Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler
The Noctua NH-U12P performs very well, even against some of the top-rated heatsinks on the market. When I pulled the cooler out of the box I was initially impressed with build quality and then once it was in use I was highly impressed with it's cooling ability, as well as the performance of the excellent NF-P12 fans. Add in the fact that Noctua include some top-end thermal paste and we're onto a winner.
There are two slight down points to the cooler. Installation isn't particularly an easy affair with a bit of fiddling involved and taking out your motherboard can be a bit of a pain. The price is fairly high at an RRP of £41 although this does include and incredible bundle and a simply awesome fan and isn't really too much more than the other coolers out there. Noctua said that the heatsink will be available at their UK Distributer www.quietpc.co.uk and that the street price may be slightly lower at some other e-tailers.
Would I recommend the Noctua NH-U12P? If you don't mind a slighty fiddly installation then undoubtedly: yes.
For an excellent performance and an almost silent noise output, the Noctua NH-U12P gets a "Best in Class" Award.
+ Very quiet
+ Very well built
+ Great performance
+ Good looking
+ Excellent bundle
* Slightly fiddly installation
- You have to take out your motherboard for installation
Thanks to Noctua for the review sample
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