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Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler

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Posted February 21, 2013 by Kenny in Cooling

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Price at time of Review: $47.99 on Newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great Thermal Performance, Small footprint, easy to install
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

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BOTTOM LINE:
If you are looking for a small foot-print cpu cooler that packs a punch in thermal performance, the Noctua NH-L9i fits the bill.
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by Kenny
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Summary

To wrap things up, let’s first talk about the aesthetics of the Noctua NH-L9i. If you know the Noctua brand, then you will know that the tan and brown are Noctua’s trademark colors. While the color isn’t everyone’s favorite, we have come to really enjoy it. If you happen to have one of your buddies come over and glances into your computer and see the cooler, they automatically know that its a Noctua cooler.

While the aesthetics are subjective, we have to say that the hardware included and the ease of installation of the Noctua NH-L9i really shine. As we had mentioned during our installation, you do have to take some precautions with capacitor layouts and heat sink layout on your motherboard.

From a performance outlook, we were pleasantly surprised from its performance in such a small form factor. While Noctua didn’t recommended any overclocking with this cooler we feel that it has the capacity to handle a decent mild overclock. While 4.0ghz was no problem in our set-up, please be careful when overclocking with such a small foot-print cooler.

 

 

At the price point of $47.99 on Newegg.com, we initially felt it was priced a little high for such a small cooler; however, after our testing results we feel that it’s well worth the price. On top of that, this cooler carries a 6 year warranty which is excellent for a CPU cooler. The Noctua NH-L9i deserves our Great Hardware award.

 

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