Noctua recently introduced to the market two "new" CPU coolers at smaller-than-usual dimensions, the all-black versions of the NH-D9L and NH-L9x65 models that come with the "Chromax. black" tag, and both fans and heatsinks are black coated-to combine the same signature quiet cooling performance with a sleek stealth look.
“Many users who build Small Form Factor systems value build-aesthetics just as much as performance and quietness of operation”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “Our NH-D9L and NH-L9x65 are highly popular among Small Form Factor builders, so we’re excited to introduce them in all-black Chromax versions!”
The new NH-D9L chromax.black and NH-L9x65 chromax.black are identical to the award-winning regular models except for the color: Featuring black coated heatsinks, black fans with black anti-vibration-pads, black fan clips, and black mounting parts, they are literally black from head to toe. Thanks to thoroughgoing optimizations of the coating material and process, the chromax.black models provide the same, renowned quiet cooling performance as their regular, non-coated counterparts.
The NH-D9L has been designed to provide excellent efficiency at a height of only 110mm. Its comparably low profile (15mm lower than classic 9cm tower coolers such as the NH-U9S) not only guarantees full 3U compliance but also makes the NH-D9L ideal for compact mini-ITX and Small Form Factor cases that have airflow paths parallel to the motherboard. Thanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-D9L always clears the RAM and PCIe slots, even on ITX motherboards.
The NH-L9x65 covers a middle ground between the larger NH-L12 series and the ultra-compact NH-L9i and NH-L9a series. With 65 instead of 37mm height and four instead of two heat pipes, the NH-L9x65 is more powerful than its smaller siblings yet retains the NH-L9i’s 95x95mm footprint, which, like with the D9L, not only guarantees 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility on current motherboards but also makes the cooler more convenient to work with as it doesn’t overhang near-socket connectors.
Thanks to their highly optimized NF-A9 and NF-A9x14 premium fans that support fully automatic speed control via PWM, both coolers run remarkably quiet. Topped off with the Noctua SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel and AMD (including the new offset mounting bars for better performance on AM5), Noctua’s renowned NT-H1 thermal compound, and a 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, they fuse everything users have come to expect from Noctua’s larger coolers into compact premium packages for space-restricted systems.