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Upgrade From the Stock Cooler! - Noctua NH-L9 CPU Cooler (Noise Test included)

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I thought that I'd give the Intel Haswell stock cooler a chance in my new Haswell HTPC upgrade. For the most part, it did the job, however, there was noticeable room for improvement. I had bought the Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler prior to my Haswell mobo and CPU purchase knowing that these things would probably be hard to find in stock after Haswell's release. It was definitely worth the purchase! My temps are significantly lower than those that the Intel Haswell stock cooler produced, and the noise level is much more pleasant. The Noctua NH-L9i produces a most pleasant white noise that relaxes me very much, and is pleasantly quiet. Ahhh, time to sleep... smile.gif
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Hang onto your receipt. If you ever need to upgrade your motherboard with a newer model CPU and socket you can get the adapters for the cooler from Noctua for free with proof of purchase. I've upgraded my CPU 2 or 3 times since I bought my Noctua cooler several years ago and they sent me the upgraded brackets every time at no cost.
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How weird. I just upgraded my bedroom HTPC with an intel haswell and this cooler. Also a new wesena case and a asrock mobo...basically an altogether new unit.

I also bought a PWM Noctua 80mm fan

SO.DAMN.QUIET
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Hang onto your receipt. If you ever need to upgrade your motherboard with a newer model CPU and socket you can get the adapters for the cooler from Noctua for free with proof of purchase. I've upgraded my CPU 2 or 3 times since I bought my Noctua cooler several years ago and they sent me the upgraded brackets every time at no cost.

They are great about this for their mounts, but this cooler is different. The intel version doesn't use a separate backplate at all, just 4 screws directly into the heatsink. This is a good thing for some itx boards that have a ton of rear mounted chips. (my DQ77KB for example has almost as many surface mounted bgas on both sides)

This cooler is meant to be a direct drop in, guaranteed-compatible (but higher performing) replacement for the stock cooler as it follows the exact same keep-out zones intel designates for onboard chips.

I don't think it will ever be compatible with another socket that deviates from the 1156/1155/1150 hole dimensions, but it looks like intel will be using this size on the desktop for quite awhile.

The amd version does use the standard backplate, but amd has kept that identical for awhile as well. (from 939/940/AM1-3+/FM1-2+ so far)
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Nice timely information for me. smile.gif Just bought a used silver Wesena e5 and have a black e5 coming.
Both will be m-ITX and the black one will be a Haswell build and be rack mounted.

So thanks for all the information here!
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Nice timely information for me. smile.gif Just bought a used silver Wesena e5 and have a black e5 coming.
Both will be m-ITX and the black one will be a Haswell build and be rack mounted.

So thanks for all the information here!

Thank you, and enjoy your new Haswell build!
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