Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S

  1. Last week at the 20th of September Noctua presented their new CPU coolers . While, they remain mostly the same feature wise compared to their predecessors . The Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S have adapted to the new market demand.

Αs Noctua CEO ,Roland Mossig says,

AMD has made a big impact on the market with its Ryzen architecture and the platform will become even more interesting for compact HTPC builds when the first Ryzen-based APUs are introduced next year”.


Afterwards stating that,

“We’re thus updating two of our award-winning low-profile models to support Ryzen’s AM4 socket.”


What about these new models?. Although they’re  similar in looks and most specifications. Noctua has managed to make some changes.

For example the NH-L12S has improved cooling performance with its new NF-A12x15 PWM slim 120mm fan. Putting aside the NH-L9a-AM4 that is now fully purposed for the AM4 chipset. The NH-L12S can also support the Intel platform and older AMD chipsets. Supporting the following LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA20xx (LGA2066, LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3) and AMD (AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, FM2+). With both of them being low profile coolers, they are good match for an HTPC. Moreover their design allows 100% clearance for  RAM modules.

Other than that,they remain the same as far as specifications go. If want so see the full specifications list. Visit these links:

NH-L9a-AM4 >

NH-L12S          >


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