Noctua Unveils NH-L12Sx77 Low-Profile CPU Cooler for Compact Systems

April 23, 2024

Noctua, a renowned name in PC cooling solutions, has announced the release of its latest innovation, the NH-L12Sx77 low-profile CPU cooler. Tailored for compact yet powerful Small Form Factor (SFF) systems, the NH-L12Sx77 builds upon the success of its predecessor, the NH-L12S, offering improved cooling performance and expanded compatibility features.

The NH-L12Sx77 addresses a common challenge faced by builders of compact systems – limited space for cooling solutions and compatibility constraints with motherboard components and RAM modules. Roland Mossig, CEO of Noctua, highlights the rationale behind the development, stating, “Our NH-L12S has been a popular choice for compact builds, but we saw an opportunity to enhance compatibility and cooling performance further. The NH-L12Sx77 utilizes available space efficiently to deliver improved functionality, making it an ideal solution for demanding gaming or productivity setups.”

One of the key upgrades in the NH-L12Sx77 is the inclusion of six heat pipes, compared to the four in its predecessor. This enhancement allows for better heat dissipation, catering to the increased thermal demands of modern high-end CPUs. The improved heat pipe configuration enables the NH-L12Sx77 to handle aggressive turbo boost modes effectively, ensuring optimal performance even in confined spaces.

Moreover, the NH-L12Sx77 boasts enhanced compatibility with motherboards and RAM modules. With its taller construction, measuring 77 mm compared to the NH-L12S’s 70 mm, the cooler provides ample clearance for taller motherboard components, such as heatsinks and shrouds, as well as bulky RAM modules. This flexibility simplifies installation and ensures compatibility with a wide range of configurations.

The NH-L12Sx77 retains the innovative fan orientation of its predecessor, with the fan positioned underneath the fin stack to blow air upwards. This configuration is particularly suited for compact cases with perforated panels above the cooler, facilitating direct exhaust of hot air and minimizing turbulence-induced noise.

Designed with compatibility in mind, the NH-L12Sx77 is an optimal choice for popular compact cases such as the Fractal Design Terra, SilverStone’s Milo ML12, and Louqe’s RAW S1 chassis. Its height of 77 mm makes it a perfect fit for cases where larger coolers like the NH-C14S or NH-D9L are not viable options.

Noctua has announced a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of EUR 84.90 / USD 74.90 for the NH-L12Sx77. For further details and specifications, interested users can visit the product page on Noctua’s website. With its blend of performance, compatibility, and quiet operation, the NH-L12Sx77 aims to set a new standard for low-profile CPU cooling solutions in compact systems.

Jani Dushman
Jani Dushman

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