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Noctua NH-L9a-AM4: Compact CPU Cooler for Mini-PCs Reviewed

Noctua is one of the best-known cooler and fan manufacturers – and not without reason. This is because the products are usually convincing due to their high cooling performance. Since we have just built a Mini-ITX build in the Kolink Rocket, we have combined this with a test of the Noctua NH-L9a-AM4. The low-profile cooler has been optimized for use in Mini-PCs that do not offer space for high CPU coolers. If the small CPU cooler of AMD’s AM4 platform could tame our Ryzen 5 2400G on an ASUS ROG Strix B450-I gaming motherboard, you can find out below.

Scope of Delivery

The CPU cooler is delivered in an absolutely high-quality packaging that is fun to unpack. In addition to the cooler and mounting material on the AM4 socket, the delivery also includes NT-H1 thermal paste, a short, comprehensible manual, a backplate, a low-noise adapter and a Noctua sticker. The fan is already mounted on the heat sink, so you can start immediately.

Technical Data

Cooler Specifications

Socket compatibility AM4
Height (without fan) 23 mm
Width (without fan) 114 mm
Depth (without fan) 92 mm
Height (with fan) 37 mm
Width (with fan) 114 mm
Depth (with fan) 92 mm
Weight (without fan) 390 g
Weight (with fan) 465 g
Material Copper (bottom and heatpipes), aluminum (cooling fins), soldered & nickel plated
Max. TDP see CPU compatibility list
Scope of delivery
  • NF-A9x14 PWM Premium Fan
  • Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-end thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ Mounting kit
  • Screws for 92x92x25mm fan
  • Noctua metal case badge
Guarantee 6 years
Price € 41.10

Fan Specifications

Model Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM
Bearing type SSO2
Max. Speed of rotation (+/-10%) 2500 RPM
Max. Speed of rotation with L.N.A. (+/-10%) 1800 RPM
Min. speed of rotation (PWM, +/-20%) 600 RPM
Max. Flow rate 57.5 m³/h
Max. Volume flow with L.N.A. 40.8 m³/h
Max. Noise generation 23.6 dB(A)
Max. Noise generation with L.N.A. 14.8 dB(A)
Power consumption 2.52 W
Operating voltage 12 V
MTTF > 150,000 h

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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