Noctua Releases Low-Profile Coolers For New AMD Ryzen Processors


What just happened? The Austrian manufacturer of cooling systems Noctua announced the addition of a line of low-profile processor coolers NH-L9. NH-L9a-AM5 and NH-L9a-AM5 were designed specifically for use with new AMD processors with a power of 65 watts, Ryzen 5 7600, Ryzen 7 7700 and Ryzen 9 7900.

Low-profile coolers have a height of only 37 mm and do not take up space in RAM or PCIe zones. Even with tightly packed mini ITX boards, accessing the connector next to the socket shouldn’t be a problem.

The radiator is equipped with a 92 mm Noctua NF-A9x14 fan, which supports fully automatic PWM speed control. With the included low-noise adapter, the fan noise is only 13.5 dB (or 19.9 dB without the adapter). Buyers also receive a tube of their own Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste upon purchase.

The NH-L9a-AM5 is available in two configurations. The standard model uses a copper base and heat pipes, aluminum fins and nickel-plated coating, as well as the familiar Noctua fan in cream and brown colors. The variant is an all-black version of the same for a more inconspicuous appearance.

Our own Stephen Walton recently took a look at all three new AMD processors and tested their standard cooling solutions. The 7600 with Wraith Stealth warmed up to 97 degrees, while the 7700 and 7900 with their improved Wraith Prism cooler reached only 79 degrees. Noctua does not claim its new low-profile coolers, but CEO Roland Mossig said they use them up to 130 watts on the Ryzen 7950X and 7900X.

If you are looking for a low-profile cooler for use in a small form factor case or in another non-standard assembly, pay attention to the latest version of Noctua. They have been producing first-class coolers since 2005 and recently took several places in our ranking of the best CPU coolers.

Both are available from today in the official Noctua store on Amazon and have a six-year warranty. The price is set at $44.95 for the standard version and $54.95 for the darkened model.


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