Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler
A closer look
Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler - Close up
On closer inspection, the Noctua NH-U12P is a very well made bit of kit. Constructed in Aluminium with an nickel coated base, the heatsink is a little more compact than the Scythe Infinity
we have also previously looked at. The heatpipes are connected to the base in sets of 4 and loop up though the fins in that way.
The advantage that the HN-U12P has over some of the competition is that it's side-on profile is relatively narrow. This means that you might be able to squeeze it into a setup which has varying levels of clearance around the periphery of the CPU socket. With some coolers this can be an issue because the profile/size of the cooler is standard regardless of the orientation of the cooler.
As you can see, the whole thing is very well constructed and looks very solidly built. The fact that it's all silver is also a bonus in the looks stakes.
The top is stamped with a Noctua logo which is a nice touch.
The base is, as you can see, very reflective with no discernible machining marks on it. It's very flat and I made sure of this by testing with a flat piece of glass and a drop or two of water.
Onto testing setup...
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