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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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Model

Brand
Noctua
Model
NH-U12S

Spec

Type
Fan & Heatsinks
Fan Size
120x120x25 ( NF-F12 PWM)
Compatibility
Intel Socket LGA 2011, LGA1156,1155, 1150 & AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/3+, FM1/2 (stock backplate required)
Bearing Type
SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing )
RPM
1500 RPM ( standard ), 1200RPM ( w/ L.N.A.), 300RPM ( PWM)
Air Flow
93.4 m3/h (standard), 74.3 m3/h ( W/ U.L.N.A )
Noise Level
22.4 dB(A)/standard, 18.6 dB(A) ( w/ U.L.N.A.)
Heatsink Material
Copper ( Base and Heat-pipes), Alum.( cooling Fins ), Soldered Joints, Nickel Plated.

Physical Spec

Weight
1.28 Lbs ( Without Fan ), 1.66 Lbs ( With Fan )

Features

Features
Scope of Delivery

1 X NF-F12 PWM Premium Fans

Low-Noise-Adapter ( L.N.A)

NT-H1 High-grade Thermal Compound

SecuFirm 2 mounting Kits

Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for 2nd NF-F12 (optional)

Noctua Metal case badge

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • David L.
  • 10/16/2014 11:26:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUgly Fan, But Quiet & Cool

Pros: - Easy installation
- Quiet operation
- Cool CPU
- Quality product
- Everything needed is in the box

Cons: The fan is an ugly brown, but unless you have a window into your case and sit around looking through it, that's pretty irrelevant.

Other Thoughts: I've built only three or four computers, but this Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler was the easiest CPU cooler of them all to install. No problems with installation or operation. Highly recommended.

My relevant hardware:
- Case: Fractal Design Define Mini
- Motherboard: ASUS GRYPHON Z97
- Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4590S

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  • Maxence L.
  • 9/29/2014 9:20:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: -Silent

-Good quality

-Good customer support and warranty

Cons: -A bit hard to install but that was my first time.

-Be careful with the screwdriver included in the box, it can strip the head of the screws if you're not careful. (I removed one star because of this). Use a real screwdriver!

Other Thoughts: Noctua will actually send new installation sets (base plate, etc) if you reuse this cooler on your future builds!

I used this on my FX-8350 (stock) and it rarely goes over 45 degrees C while gaming

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  • Martha W.
  • 9/17/2014 7:05:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggscool and quiet

Pros: a little early to review, but my cpu is running cool and the fan runs whisper quiet just as i expected. it's not a complicated device.

Cons: doesn't fit as the noctua web site indicated. minus one egg!

Other Thoughts: i'd be a bit off about the motherboard vendor since i thought the first ram slot was a bit close. however the noctua web site states it is 100% compatible with all ram, bologna! i'm taking an egg for that sorry.

technically it does work, but i can't have it touching my ram and it definitely does in it's standard config. instead of placing the fan in a pull on the i/o side and reconfiguring the clip like a second fan would be, i moved the fan up to ride over the ram in a standard push configuration, which worked quite well.

again great engineering and it's a snap to install, but it would be nice if i had a third hand. the tool provided is not so great, but can help.

the fan would fit over low profile ram no problem, but who wants low profile ram? maybe in a server or non-window case.

great product.

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  • jerome h.
  • 9/9/2014 11:17:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNoctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 ( NF-F12 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler

Pros: high quality construction, great fans, quiet as a mouse, super easy install on AMD, nicest case badge I have ever seen.
I replaced an AMD stock cooler with this and now in a 70 degree f room under full load my temps never go past 48 c. down from 65 c with the stock cooler. at idle my CPU stays at 27 - 30 c super good product

Cons: ugly with the tan and brown fan but still the best air cooler for the money

Other Thoughts: very satisfied

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  • Joshua L.
  • 8/13/2014 9:00:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Very quiet, yet keeps i7-4790k cpu cool. Very nice packaging and even comes with thermal paste!

Cons: None

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  • Brian S.
  • 7/31/2014 9:08:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwsome

Pros: It does its job flawlessly and quietly. I'm just running an I-5 4670k Oc to 4Ghz, runs under full load at about 46C. Normal gaming, Wow on ultra for a couple hours with music and Viop a nd fraps going I've never seen it over 39C

Cons: Ugly as hell but this thing is about function over form. If they would change the color schema they would be the true top dogs.

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  • Joe B.
  • 7/24/2014 9:52:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: Very quiet without the low noise adapter, and awesome performance. All the hardware and parts needed to install were included, and the directions were very easy to follow.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Noctua fans are brown and tan. I don't mind it, but if you have to have flashy led fans for everything you might want to swap the fan for something that suits your tastes, but then you're losing out on an awesome fan.

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  • Rik G.
  • 7/17/2014 11:36:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat cooler

Pros: This was a great choice to cool my 4790K Haswell CPU. It's whisper quiet and keeps the temps down extremely well, even under load. I've been purchasing Noctua coolers for some time now and they all are just very high quality and efficient. You can't go wrong here.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: As everybody else has mentioned, it's a large unit so it may not work for everybody. I have an ASUS Z97 Deluxe motherboard and if I orient this to blow top-to-bottom it sits directly on top of my RAM so I turned it 90 degrees, which fit perfectly...no big deal.

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  • Brett S.
  • 6/16/2014 11:14:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Cooler!

Pros: -Easy to install
-Very quiet
-Lowered my base temp by 10+ degrees celsius
-Great packaging and instructions

Cons: -None really. Just make sure it will fit your tower as it's a little larger. I had roughly 1/4" inches left next to my case in a mid size tower.

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  • Sean M.
  • 5/22/2014 3:46:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Awesome

Pros: - High performance cooling
- Quiet; the NF-F12 is not silent, but it's the quietest air cooler fan I've ever used and works perfectly with the NH-U12 heat-sink.
- The way the heat-sink mounts is very easy and SUPER effective

Cons: - Fan color is not for everyone, personally I think Noctua fans look great
- Although it works perfectly and makes for an easy installation, I'm not a huge fan of the clips that secure the fans to the heatsink.
- Doesn't cool as well as water cooling, but that's a given.

Other Thoughts: I had an AMD FX branded AIO water cooler give out after putting some NF-F12s on it to quiet the thing down (It was the built in pump going bad, not the fans) and it took out the motherboard with it.

Since I already had a couple NF-F12s I came across this and decided to go with air cooling from Noctua instead of another AIO water-cooler.

I am very happy with the look and performance of the NH-U12S. It isn't ridiculously big like some other air coolers and looks more professional/distinguished than a lot of other coolers that look like the owner is trying to compensate for something else in their life with.

If you are lucky enough to get another NF-F12 to use with this, make sure to follow the instructions and use the fatter anti vibration pads on the back fan (the exhaust fan)

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