Noctua has again proved its proficiency with the cooling stuff as the company will soon be releasing two AM4 compatible coolers. Despite the coolers being slightly on the lower-end, you’ll surely witness a nearly 0db experience. These models come to succeed the award-winning NH-L9a and NH-L12 and are dubbed as NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S. Reason for releasing these two coolers? The AMD Ryzen processors need a cooling backup!
AMD Controlling The Market
AMD has been controlling the hardware market since quite a long time and the hardware manufacturers for the products associated with these computers, need to be vigilant regarding their future products. Here’s what Noctua’s CEO has to say:
AMD has made a big impact on the market with its Ryzen architecture and the platform will become even more interesting for compact HTPC builds when the first Ryzen-based APUs are introduced next year. We’re thus updating two of our award-winning low-profile models to support Ryzen’s AM4 socket.
Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO)
If you ask the specific target market for these coolers, we can sum it up like all the HTPC and other compact PC builds. The coolers are small in size and the NH-L9a-AM4 is only 37mm tall. The special features of the fan include a custom designed SecuFirm2 mounting system to make it compatible with an AM4 socket.
The second model, NH-L12S is also compatible with AM4 socket and delivers improved performance in low-profile mode. The cooler in discussion comes with a NF-A12x15 PWM 120mm fan and is compatible with RAM modules up to 45mm in height. The fan can be installed easily on:
- Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA20xx (LGA2066, LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3)
- AMD (AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, FM2+).
Speaking of their pricing, here are the exact MSRPs for both the models:
- $39.90 for the NH-L9a-AM4
- $49.00 for the NH-L12S