Morry likes big coolers and Noctua is one of his preferred brands when he wants to test the tensile stregth of a motherboard. Not all of Noctua's coolers are up to his preferences, such as the slender NH-L9x65, a waif-like 413g with the fan attached and a cute 95x95x79mm in size with a 14mm lift from that fan. TechPowerUp's testing shows that the fan is quite quiet even when spinning at full speed but even still the temperatures of the i7-4770K it was cooling were the highest on the charts. If you are cooling a CPU with a lower TDP in a small case, or even a 4770K then check out this review, the NH-L9x65 is a little expensive but certainly usable.
"Noctua's new NH-L9x65 is a low profile, small form-factor cooler. When I say small, I mean tiny as it is only slightly larger than the Intel stock heatsink, which is surprising and begs me to question its maximum potential. While performance most likely won't be its strong point, there is a chance this pint-sized offering will have a few surprises in store"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- NZXT Kraken X61 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Alphacool Eisberg 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- CableMod ModFlex Cables @ Kitguru
- EK Vardar F4-120ER fan @ HardwareOverclock
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Suppressor F51 @ Benchmark Reviews
- BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 Windowed Edition Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Zalman Z11 NEO @ techPowerUp
- Antec S10 Full-Tower @ eTeknix
Morry likes big coolers (and
Morry likes big coolers (and he cannot lie)
His big cooler brings all the
His big cooler brings all the boys to the yard?
One thing to note, idle temp
One thing to note, idle temp should be as close as possible as load temp. And load temp should be as low as possible but its ok if they go near tjmax. (My Q6600 as a tjmax of 100c, but 90c is usually an ok load temp for newer intel CPU)
So a cooling system that over cool a chip is bad as it cause extra stress on the part.
If a cooler get you an average load temp of 70, and idle at 30. You have a 40c delta. This is especially bad if the cooler does this transition quickly.
Its much better to have a cooler that is 65 idle and 90 load.
Silicon is made to work 24/7 at near 100c +, for years after years.
(Qualcomm / TSMC chip longevity is actually tested well above 100c)
Anyways, for any readers. Dont look at low idle temp and think “Its good” . low idle temp is actually a bad sign.
A perfect cooler would have no temperature variation, and keep load temperature as low as possible. But 90c would be A.OK
So in a sense and in this case an idle of 90c here would be ‘perfect’
Another thing fan review often miss, is that CPU fan airflow also cool VMR and other near components, complicating the picture.
Some PC really need their VMR actively cooled, and I seen cases where adding CPU water block ended up requiring active motherboard cooling.
Noctua’s the god of it all yet once again.