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Noctua NH-U12S

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Noctua NH-U12S

Price:  £49.49

Technical Specification 

Dimensions158x125x71mm (HxWxD)
CPUIntel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes5x6mm copper pipes
MaterialsAluminium fins, copper base
Fan Speed1x120mm fan @1500
Noise LevelMax 22.4dB(A)
Air Flow59.9CFM 
Air PressureNot given


Up Close

Noctua have always been good at giving a great deal of information of the exterior of their understated boxes.  Open it up and along with the cooler you'll find separate boxes for the Intel and AMD fixing brackets and a third box for the accessories and those parts common to both flavours of CPU.  As with the other Noctuas, it should be noted that if you want to fit it to an AMD socket you're going to need a separate back plate.

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As the name would suggest, the NH-U12S is a U shaped tower cooler with a 120mm fan.  Additional fan clips are included in the pack should you wish to add another fan in push pull.  The fan of course, comes in the traditional Noctua colours and as such will not match or colour coordinate with a single thing in your case.

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High quality work is in evidence throughout the cooler, with the heat pipes leaving the contact plate and spreading out towards the lateral aspects of the fin stack

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At just 158mm tall the NH-U12S will fit in most mid towers, and at just 71mm deep there's no RAM overhang to worry about.  The NH-U12S also tops the 120mm fan based charts, beating some bigger units and some twin fan based coolers such as the SilverStone AR03 and the bequiet Pro3.  If you're in the market for a 120mm fan based cooler, you're not bothered about aesthetics and performance is king then this is the cooler you should buy

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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