Noctua NH-L12

Jun 29th, 2012 | By


The following system was installed and used to gather temperatures:

For idle temperatures, the system was allowed to stand at idle for 3 hours before temperatures were taken. To achieve load temps, four instances of Orthos blend were run for three hours and the average peak temperature was recorded using CPUID HWMonitor.

I tested the NH-L12 in both dual and single fan configurations with fans running at full speed. Fan noise was never noticeable and I can only imagine the only time you might want to use the Low Noise Adapters would be in maybe a HTPC situation where the device is close to your location. Now let’s see how the NH-L12 performs.

Noctua NH-C14

With the i5-760 left at stock settings the NH-L12 easily outperforms the stock Intel cooler even without the NF-F12 installed.

Noctua NH-L12

While the NH-L12 is not really designed with overclocking in mind I of course had to test it to see how it performs. With dual load temperatures hitting 83C I did not try with just a single fan. The NH-L12 might be up for a mild overclock but is not ready for anything intensive.


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