Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler Review
Noctua is one of those companies that take the consumer's needs very seriously. They are not ones to just release products just for sakes of having large portfolio. Each of Noctua's products is aimed at a particular individual (yes, the same item can be used by various others). Take the D14 for instance. A super cooler aimed at those that overclock and want the best in air cooling. Then there is the C14 that cools very well but not only the CPU but components surrounding the CPU socket. And the list goes on and on.
Our latest sample from them has a particular destination as well. It is heading straight towards those with very little spacing inside their towers. Those using some of the very small chassis from Lian Li and Silverstone may be in the market for a cooler like the one we are about to review. The NH-L9i is designed to cool the lower wattage processors that we are seeing pop up all over Intel's roadmap.
The cooler is very and I mean very low-profile, just 37mm with fan. It is designed to tame the little heat that Intel's 77 watt TDP processors produce. Coupled with a NF-A9x14 cooling fan, the two can fit into the narrowest of spaces.
Noctua's take on the NH-L9i
The NH-L9i is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler for Intel LGA115x based HTPCs and Small Form Factor systems. At a super-low profile of only 37mm, the NH-L9i is ideal for extremely slim cases and due to its 95x95mm footprint, it provides full compatibility with tall RAM modules and VGA cards on mini-ITX mainboards. The custom designed SecuFirm2™ mounting system for LGA115x makes installation a child’s play and thanks to the highly optimised NF-A9x14 premium fan that supports fully automatic speed control via PWM, the NH-L9i runs remarkably quiet. Topped off with Noctua’s renowned NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-L9i fuses everything users have come to expect from Noctua’s larger coolers into a super-compact package for slim HTPC systems.