|Item model number||NH-L9i|
|Item Weight||12.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.74 x 1.46 x 3.74 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||3.74 x 1.46 x 3.74 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||October 9, 2012|
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Noctua NH-L9i, Premium Low-Profile CPU Cooler for Intel LGA115x (Brown)
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- Ultra-compact low-profile cooler with only 39mm total height – ideal for HTPCs, ITX and Small Form Factor builds
- 100% compatibility RAM- and PCIe-compatibility due to 95x95mm footprint, does not overhang the RAM or PCIe slots
- Highly optimised NF-A9x14 slim 92mm fan with PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor for automatic speed control and ultra-quiet operation
- Easy-to-install SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156
- Includes award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound; Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty
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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.
37mm low profile
Due to the slim 23mm heatsink and the NF-A9x14 low profile fan that measures only 14mm in thickness, the NH-L9 stands a mere 37mm tall, which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer minimum clearance for CPU coolers.
100% RAM compatibility
The NH-L9i has a 95x95mm footprint that complies exactly with the Intel LGA115x socket keep-out zone. This means that it won't cause issues with chipset coolers and doesn't overhang the RAM slots, so it's fully compatible with tall memory modules.
100% compatibility with PCIe cards on mini-ITX
Most Intel LGA115x based mini-ITX motherboards have the PCIe slot sitting right next to the 95x95mm socket zone. While larger coolers that exceed this zone are likely to block the PCIe slot, the 95x95xmm sized NH-L9i provides full compatibility with PCIe cards.
NF-A9x14 PWM premium fan
The highly optimised NF-A9x14 premium fan features Noctua's proprietary AAO frame as well as sophisticated aerodynamic design measures. Supporting PWM for fully automatic speed control, the NF-A9x14 allows the NH-L9i to stay remarkably quiet.
- Height (without fan) 23 mm
- Width (without fan) 95 mm
- Depth (without fan) 95 mm
- Height (with fan) 37 mm
- Width (with fan) 95 mm
- Depth (with fan) 95 mm
- Weight (without fan) 345 g
- Weight (with fan) 420 g
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Scope of delivery
- NF-A9x14 PWM premium fan
- Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
- NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
- SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit
- Screws for 92x92x25mm fans
- Noctua Metal Case-Badge
The NH-L9i is a highly-compact low-profile quiet cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. While it provides first rate performance in its class, it is not suitable for overclocking and should be used with care on CPUs with more than 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power).
|NH-L9i||NH-L9a-AM4||NH-L9i chromax.black||NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black|
|LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3||X||X||X||X|
|LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156)||✓||X||✓||X|
|LGA775 & LGA1366||X||X||X||X|
|Xeon LGA2011 Narrow ILM / Xeon LGA1366 & LGA1356||X||X||X||X|
|AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2 (+)||X||X||X||X|
|AM4||with NM-AM4-L9aL9i||✓||with NM-AM4-L9aL9i||✓|
|sTRX4, TR4 & SP3||X||X||X||X|
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• Doesn't touch my RAM
• The heatsink looks very premium
• Works with my Intel Core i5 3570K
• Comes with a nice little case badge
• The heatsink has an amazing build quality
• I get better results with the included NT-H1 thermal paste than with Arctic Silver 5
• The NF-A9x14 fan died on me and Noctua had to send me a replacement
• The mounting solution is kind of annoying since you have to remove the whole motherboard in order to get to the screws at the bottom of the motherboard
I attempted to use this with an i7-7700k (not overclocked). The manufacturer's website makes it pretty clear that this thing is intended for CPU's with a TDP of 65W or lower, and the i7-7700k has a TDP of 95W. This did not keep my CPU cool, and the CPU ended up thermal throttling with any sort of stress test in less than a minute.
Reasons I'd suggest this cooler:
- Low-profile builds
- If your intent is to reduce noise levels
- Provide better cooling than the stock Intel cooler that comes with most CPU's
- If you have the Noctua pooh-brown color theme going on with your components
Even though I had to open my other side panel to replace the fan, it was not that hard. Also, since this fan is low-profile, I still have a lot of room. The package contains its own thermal paste and they are pretty good.
I have no problem with its noise level and I did not use low-noise adapter.
The performance wise, however, not perfect. On idle, it keeps all 6 cores below 30 C and my lowest is 24. But when I use Adobe Premier Pro or After Effect, especially during the rendering, it goes up to 90 C which might cause some issues. General gaming, it keeps between 50~55 C.
I think this is okay fan without any heavy work. I also purchased a 120mm case fan from Noctua, because I think they are reliable.
I recently built my Dr Zaber Sentry, a 7L micro gaming PC build. It houses up to 47mm CPU fans, and the Cryorig was rated for a higher TDP, and I had an i7, so I bought the Cryorig. Turns out the Cryorig is loud, like really really loud, spinning up very very audibly under any load. Admittedly, I wanted to keep the Sentry on my desk, which might be abnormal, but I spent $200 Indiegogo'ing a case because I like how it looks on my desk; what can I say. It was audible over low-volume headphone game audio, even. So I tried this out as well as delidding my processor, and the difference is significant. I can't say clearly how much was the delidding and how much was the Noctua, but I will say this: manually adjusting fan speed to 100%, the Noctua sounds about 25% quieter, but the big deal here is the optional in-line resistor.
In building a super-small case, you discover that your BIOS wants to keep your system at temperatures designed around a big open airy case. This just isn't feasible for a case like the Sentry, so I wanted there to be a way to say "hey, the Kaby Lakes run super hot anyway, and my case is small; chill about the temperatures". Connecting the included "quiet mode adapter" essentially does just this, by lowering all voltages running to the fan.
