Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile Cooler Review - Final Thoughts


Final Thoughts


At just $49.99, the NH-L9i is an excellent cooler to throw in your HTPC or even a budget gaming build. Being able to wrangle in sub 70 °C temps under load is impressive for a cooler with a 95 x 95mm footprint, and Noctua's 6-year manufacturers warranty assures that your invesment is top notch. The included fan is barely audible with the low noise adapter attached and boasts a MTBF rating of more than 150.000 hours. It may be cliche, but it's good to remind consumers from time to time that good things really can come in small packages, and the NH-L9i is no exception.


The Good


The Bad

  • Extremely small form-factor ensures compatibility with mini-ITX builds.
  • Attractive $49.99 MSRP.
  • Maintains sub 70 °C temps under full load.
  • Low-noise adapter makes for a whisper quiet HTPC.
  • Noctua's brown and tan color scheme might not be for everyone.
  • Exposed wires need to be checked for snagging prior to mounting.


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