|Item model number||Noctua NH-U12S|
|Item Weight||1.28 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.22 x 1.77 x 4.92 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||6.22 x 1.77 x 4.92 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR2 SDRAM|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||April 8, 2013|
Noctua NH-U12S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
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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 LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA2011, LGA2066 & AMD AM2(+), AM3(+) FM1, FM2(+), AM4
- Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, deluxe choice for Intel Core i9, i7, i5, i3 (e.g. 10900K, 10700K, 10600K, 10980XE) and AMD Ryzen (e.g. 3950X, 3900X, 3700X, 3600X)
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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 ensures 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 and Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-U12S is a complete premium quality solution that combines outstanding performance, quiet operation and excellent compatibility.
Classic 120mm tower size for excellent overall compatibility
Standing 158mm tall, the NH-U12S is short enough to fit most modern mid- or high-end tower cases. Measuring 125mm wide (including fan and fan clips), the cooler stays clear of the top PCIe slot on standard ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards, ensuring best compatibility with SLI and CrossFire setups.
100% RAM compatibility
Thanks to its slim design with only 45mm fin depth, the NH-U12S will not overhang the RAM slots even with two fans installed. This gives the user full access to the memory modules on all current CPU sockets and ensures 100% compatibility with tall heatspreaders or optional memory fans.
SecuFirm2 mounting system
Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and ease of use. Supporting Intel LGA1200, LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011, LGA2066 and AMD (AM4, AM3+, AM2+, FM1, FM2, FM2+), the SecuFirm2 mounting included with the NH-U12S ensures perfect contact pressure and maximum convenience on all current sockets.
NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow fan
Recommended by more than 150 hardware publications and thousands of enthusiasts world-wide, the Noctua's premium quality NF-F12 Focused Flow 120mm fan is renowned to combine superb static pressure, excellent heatsink performance and surprising quietness of operation.
- Height (without fan): 158 mm
- Width (without fan): 125 mm
- Depth (without fan): 45 mm
- Height (with fan): 158 mm
- Width (with fan): 125 mm
- Depth (with fan): 71 mm
- Weight (without fan): 580 g
- Weight (with fan/s): 755 g
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Compatibility with past and future sockets
Complying with the open SecuFirm standard, the NH-U12S can be made compatible with the older LGA1366 and LGA775 sockets using the optional NM-I3 mounting kit, which is provided by Noctua free of charge. If technically possible, Noctua will also provide upgrade kits for future sockets.
Scope of delivery
- NF-F12 PWM premium fan
- Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
- NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
- SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit
- Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12
- Noctua Metal Case-Badge
For users who want to achieve even better performance by adding a second, optional NF-F12 fan to create a push/pull setup, the NH-U12S includes fan clips and an extra set of custom-designed anti-vibration pads that allow to off-set the rear fan by 5mm to improve acoustics in dual-fan mode.
|NH-U12S||NH-U12S TR4-SP3||NH-U12DX i4||NH-U12S DX-3647||NH-U12S chromax.black||NH-U12A|
|LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3||✓||X||✓||X||✓||✓|
|LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156)||✓||X||X||X||✓||✓|
|LGA775 & LGA1366||with NM-I3||X||X||X||with NM-I3||with NM-I3|
|Xeon LGA2011 Narrow ILM / Xeon LGA1366 & LGA1356||X||X||✓||X||X||X|
|AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2 (+)||✓||X||X||X||✓||✓|
|sTRx4, TR4 & SP3||X||✓||X||X||X||X|
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This Noctua CPU cooler is the only one you will ever need, the one I've used now on my last three builds, and the only air cooler I'll use in the future. If you know Noctua fans you know they are nothing short of amazing and engineered like nothing else. This CPU cooler is so well made, so easy to install, and works so well, every other company should just get out of the air CPU cooling market!!!
The bracket and install is almost as easy as a stock Intel CPU fan, but it works so much better and is so much quieter. I've used this cooler in two different sizes (NH-U12S) & (NH-U14S) and cannot recommend it highly enough.
If you like air cooling, like me, and simple installs, look no further for the best and easiest to install air cooler on planet Earth.
This is an impressive cooler. At 100% CPU (Intel Xeon E3-1270, quad core) load for days, the system maintains a steady 50C temperature. There is even an option to mount a second fan (model NF-F12) on the back for a push-pull configuration. My build uses an ATX case from Corsair (500R) and the cooler is perfectly level with case exhaust fan. The top of the radiator leaves just enough clearance within the case, no issues with memory or anything else. I wonder how my system stayed cool with such a skimpy stock cooler.
