Here's the spec:
66(H) x 150(W) x 128(D) mm
93(H) x 150(W) x 128(D) mm
415g (Heatsink), 680g (With fan)
1x Noctua NF-F12 PWM, 1x Noctua NF-B9 PWM
Intel: LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115x & LGA775
AMD: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2
NT-H1 thermal compound, metal Noctua case badge, SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit, Mini-ITX Mounting-Kit.
Link to Noctua's product page for full details and technical specifications
For the base we have a nickel plated copper plate, featuring the SecureFirm2 mounting system AND a system for use on Mini-ITX motherboards that don't allow backplates. Attached to this we have the 4; 6mm nickel plated copper heatpipes that measure in at around 30cm long on the outer pair. 4.5cm of this goes through the base with 12cm of the pipes going through the heatsink fins.
Noctua's success with heatsinks definitely lies in the build quality with the fins being almost unbendable in normal circumstances. This allows balanced airflow throughout the heatsink reducing chance of it affecting noise. The fins are around 0.5mm thick leaving 1.5mm between each fin. There are 2 cut-outs in the heatsink for installation with the INCLUDED screwdriver.
These photo's (Below) show the NH-L12 with both fans on. To accommodate the motherboard unfortunately the fans are not identical with the top being the NF-F12 PWM and the bottom being the NF-B9 PWM. While I am a big fan of the NF-F12 PWM and have had it as a personal favourite up until the release of the NF-A9x14, I am not that much of a fan of the B9 or coupling unidentical fans together in such a manner. This is more a limitation of the motherboard than anything and so my disappointment is more that this HAS TO happen to fit rather than that it HAS happened.
I definitely like the fact this cooler can go so low and provide the benefits of top down coolers at the same time. I'm just disappointed that this option leaves you using the NF-B9 over the more favourable NF-F12 and that it leaves the cooler looking kind of weird and unattractive. It is however, a piece of metal and making a piece of metal look pretty is not an easy task even though Noctua seem very capable of doing so on products like the NH-L9i.
Product: (Reviews linked)
The NH-L12 is a truly beautiful piece of kit(with both fans on that is) and just like every other product I have reviewed from Noctua, there really isn't a weak spot in quality. It can offer different fan combinations that will suit a variety of different cases which makes the NH-L12 a good option for those people who look at products like their PSU's, coolers, fans and such as being products they continue to use in system after system. Even if you dont plan on going compact now, you may in the future.
To summarise, The NH-L12 performs well, is good value and offers wide compatibility among many variables, what more could you ask for from a CPU cooler?
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