Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler

Introduction, packaging, package and specification


Noctua are  an Austrian cooling company fast gaining a good reputation in the world of cooling. We've taken a look at several of their  products and haven't failed to be impressed yet.

A little about the company:

Noctua aims at establishing a new level of quality and performance "Designed in Austria" through paying attention to the users' needs in a market burdened with all kinds of frills and furbelows and providing sound-optimised premium components, which serve their purpose in a smart, precise and reliable manner.

Noctua arises from a cooperation between the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H and the Taiwanese Kolink International Corporation and entertains a development partnership with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV). These connections form the key to the achievement of our goal: The partnership with the ÖIWV permits the application of scientific measurement instrumentation, methods of calculation and simulation technology in the R&D process. Rascom's long, customer-oriented experience in developing and distributing sound-optimised high-end products ensures a clear focus on the users' needs. The use of Kolink's advanced manufacturing technology and ultra-modern production plants allows us to efficiently implement our technical edge and provide solutions of the highest standard in quality and performance.

Today we have their latest CPU cooler, the snappily titled NH-U12P. With an array of heatpipes and a clean look, we're hoping it matches their other offerings. Without further ado...


The packaging on the NH-U12P is the usual Noctua blue and brown and it looks professional, though not exciting. To my tastes though, this makes it all the more attractive. There is a small window in the packaging that shows the fan with the heatsink (as reviewed here ).

noctua nh-u12p box

noctua nh-u12p rear box

The inside of the box shows us that the same amount of thought and professionalism that went into the outside.
box inside

The bigger box contains the fan and heatsink, with the smaller of the two boxes containing the accoutrement that comes with the fansink.


The package to the Noctua NF-U12P has everything that you would ever need to use the heatsink. I'll list the basics:

* Noctua NF-P12 high-flow fan
* 4 x Fan vibration dampeners (commonly known as rubber sticky strips)
* 4 x Fan clips (for 2 x 120mm fans)
* Socket 775 mounting kit
* Socket AM2/939 mounting kit
* Noctua NT-H1 high performance thermal interface material
* 1 x 7v fan resister
* 1 x 5v fan resister
* Install manual for all the above
noctua package

If there's anything else you need with a cooler, then I don't know what it should be. Noctua have done a very good job with this lot and have even given you a good amount of TIM to work with.


From Noctua, may be subject to change. 
Socket compatibility: Intel Socket LGA 775, AMD AM2 & AM2+, Intel Xeon
on request
Height (without fan): 158 mm
Width (without fan): 126 mm
Depth (without fan): 71 mm
Height (with fan): 158 mm
Width (with fan): 126 mm
Depth (with fan): 95 mm
Weight (without fan): 600 g
Weight (with fan): 770 g
Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins),
soldered joints
Application: Intel all frequencies, AMD all frequencies
Fan compatibility: 120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm (2 fans can be installed)
Scope of Delivery: NF-P12 premium fan, Mounting-clips for 2 fans,
Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptor (U.L.N.A.), NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound,
SecuFirm™ mounting kits for LGA & AM2(+)
Warranty: 6 Years

Fan specifications:
Model: Noctua NF-P12
Bearing: SSO-Bearing
Blade geometry: Nine Blade Design with Vortex-Control Notches
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 900 RPM
Airflow: 92,3 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A.: 63,4 m³/h
Acoustical Noise: 19,8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.: 12,6 dB(A)
Input Power: 1,08W W
Voltage Range: 12V V
MTBF: > 150.000 h
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Most Recent Comments

19-11-2007, 16:49:50

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

Also is there a %age score?Quote

19-11-2007, 16:50:19

There should be...Quote

21-11-2007, 13:10:06

what about getting the NT-H1 on the base and retesting it?

I'd be glad to see what it actually does.


21-11-2007, 18:39:39

The review was conducted with AS5 to give a fair comparison with all of the other coolers tested. When I install a new test rig next I am sure I could test it tho Quote

21-11-2007, 23:05:58

Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
The review was conducted with AS5 to give a fair comparison with all of the other coolers tested. When I install a new test rig next I am sure I could test it tho
No Chance to rerun the test with the Noctua itself and NT-H1 instead of AS5?

I'd think that would be the easiest way


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