We will be testing the Noctua NH-D9L in our Intel X79 system.
It is comprised of the following components.
Processor: Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro
Video Card: Sapphire R9 280X Toxic
Memory: 16GB Kingston 10th Anniversary
Power: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 850W Power Supply
Storage: 750GB SATA II Drive
Cooling: Noctua NH-D9L
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II with 5 fans
For testing we will be using the Intel Burn Test with the AVX instruction set. We use this instead of Prime 95 as it will push the processor much harder. We have it set on the maximum setting and let it run through 3 passes. This gives us a realistic idea of the temperatures the processor would hit when it is under full load.
Keep in mind this is an Extreme Edition processor. These run much hotter than normal chips so keep that in mind. First up we have our idle test.
Now for the load test.
As you can see the performance was not as great as some of the other coolers that we have tested, but very respectable for the size of the cooler.