Noctua NH-U9B SE2 Review

Packaging & Initial Impressions

Packaging & Initial Impressions

The NH-U9B's packaging follows Noctua's standard theme of maroon on black. The front of the box reveals one of the heatsink's two 92mm fans. Opening the box from the top reveals two further containers inside.

Noctua NH-U9B SE2     Noctua NH-U9B SE2

One box contains the heatsink's accessories, the other contains the NH-U9B itself. As far as accessories are concerned, you are provided with two separate mounting kits (1 x AMD, 1 x Intel), two fans and an instruction manual.

Noctua NH-U9B SE2     Noctua NH-U9B SE2

The cooler itself directly resembles its bigger brother, the NH-U12. It features a dense fin structure and four (albeit not direct contact) heatpipes. All in all, the U9B manages to offer a large workable surface area, particularly thanks to its larger depth.

Noctua NH-U9B SE2     Noctua NH-U9B SE2

The fans are mounted by means of small metal clips, which link with indents in the heatsink as shown below.

Noctua NH-U9B SE2     Noctua NH-U9B SE2

The quality of the base is very reasonable; while not a shiny finish, it is flat and scratch free. The general build quality is to a high standard; levels beyond similar sized heatsinks such as the Arctic Freezer Pro. That said, its price tag and target audience is different.

The installation process is intuitive enough and results in a very tight fit. All in all we spent just under ten minutes fitting the NH-U9B.

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Most Recent Comments

01-09-2010, 05:25:16

Noctua have high expectations to meet here at OC3D - Will they deliver yet again?

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01-09-2010, 10:59:52

Seems like another great product from them Quote

01-09-2010, 11:13:49

Interesting stuff, seems like a typical high quality offering from Noctua, but you do pay for it. Whether it makes sense as a lower-end cooler at that price will remain to be seen I think. Still, it'd be a mighty-nice upgrade from a stock cooler if you want something of top notch quality, otherwise you might be better with something cheaper that can boast better performance, especially if you're not bothered about the fans. The cost of a single fan alone almost justifies the extra cost of this, they are brilliantly quiet for the performance they offer. Shame it's £5-£10 too pricey in my opinion, we'll see if that puts anyone off.Quote

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