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Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 ( NF-F12 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler

  • 1500 RPM ( standard ), 1200RPM ( w/ L.N.A.), 300RPM ( PWM)
  • 93.4 m3/h (standard), 74.3 m3/h ( W/ U.L.N.A )
  • Copper ( Base and Heat-pipes), Alum.( cooling Fins ), Soldered Joints, Nickel Plated.
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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 guarantees 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, Noctua's proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer's warranty, the NH-U12S is a complete premium quality solution that combines outstanding performance, quiet operation and excellent compatibility.


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


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  • Wesley H.
  • 7/3/2015 5:09:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat so Far!!

Pros: Keeps my i7 5820 overclocked at 4.5 Ghz a cool 50 degrees Celsius while running witcher 3. So far so good. I like the color, it's unique, and since I'm not trying to build a system to impress any friends or anything, then I have no problems with it.

Cons: Can't think of any.

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  • Samuel L.
  • 6/12/2015 8:49:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: -Come with a fan
-Clips for Second Fan

Cons: My PC is close to my chair and the top exhaust fans (right above this heatsink) make me chilly :C

Other Thoughts: I would say it is a medium sized heatsink with one fame, rather wide and not as thick on its own,but with 2 fans I would say it is large and not huge.

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  • Richard M.
  • 5/1/2015 10:29:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCooling fit for a Xeon

Pros: Self stabilizing bearing
Long life and quiet operation
High static air pressure

Cons: High price
Color scheme
Large cooler size

Other Thoughts: Noctua has a reputation that speaks volumes about quality. When you see that brown and gray spinner, you know you have the best fan made. The cooler can easily compete with all in one water cooling solutions. This cooler will easily fit in all but the most cramped systems, even clearing the first PCI slot on micro ATX motherboards. The mounting hardware is without peer.

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  • JAMES F.
  • 4/25/2015 11:15:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot Every Ram Combo

Pros: Low temps, easy to install. Looks great!

Cons: Was planning on having it blow up but it was hitting high profile ram. Had to move sound card to a lower PCIE slot to blow back.

Other Thoughts: Asus maximus VI Formula LGA 1150. Nocutua compatabily list made me under the impression but configurations would work.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/15/2015 8:52:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsMade in Taiwan

Pros: - Noctua thinks of everything, and designes for it accordingly
- Package includes everything you need and some stuff you don't
- Perfect for 95W CPUs and Overclocking
- Fits! (EVGA Z97 FTW motherboard with Mushkin Redline RAM)
- Yes, it fits
- You can slap on a second fan (sold separately)
- Quiet

Cons: - For the price i was hoping for a unit made in Austria
- Big
- Fan is not labelled with the direction it blows. You have to remove the fan for installation so double check that everything is oriented the way you want it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/12/2015 3:07:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Air Cooler on the market (but you already knew that, right?)

Pros: Completely compatible with all RAM. They weren't blowing smoke, they know their stuff.
Legendary Noctua silence of operation, I can hear nothing from this cooler under load.
Compatible with every socket on the market, old or new (via Noctua customer support) for FREE.
Excellent customer support. I was emailed back the same day my email was sent (the email was sent as a test of their response time and quality of service, there was nothing wrong with my unit).
With my AMD FX6350 overclocked to 4.7 GHz under Prime95 temps never went above 42 Celcius. This is unheard of performance for an air cooler.
NT-H1 thermal compound is *as good* as Arctic Silver or IC Diamond (in some cases it's better). I use it on all my builds. And the applicator comes with enough for several applications.

Cons: Some would say the color is ugly, and they would be correct. The performance of this unit is enough that you can look past the poop brown fans. Honestly, I don't mind it anyways.
Some motherboard configurations seat the RAM slots so close to the cooler that certain modules are technically "incompatible". However, Noctua's website addresses that issue, so it's not their fault if there are clearance issues, nor is it false advertising.

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  • Karl S.
  • 12/24/2014 8:30:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing CPU cooler!

Pros: Beautiful packaging
Well written instructions
Easy to install
Shiny!
Color scheme (depending on tastes)
Fan compatibility
Well designed, no clearance issues (This fit in my 13 year old Antec ATX case)

Cons: Color scheme (Some may not like the brown)
Price (I've never spent more than 40 for a CPU cooler before, but it was well worth it)

Other Thoughts: I love the minimal design style of both the cooler and packaging. It looks great in such a classic way, with none of the usual flash you often see with enthusiast products.

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  • Patrick M.
  • 12/23/2014 8:33:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMissing Intel Mounting Brackets

Pros: It looks nice.

Cons: I opened the included packet for the Intel specific parts and found that there were no mounting brackets. The box contained a screw packet and the rubber parts for mounting a second fan.

Other Thoughts: I have overnighted a set of mounting kits that will arrive the day after Christmas. Hopefully, they are compatible with the spacing on my motherboard.

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  • Robert S.
  • 11/21/2014 12:05:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT

Pros: Great tech support. QUIET!!!

Cons: Not too sure how much it cools since I'm not an overclocker, but my temps are very low.

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  • Xi Z.
  • 11/8/2014 6:47:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbout the right size

Pros: It's all about the matter of size. It's small enough not interfering with ram nor top pciex1 slot, and yet still good enough to cool my I7 2600K oc to 4.5g.

Cons: It's the same price as NH-U14S, with smaller heat stinker and fan. Wish it could come with two fans.

Other Thoughts: If you don't use high ram nor top pciex1 slot, go with NH-D15 or NH-D14. If you use high ram but not top pciex1 slot, go with NH-U14S. If you use both high ram and top pciex1 slot like me running a sli setup and pcie sound card in top slot, this is the best you can get.

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