Noctua NH-U9B SE2 Review



This summer we have reviewed CPU cooling solutions in all shapes and sizes from a just as varied number of manufacturers. Unsurprisingly there are some that we particularly liked and some that we didn't. Thus far Noctua is a brand that has never disappointed us, so when we were asked to review another one of their products we were more than happy to oblige. Today we will be reviewing an existing offering, but has very recently been refreshed; the NH-U9B SE2.

Yes, I know - yet another brand who insists on code names for products. I'm not sure what's so wrong about naming a cooler “The FLAGSHIP offering”, “The QUIET offering” and “The COMPACT offering”. Self describing names help the end user understand the significance and purpose of a particular product but sadly many brands don't quite appreciate this.

The NH-U9B is part of Noctua's family of Tower coolers, which sport U shaped heatpipes (hence the U in the name). It is however the smaller of the two tower coolers and can only support 92mm fans; hence the 9 in the product name. Finally, this particular version of the NH-U9B adds support for the recent LGA1156 socket and also comes with two 92mm fans for enhanced performance – the SE2 in the name denotes this.

Now that we're done deciphering the product's name, let's discuss specifications.


ModelNH-U9B SE2
Socket CompatibilityIntel Mount
AMD Mount
Socket AM2/AM3
Heatpipe Count4 x 6mm Heatpipes
Heatsink Dimensions (mm)

(H)125mm X (W)95mmX (D)75mm

Fan Dimensions
92 x 92 x 25 (mm) each
Fan Speed



Copper Heatpipes, Aluminium Fins, Nickel Plating

Standing at 12cm in height, the NH-U9B is among the shortest tower based heatsinks. While it isn't quite suitable for small form factor style machines, it is likely to work very well in most ATX chassis and with it's small footprint from a base level, it should also suit most motherboards too.

Photoshoot time.

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Most Recent Comments

01-09-2010, 14:59:52

Seems like another great product from them Quote

01-09-2010, 15:13:49

Interesting stuff, seems like a typical high quality offering from Noctua, but you do pay for it. Whether it makes sense as a lower-end cooler at that price will remain to be seen I think. Still, it'd be a mighty-nice upgrade from a stock cooler if you want something of top notch quality, otherwise you might be better with something cheaper that can boast better performance, especially if you're not bothered about the fans. The cost of a single fan alone almost justifies the extra cost of this, they are brilliantly quiet for the performance they offer. Shame it's £5-£10 too pricey in my opinion, we'll see if that puts anyone off.Quote

01-09-2010, 15:22:36

Noctua are always going to have hefty prices because of its high quality and unique design so get use to it and if you’re looking for something cheap I think Noctua is not the name that comes to mind.


01-09-2010, 16:10:39

Its deffo not a budget brand. And tbh I wouldnt ask for them to do it either. Its quality and works well, some of their products cant be questioned as class leaders, why confuse it with cheapy stuff.Quote

01-09-2010, 16:46:14

Noctua have the low volume high quality low tolerance manufacturing down perfectly.

If they started churning out tens of thousands of units of a £10 cooler their high end would suffer more than the drop in price would suggest.

They are onto a good thing and steadily growing, one of my favourite brands even if I hate with a passion their colour scheme.Quote

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