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Noctua NH-U12S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm fan

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  • Classic 120mm slim-tower design combines outstanding cooling performance with excellent case-, RAM- and PCIe-compatibility
  • Does not overhang the RAM or PCIe slots on most current motherboards
  • Highly optimised NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow fan with PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor for automatic speed control and ultra-quiet operation
  • Easy-to-install SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+
  • Includes award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound; Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty

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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
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Easy install, keeps an 8700K very cool

Pros: My old Corsair 300R has more fans than it probably needs already mounted in it, but I was using a spare stock Intel cooler (designed for an i5-6500) with an 8700K while looking at 3rd-party sinks and the extra fans helped. Recent general consensus on the hardware reviews on youtube was to go Noctua, so I gave it a shot and I've been pretty impressed.
I'm now able to idle the CPU at near-ambient temps, and the highest I've seen reported in SpeedFan has been about 65°C under a short stress test. Install was pretty simple, my case has a nice big cutout that made it pretty easy.
I thought about grabbing another F12 fan, but the included one seems to be doing an excellent job in concert with the rest of my case fans for now. In general the CPU fan is pretty quiet unless I put it under some pretty severe load; it doesn't really get louder than the myriad fans I'm already running.

Cons: - Sharp heatsink fins! Be a little wary during installation. I managed an annoying finger cut. Probably my own fault, but still something to be aware of.
- Heatsink is pretty huge. I'd had a side panel fan mounted and there wasn't room for the sink to fit at first, so I had to move some fans around. Depending on your case, some reconfiguration of your airflow might be in order.
- Can get a little noisy under very heavy sustained load, but not awful.

Other Thoughts: Very effective, easy-to-install air cooler. Just make sure you've got physical space for it in your case.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Quality

Pros: Purchased and it arrived so fast I wasn't even able to build anticipation.
The packaging was solid, simply foreshadowing the product within.
So easy to install, haven't modified a computer in years, take the stock cooler off, clean the thermal paste, glance the install guide for a few seconds to familiarize with the bracket placement directions.
Once the brackets are on, place the thermal paste, seat the heat sink onto the brackets, evenly tightening all four fasteners.
Give the two tension screws (ones with springs) a firm push as you screw, otherwise they won't go into the threads and you will start to think something is wrong, all that is wrong is your lack of manly hand strength, CS:Go doesn't build that and neither does Xvideos.

Don't forget to make sure your fan for the heat sink is in the proper direction blowing heat towards the exit fan, mine blows to the back of my computer allowing my exhaust fan to carry the heat out immediately.

On GTA-V with the I7-8700 with a 2080 8g OC card totally maxxed, my CPU runs at a steady 20°c cooler than before, my card even runs cooler because the heat sink and fan actually sits so close to the card it pulls air over the top of the GPU, creating a more solid air flow direction than the stock cooler that literally pulls hot air onto the CPU from the heat being put out by the GPU.
Idle Temps are semantical, they always run cool, and games like CS:Go don't even make the computer get warm.
Temps for the CPU were running at a peak of 80°C under heavy load in GTA-V before, fluctuating of course, now it has trouble reaching 60°c.

Cons: 0

Other Thoughts: Would recommend, this is the perfect size, the brown color doesn't look as bad as you would think, with Rgb in mine it actually plays in well, and honestly I enjoy the cream color and brown. I have 4sticks of ram and it doesn't get in the way at all, quality product.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excelente disipador de calor.

Pros: Fácil instalación
Multiplataforma
Tamaño moderado
Rendimiento similar a Liquid 120mm.

Cons: Nope

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
ugly

Pros: mounting is real solid, and has room for my memory "corsair vengeance" on an old dz87klt-75k board. keeping stuff cool and quiet.

Cons: a little too big, ...and ugly, needs some blue LEDs on it.

Other Thoughts: ordered a 14mm and a 120mm the 140 is way too big, this 120mm is about right. im impressed i even got a badge. and the hardware is good quality.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5
it works...

Pros: -its better than stock ryzen 3 cooler
-good quality radiator/packaging/accessories
-it came with AM4 bracket

Cons: -price

Other Thoughts: gaming temp with stock cooler 68*c (Ryzen 3 2200g)
now max 57*c after gaming for an hour - (no overcloking/stock fan settings)
installed in [Node 304] mini-itx case...
Im planning to upgrade to ryzen 7 CPU soon, probably 65W version to keep it silent

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
A+

Pros: -Easy to install, instructions were clear
-Cools VERY well, better than my previous Cooler Master 212
-Plenty of ram clearance
-QUIET

Cons: None so far!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Cooling OC'd i5-4690K system at 4.2GHz with ease, w/out scraped knuckles!

