Noctua NH-L9i L-Type Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review

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The Noctua NH-L9i side profile is very flat and with no overhangs, what you see is what you get. It’s only a little wider than the four LGA 15xx mounting holes, so it has a relativity small motherboard footprint.

The small footprint is essential for mITX motherboards, and just like the EVGA Z170 Stinger motherboard, they tend to pack a lot in a small space.

The baseplate is well refined and flat, though not the most reflective baseplate we have seen. As noted in our other reviews, it’s not always an issue, a good thermal paste will be your heat conduit. As always, we would always advise you rub thermal paste into the baseplate before mounting, this will fill a good number of scratches or imperfections that may cause performance issues.

You may not see any but this always takes out the guess work. You could consider lapping the baseplate, this also helps to get the best performance out of any CPU cooler, even the stock coolers.

Noctua NH-L9i L-Type Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review

Package - 9.3
Performance - 8.5
Price - 8
Consumer Experience - 9


Ok, so putting a dedicated mITX low-profile CPU cooler up against a serious desktop processor is a little out of context, but we managed to squeeze the Noctua NH-L9i L-Type Low-Profile CPU cooler into this window of performance, just. What does this mean? Well, you have your CPU limit for this CPU cooler, any further and you are in real thermal trouble. Any less of a CPU thermal design power (TDP) implementation, and you've got a great cooler.