The Noctua NH-L9x65 - SMALL smaller smallest ...
In today's review we will look at the Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile CPU cooler, with 65 as in 65mm. These small and petit CPU coolers can be used with any form factor motherboard and CPU but focus on Micro ATX and Mini ITX. They are small, deadly silent but do pack enough punch to even cool a Core i7 4790K. And yes, you can even overclock a bit as well. Yup, that would be Noctua for ya.
You know, there really aren't bad performing coolers produced anymore. For every segment and budget you can find something you need. The market stabilized and within the entire range and scope of heatpipe based coolers there's a certain comfort zone with a corresponding product available. As a result, most of these coolers available on the market are all adequate at the very least. There are always exceptions to this, there's a handful of manufacturers out there that offer the really interesting stuff, the kit and gear that really stand out from the cooling crowd, the hardware you and me crave and need so badly... that is in the enthusiast domain of gaming hardware. And that's where we need to make a stop at Noctua as they tick all those boxes.
In their long line of CPU coolers, Noctua recently introduced the L9-type coolers, especially made for the small form factor range The cooler has recently been introduced into the channel to offer OK performance but its main focus is to be silent in respect to small form factor PCs. The Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile CPU cooler is bound to keep any CPU released to date cooled including even the most high-end Haswell SKUs.
Have a peek at the model tested, it might look a bit bulky, but trust me when I say that this is a very small coolers. Next page please.