Overall Score 3.7  

Introduction

Here at Hardwaresalve, we have reviewed most of Noctua’s Intel CPU coolers from the recent generation of products. We had received a shipment of Noctua’s Chromax CPU cooler customer shrouds, fans and coloured accessories and took the opportunity to pick up an NH-U12S to test on its own and with the Chromax range.

The Chromax review is coming shortly, we have a couple of Noctua CPU coolers that we used with the Chromax range, and provides a unique opportunity for Noctua owners, more on that soon.

For full disclosure, we sourced the Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler from an online retailer, so it hasn’t been supplied by Noctua.

Specifications 
ModelNH-U12S
Socket compatibilityIntel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required), AM4 with NM-AM4-UxS
Dimension (with fan)158 x 125 x 71mm (HxWxD)
Weight (with fan)755g
Heatpipes5 heatpipes
BaseCopper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
FanNF-F12 PWM
Fan Dimension120 x 120 x 26mm
Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)1500 RPM
Fan Noise Level22,4 dB(A)
Fan Air Flow93,4 m³/h
Fan MTTF> 150.000 h

It’s all together as you would expect from Noctua, with up to date socket compatibility and quality, and no frills to help ensure the design has the best chance of cooling your CPU. That’s what to expect from Noctua, let’s see if it actually matches Noctua’s reputation.

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