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AMD small form-factor builds now have another stealth CPU cooler option

The Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 Chromax.black maintains the dimensions and performance of the original, while being better suited to use in windowed cases (Source: Noctua)
The Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 Chromax.black maintains the dimensions and performance of the original, while being better suited to use in windowed cases (Source: Noctua)
Small form factor builders who prefer to use AMD processors now have the option of Noctua's ultra-compact NH-L9a-AM4 Chromax.black for their colour themed builds. The Chromax version is better suited for windowed cases where the standard L9a would look out of place.
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Noctua coolers and fans have long been popular with enthusiasts looking for top-notch cooling. Their heatsinks are efficient, and their fans push a lot of air at comparatively low noise levels. But while Noctua's choice of beige and brown fans has often been a point of contention, the arguments against them grew stronger as the trend shifted towards windowed cases and RGB lighting.

In mid-2019, Noctua introduced the Chromax.Black line of all-black heatsinks and fans to appeal to this market, starting with the large NH-D15 and NH-U12S alongside the small NH-L9i. The L9 series is designed in a way that requires specific versions for Intel and AMD sockets (i.e. no universal adaptor), so it seemed odd that consumers had an option for their Intel SFF builds while the increasingly popular high thread-count AMD SFF builds were left out.

Now it seems that Noctua has acknowledged this with the release of the NH-L9a-AM4 Chromax.Black. "AMD's Ryzen platform has become increasingly popular over the last few months, not only for high-end computers but also for compact HTPCs and small form factor systems," says Noctua CEO Roland Mossig (translated from our German press material).

The Chromax variant maintains the same compact dimensions (114 x 92 x 37 mm) and motherboard compatibility by not straying into the 'keep-out zone' specified by the AM4 socket. Like other Chromax products, the unique black coating doesn't impact on the airflow or cooling capabilities when compared to the standard product. The Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 Chromax.Black will retail for US$50 and includes a low-noise adapter, NT-H1 thermal paste, and Noctua's standard 6-year warranty.

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Craig Ward
Craig Ward - Tech Writer - 397 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.
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Craig Ward, 2020-01-25 (Update: 2020-01-25)