I highly recommend this cooler for anyone needing a quiet, high quality air cooler for their system. As an added bonus, everything you need for the install is included: thermal compound, phillips driver, adapters, extra fan mounts, and even printed install instructions. This is really great product.
Installation was fairly simple but I'm someone who reads the instructions and takes his time. In my case, I had to remove my motherboard from the case because the backplane was being held on by the old stock cooler. That wasn't difficult and was the hardest part.
But before I go, one last message. If you haven't applied cooling paste before (and it is included), watch some videos on how to correctly apply paste. While I was fine, I've heard horror stories from people who applied too much paste (and used a different kind that was conductive). It did not go well for their motherboard after that. So, watch the videos or get help from someone who knows how to apply paste.
And this time the pun is intended -- I'm now a Noctua fan. (Perhaps we should form a club...The Noctua Fans Club...)
So as stated by my old review, mounting brackets does not align properly with MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon WiFi motherboard out of the box (as seen in the image). You will need to go to Noctua's site and request a "NM-AM4 kit" in order for you to mount the CPU cooler on this motherboard (or any AM4 most likely). You will need the AM4 Motherboard invoice and the invoice of the CPU cooler in order for them to send you the mounting kit free of charge (it will take maybe 2 weeks with both processing and shipping).
Tip: If you plan on ordering this cooler and want to use this on a AM4 motherboard. Order the motherboard, cooler and once done, go to the Noctua's site and request the AM4 kit. If not, you're trying to build everything once everything comes in might, you will most likely won't be able to build your PC for about 2 weeks (unless you want to pay expedited shipping for the kit).
Noctua's Support replied back to me and they said my CPU cooler box didn't include the NM-AM4 kit was because it's only for the 2019 products/boxes, the third-party seller didn't inform me whether the product it was the 2018 or 2019 product. So without telling me (and probably many others) and instead of sending me the newest 2019 product, the third-party seller falsely sold me the 2018 NH-U12S product that somehow they had still had at their warehouse.
Tip: Don't order from third-party sellers, order from Amazon directly to avoid this issue.
As seen by attachments this cooler was advertised to fit AM4 motherboards/sockets and it doesn't align properly. The "AMD Set" that comes with the mounting bars are missing the other screw thread by almost a half of an inch.
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Peso dissipatore: 580g
Peso dissipatore + ventola: 755g
Il peso secondo me e' al limite , una soluzione piu pesante secondo il mio punto di vista diventa controproducente per la scheda madre.
Il montaggio e' molto semplice l'importante e' avare il case con l'accesso posteriore alla scheda madre altrimenti dovrete smontarla per il backplate.
La ventola e' di tipo PWM e puo' girare da un minimo di 300rpm ad un massimo di 1500rpm/1200rpm (con l'adattatore presente nella confezione )
Grazie al materiale impiegato e alla performance della ventola il rumore emesso e' guasi inudibile , con la cpu in idle il rumore e' pari a 0.
Che dire questa soluzione oltre ad essere molto silenziosa e' anche molto performante , con la ventola al 50% riesce a tenere la cpu sotto carico al 100% in fase di renderin a 65/66 gradi (temperatura ambientale 21 gradi) costanti per ore e ore con il turbo attivo che ricordo porta la cpu da 3.7 a 4.7GHz
Noctua NH-U12S e' il dissipatore perfetto per I7 8700k una cpu che con altre soluzioni piu piccole e economiche non si riesce a domare ritrovandosi temperature vicine ai 90 gradi sotto carico.
Consigliatissimo , dissipatore definitivo per cpu di fascia alta (ovviamente adatto anche ai processori meno performanti).
Ho lasciato 4 stelle e non 5 per la colorazione della ventola che a tutti puo' non piacere ma sottolineo solo per un fattore estetico
Se questa recensione ti e' stata di aiuto di invito a lasciarmi un like.
I service my computers once a year to give them a full clean out and repaste them, and thought I would treat myself this time.
At around the £50 mark, this is a pricey fan, no doubt about it. However, in typical Noctua fashion, everything about the box and contents oozes that premium feel and no expense has been spared. It comes with multiple instructions depending on your socket (LGA 115X/2011 or AMD etc), even a 90 degree screwdriver incase you need it. There are so many little bits and pieces that cover everything you could possibly want to go with it - including a metal clip to later add an additional fan onto the heatsink.
Performance wise, both this and the coolermaster pull/push roughly the same amount of air, but the sound difference is noticeable and means you may consider ramping up the fanspeed a notch in the bios for cooler cpu temps or to pursue a higher overclock.
