Noctua NH-U12S Review

Up Close: The Cooler

Noctua NH-U12S Review

 

Up Close:  The Cooler 

Although later in the build section you can see the U12S with 2 fans attached, so that you can better see the fin structure and pipe distribution we've attached just a single NF-F12 to it for this part of the review.  The NF-F12 has a focussed flow design and is specifically intended for use with heatsinks and radiators where a high static pressure is required.  The PWM feature allows the user, via motherboard control to alter the speed between 1500RPM and 300RPM, although it has to be said even at full tatt the 22.4dB(A) emmited by the fan isn't exactly loud.

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50 Aluminium fins with semi closed sides are utilised to conduct the heat away from the heat pipes and provide a large surface are for maximising heat dissipation. 

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The NH-U12S is symmetrical with grooves for fan clips on both sides.  Additional fan clips come as standard within the accessories box,

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The NH-U12 has five heat pipes spread fairly evenly within the fin stack although with a slight bias to the lateral aspects   

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As with all Noctua products there's real attention to detail and clear evidence of high quality standards.  Whether it be the immaculate Nickel plating of the copper contact plate or the perfect soldering of joints

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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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