium fan / 2x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.) / Y-Split Cable / NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound / SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit / Mini-ITX Mounting-Kit / Noctua Metal Case-Badge
- Warranty: 6 Years
Fan specifications
- Model: Noctua NF-F12 PWM & Noctua NF-B9 PWM
- Bearing: SSO-Bearing
- Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1500 / 1600 RPM
- Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 1200 / 1300 RPM
- Min. Rotational Speed (PWM): 300 / 300 RPM
- Max. Airflow: 93,4 / 64,3 m³/h
- Max. Airflow with L.N.A.: 74,3 / 52,6 m³/h
- Max. Acoustical Noise: 22,4 / 17,6 dB(A)
- Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.: 18,6 / 13,1 dB(A)
- Input Power: 0,6 / 0,96 W
- Voltage Range: 12 V
- MTBF: > 150.000 h

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Supplier description

Noctua is a designer and manufacturer of some of the most premium PC case fans and server chassis fans available on the market, which are famous for their superior cooling performance and low noise levels. Noctua focus soley on performance and reliability. You won't find any entry-level cooling solutions in Noctua's range.


Customer review "Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler"

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Quality. You know you've bought quality as soon as you get it out the box. Clear...
I just built a PC with the AMD A8 3.9 GHz APU on an Asus mu-ATX board in a small tower...
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Quality. You know you've bought quality as soon as you get it out the box. Clear instruction for Intel and AMD. I wanted a quiet cooler and this is beyond my expectation, I think the PSu fan is more noisy. I've got a i5-2500k at stock speed and after 2 hours of bf4 the cpu was 49c, idles around 30c. So glad I bought this, tried a ANTEC H950 and that was loud. Yes it's a little expensive but worth it, well worth it.


Noctua NH-L12 for a micro-ATX setup

I just built a PC with the AMD A8 3.9 GHz APU on an Asus mu-ATX board in a small tower case (OCUK CA-062-XG). I had thought the stock cooler supplied with the APU looked a bit limited. When I put it together it started idling at about 41 C, and after installing the OS and messing around for a couple of hours I got a 60 C warning popup. So, I shut down (with no harm done) and went back to OCUK to buy this cooler as it looked robust, likely effective (heatpipes and 2 fans) and low and compact enough to fit in my smallish case (it was actually the cheapest one OCUK had in stock that day that I thought fitted these criteria).

Like the first reviewer says, when you get it out of the box it looks very well put together. It comes with mounting kits for AMD and Intel. It was possible to fit it to my system without removing the mobo (but taking the PSU out helped to see both mounting screw points). It was easy enough to sit it on the 2 screw mounting points without sliding it about unduly on the thermal paste and easy to (a) catch the threads of the mounting bits properly on these screws and (b) fit the 2nd fan with the main assembly in place. The radiator fins cover the memory modules though, and I'd be surprised if you could replace them without removing the cooler completely from the APU.

Important bit - with the new cooler, the Asus AI suite reported the APU idling at 31 C and it was 40 C after downloading and installing 55 W8 updates. Overall an excellent choice where space is limited and I'm pleased with it.

*Top tip - replace the original hook points for the cooler with the supplied new mounts one at a time, then the backplate doesn't fall off the bottom of the mobo!.

Paul 2013-01-10

Superb HSF suitable for 130W TDP Core i7

Bought this as I needed a low profile cooler which did not obstruct the case side fan & block airflow into the PSU as my case has a top PSU mount. Its superb as expect from Noctua build quality is flawless. Keeps my Core i7-980X @ 3.46Ghz below 55C on full load & ultra quiet you can hear it only slightly which is around the same noise level as the internal case fans. For something which is primarily designed for 95W CPU's keeping my hot Core i7-980X below stock Intel HSF's temps @ a higher Ghz & with minimal noise is quite some achievement. That's with both 92+120mm fans fitted. The only downside is I am tempted to buy another for my other PC now !!! as I love how this is half the weight of typical tower HSF's but performs well for the size. It also comes fully assembled with fans+clips attached you just need to remove your motherboard & fit the backing plate for your socket type then apply the supplied thermal paste & tighten up a few screws with the provide screwdriver.

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