Noctua’s NH-D14 and NH-D15 dual-tower coolers are excellent CPU coolers because of their size but many overlook the fact that part of their effectiveness also lies in their design. As a dual-tower solution, the NH-D14 and NH-D15 have the convenience of further spaced-apart heatpipes compared to a single tower heatsink where they bunch up closer together. This means heat is a lot less concentrated on a specific area and should be easier for the fan to push out. Would the same design idea work on a smaller heatsink?
Noctua’s NH-U9B has been around since 2008 and Noctua has updated it with the release of a RAM-friendly NH-U9S, but they are also releasing a compact dual-tower 92mm heatsink dubbed the NH-D9L. The Noctua NH-D9L is basically a mini-NH-D15 using four heatpipes distributed across a pair of aluminum fin arrays. As with all Noctua coolers, the NH-D9L is premium nickel finished and comes with mounting accessories for AMD, Intel LGA2011 and Intel LGA115x motherboards.
Review Sample Provided by: Noctua
Product Name/Link to Website: NH-D9L CPU Cooler
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.
The Noctua NH-D9L is packaged in a glossy outer box has a wall of multi-lingual text on all sides. Unlike the previous generation NH-U9B SE2 packaging, the NH-D9L has no see through window or even a photo preview of what the internal cooler looks like except for a small diagram of the cooler dimensions on the corner side of the box. I guess Noctua is confident that their branding is familiar and so distinct that they don’t need to have a flashy graphical packaging to sell like other coolers.
The packaging inside is separated into two compartments: one for accessories and one for the NH-D9L itself. The NH-D9L is sandwiched between two folded cardboard cube pieces a la the original NH-D14 packaging.
Accessories include documentation for each mounting system, metallic case badge, low noise adapter, a full-sized tube of NT-H1 thermal compound, extra fan clips for an optional second 92mm fan, angled screwdriver and mounting kits for Intel and AMD mainboards.
The mounting kit is closer to the NH-D15 than what was found on the NH-U9S previously reviewed here. Most notably are the Intel NM-IMB2 mounting bars with a more prominent curve and the use of the classic NM-AMB1 mounting for the AMD.
|Intel LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3(Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)|
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|Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminum (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating|
|see Noctua TDP guide|
Scope of Delivery
|– NF-A9 PWM premium fan|
– Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
– NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
– SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit
– Fan-clips for second NF-A9
– Noctua Metal Case-Badge