Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler Review

It seems smaller and low profile CPU coolers are becoming more popular as many people are building smaller systems for LAN parties. The last CPU cooler we took a look at from Noctua was the NH-U9S. It was a single tower tower cooler with a height of only 125 mm. This time we have Noctua’s NH-D9L which is a dual-tower cooler, but is even smaller with a height of only 110 mm. The height of the cooler guarantees full 3U compliance and also makes it perfect for HTPC and small form factor builds. It’s 95 x 95 mm footprint clears both the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel based and most AMD based ITX motherboards. The big question is will this smaller cooler still be able to give us the performance we expect from Noctua? Read on as we find out!

Special thanks to Noctua for providing us with the NH-D9L CPU cooler to review.


The NH-D9L comes in Noctua’s typical retail packaging. On the front some of the main features are listed.

Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler

On one side you have the full list of features and they are detailed.

Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler

On the opposite side there is a list of specifications for the heatsink as well as the fan. Also there is a diagram of the cooler with exact measurements, which is a good thing if you have size constraints.

Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler

Opening the box up you are greeted by a box of accessories that actually tells you everything that is inside of the box.

Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler

Getting everything out of the box we have the NH-D9L CPU cooler, mounting hardware for Intel and AMD, an extra set of fan clips, NT-H1 thermal compound, screwdriver, low-noise adapter, and installation instructions.

Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler

For a full unboxing and overview of the NH-D9L be sure to check out our video below.

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