The heatsink is by far the most noticeable difference over the cooler master. It has a couple of additional pipes (though I think they count 2 pipes as one, so 1 additional pipe - they're either aluminium or nickel plated copper as opposed to copper), but the big wow is the surface of the heatsink where it makes contact with the die.
It's pristinely polished and in a protective plastic clip - the coolermaster is all rough and uneven by comparison - I used less thermal paste installing this (Noctua supplies this in the box and it's great quality! though I normally use AS5) after comparing temps and reapplying in alternate styles. (small pea vs thin spread vs shallow X etc)
The bracket that comes with it is WORLDS better to work with than the coolermaster, I might add. Not impossible, but you have to be super gentle with the 212 evo's and even then a screw might not behave itself entirely.
It was far less fiddly (predominantly because the backplate has 4 FIXED screws on it) and the cylindrical segments that hold the screws which attach the bracket to the motherboard were PLASTIC (rather than metal with a tiny ring underneath)
(I'm exceedingly careful and patient with my baby and even I noticed some slight scratches on the board from the coolermaster's bracket !_!)
If you've got or had a coolermaster, you'll know it's got great performance at a great price, but it just doesn't cut it compared to Noctua. I would advise saving up and just getting this one first time around, especially over a stock one.
It's not the best at moving air compared to flashier-still models, but it usually wins at being the quietest which is usually what people end up focussing on in the end.
I have seldom written product reviews but the sheer excellence and effectiveness on this product left me no other choice !
**** Why did I buy this ? ****
After installing a piece of software that displays CPU temperatures (HWMonitor on OSX), I noticed that during peak CPU loads (the sort created by video transcoding), the CPU temperatures were hitting around 83 degrees Centigrade. I checked the manual of the CPU (an Intel Core i7 4790K S 1150 Haswell) and was worried to see that the peak operating temperature of the CPU was around 72 deg C. It was evident that the CPU was not being cooled properly. Attaching an additional case fan did not have much of an effect.
A bit of googling suggested that the stock cooler that the i7 CPU comes with is not up to the task and suffers from the following problems:
1. At peak loads the cooling provided may be insufficient
2. The stock cooler is difficult to get just right.
I confirmed that #2 was a problem since if I pressed the cooler against the CPU when the CPU was operating at peak load, the temperature went down from 83 deg C to around 80.
Therefore, I needed a better CPU cooler.
**** Why Noctua and not Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo?****
A couple of reviews that I read online mentioned that the cooler master Hyper Evo's installation was not straightforward. This was also evident after I watched a couple of YouTube installations for it.
On the other hand, Noctua was lauded for it's ease of installation on multiple reviews.
**** Noctua NH-U12s vs NH-U14S (12S' big brother) ****
From www dot anandtech dot com/show/6916/cooler-master-seidon-240m-and-12-more-coolers-the-retest-and-megaroundup/3 :
"unlike the NH-U12S, the NH-U14S can and will intrude on the top PCI Express slot."
The bigger cooler (U14S) will intrude on the PCI Express Slot on an LGA 1150 motherboard and I did not wish to loose the slot so I went with the 12S specially since the performance showed a difference of only a few degrees. This was acceptable to me since I had no plans of overclocking the CPU.
***** What does the installation look like? *****
youtube dot com/watch?v=TAZvub8TQtQ
I had seen the above video to confirm if the installation was as simple as claimed. Looked simple enough and in reality took me all of 10 minutes.
Note that the installation is quite simple assuming that your case has a CPU cutout. This cutout allows installation of the backplate for Noctua without removing the motherboard. The cutout is something the case supports and looks like this : techdadreview dot com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/detail_400R_CPU_cutout1.png
**** Pros ****
I loved the following things :
1. Very simple installation ('simple' requires the cutout mentioned above)
2. A premium feel pervades every aspect of this Noctua product. Right from packaging to the feel and build quality of the components.
3. EVERY thing you need to install this cooler is included. A generous quantity of the thermal paste, a screw driver with a long handle to make the installation a breeze etc.
4. Very quiet. I could not hear the CPU cooler and this was without the low noise adapter plugged in.
5. **The EFFECT** -- After everything is said and done, the main responsibility of the cooler is to keep my CPU cooled under peak load.
With the stock CPU cooler that came with the i7 under peak load, my CPU was hitting 83 degrees C and with Noctua NH-U12S the temperatures peaked at 48 degrees C at the same peak load. That is a difference of 35 Degrees !!!! Wow!
**** Cons ****
Note: Pour ne pas vous induire en erreur, je précise que le Noctua NH-U12S est livré avec un seul ventilateur. J'ai acheté en même temps un autre ventilo Noctua NF-F12 PWM pour faire du push pull (les deux ventillo vont dans le même sens en gros avec le radiateur au milieu en sandwich) et je l'ai monté direct, les valeurs de températures en tiennent compte du coup. Je n'ai pas testé avec un seul ventilo.
