Noctua launches its low-profile NH-D12L dual tower cooler

We are big fans of Noctua coolers here at PC Gamer. The company’s coolers are often among our best air cooling choices (opens in new tab). O NH-P1 is a particular favorite (opens in new tab) from several members of the PC Gamer team, including myself.

So it’s easy to see why we’re so excited that Noctua has released their new NH-D12L dual tower cooler (opens in new tab). Its main feature is its reduced height. At 145mm tall, it is much easier to incorporate into builds compared to the 160mm NH-D15. The more compact NH-D12L is even capable of including a round frame 120mm fan support.

While the height of the cooler prevents it from fitting into a really small form factor, it is compact enough to allow compatibility with many mITX and mATX cases as its vertical height is less than or equal to most full-size graphics cards, a time you consider some additional slack for PCIe power cables. Even some ATX cases that are not able to accommodate very large tower coolers should be able to accommodate the NH-D12L.

Interestingly, Noctua mentions compatibility with the next AM5 socket (opens in new tab). It claims compatibility with Intel LGA1700/LGA1200/LGA115x and AMD AM4/AM5 based motherboards thanks to its highly regarded SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system.

The NH-D12L’s twin turrets are of different sizes. The thinner of the two is designed to allow compatibility with tall RAM modules. Noctua says the NH-D12L is capable of outperforming 92mm class coolers as well as larger 120mm designs like the NH-U12S. All things considered, the NH-D12L looks like a very well designed and engineered cooler. If it’s as good as our Noctua favorites, we’re sure it will do well on the market.

Noctua has priced the NH-D12L at EUR/USD 89.90. That’s not a bad thing considering it includes the NF-A12x25r PWM fan which sells for EUR/USD 29.90 on its own. It includes up to six years of warranty and is being rolled out to several global retailers starting today.

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