Overall Score 4.3  

In stock setup the Noctua NH-L12S is a solid performer, especially considering the Turbo frequency of 4.7Ghz under load. It’s going to give the Phanteks PH-TC12LS CPU Cooler a run for its money, for example. 75 Degrees from a stress test is very good for a 15mm fan, and at the limits of the comfortable CPU temperature window.

8700K CPU Cooler Stock Temps 15022018 | amCharts

8700K CPU Cooler Stock Db 15022018 | amCharts

The sound performance is excellent, and from memory, it’s the quietest heatsink and fan combo we have tested, and not bad for an idle at 4.4Ghz

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