Les ▬ : Il est imposant, dans mon boitier XPredator X3, aucun souci, mais j'imagine que dans d'autres ça peut être embêtant. Truc qui peut être gênant aussi c'est de devoir mettre la plaque derrière la carte mère, si on doit tout démonter. Mon boitier a une découpe sous la carte mère ce qui m'a permis de l'installer sans tout démonter (en tordant un petit peu le bord en métal du boitier quand même :/)
En résumé: Que du positif, les - c'est juste de la flemme lol. J'espère que cet avis vous aura aidé !
Merci de cliquer sur "oui" en dessous si le commentaire vous a été utile, ce serait très apprécié :)
Installation was a breeze. I was considering this or the beQuiet Dark Rock Slim/Shadow which was advertised cheaper. I have some 120 mm Be Quiet fans in another system and I was happy with their performance and noise, but the reviews about the problems with mounting that cooler put me off and convinced me to shell out for the Noctua. I am very glad I did. Instructions are easy and it takes only a few minutes to install. A tube of thermal paste and a long handled screwdriver bit are included to enable you to easily fit it, meaning you don't need any additional tools at all to do it.
I have mine installed on an ASrock B450 Pro 4 and there is *just* enough clearance in front of the fan from the first DIMM slot. You can also fit the fan slightly higher up on the cooler if you need to, meaning you won't have any RAM clearance issues. For most people running only 2 DIMMS for the better performance, the cooler is *well clear* of the slots I am using (see photo).
It's likely overkill for a 2600X, but I love the silence and low temps.
One of my main considerations when upgrading my heatsink was the ease of fitting it, you can pay less but have a huge struggle manoeuvering in your case with little spanners etc.
The fan is totally great too, I feel reasured seeing classic Noctua coloured fans in my case. I still have to get two intake fans for my new case, they'll be Noctua. I have one Noctua NF-S12A as an outtake and this fan. I find the noise is the sound of air moving and the tonality of the sound when ramped up is pleasing to me rather than offensive as other fans can be.
Packaging is top quality and a bargain for what you pay.
My old case was a bit cramped and I didn't feel I could go 140mm or two stack tower but to be honest even with my wider case - I don't think I need the bigger heat sink.
For instance, I have a I5 4690k with a speed boost/mild overclock.
When I'm rendering video at 100% CPU load or playing games if it hits 50 degrees, the fan/heatsink makes sure it won't go beyond that.
It did!!! easily..... Lets begin....
Asus Maximus VI motherboard
4TB Seagate 3.5 HDD
Sandisk 120gb SSD
Corsair HX850i ATX 850W PSU
Intel 4790k CPU
EVGA 4 GB GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked GPU
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX case
I'm not going to lie, it was a squeeze to get everything in this case, but I persisted, and got there in the end. I attached a Corsair SP120 fan to the Noctua in "push pull" configuration to increase the cooling performance in the Node 304. The clearance was great, I had two sticks of high profile ram (Corsair Vengeance 8GB) and my motherboard had its own obstacles. It seems a though, this cooler was made for this motherboard. The Noctua cooler has a PWM fan (4 pin) so its controllable in my AI suite software. All my case fans and the SP120 were attached (daisy chained) to the case fan controller. This PC was super silent! on idle (browsing the internet and watching movies). When I play a game, I just crank up the fan controller, and it still doesn't sound like an airplane taking off. It has a respectable sound. Even though, I'm not a fan of the colour, In my opinion, Noctua make the best coolers in town. I'm happy with this purchase, the temps are amazing, 33c on idle. I will update this space with my gaming temps, but I'm pretty sure it will be excellent.
Asus Maximus VI Impact Motherboard (Socket 1150, Intel Z87, DDR3, S-ATA 600, Mini ITX, Wi-Fi, PCI Express 3.0x16, GameFirst II)
2. Easy to fit
3. Fits a large range of sockets
4. Will clear high profile ram
The cooler is keeping idle temperatures down at below 30c and only seems to occasionally hit 55 during gaming, The cpu is bas 3.6 and running up to 4.7 in turbo mode, so I'm very happy with that.
The cooler was easy to fit, came supplied with everything I needed, including screwdriver and cooling paste, and the device & packaging are of high quality.
It's big, but it fits inside my tower case with just a few millimetres to spare.
Great device, well worth the price for the important job it is doing.
