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Noctua NH-D9L Review

Price: $54.99

Noctua NH-D9L: Introduction

Today we look at the Noctua NH-D9L, which fits in perfectly for cooling small towers where larger coolers generally have problems fitting into. With a height of 110mm and an MSRP price of $54.99, the NH-D9L is not a bargain cooler if you are shopping purely on price. It does fill that niche of compatibility across multiple motherboard platforms, including ITX and 3U compatibility without interfering with the surroundings. The D9L is of a compact form, capable of dissipating up to 140 watts across two heatsinks within a small space, with the ability to expand cooling using two fans.

Noctua is known for quality coolers and quiet fans, which puts it in the a great position where the company does not need to sell the product based on pure marketing tactics. With so many CPU coolers to count, the market has coolers ranging from price oriented, to extreme performance. It takes a lot to be a top contender and it does not mean just performance, but quality and durability as well, so without delay, let’s jump right in and see if the Noctua D9L has what it takes to keep its place as one of the top cooling brands on the market and its counterpart, the NH-U9S.

Noctua NH-D9L: Closer Look

Looking at the packaging for the Noctua NH-D9L, you can see a variety of information similar to all Noctua packaging. The front of the box lists the cooler model, type, and main selling points with quick bullets. These include 100% RAM and ITX compatibility and 3U clearance, among other things. This is great for anyone wanting the quickest idea of what they are buying. Noctua went the route of providing information rather than show off the cooler on the box.

Moving along, on the right side of the box, Noctua lists all the technical details that any potential buyer needs to know like cooler height, fan noise, and fan speeds. While the other side lists the same points that are on the front, but in more detail. Considering it more of a marketing and selling point. This also includes universal socket and low noise fans to name a few. Finally, the back side shows the major features of the cooler in different languages.




After opening the box, the packaging is fairly similar to the NH-U9S. Once opened, you can see another box that contains all the necessary parts to mount the cooler on either an AMD or Intel socket. Below that is the CPU cooler itself, packaged nicely away to avoid any damage in shipping and how it should be for all CPU coolers. Once the accessories box is opened, there is a fold out manual for each socket, covering and variations like the 2011 socket and a few other items, which will be covered during installation. Noctua was also kind enough to include some thermal paste in a syringe-style tube, which is always a nice bonus!




After getting passed the accessories box, Noctua found an interesting way of of keeping the cooler in place. Basically it's a box...inside a box. I don't think I will be able to get it back into its packaging after this review, but I rather have an undamaged product than a neatly stored box.



Once the instruction sheet is unfolded, you can see it has each step in multiple languages and easy-to-follow instructions. There are three different manuals, two for Intel and the other for AMD. For this review, I focused on the Intel side since that is the test bed used. The step by step guide was as straight forwards as it could be, it did not require me to double check. The style of support brackets are very easy to install upside down, however, with this cooler, the brackets will not allow the CPU to be installed improperly.

  1. Noctua NH-D9L: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Noctua NH-D9L: Closer Look
  3. Noctua NH-D9L: Specifications & Features
  4. Noctua NH-D9L: Setup & Results
  5. Noctua NH-D9L: Conclusion
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