We’re big fans of PC Gamer’s Noctua cooler.The company’s coolers are often our air coolers of choice (opens in new tab). NH-P1 is especially popular (opens in new tab) Several PC Gamer team members including myself.
So it’s easy to see why we’re so excited about Noctua launching its new product NH-D12L double tower cooler (opens in new tab). Its main feature is the reduced height. Compared to the 160mm NH-D15, its 145mm height makes it easier to incorporate into the build. The more compact NH-D12L can still include a round frame 120mm fan bracket.
While the height of the heatsink prevents it from fitting into a truly small form factor, it is compact enough to be compatible with many mITX and mATX chassis, as its vertical height is less than or equal to some extra clearance for the PCIe power cables of most full-size graphics cards. Even some ATX cases that can’t accommodate very large tower coolers should be able to fit the NH-D12L.
Interestingly, Noctua mentioned compatibility with AMD’s upcoming socket AM5 (opens in new tab). It claims to be compatible with Intel LGA1700/LGA1200/LGA115x and AMD AM4/AM5 based motherboards thanks to its highly regarded SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system.
The twin towers of the NH-D12L are available in different sizes. The thinner of the two is designed to be compatible with high RAM modules. Noctua says the NH-D12L can beat 92mm class coolers as well as larger 120mm designs such as the NH-U12S. All things considered, the NH-D12L looks like a well-designed cooler. If it’s as good as our favorite Noctua, then we’re sure it will do well in the market.
Noctua sets the price for the NH-D12L at 89.90 EUR/USD. Not bad considering it includes the NF-A12x25r PWM fan, which itself costs 29.90 EUR/USD. It includes a warranty of up to six years and is rolling out to various retailers around the world starting today.