Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup - Thermaltake NiC L32 HSF

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Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup
NZXT Kraken X31 LCS
NZXT Kraken X41 LCS
NZXT Kraken X61 LCS
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro LCS
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS
Thermaltake NiC L32 HSF
Thermaltake Frio Extreme HSF
Thermaltake NiC C5 HSF
Fall 2014 Cooler Performance
Final Thoughts

 

Thermaltake NiC L32:

The smallest cooler we have on our bench this time around is the NiC L32 from Thermaltake. This is a single-tower, large 140mm fan that can move a whole pile of air. The thing that really sets the L32 apart from the other coolers on the bench is the fact that it is a non-interference cooler. The heatpipes on the base of this cooler are exposed and that should (in theory) provide better thermal performance.

Thermaltake NiC L32 Box

Thermaltake NiC L32 Box

 

The L32 comes complete with all the mounting hardware for any AMD or Intel CPU platform from the last 4-5 years. The compatibility is excellent and while the mounting process is a bit more complicated than it needs to be with all the extra parts, in the end it will be a stable frame on which to mount the cooler.

Thermaltake NiC L32 Bundle

Thermaltake NiC L32 Bundle

Thermaltake NiC L32 Profile

Thermaltake NiC L32 Profile

 

Even though I'm going to guess that this cooler is one of the lowest performing coolers in this roundup, it doesn't skimp on looks and build quality. Thermaltake has taken time to really put some polish on the looks and the fins are interlocked and durable. While there are some small gaps on the base of the cooler where the heatpipes pass through the aluminum, these gaps should be filled with thermal paste. The goal is that the non-interface design will perform better than the imperfections on the base will prevent.

Thermaltake NiC L32 Base

Thermaltake NiC L32 Base

 

If you want to check out all of the features and specifications of this cooler, please be sure to check the product page here.

Thermaltake NiC L32 Installed

Thermaltake NiC L32 Installed

 

On the next page we'll take a look at one of the larger coolers in this roundup.