This is a great product and is very silent under normal conditions. It's also worth mentioning that the fan is interchangeable for up to a full height fan, whereas the Cryorig's is not.
This works beautifully in the NFC-Systems S4 Mini and I highly recommend it.
Photos included. Check the Max. tump column in the middle for before n after.
Can't believe it's silent and cooler at the same time!
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In all that time, it has never gotten audible, and temperatures have never gotten above 65. I, personally, find that unbelievable. I was advised not to even try i5 ITX gaming in this case without a closed-loop watercooler for the CPU. And yet - here we are. Zero problems.
Oh, a side note about Noctua's warranty: it's amazing. I did have an unrelated issue in 2014 with the fan bearings getting noisy. They immediately, with no quibbles, sent a replacement in the post. The replacement turned out to have the same fault; I emailed them again, and they replaced it again. No issues since, so I think I was just unlucky, but what a great company for service.
Box/Unboxing: The box and unboxing experience is very premium, you get some high performance thermal paste to the right, a low noise adaptor on the left, a very very nice metal piece to stick on your case above the cooler, then the cooler itself in the middle with the four mounting screws below that.
Thermal Paste: I didn’t use this as i’ve got some other stuff so unfortunately i can’t comment on it, but i looked it up and apparently it's actually pretty good compared to some mainstream pastes like the Arctic MX-4
Low Noise Adaptor: Again, i don't use this, but, i can without a doubt say this is not needed at all. Don’t understand why they include this as the fan is by far the quietest fan i’ve ever seen (Or heard haha) im my life, but they do include performance metrics on the box for how the cooler performs with and without the adaptor, but honestly as i said, it's really not needed as the fan is already silent without
Metal Peice: Not much to say about this, it's like a said really premium, unlike all other companies that just include a crappy sticker, this is actually a piece of metal with some 3m tape included already on the back, all you have to do is peel it and stick it.
Cooler/Fan: Very nice fan, cannot put into words how quiet the fan is, i’ve used a lot of fans in my time being on pc and i’ve never heard one as quiet in my life, at 1200rpm you cannot hear it, over fans i’ve tried at that speed sound like jet engines.
As for the cooler, it is also very nice and does a good job keeping my CPU cool, nice and low profile and fits perfectly in the Fractal Node 202.
Mounting: The mounting process is really easy and simple and what i like best is that there is no backplate, never used a cpu cooler before that doesn’t have a backplate and i must say it's a luxury to have
Performance: As i’ve already said the fan is nice and quiet so i won’t talk about that anymore, so i will now move on to my temperatures.
So i have this is the Fractal Node 202 which is a very small form factor case and the cpu fan is the only source of cooling the CPU gets , which by the way is the Intel Pentium G4600 so take those into account, also for thermal paste i'm using Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut and with all these factors in mind i get 30c at idle and at full load i get 60c, not even kidding i’ve never gone past 60c on this CPU which is insane for the setup i have.
Overall: It's just a great cooler by a great company, it's very well thought out and you may think £36 is a lot for a CPU cooler but you get a lot included and as i said it's all very premium so when you take all that into account its actually a bargain! 10/10 Highly Recommended!
When I opened the box - I was wondering what that cable adaptor in it was, I then read that it enables the ''silent'' mode for the cooler. Well - I attached it and set it to ''silent'' in the BIOS. And - I could not hear anything from it in a mini ITX case with a big opened mesh two feet from my head. At first I thought that the fan was not spinning at all - so I put my ear right on the mesh - then I could hear a slight noise and I realised that it works on very low revs. I then decided to test it under load - assuming that it won't be able to cool the CPU with this low revs..started Cinebench and opened a temp monitor programme..well - the noise did not raise a bit - and the temps were under 60%...amazing! Even put on the other, higher REV's setting - the noise it produces is pretty nice and in the low-pitched range, so - even if it is close to you it does not disturb. Most likely it will be much quieter that your power supply fan.
I have used laptops with monitors attached to them as my desk machines in the last years, so I became pretty intolerable to computer fan noises, but I can live with this fan any day.
I didn't need the extremely small size - it's currently occupying a Define 7 case - but I went with the low profile one in case I decide to repurpose it down the line in a small form factor or a smaller rack mount server type case.
It's very quiet, which I have come to expect from Noctua, and feels very well built. Temperatures on my NAS are excellent, with peak temps at about 40 C if the system is under load (Plex transcoding usually) and around 30 C when the system is light/idle.
I also fitted a little piezo speaker in my mini-itx build. Just to get a tiny beep to confirm the computer has been started.
The lack of the background noise is eerie, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.
Beige and brown, possibly two of the most mundane colours, are Noctua's signature. If you've seen them and thought 'How can a beige and brown fan be a performance part?' you'd be wrong.
Maybe Noctua have a sense of humour, and thought it might be similar to painting a Bugatti Veyron a lovely shade of Magnolia to make it more of a sleeper.
Whatever they were thinking when it came to colour, they certainly know what they're doing in terms of performance.
For a compact fan, this makes a meaningful improvement on anything that AMD or Intel offer for free, and it performs way above what would be expected from it's diminutive size. You may find that you can push your system a little more than you thought, or at least use it to it's full, non-overclocked potential.
Overall this cooler, as with all Noctua products, is very well made; very well packaged; and is built to perform.
Noctua should be at the top of your list if you're looking for air-cooling solutions that consistently deliver.
The box contains everything you'll need to replace another cooler, such as heatsink compound and fan adapter cables.
I looked at the reviews before I bought saying it's quiet but was not sure if the reports were correct. I can confirm that it is genuinely extremely quiet. Very hard to hear while in Windows 10. Highly recommended.
It looks great and my temperatures peak at around 70 using my i7.
Would definitely recommend, and it even comes with a hand signed letter from the CEO!