Review: Noctua NH-D12L

CPU Cooler Details:
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Brand Noctua
Cooler Name NH-D12L
Fan 1 Name NF-A12x25r PWM
Stated dBa 22.6
Number of Heat Pipes 5
Full Size (WxHxD): 125x145x113 mm
Radiator 1 (WxHxD) 125x95x50 mm
Radiator 2 (WxHxD) 125x95x32 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy)
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Fan Details for CPU Cooler:
Metric Fan 1
Fan Name NF-A12x25r PWM
Fan Location Mid
Fan Flow Type Mid
CPU Only Fan No
Max RPM 2000
Fan Size (mm) 120
Fan Width (mm) 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 22.6
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 60.1
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.3
Number Of Pins 4
PWM Fan Yes
Bearing Type SSO2
Watts (W) 1.68
Current (A) 0.14
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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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CPU Details:
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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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