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Noctua NH-U12P 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

  • Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1300 RPM
  • Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1100 RPM
  • Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
  • Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), sol
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Model

Brand
Noctua
Model
NH-U12P

Spec

Type
Fan & Heatsinks
Fan Size
120mm
Compatibility
Socket 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2 / LGA 775
Bearing Type
SSO
RPM
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1100 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
Noise Level
Acoustical Noise 19.8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 16.9 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A. 12.6 dB(A)
Heatsink Material
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints, nickel plated

Physical Spec

Weight
770g

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years


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  • Matthew F.
  • 7/26/2013 6:39:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNoctua = Silence

Pros: Completely Silent ,,
Perfect build quality ,,
Fans last forever & are still silent 4 years later ,,
Fins are welded to heatpipes so they still have perfect heat conductance years later (non-welded heatpipe designs tend to lose contact with fins due to expansion/contraction over time). ,,
Noctua SecuFirm & SecuFirm2 are THE best heatsink mounting system I've ever encountered and haven't read a single review on another heatsink that has said otherwise.
Customer service is second to none. They have continued to support this cooler to this day & offer free mounting upgrade kits (made and shipped from Austria) for all their customers. If you buy a Noctua heatsink, you won't have to worry about buying another one for a long time.

Cons: None, it's a perfect product. And the company is always very helpful if you ever do need assistance.

Other Thoughts: Good news, everyone! This is a great heatsink!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/25/2009 6:26:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutly AWESOME

Pros: Very, Very Quiet - Almost silent. Keeps my quad core at 34 c even when running Sandra software burn in tests.

Cons: Very Large

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  • Nicholas M.
  • 8/21/2009 1:42:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig, cool

Pros: I am not an overclocker so I'm imagining that this review wont' be too helpful. My AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHz quad core idles at around 41 degrees C and I've never seen it above 48. I mostly do audio stuff with my computer, so I haven't tried it with gaming. I have it set up with the low noise adapter (1200 rpm) and it's barely audible. When I first turned my computer on I actually was worried I didn't hook up the power switch correctly because I didn't hear anything. I might hook it up with the ultra low noise adapter at some point if things are staying cool with my processor. No complaints, but I'm also not pushing it.

Cons: It's big. I'm using it in a micro ATX case (Silverstone TJ-08) and it barely fit, so the bigness wasn't really a problem... just make sure you understand that it's big.

Other Thoughts: I'm very happy with my purchase.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 8/15/2009 6:05:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLowest temps so far

Pros: Up to 5c lower than my last 3 coolers, 65 cfm @ 1300 rpm (higher pressure) , Quite (by comparison), Quality build, solid mounting, As a bounus it cools your whole rig down.

Cons: To achieve the "great" cooling you have to purchase another 120m fan for a push/pull configuration. (that's why the 4 eggs) That's pricey...

Other Thoughts: In a push/pull configuration it may be too big to get tall memory on your board (take measurements). This thing really has higher pressure air movement. This makes a huge difference when pushing or pulling air through cpu grills, tight case grills, etc. And in my experience it's quieter than others I've owned... Don't waste time thinking about how it looks this cooler keeps my 90w (OC'd) cpu at 28c idle. I'm guessing it'll do just fine with 125w and 140w. I went for the case fans also... I can practically blow dry my hair out of the back of the case.

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  • Peter T.
  • 8/14/2009 12:03:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig and Mighty

Pros: Very easy to install. I'm young myself and have only made one custom built and I was able to install this cooler. It is very big and very silent. I didn't have enough money to purchase another Noctua Premium fan, so i stuck my Antec TriCool fan on the other side. So far so good. Im getting average 49C idle and 55C full load. Before this I had the Coolermaster Gemini 2, but I didn't OC with that cooler. Im using C2Q Q8200 2.33 @ 2.8 ghZ.

Cons: Very big, but after reading reviews what are you to expect?
Be sure to check compatibility with this cooler and your motherboard.

My Rig
Antec 300
C2Q Q8200 2.33 ghz @ 2.80ghz
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
eVGA 9800 GTX+

Other Thoughts: Wished I had the money to buy a 30 dollar fan. Noctua should make a package for LGA775 with the two P12 fans. I'd probably buy that package instead of this one because each fan is 20-30 bucks a piece! Excellent cooler. MUST BUY!

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  • nick s.
  • 8/6/2009 8:57:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggshuge

Pros: this thing is huge and it keeps my cpu running at a solid 40c with my 6000+ ghz oc to 4.5 great heatsink all users should buy!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: its worth the money

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  • Art L.
  • 7/25/2009 11:45:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLives up to it's claims

Pros: Quality of materials and workmanship is very high. Instructions are thorough and well-written. Versatile, can be mounted facing the back or top of the case. Accompanying hardware is also very high quality. Noctua NF-p12 fan... what's left to say about that? Comes with resistors to slow down the fan, if you're a German Shepherd and can actually hear the thing.

Cons: Tall, but that's to be expected. To install on an AM2/AM2+/AM3 system, mobo has to be out of the case, but that's also to be expected.

Other Thoughts: I've not used many other aftermarket coolers, so I cannot compare this to any of them directly. But I was very impressed by the quality of this product, and delighted with it's performance. I got it because the stock fan on my AMD 955 processor howled like a banshee. This thing is absolutely silent, and I'm not using the resistors to slow it down. I put the included fan on the heat sink, and another Noctua NF-p12 on the back of the case directly in line with the first one, and I can't hear the two of them over my video card's fan.

I put this in a CoolerMaster 690 case on an ASUS M4A79T deluxe mobo, and it fit fine. Dropped my CPU idle temps by 10C, and my load temps by about 15C, but at least part of that is probably due to the extra exhaust fan on the back of the case that I added at the same time. Three hours of CODWAW last night, CPU temp never got above 54C.

Price is not a con... it's worth it for what you get.

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  • Esteban D.
  • 7/22/2009 7:16:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow wow and more WOW!

Pros: Pretty amazing... my temps drop by 5-6 c Have it on a Intel C2D 8500. Fits on an GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P and in a cooler master rc690 case which is awesome!!

Cons: The instructions for installing the fans on it was a hassle but lucky google our friends.

Other Thoughts: Seriously one of the best HSF I brought in awhile!!

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  • Eric N.
  • 7/21/2009 10:32:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Keps q6600 at 32ish C idle 36ish under load (with 2 fans)
Its big... almost doesn't fit in Coolermaster Centurion 590, free thermal past and screw driver

Cons: the instructions of how to get the fans to mount is confusing, i had to look it up on-line on a review forum

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  • Kevin M.
  • 7/18/2009 6:34:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBUY THIS

Pros: Very quiet, extremely cool. Much easier to install than the Zalman in my other PC.

Cons: Very very big. Installation instructions could have been a little clearer but google image search let me figure it out.

Other Thoughts: Those Austrians sure know how to design a heat sink.

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