What happened now? The Austrian manufacturer of cooling systems Noctua has announced the replenishment of the line of low-profile CPU coolers NH-L9. NH-L9a-AM5 and NH-L9a-AM5 chromax.black have been specifically designed for use with AMD’s new 65W, Ryzen 5 7600, Ryzen 7 7700 and Ryzen 9 7900 processors.
The low-profile coolers are only 37mm high and take up no space in the RAM or PCIe areas. Even with tightly packed mini ITX boards, accessing a jack next to a socket shouldn’t be a problem.
The radiator is equipped with Noctua. 92mm fan NF-A9x14which supports fully automatic PWM speed control. With the included low-noise adapter, the fan noise is only 13.5 dB (or 19.9 dB without adapter). Customers also receive a tube of Noctua’s own NT-H1 thermal paste with purchase.
The NH-L9a-AM5 is available in two configurations. standard model uses a copper base and heatpipes along with aluminum fins and nickel plating, and the familiar creamy brown Noctua fan. chromax.black version this is an all black version of the same for a more discreet appearance.
Our very own Steven Walton recently took a look at all three of AMD’s new processors and tested their stock cooling solutions. The 7600 with the Wraith Stealth reached 97 degrees, while the 7700 and 7900 with their improved Wraith Prism cooler only reached 79 degrees. Noctua isn’t laying claim to their new low-profile coolers, but CEO Roland Mossig said they’re running them up to 130W on the Ryzen 7950X and 7900X.
If you’re looking for a low profile cooler to use in a small form factor case or other custom build, check out Noctua’s latest release. They’ve been making top-notch coolers since 2005 and have recently taken several places in our best CPU cooler rankings.