Noctua NH-U12S Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

 Noctua NH-U12S Review 

 

Introduction 

They say that bigger isn't always better.  For the most part I'd have to disagree.  As men we know size matters and that bigger is very often better.  Whether it be screen size, memory size, SSD capacity, Overclock, or for that matter even the size of our....Ahem.  Yes well, what we're trying to say here is that we're pretty much hard wired into a perpetual game of top trumps with all the numbers in our life.  Where size does matter though, and where the above rule starts to gain credence, is when size causes a problem, when it causes a conflict, where it gets in the way of other things, or where it's too large to fit.  Imagine that, having one so big that it's too big to fit...Get your minds out of the gutter, I am of course talking about heatsinks here, and some being too large to fit in your case, fouling your manly large RAM, obscuring your first PCI slot,  or stopping the door from shutting on your super slim case.

Enter then the Noctua NH-U12S at just 158mm tall and a mere 45mm deep without fans there's no way it's going to get in the way of your RAM, and unless you're into uber thin Mid towers you're going to be hard pushed to find a case that's too narrow for it.

The sample we have for review comes packaged with a pair of focussed airflow NF-F12 fans, which should make for some interesting temps.  Time and testing will tell.

 

Technical Specification  

Socket compatibility

Intel LGA2011 (Square   ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2   (backplate   required)

Height (without fan)

158 mm

Width (without fan)

125 mm

Depth (without fan)

45 mm

Height (with fan)

158 mm

Width (with fan)

125 mm

Depth (with fan)

71 mm

Weight (without fan)

580 g

Weight (with fan)

755 g

Material

Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating

Fan compatibility

120x120x25

Scope of Delivery

NF-F12 PWM   premium fan

Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)

NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound

SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit

Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12

Noctua Metal Case-Badge

Warranty

6 Years

Fan specifications

 

Model

Noctua NF-F12 PWM

Bearing

SSO2

Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)

1500 RPM

Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)

1200 RPM

Min. Rotational Speed (PWM)

300 RPM

Max. Airflow

93,4 m³/h

Max. Airflow with L.N.A.

74,3 m³/h

Max. Acoustical Noise

22,4 dB(A)

Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.

18,6 dB(A)

Input Power

0,6 W

Voltage Range

12 V

MTBF

> 150.000 h

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Most Recent Comments

05-09-2013, 04:59:05

tinytomlogan
Lets take a look at the NH-U12S. Little brother to the by no means massive NH-U14S

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...093035247l.JPG

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05-09-2013, 05:52:38

Lazlo
Cheers for that review!

I'm running this one in my rig and was thinking about adding a second fan and doing a mild overcock. So the review really hit the spot!

Tbh I didn't think this would be rewiewed since it does not exactly fall in the scope of the site (I would guess). Obviously I don't mind that at all.

Greetz Lazlo

05-09-2013, 06:01:13

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lazlo View Post
Cheers for that review!

I'm running this one in my rig and was thinking about adding a second fan and doing a mild overcock. So the review really hit the spot!

Tbh I didn't think this would be rewiewed since it does not exactly fall in the scope of the site (I would guess). Obviously I don't mind that at all.

Greetz Lazlo
We review all sorts matey and Noctua has always been a favorite for us here

05-09-2013, 06:07:34

SieB
Not bad for a single heatsink cooler, the price is to close to the NH-D14 in my opinion though.
If it's a smaller cooler you need because of space, or if you are not OCing much then this one will do the job good enough. Otherwise for 10 more, which is less than the price of an extra Noctua fan for the NH-U12S, the D14 is the better option.

05-09-2013, 06:42:44

jamesriley94
I had one of these - swapped it yesterday for my mate's D14.

In MATX systems like he had, the D14 overhangs the top x16 slot, and so for him, he had to put it in the x4 slot on his Sniper M5 - hence the swap.

I thought it was really good though. Very easy to mount, and the fan clips used are better than the ones on the D14. Great for its size.

26-06-2014, 02:13:10

Yoda/Gaz
Iv got this heat sink in my build as it fits nicely on my Asus Maximus Gene v
Keeps my i7 3770k at 73c max load Prim95 running small FFTs, it's overclocked to 4.4Ghz at 1.2v I'm using the Noctua NF-F12 IndustrialPPC 2000RPM PWM on it in push pull.
Would overclock more but I don't like temps getting near 80c
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