Noctua NH-U12S Review

The Build

Noctua NH-U12S Review

 

The Build

The Noctua NH-U12S utilises the same SecuFirm2 mounting system as the 14S we reviewed earlier, and as such is one of the easiest coolers to fit that we've come across.  As Noctua distinguish Intel parts from AMD pats by putting them in separate boxes is very easy to isolate those parts you require.  Whichever CPU you're touting the effect is much the same as they say.  Having first threaded double ended bolts into the motherboard (backplates are supplied if they are required), brackets are then bolted down and screwed tight using the included screwdriver.

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With the Brackets in place the cooler, minus the fan is placed over the CPU not forgetting to apply the included NT-H1 thermal compouind by whichever means you swear by.  A cross bracket which is hard mounted to the heat sink is then screwed down in place.  The mounting screws have springs to determine the correct tension for you

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Noctua boast 100% RAM compatability, with the caveat that certain AMD boards breach the ATX exclusion zone around the CPU, and even then all you have to do is stick to RAM under 40mm

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As the Cooler is just 125mm wide it also steers clear of covering up the first PCI slot, which as we know can sometimes be the the only 16x slot on a board.  We can see below that even with two fans there's plenty of room around the coole 

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Fitted into our test case, the Cooler Master "Test Trooper" the diminutive NH-U12S does look a little at sea.  Good job the trademark colour scheme helps it stand out.  Although it might look a little lost here, at just 158mm in height it should fit into most ATX cases and a good few mATX to boot.

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Most Recent Comments

05-09-2013, 04:59:05

tinytomlogan
Lets take a look at the NH-U12S. Little brother to the by no means massive NH-U14S

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...093035247l.JPG

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05-09-2013, 05:52:38

Lazlo
Cheers for that review!

I'm running this one in my rig and was thinking about adding a second fan and doing a mild overcock. So the review really hit the spot!

Tbh I didn't think this would be rewiewed since it does not exactly fall in the scope of the site (I would guess). Obviously I don't mind that at all.

Greetz Lazlo

05-09-2013, 06:01:13

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lazlo View Post
Cheers for that review!

I'm running this one in my rig and was thinking about adding a second fan and doing a mild overcock. So the review really hit the spot!

Tbh I didn't think this would be rewiewed since it does not exactly fall in the scope of the site (I would guess). Obviously I don't mind that at all.

Greetz Lazlo
We review all sorts matey and Noctua has always been a favorite for us here

05-09-2013, 06:07:34

SieB
Not bad for a single heatsink cooler, the price is to close to the NH-D14 in my opinion though.
If it's a smaller cooler you need because of space, or if you are not OCing much then this one will do the job good enough. Otherwise for 10 more, which is less than the price of an extra Noctua fan for the NH-U12S, the D14 is the better option.

05-09-2013, 06:42:44

jamesriley94
I had one of these - swapped it yesterday for my mate's D14.

In MATX systems like he had, the D14 overhangs the top x16 slot, and so for him, he had to put it in the x4 slot on his Sniper M5 - hence the swap.

I thought it was really good though. Very easy to mount, and the fan clips used are better than the ones on the D14. Great for its size.

26-06-2014, 02:13:10

Yoda/Gaz
Iv got this heat sink in my build as it fits nicely on my Asus Maximus Gene v
Keeps my i7 3770k at 73c max load Prim95 running small FFTs, it's overclocked to 4.4Ghz at 1.2v I'm using the Noctua NF-F12 IndustrialPPC 2000RPM PWM on it in push pull.
Would overclock more but I don't like temps getting near 80c
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