Pros: When compared to Noctua's larger twin tower coolers, such as the NH-D15 (of which I have running on a i7-4790K system), this is a breeze to install! About 15 minutes of work for one who has built (or upgraded) systems to Noctua CPU coolers, provided there's an opening behind the MB to install the Noctua backplate (many AMD AM3/AM3+ owners won't need this step). Perhaps best of all, no scraped knuckles from having to remove a center fan of a NH-D15 (or similar) to install!

Clearance is better than some similar looking Cooler Master CPU coolers, another of which I own & had to swap to the same fan the NH-U12S has. In other words, after the fan upgrade, could be owning another of these, for less. Plus as mentioned about clearance, this gives a bit more room to work with, in a not so roomy Rosewill GUNGNIR X mid tower case. Much more so versus the NH-D15, which likely wouldn't fit & if it did, (most of) the rest of the system had best be pre-assembled, including the cooler. The Noctua NH-U12S is simply a very effective cooler at an affordable price.

As usual with Noctua coolers & for those who has owned one or more, the NH-U12S package is well organized & tightly packed, to prevent shifting & the cooler itself is padded to prevent damage. Plus the usual goodies which the rest of the Noctua family has, their own NT-H1 thermal paste, enough for 10-12 clean/repaste jobs (less is more), plus for installing this one. A PWM splitter if needed, and well organized.

When opening the package, it's immediately obvious which box of small assembly parts to open, be it AMD or Intel. Most AMD owners won't need the rear backplate, as there's (usually) already a metal one installed on the back of the MB. In this case, the install will be a 10 minute upgrade!

For those who desires to add an extra NF-12 PWM fan, an extra set of clips are in the box. However, in my usage of Noctua coolers, the extra fan usually isn't needed, at best, knocking off 1-2C for $20. Overclockers will be those who truly sees the difference by the addition of a 2nd fan. If so, be sure to install in the same direction as the included one, the hot air dispensed should be pointing towards the exhaust. BTW, mine's set to run at 100% all the time & can barely hear the 120mm NF-12 fan running. Even with my i5-4690K running at 4.2GHz synced across all cores (0.7GHz higher than base) and only the single fan, max temps usually in mid to upper 50's, lower 60's during a rare Prime95 run. Idle is around 26-28C. When needed, I keep a couple extra NF-12 fans hand to be prepared.

6 year warranty, so for those who runs a 24/7 system, or 12-16 hour days, no worries, Noctua has you covered with their generous protection. This is one of the initial reasons why I first went to Noctua. Pay a little more now, spend less down the road. Basically, other then cleaning and a repaste every 2-3 years, the NH-U12S is plug & play!

Cons: As usual with Noctua, no bugs or defects, so no cons!

Other Thoughts: Yes, I would purchase the Noctua NH-U12S again (will upgrade a couple more PC's in the upcoming months) & I recommend this cooler to anyone where it fits inside of the case. Be sure to measure from the bare CPU to the case door to determine compatibility.

Finally, for now, the Noctua NH-U12S has kept me from having to delid the i5-4690K, hopefully until it's time to clean & repaste the unit. Had I known of the power of the NH-U12S, probably would be in my i7-4790K system, although being overclocked, with the extra NF-12 PWM case fan. I believe it would do just as well of a job for less cash & will be using this cooler with most any system from here on out, provided it fits the case. Better yet, will make sure any case purchased will work with this outstanding CPU cooler!

Purchase & enjoy your Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler, just as I am. As long as case is well ventilated & paste properly applied (not too much), make hot running CPU's a thing of the past!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
LUV my Noctua!

Pros: I have this cooling a new I-5 9600 cpu that is overclocked slightly. Temps at idle are 27-30c. Whilst heavy gaming, it doesn't go over 47c. Very well pleased with the performance. Although you can install another fan on this cooler, I don't need it. But it's nice that the option is there if needed. Noctua is a bit expensive, but worth the price. In my past several gaming comp builds, I used Zalman cpu coolers. I wanted to try something different, and I'm glad I did. It's big and built like a tank. Very easy to install, even for a novice. I also purchased two other Noctua 120mm fans for controlling the airflow in my case. I'm using them as exhaust fans along with two other case fans that pull fresh air into my case.

One thing I want to note...it doesn't interfere with the ram slots on the mobo, even using high profile sticks. You do have to take note to it's size however to make sure it will fit in your case. It's a tad bit tall.

Cons: None...not even the color. They do have a new line coming that is black. In fact some are already available for purchase on the EGG.

Other Thoughts: I've built computers for the past 20+ years, and highly recommend Noctua for it's performance and build quality. Also BIG thanks to Newegg for always having the parts I've needed over the years and great prices, and for their exceptional service to the customer.

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