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Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

  • 1300 RPM
  • 54.36 CFM
  • Copper, aluminium
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Intel's new Core i7 CPUs mark an exciting advance in processing power, but they definitely require a high quality heatsink if you want to cool them without excessive noise. Noctua offers easy entry into the world of premium quality quiet cooling with the NH-U12P SE2, a premium value package that offers everything you need to cool Core i7 CPUs quietly.

Heat is drawn away from the CPU by the base of the copper heatsink and transferred up into the array of hi-grade aluminum fins for dissipation. A large 120mm fan spins on each side of the array blowing heated air away from the heatsink. The fans' support for PWM lets the BIOS control the speed of the fan based on the CPU's thermal needs – lowering the fans speed and noise during off-peak cycles.

The NH-U12P SE2 ships with Noctua's SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system that combines outstanding compatibility, optimal contact pressure and easy, straightforward installation on Intel LGA1366, 1156 and 775 platforms as well as AMD socket AM2, AM2+ and AM3 platforms. A tube of Noctua's pro-grade NT-H1 thermal compound is bundled in as well.

  • newegg Excellent Quiet Cooling Performance The Noctua NH-U12P consists of 4 dual heat pipes, soldered joints and widely-spaced aluminum cooling fins to guarantee optimal heat dissipation even at low fan speeds.
  • newegg Dual NF-P12 Premium Fan Dual NF-P12 cooling fans feature psycho-acoustic optimizations and Noctua's premium-grade SSO-bearing to achieve exceptional quietness and long-term stability. With the supplied Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise Adapter (U.L.N.A.), you can fine tune the fan speeds for the optimum balance between cooling performance and noise level.
  • newegg SecuFirm2 Multi-Socket Mounting System The SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system provides superior compatibility and contact pressure on the Intel LGA1366, 1156 and 775 platforms, as well as AMD socket AM2, AM2+ and AM3 platforms.
  • newegg NT-H1 Thermal Compound The included pro-grade NT-H1 thermal compound provides extremely low thermal resistance as well as excellent pliability and spreadability. The NT-H1 is packaged in a syringe for easy control of the amount applied.


Learn more about the Noctua NH-U12P SE2

Model

Brand
Noctua
Model
NH-U12P SE2

Spec

Type
Fan & Heatsinks
Fan Size
120mm
Compatibility
Intel LGA1150 / LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA1155 / LGA775
AMD AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / AM3+ / FM1 / FM2
(backplate required)
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
Air Flow
Airflow: 54.36 CFM
Airflow with L.N.A.: 46.23 CFM
Airflow with U.L.N.A.: 37.33 CFM
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 plating

Physical Spec

Fan Dimensions
120 x 120 x 25mm / 120 x 120 x 38mm (2 fans can be installed)
Heatsink Dimensions
158 x 126 x 120 mm(with fan)
Weight
600g(without fan)
770g(with fan)
940g(with 2 fans)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Brandon S.
  • 4/10/2014 2:56:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent fan

Pros: Price - I got it on sale a year and a half ago for like, $35.

Materials - solid copper pipes. This fan is sturdy and heavy

Noise - Quiet. I can't hear it over my GPU's fan

Temp - I overclock my AMD CPU from 3.6 to 4.1 and I've never seen it go above 50c, and that's counting hot days.

Cons: It's really big. Unless you have a large (mid ATX +) you're going to have a hard time clipping on the fans, let alone putting it in without taking out the motherboard first. Odds are, you'll have to make a choice between having a top case fan and one of this CPU cooler's fans. See below

On AMD CPU's, the fan only mounts one way. Makes it difficult to use all the case fans that I want to

Other Thoughts: Solid fan that will last a long time. Highly recommend it.

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  • Josh n.
  • 3/20/2014 1:08:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very good cooler, lowered idle temp by 10c and load temp by 20+c.
very quiet as well.

Cons: big. blocks memory in first slot. low profile may fix that.

Other Thoughts: good value for money.

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  • Paul R.
  • 3/14/2014 8:46:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCool and quiet

Pros: Great build quality, easy install, cool temps and quiet.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This cooler was very easy to install on my Asus Z87-Pro. It is large though so on this particular motherboard the DIMM slot closest to the cpu is slightly height restricted. Low profile DIMMs would be recommended if using that slot.

