Compare: NH-D12L vs Fuma 3

Displayed below are comprehensive data and graphs that compare the Noctua NH-D12L to the Scythe Fuma 3, 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: Fuma 3
Cooler Name NH-D12L Fuma 3
Fan 1 Name NF-A12x25r PWM Scythe Kaze Flex II 120mm Slim Fan
Fan 2 Name Scythe Kaze Flex II 120mm Fan
Manufacture Rated dBa 22.6 28.6
Number of Heat Pipes 5 6
Full Size (WxHxD): 125x145x113 mm 128x154x138 mm
Heatsink 1 (WxHxD) 125x95x50 mm
Heatsink 2 (WxHxD) 125x95x32 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy) 8 (Easy)
Manufacture's Link NH-D12L Manufacture's Link Fuma 3 Manufacture's Link

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Link Type Cooler 1: NH-D12L Cooler 2: Fuma 3

Fan Details for CPU Cooler:

Fan 1

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name NF-A12x25r PWM Scythe Kaze Flex II 120mm Slim Fan
Fan Location Mid Front
Fan Flow Type Mid Push
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 2000 1500
Fan Size (mm) 120 120
Fan Width (mm) 25 17
Manufacture Rated dBa 22.6 23.9
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 60.1 33.9
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.3 0.9
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type SSO2 Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 1.68 0.96
Current (A) 0.14 0.08
Max Volts 12.00 12.00

Fan 2

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name Scythe Kaze Flex II 120mm Fan
Fan Location Mid
Fan Flow Type Mid
CPU Only Fan No
Max RPM 1500
Fan Size (mm) 120
Fan Width (mm) 27
Manufacture Rated dBa 24.9
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 51.2
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 1.1
Number Of Pins 4
PWM Fan Yes
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 1.56
Current (A) 0.13
Max Volts 12.00

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.

Fuma 3

This cooler boasts a sleek appearance with a smooth top surface. Nonetheless, it's worth noting that the plastic covering the exposed heat pipes, while contributing to a polished appearance, is a rather subdued gray and lacks the eye-catching appeal of more vibrant or shiny options. This cooler is an excellent choice for those seeking exceptional cooling performance coupled with a more understated aesthetic.

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.

Fuma 3

This cooler employs the standard mounting system commonly found in premium coolers. In comparison to the Fuma 2, the Fuma 3 has introduced a minor adjustment that enhances the ease of installation by preventing over-tightening, a feature absent in the Fuma 2. Overall, the installation process for this cooler is straightforward, and it has demonstrated improvements compared to previous Fuma iterations.

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.

Fuma 3

The Fuma 3 is a mid-performance cooler offering moderate cooling capabilities. While it may not be suitable for high-heat CPUs, it's an excellent option for users who appreciate its aesthetic appeal and require effective cooling for CPUs with moderate thermal loads.

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.

Fuma 3

The dual 120mm Kaze Flex fans are engineered for maximum airflow and moderate noise levels. In terms of the noise-to-cooling ratio, it strikes a good balance, providing an average level of noise for the cooling performance it delivers.



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.

Fuma 3

The Fuma 3 cooler uses a standard premium cooler mounting system but adds a minor tweak from the prior generation for easier installation. Its sleek design features a subdued gray plastic top, making it suitable for users who prioritize both cooling performance and aesthetics, especially for mid-heat CPUs. Equipped with two 120mm fans, it strikes a balanced noise-to-cooling ratio.

AMD 5800X CPU Box Image

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
Manufacture's Link Ryzen 7 5800X Manufacture's Link

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