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 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.

best in class

The Good

+ Very quiet
+ Very well built
+ Great performance
+ Good looking
+ Excellent bundle

The Mediocre

* Slightly fiddly installation
* Price

The Bad

- You have to take out your motherboard for installation

Thanks to Noctua for the review sample

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19-11-2007, 10:38:45

We take a good look at Noctua's latest cooler and see how it performs


19-11-2007, 11:49:50

Nice one Kempez.. Does that out preform the giant Thermaltake?

Also is there a %age score?Quote

19-11-2007, 11:50:19

There should be...Quote

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