Available to buy now for £49.99, the Noctua NH-L12 Ghost S1 Edition certainly represents some excellent value in terms of comparative high-performance low-profile designs. Largely because Noctua is one of the few brands to actually make low-profile coolers to this level of quality.
Given that mini-ITX builds can often have very limited cooling options, this is certainly a huge step-up from many other products out there and, if you value low-noise and high-performance, it makes this design well worth the money!
As the Noctua NH-L12 Ghost S1 Edition is a low-profile cooler, it is clearly better suited to smaller builds. Put simply, if you have a full-sized system chassis (and plenty of room around your processor), you’d be far better suited in getting one of Noctua’s more mainstream product releases. That being said, however, for such a small package, this provides a lot of performance and, better still, it’s surprisingly quiet while doing so.
In terms of high-performance low-profile designs, Noctua certainly gives you plenty to choose from. With its slightly larger radiator, however, the NH-L12 Ghost S1 Edition is certainly one of their strongest releases to date in this somewhat niché market.
Starting with one of the factors that’ll undoubtedly be mentioned by someone at some point, the Noctua NH-L12 Ghost S1 Edition is certainly not much of a looker in terms of aesthetics. In fairness, I don’t particularly like the fact that the fan is hidden behind the radiator and less so that it doesn’t provide full coverage. Then again, as a low-profile design, some concessions always have to be made in terms of aesthetics, and, based on the performance, while it might not be the best-looking cooler around, it certainly provides some truly excellent levels of performance from a surprisingly small package!
If you are, therefore, planning your next monster micro-build, the Noctua NH-L12 Ghost S1 Edition would be a fantastic addition to ensure that your CPU runs nice and cool while also keeping noise levels nice and low! Better still with it capable of handling full-sized PCs, there’s always that option for you as well! I mean, under those remits, what more could you possibly want or ask for?…
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