Compare: NH-L9x65 vs Wraith Spire

Displayed below are comprehensive data and graphs that compare the Noctua NH-L9x65 to the AMD Wraith Spire, 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-L9x65 Cooler 2: Wraith Spire
Cooler Name NH-L9x65 Wraith Spire
Fan 1 Name NF-A9x14 PWM Wraith Spire CPU Fan
Manufacture Rated dBa 23.6 48.0
Number of Heat Pipes 4 0
Full Size (WxHxD): 95x51x95 mm 106x70x108 mm
Heatsink (WxHxD) 95x35x81 mm 88x38x88 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy) 9 (Easy)
Manufacture's Link NH-L9x65 Manufacture's Link Wraith Spire Manufacture's Link

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Link Type Cooler 1: NH-L9x65 Cooler 2: Wraith Spire

Fan Details for CPU Cooler:

Fan 1

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name NF-A9x14 PWM Wraith Spire CPU Fan
Fan Location Top Top
Fan Flow Type Push Push
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 2500 3200
Fan Size (mm) 92 85
Fan Width (mm) 25 26
Manufacture Rated dBa 19.9 48.0
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 29.7
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 1.6
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type SSO2
Watts (W) 1.32
Current (A) 0.11
Max Volts 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:


The NH-L9x65 features a low-profile design with a slim aluminum heatsink and a 92mm NF-A9x14 PWM fan. With a height of only 65mm, the cooler is compatible with a wide range of PC cases, including mini-ITX and HTPC builds. Aesthetically, the NH-L9x65 maintains Noctua's signature beige and brown color scheme, reflecting the brand's reputation for quality and performance.

Wraith Spire

The Wraith Spire cooler boasts a sleek and compact design, making it a visually appealing addition to any PC build. Its low-profile structure ensures compatibility across a range of configurations, easily fitting into cases with height constraints.

Install Notes:


This cooler is designed to be a typical Noctua cooler installation, which is easy to do and rather straightforward. This means that if you're new to installing a CPU cooler, there is little room to make a mistake. For AMD is uses the original AMD backplate. Only downside to the Noctua installation is that the cooler may stick to your CPU and given how the screws are setup, you can't slide the cooler off the CPU like other brands.

Wraith Spire

Setting up the Wraith Spire cooler is relatively simple, thanks to its compatibility with the AMD backplate. However, some users may experience minor challenges with securing the backplate flush against the motherboard. With a little care and patience, most builders should find the installation process manageable.

Cooling Performance:


The performance of the NH-L9x65 is suitable for most mainstream CPUs and everyday tasks. It has four heat pipes that efficiently transfer heat away from the CPU to the heatsink. While the cooler may not be the best choice for high-end CPUs with high TDPs or extreme overclocking scenarios, it provides adequate cooling for lower TDP CPUs, especially in small form factor builds with limited space.

Wraith Spire

The Be Wraith Spire cooler does a good job of keeping your computer cool, especially for the CPUs it's made for. It might not be the best choice for super powerful processors, but it keeps temperatures stable for most people, even when gaming.

Noise Performance:


The 92mm NF-A9x14 PWM fan included with the NH-L9x65 is designed for quiet operation while maintaining good airflow for its size. Noctua fans are well-known for their excellent acoustic performance, and the NH-L9x65 is no exception. Users can expect quiet cooling even during low workloads, however due to it's limited cooling abilities, it may have to run louder moderate workloads or gaming sessions.

Wraith Spire

Compared to other coolers, the Be Wraith Spire cooler isn't too loud. It's not the quietest option, but it won't be too annoying while you use your computer or play games.



The Noctua NH-L9x65 is a compact and efficient air cooler that's well-suited for small form factor builds and systems with limited space. Its low-profile design, adequate cooling performance, and quiet operation make it an attractive option for those looking for a space-saving and reliable cooling solution.

Wraith Spire

The Wraith Spire cooler is a good option if you need an affordable, reliable cooler for your computer. It might not be the best at cooling or being quiet, but it's a good balance of price, performance, and easy installation. Overall, the Wraith Spire cooler is a worthy contender in the budget cooling market.

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

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