What just happened? Austrian cooling specialist Noctua has announced a new addition to its NH-L9 line of low-profile CPU coolers. The NH-L9a-AM5 and NH-L9a-AM5 chromax.black are specifically designed for use with the new 65W AMD processors, the Ryzen 5 7600, Ryzen 7 7700 and Ryzen 9 7900.
The low-profile coolers are just 37mm long and don’t encroach on RAM or PCIe areas. Even with tightly packed small ITX boards, getting to the connector close to the socket shouldn’t be a problem.
The heatsink comes equipped with Noctua’s NF-A9x14 92mm fan, which supports PWM automatic speed control. With the included low noise transducer, the fan generates only 13.5dB of noise (or 19.9dB without the transducer). Buyers also get a tube of Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound with their purchase.
The NH-L9a-AM5 is available in two variants. the standard form It uses a copper base and heat pipes along with aluminum fins and a nickel plating in addition to the familiar Noctua cream fan and brown colored fan. the chromax.black variant is an all-black version of the same for a more stealthy look.
Our very own Stephen Walton recently took a look at the new three AMD processors And put their stock cooling solutions to the test. The 7600 with the Wraith Stealth peaked at a warm 97°C while the 7700 and 7900 with the upgraded Wraith Prism cooler only hit 79°C. Noctua makes no claims about its new, lower-profile coolers, but CEO Roland Mossig said they’ve been running them at up to 130W on the Ryzen 7950X and 7900X.
If you’re in the market for a low-profile cooler for use in a compact chassis or other custom design, Noctua’s latest is definitely worth a look. They have been producing first class coolers since 2005 and recently got several points in our The best CPU cooler review.