The Noctua NH-L12S shows off its full design in profile view. The ultra-thin fan can be easily moved as it’s clipped on, and can even be removed for a fanless design, though we would only recommend this for low TDP builds.
The Noctua NH-L12S base plate is well machined and smooth. It’s not a mirror finish, but in our experience, it doesn’t need to be, just as long as it’s a uniform, flat and free from any defects. The NH-L12S base plate has the universal mounting already installed, this will help save your sanity when installing the cooler.