Will fit in many small form-factor chassis.
Easy to install.
Keeps quiet in use.
Firstrate build quality.
Shaped heat pipe cooler (66mm).
Decent cooling performance in such sector.
Dual fan or single fan setups.
Rubber edges & strips.
Simple installation method.
Toolless fan clip design.
Universal CPU cooler.
Impressive cooling performance.
Form factor limits performance.
Expensive for a compact solution.
Ugly beige and brown fans.
Could be more affordable.
Careful with the fragile heat pipe.
Could not install lower 92mm fan due to interference with system memory.
Design might have greater compatibility if fins/fans were centered over CPU socket.
Fairly high priced.
Can Not Be Used With RAM Heatsinks Over 43mm (Standard RAM Profile is ~30mm).
By overclockers.com on April 15, 2013
Noctua's NH-L12 is a finely crafted heatsink that is designed to fit in small places. Even at its lowest profile with a less-than-optimal contact, this 66 mm CPU cooler will cool an i7 860 at stock speed. If it will cool that chip, it will certainly...-
By techPowerUp! on March 12, 2013
The Noctua NH-L12 is a great product that many will overlook or misunderstand. While its performance does not lead the pack, it does offer a small size and versatility. It is the smallest cooler I have reviewed thus far in terms of height and weight...88
By uk.hardware.info on February 20, 2013
We revised our test setup, and submitted 33 popular CPU coolers to our rigorous new tests. Read on to find out which one cools the best, which one is the most silent, and most importantly, which one gives you the best value for your money. When you...-
By Bit-tech.net on December 17, 2012
The and the are both excellent choices as cheap and capable replacements for the Intel reference cooler, but do begin to struggle and make some noise in an overclocked performance rig. The Noctua NH-L12 may be slightly larger than these coolers, but...79
By eTeknix on November 20, 2012
Noctua is a brand name that is very often associated with three things: silence, quality and performance. Yet there is a lot more to Noctua than the NH-D14: that world renowned dual tower heatsink that is the yardstick by which air CPU cooler...-
By 3dGameMan on October 29, 2012
Video Review: The Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler is a perfect option for a tiny computer build. It comes with two quiet, long life fans (120mm & 92mm), copper base, heatpipes and many aluminum fins. This is truly is a super low-profile cooler as with top...-
By Tom's Hardware on October 07, 2012
There's an enormous amount of aftermarket coolers available to those wanting more performance or lower temperatures. The market's currently dominated by tower coolers, and top coolers have fallen out of favor. Rightfully so? We find out. Most...-
By APH Networks on September 28, 2012
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By Pureoverclock on September 19, 2012
Noctua did a great job with cooling performance for a low profile cooler and the ease of installation on both Intel and AMD platforms are second to none. The attention to details of the cooler is what make this stand out from the rest. Discuss in...90
By CDRinfo on September 17, 2012
ManufacturerNoctuaModelNH-L12Price $72 CategoryHTPC Users We have in our labs a new product by Noctua, designed to meet the cooling requirements of a CPU found on a typically compact in size HTPC.The NH-L12 cpu is a low-profile cooler, flexible...-