Quite good cooling performance, I'm getting around 30°C idle and 65°C load on an overclocked i5 4670K @ 4.2GHz / 1.2V with only 2 140mm case fans in a Fractal R4. This is with the fans running through the Low Noise adapter. The fans are basically silent from a normal distance.

Highly recommended.

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  • david M.
  • 2/16/2014 8:23:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsget it

Pros: easy Installation, awesome cooling. quiet

Cons: None that i can find

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  • John B.
  • 1/30/2014 12:25:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Cooling and Less Noise

Pros: I purchased two of these kits for my home office computers - one is an Intel Core i7 system and one is an AMD APU system. Both installations were very easy. With the SecuFirm2 Multi-Socket Mounting System the CPU heatsink is held firmly in place. The NF-P12 fans operate at a maximum of 1,300 rpm. Cooling is still good while the lower rpm help reduce noise. This tower style heatsink will fit in tower cases that are a minimum of 8 inches wide measured across the top of a tower case.

Cons: 1. Cost.

2. The two NF-P12 fans come with 3-pin connectors instead of 4-pin connectors. There is no pwm feature. If you need or want the pwm feature you'll have to purchase the NF-P12 PWM fan.

3. The CPU heatsink can be installed on an Intel motherboard so that hot air is exhausted out the rear panel of a case or it can be turned 90 degrees so hot air is exhausted out the top panel of a pc case. On AMD motherboards the heatsink can only be mounted so that hot air is exhausted out the top panel of a pc case. If you want to install it so that hot air is exhausted out the rear panel of a pc case you have to purchase a separate Noctua mounting kit.

Other Thoughts: The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 is an older model. It is an excellent cpu cooler that is reasonably quiet and suitable for typical every day use, home office use, and casual gaming. Newegg also sells the Noctua NH-U12S which is a newer model that is more appropriate for gamers and enthusiasts. The NH-U12S comes with 120mm fans that have the pwm feature and operate at a maximum of 1,500 rpm. For hardcore gaming and extreme overclocking Newegg offers Noctua models with 140mm fans operating at 1,500 rpm.

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  • Eric L.
  • 12/22/2013 1:41:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMissing fastening brackets

Pros: None

Cons: Missing fastening brackets. Unable to continue building computer.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/25/2013 9:09:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsSupposedly works with lga 1150

Pros: Don't have the product yet.

Cons: Don't have the product yet.

Other Thoughts: I was checking this product out and I realized that on newegg it says that it is not compatible with lga 1150, where as on noctua's website it says it is. I am hoping I could get an answer form noctua by any chance.

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  • charles w.
  • 11/20/2013 6:33:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat cooler.

Pros: Quiet.
Cools very well
Relatively easy mounting (on a new system)
clears memory.
2 fans for the price of one (may not even need the 2nd -- keep as spare)
Includes pwm fans and resisters to guarantee slow, quiet speed (redundant -- it's already quiet, and, PWM...)

Cons: Large. Heavy. Price.

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  • Christopher O.
  • 10/21/2013 4:51:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest air cooler on the market

Pros: + comes with 2 fans, you only need one, and these are $25 fans, completely inaudible
+ runs super cool with just one fan connected
+ lots of fan connector adapters
+ beautiful
+ easy to install

Cons: - not cheap

Other Thoughts: It's a thing of beauty.

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  • Lance C.
  • 10/20/2013 6:03:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt Works

Pros: It's definitely more efficient than the stock cooler. Keeps the CPU nice and cool. Haven't tried overclocking yet. So, I cannot speak to its performance under these circumstances. It's relatively quiet and you have the ability to use one or two fans depending on the room you have and the noise you're comfortable with.

Cons: The only con is it's big. I mean huge. It actually covers a RAM slot. So, I had to install it in the first slot and may have trouble adding more RAM to the second slot; however, all you really need to do is remove a fan and it's much smaller. Definitely make sure to check the product website for compatibility and the size to make sure it fits in your case.

Other Thoughts: Install on the motherboard before you put it in the case. This was my first PC build. I had to remove the board after installing it to install the fan.
For the size/performance, it really is pretty quiet. As I said, that may change if I tried overclocking.

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