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Noctua's new chromax.black CPU coolers

On October 8, 2019 Noctua announced the release of black coolers!




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The new NH-D15 chromax.black, NH-U12S chromax.black and NH-L9i chromax.black are identical to the regular models except for the colour: Featuring black coated heatsinks, black fans with black anti-vibration-pads, black fan clips or fan screws and black mounting parts, they are literally black from head to toe. Thanks to thoroughgoing optimisations of the coating material and process, the chromax.black models provide the same, renowned quiet cooling performance as their regular, non-coated counterparts.

Teaming up with popular youtuber Linus Sebastian from Linus Tech Tips, the first 5000 pieces of NH-D15 chromax.black and NH-U12S chromax.black sold through Noctua’s official Amazon and eBay stores will be an exclusive Linus Tech Tips limited edition that includes extra orange anti-vibration pads and custom Linus Tech Tips fan stickers. The Linus Tech Tips limited editions have a strictly limited volume and will only be available via Noctua’s official Amazon and eBay stores while stock lasts. The non-limited versions of the NH-D15 chromax.black and NH-U12S chromax.black will start selling via Amazon as soon as the Linus Tech Tips limited editions are sold out and via other sales partners at the end of October.








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NH-U12S chromax black is an all black verison of Noctua's award-winning NH-U12S premium-quality quiet CPU cooler. Thanks to the same proven slim-tower heatsink design adn NF-F12 PWM fan, it stays true to the NH-U12S's successful formual of fuzing excellent cooling performance with suberb quietness of operation and outstanding RAM, case and PCIe compatibillity. At the same time the chromax black version with it's black fan dn black coated heatsink combines these assets with a sleek stealth look. Topped of with the renouned SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, Noctua's enthusiast-grade NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6-year manufacturer's warranty, the NH-U12S chromax.black is a premium choice for customers who seek a highly compatible 120mm heatsink that looks just as great as it cools










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The NH-L9i chromax.black is an all-black version of Noctua’s award-winning NH-L9i low-profile quiet CPU cooler for HTPCs and Small Form Factor (SFF) builds. Thanks to the same proven heatsink design and NF-A9x14 PWM fan, it stays true to the NH-L9i’s successful formula of fusing a height of only 37mm with strong performance and excellent quietness of operation, as well as 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility. At the same time, the chromax.black version with its black fan and black coated heatsink combines these assets with a sleek stealth look. Topped off with the renowned SecuFirm2™ low-profile mounting system for Intel LGA115x, Noctua’s enthusiast-grade NT-H1 thermal compound and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-L9i chromax.black is a premium choice for customers who seek an ultra-compact heatsink that looks just as great as it cools.






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Much better than their ugly brown colors. Glad they're doing this. Not that I'm gonna buy any cooler anytime soon...
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This is long past about time. Noctua has a habit of promising something, then taking their sweet time delivering. Look at how long it took for Noctua to deliver the Chromax covers after first introducing at one of the trade shows (and introducing it again...). Linus did a review at
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I won't be buying one any time soon since I already have a perfectly good (and better fitting) silver colored ND-15s Noctua cooler dressed up with black Chromax covers and fan.

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Let me know when they make a single fan NH-U12A in black (currently have NH-U14S with chromax fan + NH-D14 + TS 140 Power so anything else is a step down). Otherwise this is just milking their older coolers with a different color. For the price added there could have been NT-H2 compound for example.

The NH-U12S is not worthy of being the price it is, the NH-D15 still has clearance issues with RAM.


NH-D15 chromax pricing is $100 https://www.amazon.com/NOCTUA-NH-D15.../dp/B07Y3CTQNT
NH-U12S chromax pricing is $70 https://www.amazon.com/NOCTUA-NH-U12.../dp/B07Y3DCPVS
NH-L9i chromax pricing is $50 https://www.amazon.com/NOCTUA-NH-L9i.../dp/B07Y3M88QF


P.S. there's no mention of how the black color was achieved and if it helps cooling. i.e. is it e-coated or anodized? Be Quiet cites: "black coating with ceramic particles enables perfect heat transfer" ; Phanteks uses buzzwords such as "Patented C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating) Technology".

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For the price they can not even put in there new HS Paste its still the NT-H1 and not the noctua NT-H2, shame on them.
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How hard could it be Noctua, how hard?

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I saw a review and it pretty much said the black d15 didn’t perform as well as the original while the other black one performed slightly better than the original. Not sure what the coating is, but I don’t need one so I’ll pass. I was hoping for an extra heatpipe but I guess they are satisfied with 6. I wonder if they have played with larger diameter pipes. Seems like only a few have used 8mm pipes. I wonder if it’s a bit tougher getting a good coldplate with larger pipes than 6mm.

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Could you post link to review?

With all the variables involved in testing cooler performance like how well the cooler mates to IHS, air temp into cooler, differences in fan speed, etc. can easily account for a few degrees.

I'm guessing the coating is not effecting cooling any or enough to measure. Differnce in temps caused by how well cooler base mates to IHS will be much greater than coating vs no coating. Keep in mind tea- kettles are usually have polished finishes to keep heat in better and heating stoves usually have matt /dull finishes to radiate heat better.

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So, a $10 premium because its black? At $50 I think I'll pass.
I built a SFF for work using the I3 9100. I used the stock cooler because I was waiting for the chromax L9I. The regular L9I was regularly on sale for around $35 I think? I can't hear the stock cooler over my work environment, and the highest temps I've recorded are mid 60's celsius with 90 plus farenheit ambient.
I did use NT-H1 for paste instead of the pre-applied stuff. Maybe that helped.

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