Introduction

NH-L9x65 is another low profile cooler from Noctua, and this one has some more height to it. It also comes with the same compact 95x95mm dimensions to offer full compatibility with memory and graphicscards on mini-ITX motherboards. The fan is the same as on NH-L9i. Lets take a look at the slightly taller cooler, NH-L9x65 and see what we think of it.

 

Quick key facts

NH-L9x65 NH-L9i
Recommended TDP 65 W 65W
Max TDP See Official Noctua TDP guide see Official Noctua TDP guide
Height (with fan) 65 mm 37
Height (without fan) 51 mm 23
Fan 1x Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM (92 mm)
Max Acoustical Noise 23,6 dB(A) 23,6 dB(A)
Max Rotational Speed 2500 RPM 2500 RPM

 

Technical specifications

NH-L9x65 NH-L9i
Fan 1x Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM (92 mm) 1x Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM (92 mm)
Fan Bearing SSO2 SSO2
Max Acoustical Noise 23,6 dB(A)
14,8 dB(A) with Low Noise Adapter
23,6 dB(A)
14,8 dB(A) with Low Noise Adapter
Max Rotational Speed 2500 RPM
1800 RPM with Low Noise Adapter
2500 RPM
1800 RPM with Low Noise Adapter
Min. Rotational Speed 600 RPM 600 RPM
Socket compatibility Intel LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3(Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150

AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)

Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156
Dimensions 95x95x65mm with fan
95x95x51mm without fan
95x95x37mm with fan
95x95x23mm without fan
Total weight 413 g 420 g
Pipes 4 2
Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Included in package NF-A9x14 PWM premium fan
Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit
Noctua Metal Case-Badge
NF-A9x14 PWM premium fan
Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit
Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty 6 years 6 years

 

Packaging

Packaging is sturdy and professional. Its not exactly a feeling of fashion on the inside, but is highly professional and functional. Included is the fan, cooler, thermal paste, low noise adapter, a Noctua Metal Case-Badge, mounting kit, screwdriver, and instructions how to install.

 

Installation

When opening the instructions we see that the steps to install are very few and looks to be very easy to perform. Once starting to install we experience that is installation quick and enjoyable. Components are in bags with labels on them which saves time while installing, because you only open components for on the parts you need, since you can use this for both AMD and Intel.

 

Compability

This cooler has excellent if not superior compability for memory and graphicscards. Noctua says on their product page

… 95x95mm footprint, which guarantees 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility on Intel based ITX mainboards and makes the cooler more convenient to work with as it doesn’t overhang near-socket connectors.

Noctua providing a guarantee is impressive! Noctua also has an official list of motherboards that are tested to fit with this cooler. This is perfect for people who build their own computer, and wants official information on compability.  Noctua has trust in their SecuFirm2 mounting, so they have support for ancient sockets and future processor sockets as well!

Complying with the open SecuFirm™ standard, the NH-L9x65 can be made compatible with the older LGA1366 and LGA775 sockets using the optional NM-I3 mounting kit, which is provided by Noctua free of charge. If technically possible, Noctua will also provide upgrade kits for future sockets.

 

Performance & Noise

Tests were performed at 22 C, in an open Mini-ITX case,  at stock speeds of the processor. HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder.

 

On an Intel Pentium G3258, 53W TDP

Noctua NH-L9x65
with low noise adapter
Noctua NH-L9i
with low noise adapter
Intel default cooler
Idle (No load) 32 C & Silent
(984 RPM)
37 C & Silent 31 C & Noisy, unstable
and unpleasant sound character
(1062 RPM)
Load (Stress test, Handbrake) 48 C & Very quiet
(1356 RPM)
51 C & Very quiet
(1430 RPM)
51 C & Very noisy, unstable
and unpleasant sound character
(1374 RPM)

 

The NF-A9x14 PWM  fan included use Self-Stabilising Oil-pressure (SSO) bearing which will give even better stabilisation, precision and durability.

 

Noctua TDP Guidelines

65W or less is the ideal spot for this cooler. For over 84W TDP it should be used with care. Overclocking is not suitable. For detailed info see Official Noctua TDP guide.

 

Conclusion

For an office PC, light to medium gaming PC, or a slim HTPC solution this cooler could be a great choice.  Installation is very easy and quick, which is is a big plus. Compability is perfect for memory, and graphicscards. Noctuas compability documentation list for motherboards is impressive and very useful. For a silence enthusiast this is a very good choice for processors with lower TDP, since during idle the fan is dead silent. Noctua NH-L9x65 is a premium, easy product, that is very quiet for its intended TDP use of 65W.

 

Pros

Dead silent for 65 W processor or lower during idle
Very quiet for 65 W processors or lower during load
Excellent documentation of motherboard compability
Excellent memory compability
Excellent graphicscards compability
Very easy and quick installation
Processor socket compability with old, current, and future sockets with free upgrade mount kits
Low profile
High build quality
Premium packaging and all the extras you need
Included high quality thermal compound
6 years warranty

 

Cons

For silence enthusiasts it can be noisy for medium to high TDP processors, especially if case is not very well ventilated

 

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