Noctua NH-L12

  • Noctua NH-L12
85
Based on 27 scores, 64 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    15
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Will fit in many small form-factor chassis.
  • Comprehensive bundle.
  • Easy to install.

Cons:

  • Form factor limits performance.
  • Expensive for a compact solution.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PCMag on 70

The Noctua NH-L12 is a low-profile CPU cooler that offers high-profile performance.

By overclockers.com on

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 88

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...

By uk.hardware.info on

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 pcgamers.net.au on

With cases coming in many different shapes and sizes, accommodating motherboards of various form factors, CPU cooling solutions also need to be considered. With the HTPC becoming more popular, and the cases more stylish and practical, HTPC CPU cooling...

By Bit-tech.net on 79

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...

By eTeknix on

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

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

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 80

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By Pureoverclock on 90

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...

By CDRinfo on

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...

By HEXUS.net on 70

Review: Noctua NH-L12by Parm Mann on 9 August 2012, 09:00 3.5 Tags: Noctua Quick Link: HEXUS.net/qabkmz Add to My Vault: Noctua NH-L12 £46.90 Free shipping for HEXUS members* There's a good chance last month's CPU cooler group test...

By Neoseeker on

Noctua's NH-L12 did extremely well during testing and kept our Intel Core i7 2600k (overclocked to 4.4GHz) tempuratures below 70 Celsius during operation. With its optional dual fan design, the NH-L12 is the perfect solution for anyone looking for a...

By tbreak.ae on 80

While the numbers are admittedly not as impressive, our test CPU is one of the highest-end CPUs on the market, and the 1.45v overclock (for 4.7GHz) is very high. For HTPCs and smaller chassis, such a processor simply shouldn’t be used. Neither...

By Hardware Bistro on

Noctua arises from a cooperation between the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H and the Taiwanese Kolink International Corporation and entertains a development partnership with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan...

By OverClock Intelligence Agency on

The Noctua NH-L12 is an extremely compact, yet highly efficient cooler. Like all Noctua products we've reviewed here at OCIA.net, the NH-L12 has high quality construction, a complete set of mounting hardware for any socket Intel or AMD, several...

By Overclockers Online on

Based in Austria we have come to know Noctua as a manufacturer of top quality CPU coolers and fans. They have a cooler for nearly every need from extreme overclockers to workstations.Obviously top performing coolers like the massive NH-D14 are going to...

By XtremeComputing on

Whilst the Noctua build quality is preserved in the NH-L12 Noctua performance certainly is not. If it was not for the ever present branding I would have very hard time believing this was a Noctua product. The design leaves a lot to desire in terms of...

By Kitguru.net on 90

Another excellent product from...