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Noctua NH-D9L Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Final Thoughts


Price

The Noctua NH-D9L isn’t particularly, but I would hardly say it was expensive either. Clocking in at around £40 from Scan Computers, its price reflects its overall build quality and performance quite nicely.

Overview

When it comes to cooling your system, there are few that do that job better than Noctua. While the cooler may not have had the best cooling performance we’ve ever seen, this much was to be expected, as it is still quite a compact unit. It’s also impressive how many systems this cooler is compatible with, thanks to 100% ram compatibility and a design that shouldn’t conflict with any motherboard VRM, compact and low-profile chassis’ should be an issue and so much more. However, what really shines through is the acoustic performance, as I literally could not hear this cooler running without the fan blades hitting my ears! Obviously, this wasn’t the case after prolonged load on a heavily overclocked CPU, but this cooler wasn’t design for that task anyway.

The build quality is as good as it gets and from the contact plate to the tip of the heat pipes, it’s easy to see that a lot of care has gone into the material choices and construction. This is also one of the reasons the price is a bit higher that similar price and performance products, as the Noctua product has a sublime six-year warranty and I’ve no doubt it’ll long outlast even that. The same can be said for the fan, Noctua fans are regarded as some of the finest in the world, it’ll stay cool and quiet for a very long time.

If you’re on the market for a compact, powerful, whisper-quiet cooler that doesn’t cost the Earth, then you’ll be very happy with what Noctua have to offer here. It’s a perfect cooler for a non-overclocked CPU, a workstation or office system.

Pros

  • Flawless build quality
  • Compact design
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Tube of thermal paste included
  • Virtually silent performance
  • Six-year warranty

Cons

  • None

“Compact, well made and excellent value for money, the Noctua NH-D9L is perfect for those that want a quiet, reliable and widely compatible CPU cooler.”

Noctua NH-D9L Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Thank you Noctua for providing us with this sample.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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