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Noctua 9 Series CPU Cooler Review

Manufacturer: Noctua

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Noctua is a well known player in the enthusiast market for highly efficient, low-noise CPU cooling solutions. The latest additions to their lineup, the NH-D9L and NH-U9S, are smaller than the typical coolers we've reviewed here at PC Perspective in recent times. However, Noctua again proves their design prowess with the fact that these coolers held up to the rigorous demands of our testing at both stock and overclocking settings. And we all know that the Haswell and Haswell-E processors put major pressure on the cooling solution as the core speed and voltage is increased. Both coolers come standard with Noctua's SecuFirm2™ mounting mechanism, ensuring a secure mount between the cooler and CPU.

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The NH-D9L CPU cooler is a dual tower cooler with a single included fan sandwiched between the two cooling towers. The unit can support up to three fans if desired. Noctua designed the cooler with their typical hybrid approach, combining a copper base plate and heat pipes with aluminum finned cooling towers. The base plate and heat pipes are nickel-plated for looks and to prevent corrosion. At an MSRP of $59.90, the Noctua NH-D9L offers puts a premium cooler within reach of the majority of computer enthusiasts.

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The NH-U9S CPU cooler is single tower cooler with a single included fan, whose radiator is about double the thickness of a standard 25mm fan. The unit offers support for up to two fans if desired. Like the NH-D9L, the NH-U9S combines a copper base plate and heat pipes with aluminum finned cooling towers for an optimal hybrid cooling solution. The base plate and heat pipes are nickel-plated for looks and to prevent corrosion. The NH-U9S also retails at an MSRP of $59.90, giving potential users another affordable choice for cooling their processor.

Continue reading our review of the Noctua 9 series CPU coolers!

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Noctua includes the SecuFirm2™ mounting kit with both coolers, offering compatibility with all current AMD and Intel socketed motherboards. Also included is a Noctua-branded NF-A9 92mm 2000RPM fan, NT-H1 thermal paste, an LNA (low noise adapter) cables, and two sets of fan mounts (four mounts in total).

Technical Specifications (taken from the Noctua website)

Noctua 9 Series Cooler Specifications
  NH-D9L NH-U9S
Socket compatibility Intel LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)
Height (without fan) 110 mm 125 mm
Width (without fan) 95 mm
Depth (without fan) 95 mm 68 mm
Height (with fan) 110 mm 125 mm
Width (with fan) 95 mm
Depth (with fan) 95 mm
Weight (without fan) 428 g 524 g
Weight (with fan) 531 g 618 g
Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminum (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility 92x92x25
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
Warranty 6 Years
Fan specifications
Model Noctua NF-A9 PWM
Bearing SSO2
Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 2000 RPM
Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1550 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%) 400 RPM
Max. Airflow 78.9 m³/h
Max. Airflow with L.N.A. 62.6 m³/h
Max. Acoustical Noise 22.8 dB(A)
Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 16.3 dB(A)
Input Power 1.2 W
Voltage Range 12 V
MTBF > 150,000 h

 


April 8, 2015 | 05:57 PM - Posted by david (not verified)

For sure i'm going to buy this for my new $1000 pc im going to build

April 8, 2015 | 08:05 PM - Posted by biohazard918

"The NH-U9S also retails at an MSRP of $59.90, giving potential users another affordable choice for cooling their processor."
I feel I should point out that the phanteks PH-TC14PE is on sale for 60 dollars after rebate till the end of the month on newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709001

April 9, 2015 | 03:44 PM - Posted by Polycrastinator (not verified)

It always freaks me out how heavy those big heatsinks are. I'd rather go with an AiO or smaller air cooler just to avoid that weight on my motherboard.

April 8, 2015 | 09:41 PM - Posted by Freshie

I found this review really useful. I feel like too much of a noobie to go with water cooling so I like fan reviews.

April 9, 2015 | 01:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Considering moving to one of these from a 1200mm AIO. Not many tower coolers will fit in my case (Ncase M1), and top-down would need a new motherboard with the socket further from the PCI-E slot, which I'm not willing to do until Broadwell/Skylake arrive with new chipsets. Staying inside the keepout area avoids the compatibility problems, and can get below the pump noise-floor of the AIO even with the smaller fan.

April 11, 2015 | 01:00 PM - Posted by Branthog

Noctua... the completely unrealistic cooler for any use in the real world, unless you don't plan to install any PCI cards or RAM whatsoever.

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