Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler

A closer look

Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler - Close up

On closer inspection, the Noctua NH-U12P is a very well made bit of kit. Constructed in Aluminium with an nickel coated base, the heatsink is a little more compact than the Scythe Infinity we have also previously looked at. The heatpipes are connected to the base in sets of 4 and loop up though the fins in that way.

noctua NH-U12p

noctua NH-U12P hsf

The advantage that the HN-U12P has over some of the competition is that it's side-on profile is relatively narrow. This means that you might be able to squeeze it into a setup which has varying levels of clearance around the periphery of the CPU socket. With some coolers this can be an issue because the profile/size of the cooler is standard regardless of the orientation of the cooler.
 
heatpipes

nh-u12p heatpipes and base

As you can see, the whole thing is very well constructed and looks very solidly built. The fact that it's all silver is also a bonus in the looks stakes.
 
nh-u12p top

The top is stamped with a Noctua logo which is a nice touch.
 
NH-u12p bottom finish


The base is, as you can see, very reflective with no discernible machining marks on it. It's very flat and I made sure of this by testing with a flat piece of glass and a drop or two of water.

Onto testing setup...
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Most Recent Comments

19-11-2007, 11:49:50

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

Also is there a %age score?Quote

19-11-2007, 11:50:19

FarFarAway
There should be...Quote

21-11-2007, 08:10:06

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

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

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21-11-2007, 13:39:39

FarFarAway
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, 18:05:58

Imrahil
Quote:
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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