Noctua NH-U9B SE2 Review
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.
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.
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.
The fans are mounted by means of small metal clips, which link with indents in the heatsink as shown below.
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.