Noctua NH-U12S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)

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Item dimensions L x W x H 15.8 x 4.5 x 12.5 centimetres
Brand Noctua
Voltage 12 Volts
Cooling method Fan
Noise level 22.4 dB

About this item

  • Classic 120mm slim-tower design combines outstanding cooling performance with excellent case-, RAM- and PCIe-compatibility
  • Highly optimised NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow fan with PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor for automatic speed control and ultra-quiet operation
  • Includes high-end NT-H1 thermal paste and SecuFirm2 mounting system for easy installation on Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1200, LGA2011, LGA2066 and AMD AM4, AM3(+), AM2(+), FM2(+)
  • Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, deluxe choice for Intel Core i9, i7, i5, i3 (e.g. 11900K, 11700K, 10900K, 10980XE) and AMD Ryzen (e.g. 5950X, 5900X, 5800X, 5600X)
  • Optional NM-i17xx-MP78 mounting upgrade-kit for Intel’s upcoming 12th gen Core CPUs (Alder Lake-S platform, LGA1700 socket) available separately
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The NH-U12S is the latest 12cm model of Noctua’s classic U-series single tower CPU coolers, which have received more than 400 awards and recommendations from the international press. The S-version’s 45mm slim shape ensures 100% compatibility with tall RAM modules and at the same time, its fine-tuned design and the class-leading NF-F12 FocusedFlow fan with PWM support for fully automatic speed control allow it to further improve its predecessor’s renowned quiet cooling performance. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system and Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-U12S is a complete premium quality solution that combines outstanding performance, quiet operation and excellent compatibility.

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LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 X
LGA1700 with NM-i17xx-MP78 X with NM-i17xx-MP83 with NM-i17xx-MP78 with NM-i17xx-MP78 chromax.black with NM-i17xx-MP78
LGA1200, LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156) X with NM-i115x-1200
LGA775 & LGA1366 with NM-I3 X X with NM-I3 with NM-I3 with NM-I3
Xeon LGA2011 Narrow ILM / Xeon LGA1366 & LGA1356 X X X X X
Xeon LGA3647 X X X X X X
Xeon LGA4189 X with NM-i4189 X X X X
AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2 (+) X X additional backplate required
AM4 X with NM-AM4
sTRx4, sWRX8, TR4, SP3 X X X X X

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Reviewed in Australia on 4 November 2019
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marco
4.0 out of 5 stars Noctua NH-U12S su Intel I7 8700k socket 1151
Reviewed in Italy on 23 October 2018
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The Professor
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2017
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Shoyun
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence et performance !
Reviewed in France on 6 January 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silence et performance !
Reviewed in France on 6 January 2017
Les ┼ : Silencieux grâce au ventilo qui tourne moins vite que les autres (surement du à sa grande taille), robuste, on sent la qualité, et le plus important, il est diablement efficace ! Je joins une image prise depuis HWMonitor x64 pour vous montrer à quel point (avant avec le radiateur d'origine Intel livré avec le I7 3770K, après avec le Noctua NH-U12S).
Note: Pour ne pas vous induire en erreur, je précise que le Noctua NH-U12S est livré avec un seul ventilateur. J'ai acheté en même temps un autre ventilo Noctua NF-F12 PWM pour faire du push pull (les deux ventillo vont dans le même sens en gros avec le radiateur au milieu en sandwich) et je l'ai monté direct, les valeurs de températures en tiennent compte du coup. Je n'ai pas testé avec un seul ventilo.

Les ▬ : Il est imposant, dans mon boitier XPredator X3, aucun souci, mais j'imagine que dans d'autres ça peut être embêtant. Truc qui peut être gênant aussi c'est de devoir mettre la plaque derrière la carte mère, si on doit tout démonter. Mon boitier a une découpe sous la carte mère ce qui m'a permis de l'installer sans tout démonter (en tordant un petit peu le bord en métal du boitier quand même :/)

En résumé: Que du positif, les - c'est juste de la flemme lol. J'espère que cet avis vous aura aidé !

Merci de cliquer sur "oui" en dessous si le commentaire vous a été utile, ce serait très apprécié :)
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Joe Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality cooler as you would expect from Noctua. Really easy to install, high quality results.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality cooler as you would expect from Noctua. Really easy to install, high quality results.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2019
I replaced a stock Wraith Spire on my Ryzen 5 2600X with this cooler and I am very impressed. The stock cooler was fine, but this one is just a cut above; it's silent and keeps temperatures well down (Idles in the low 40ºC range, peaks at around 79-80ºC under sustained load with an all-core 4GHz stable clock and is still extremely quiet).

Installation was a breeze. I was considering this or the beQuiet Dark Rock Slim/Shadow which was advertised cheaper. I have some 120 mm Be Quiet fans in another system and I was happy with their performance and noise, but the reviews about the problems with mounting that cooler put me off and convinced me to shell out for the Noctua. I am very glad I did. Instructions are easy and it takes only a few minutes to install. A tube of thermal paste and a long handled screwdriver bit are included to enable you to easily fit it, meaning you don't need any additional tools at all to do it.

I have mine installed on an ASrock B450 Pro 4 and there is *just* enough clearance in front of the fan from the first DIMM slot. You can also fit the fan slightly higher up on the cooler if you need to, meaning you won't have any RAM clearance issues. For most people running only 2 DIMMS for the better performance, the cooler is *well clear* of the slots I am using (see photo).

It's likely overkill for a 2600X, but I love the silence and low temps.
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sds
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2019
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