Installation is dead easy, and the packaging implies this is a high quality product - which it very much is and worth every penny.
You can even go onto the Noctua website and confirm compatibility with your mobo. I highly recommend this cooler.
It fits perfectly, and would be a much better choice for most people than the NH-D15, which is unfortunately much more publicised.
It cools my i7-3570k quietly and efficiently, even when running Oculus Rift progs and racing and flying sims running on my 5760x1080 triple monitor setup.
I bought the second "pull" fan which is extra in this one, (but included in D15), and that makes it virtually as effective as the larger model, though much easier to fit, being just that little bit narrower and lower.
I prefer air coolers of water coolers, as although high end air coolers cost around the same as lower end water cooling systems they perform better, take less setup time and have less maintenance and less things to go wrong.
I purchased a more compact ATX case in the form of the Corsair Carbide 400C and so needed a cooler which wasn't too deep and also wouldn't obstruct my memory slots due to me purchasing standard height memory.
This air cooler met all my needs, it fit perfectly allowing plenty of space between it and the side window, and also not obstructing my memory slots. Cooling performance wise it is also superb, although I did replace the included fan with two of the same style but black industrial units to fit my colour scheme. Running desktop apps and web browsing on my 6700k (4.6Ghz) it idles at around 27-30 degrees celsius, and under load it averages around 40-43 with it never getting above 45 degrees celsius.
Noise level wise it is also superb, and is barely audible while doing everyday tasks, and only when under heavy load with the fans hitting 70%+ speed do they become noticeable, and even then in a well insulated case is very acceptable and much quieter than stock case fans I have had in the past.
The installation was very simple, and although it has a back brace to be installed it really is very simple and comes with the tools to do the job. It uses a spring system on the screws to ensure that you get it tight enough, without over-tightening the screws which is neat.
Aesthetically I find it fits my build nicely, now that I replaced the fan with the black model, and the cable sleeves held blend the wire when you pass it around the outer fan.
Overall the build quality, and performance this fan offers really is top notch, and by simply adding a second fan it performs almost on par with the highest performing air cooler albeit with a much smaller space requirement.
Highly impressed, would definitely recommend.
Mine is silent under idle and most low load but noisy if you manually push fans to max. I am disappointed in that, considering pro-reviews, and user reviews. I never see a CPU pushing this to max under extended load anyway though.
The fan max speed is 1500rpm, but I hear it start to whirr clearly audibly at about 850rpm. It is easily clearly audible over other case noise, (however my case is quiet). That happens at anytime like minimising a game, opening an app etc. My previous fan I never heard even though it spun faster and didn't cool as well. (Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 pro.)
It does just marginally impede on 100% RAM compatibility. High-profile RAM would contact with the cooler, on my Asus H97 Plus board. (Check images though and you will see the CPU socket-RAM gap is smaller than any other.) It is however so small and overhang, that high-profile RAM would install with only a minimal offset. It's also a new model board so may not have been seen by Noctua.
The build quality is fine. However I feel it is overstated in pro-reviews. I think It's just normal good quality. I replaced an Arctic Freezer 7 pro with this, and both coolers are nicely built. The Noctua is cooler and that's why I bought it. I wanted a cooler that would cool my CPU under full load with case fans on minimum, just to be safe. The Freezer 7 Pro was doing OK at max seen 67'C, but I wanted to be sure.
Room temp 24 degrees Celsius .Motherboard temperature 35 degrees
Intel stock cooler idle temp 35 ,under prime95 load test 82 degrees..Fan speed idle 1090 rpm ,load 1950 rpm.
NH-U12S cooler idle temp 31 degrees,under prime95 load test 58 degrees.Fan speed idle 618 rpm (can go as low as 250 rpm under Asus fan expert settings but the idle temp goes up to about 35 degrees), load 850 rpm.
At idle the Noctua is very quiet,in fact from a meter away from the case it can not be discerned from the case fans which are running at about 480 rpm.However at 1500 rpm the Noctua is fairly loud , almost as loud as the case fans running at about 900 rpm.
Overall the NH-U12S is very much quieter than the Intel stock fan for most applications.However I noticed a slight clicking sound when I placed my ear near the vents in the 300R case.
Installation is a breeze, the included kit is comprehensive, works for pretty much any modern socket and it never feels like you have to "fight" the cooler for space while installing it like some other installation methods. Surprisingly secure and solid fit without the need to overly tighten the screws, too.
If you use a second fan (not a must, the included fan handles everything very well), use the included spacers, otherwise it'll produce a weird resonant hum from the fans coupling. Shows the dedication and thoroughness of Noctua, though, to even test and optimise the cooler for aftermarket additions!