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Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
  • 1000 - 1600 RPM
  • 24.2 - 37.87 CFM
  • Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating

5 out of 5 eggs Outstanding cooler 08/13/2013

This review is from: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler


Excellent build quality and no keeping track of extra mounting hardware for various sockets. One set of hardware covers all the intel sockets all the way back from 775 to 1150.

Keeps my original i7 920 now in my server cool and still allows me to maintain a 900mhz overclock without any cooling problems.


none for me.

It's a bit on the pricey side vs something like coolermaster offers but Noctua is a name that has earned my trust so I don't mind paying a bit more knowing that I will get an outstanding product.

Also the color scheme may be off-putting to some people but you can easily swap out for a different set of fans.

My only potential gripe is that there is no 4 pin connectors on the fans. If you're not aware of 3 pin vs 4 pin fans, it essentially means that the 3 pin fans allow the motherboard to MONITOR the speed of the fan where as, the fourth line on a 4 pin fan allows the motherboard to CONTROL the fan.

Noctua somehow has made this a non-issue by superior fan design. The fans at their default RPM range of around 1750rpm according to speedfan push enough air to keep my CPU running fine despite a high overclock but is virtually silent during operation.

So again, I wouldn't consider this a drawback unless you're a control freak that likes to micro-manage every aspect of their cooling, which in that case, I would assume you would have a more robust cooling solution than this cooler.

Other Thoughts:

I originally bought this for my HTPC which needed a smaller HSF. The U9B fit the lian-li case perfectly.

When I retired that machine and built my server using my old Bloomfield hardware, I was pleased to see that the mounting hardware used on my older P4 Socket 775 system was perfectly compatible with all of the newer socket types and that I could transfer the same mounting plate and brackets from that motherboard onto the Bloomfield motherboard (or even haswell or ivy bridge if I want) without digging through my box of parts to find any extra mounting hardware.

That alone made me glad I bought this particular cooler years ago as any extra brackets or hardware at this point would have certainly been long gone and that would have yielded a useless cooler.

My 920 is clocked at 3.75 GHz and under CPU stress testing with AIDA64, the hottest it gets is in the upper 90's which sounds hot but Bloomfield (at least the 920's) were notoriously hot and despite regularly sustaining these temperatures for hours each day almost every day for over 4 years now, I have 100% confidence that the Noctua can cool my i7 as silently and effectively as the water cooling kit I had on it previously.

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  • Drew L.
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