Compare: NH-D12L vs iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix Manufacture's Image

Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

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Displayed below are comprehensive data and graphs that compare the Noctua NH-D12L to the Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix, showcasing critical qualitative and performance metrics. Performance metrics are further segmented into distinct graphs while leveraging the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, illustrating how each cooler performs under various varying CPU power levels. This allows for a clear comparison of their relative performance and sound output when under different heat loads. The comparison is conducted under the following conditions:
  • Case: Praxis Wetbench
  • Ambient Temperatures: 23°C
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (Pick Another CPU)

CPU Cooler Details

Metric Cooler 1: NH-D12L Cooler 2: iCUE H100i Elite Capellix
Cooler Name NH-D12L iCUE H100i Elite Capellix
Fan 1 Name NF-A12x25r PWM ML120 PRO RGB LED 120MM
Fan 2 Name ML120 PRO RGB LED 120MM
Manufacture Rated dBa 22.6 37.0
Number of Heat Pipes 5
Radiator/Heatsink 1 (WxHxD) 125x95x50 mm 120x277x27 mm
Heatsink 2 (WxHxD) 125x95x32 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy)
AIO Cooler Rating: Install 7 (Easy)
Manufacture's Link NH-D12L Manufacture's Link iCUE H100i Elite Capellix Manufacture's Link

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Link Type Cooler 1: NH-D12L Cooler 2: iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

Fan Details for CPU Cooler:

Fan 1

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name NF-A12x25r PWM ML120 PRO RGB LED 120MM
Fan Location Mid Bottom
Fan Flow Type Mid Push
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 2000 1600
Fan Size (mm) 120 120
Fan Width (mm) 25 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 22.6 25.0
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 60.1 47.3
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.3 1.8
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type SSO2 Magnetic
Watts (W) 1.68 2.89
Current (A) 0.14 0.22
Max Volts 12.00 13.20

Fan 2

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name ML120 PRO RGB LED 120MM
Fan Location Top
Fan Flow Type Push
CPU Only Fan No
Max RPM 1600
Fan Size (mm) 120
Fan Width (mm) 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 25.0
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 47.3
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 1.8
Number Of Pins 4
PWM Fan Yes
Bearing Type Magnetic
Watts (W) 2.89
Current (A) 0.22
Max Volts 13.20

Design and Aesthetics:


The NH-D12L features a dual-tower design with two moderate aluminum heatsinks and a single Noctua 120mm NF-A12x25r PWM fan. The cooler's design allows for superior heat dissipation, making it capable of handling even the most demanding processors. Aesthetically, the NH-D12L maintains Noctua's signature beige and brown color scheme, reflecting the brand's reputation for quality and performance.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

The 240mm RGB Fan AIO Liquid Cooler features two 120mm RGB fans. Complemented by its sleek black radiator and tubing, this cooler effortlessly fits into your setup while offering customizable brilliance that complements other components. Thanks to iCUE compatibility, it easily syncs with fellow Corsair RGB products, enabling personalized color schemes and effects, all while maintaining top-tier cooling performance. For those seeking a balanced blend of style and cooling prowess, this cooler stands as a compelling choice.

Install Notes:


The NH-C14S features Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of Intel and AMD sockets and offering a straightforward installation process, typical of Noctua coolers. Clear instructions, high-quality components, and a tube of their premium NT-H1 thermal compound make it an easy and user-friendly experience, even for beginners. The cooler uses the original AMD backplate for AMD installations. However, one downside is that the cooler may stick to your CPU, and due to the screw setup, you can't slide the cooler off the CPU like with some other brands. Overall, the NH-C14S offers a relatively hassle-free installation process.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

This cooler is relatively easy to install and is a typical iCUE AIO install. This cooler has a standard AIO installation where you must screw the fans onto the radiator. In regards to the pump installation, this AIO has four screws that go into the backplate, where the pump can then be placed and secured with screw caps. To swap the cooler for different CPU mounting systems (AMD/Intel) is relativly easy and doesn't require any screws. However, the corsair logo is secured with four hex screws, so it might require additional work to get the logo in the proper direction. When it comes to RGB setup, this AIO requires the use of the Corsair iCUE Commander CORE RGB HUB. Additionally, the heat pipes pivot at the pump, which allows for a more versatile installation.

Cooling Performance:


The NH-D12L delivers impressive performance, thanks to its five heat pipes that effectively transfer heat from the CPU to the extensive fin arrays of the heatsinks. However, this cooler primarily emphasizes quiet operation, which may limit its cooling capabilities for high-end models with high TDPs that demand more robust cooling solutions.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

The iCUE H100i Elite Capellix provides excellent cooling performance that rivals top-tier air coolers such as the NH-D15, this cooler stands out as a cooler that can handle the heat. Perfectly tailored for setups in looking for remarkable cooling efficiency without compromising on noise levels, it does so without the unwieldy dimensions of some of the larger air cooling solutions.

Noise Performance:


One of the standout features of the NH-D12L is its quiet operation. The included 120mm NF-A12x25r PWM fan is designed for optimal airflow and low noise levels. Noctua fans are well-known for their excellent acoustic performance, and the NH-D12L is no exception. Users can expect quiet cooling even during intense workloads or gaming sessions.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

This cooler offers impressive noise levels in proportion to its cooling performance. However, owing to its dual-fan setup, it can produce audible noise. This aspect should mainly concern those who plan on pushing their CPU to overclocked limits.



The Noctua NH-D12L is a top-tier air cooler that offers excellent cooling capabilities and quiet operation. Its dual-tower design and exceptional build quality make it a top choice for users seeking a reliable and efficient cooling solution for moderate-performance systems.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

This cooler is easily installed with standard iCUE AIO procedures for fans and pump. CPU swaps are straightforward, but adjusting the logo may need extra effort. The 240mm RGB Fan AIO Liquid Cooler seamlessly integrates into setups, with two captivating 120mm RGB fans and a sleek black radiator, offering customizable brilliance via iCUE compatibility. It matches top-tier air coolers' performance, ideal for efficient cooling without noise worries. Audible noise from the dual-fan setup is mainly relevant for aggressive CPU overclocking.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

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CPU Details:

Metric Value
Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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