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Noctua NH-U12S & NH-U14S CPU Coolers Review

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THE NH-U12S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The NH-U12S is a mid-sized CPU Air Cooler measuring 158mm in height, 125mm in width and 71mm in depth with a weight of 755g (with the fan).

 

 

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Mounted on the heatsink is the Noctua NF-F12 120mm PWM fan that has a maximum rotational speed of 1500RPM producing airflow of up to 55CFM at 22.4dBA of noise.

 

 

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Noctua has once again used my favorite fan clips that make mounting and removing fans extremely easy.

 

 

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As you can see the air is prevented from leaving the heatsink due to the curved fins on both sides.

 

 

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The heatsink of the NH-U12S has a grant total of 50 aluminum fins.

 

 

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The Noctua logo is engraved on the top fin.

 

 

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As already mentioned the NH-U12S is a dual fan solution so you can add a 2nd 120mm fan on the other side for push and pull.

 

 

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Five 6mm all-copper nickel plated heatpipes leave the base of the NH-U12S and pass through all 50 aluminum fins.

 

 

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The base is not really polished so it lacks the mirror like finish we all like but in the end quality is what really matters.

 


Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by dacul #880
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I like their website. They keep it very clean, yet very informative. I'm so anxious to put the new 2x NF-F12 PWM fans inside the case. :silly: I use their thermal compounds for some time. The next buy, very soon if the odds are not on my side, will be a Noctua CPU cooler NH-C14.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by ispasion22 #877
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Most of the air coolers are very cheap, the middle class is produced in smaller quantities; the coolers for maximum performance has a more limited target, and therefore have a higher cost.
This is because the costs of research and construction that are more complex, but a good cooler like the NH-D14 could handle a hot CPU like Nehalem as well as a good watercooling system.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by Freedom #803
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MadChoppa wrote:
Freedom wrote:
Quite more expensive so if they use copper people will turn to good AIO water cooling solutions. Easier to install and better in most occations.
So it's obvious - when AIO water cooling became as easy as traditional ac to install, and the same price/cheaper, then air cooling will gone. Just curious how soon it happens?

Will not happen any time soon since manufacturers keep the cost of mid/end air coolers to 1/3 of the cost of cheap AIO liquid coolers.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by ana3mic #798
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By looking at current generation of AIO coolers they are close to Air coolers but no cigar, especially if you consider price. If all you want is to have a "water cooler", which they are not, and plan to use "Gaming" RAM with large heatsinks by all means get one, just know you're paying usually around twice for the same performance and most of the times with more noise.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by MadChoppa #795
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Freedom wrote:
Quite more expensive so if they use copper people will turn to good AIO water cooling solutions. Easier to install and better in most occations.
So it's obvious - when AIO water cooling became as easy as traditional ac to install, and the same price/cheaper, then air cooling will gone. Just curious how soon it happens?
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by Freedom #792
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Quite more expensive so if they use copper people will turn to good AIO water cooling solutions. Easier to install and better in most occations.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by dacul #790
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MadChoppa wrote:
I still don't understant why cpu(gpu) cooler manufacturers stll use aluminium in their products. :huh:
Nowadays, when air cooling almost reached it's limit and most powerful hardware are cooled by water cooling systems, it's seems very reasonable to me to use copper only(at least for high-end/premium cooling solutions) for heatsinks. Do you agree?

Yes i agree, but copper is more expansive than aluminium. Not an article for cpu cooling, but the same range www.hydro.com/en/Subsites/Hydro-Aluminiu...luminium-and-copper/
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by Sam Nicko #788
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awesome result :) i love Noctua NH-U14S!
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by MadChoppa #771
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I still don't understant why cpu(gpu) cooler manufacturers stll use aluminium in their products. :huh:
Nowadays, when air cooling almost reached it's limit and most powerful hardware are cooled by water cooling systems, it's seems very reasonable to me to use copper only(at least for high-end/premium cooling solutions) for heatsinks. Do you agree?
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by dacul #764
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najiro wrote:
ana3mic wrote:
Never heard of this problem here in my country and I've seen some very old coolers on the PCs at work that have been working for like 10 years, so yeah I guess it's a climate thing.

performance is still the same. it's just that it doesn't look GOOD anymore LOL.
and it's hard to clean the part in between fins... some discoloration and bits of corrosion.

Unless your pc is a museum piece. I really don't care how it looks inside. Just cleaning the dust and that's all.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by dacul #762
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I never had any aftermarket cpu coolers, but now since i have an A10-5800k cpu i'm seriously thinking to buy one. The price isn't so big afterall."You get what you pay for - Chinese Culture" :silly:
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by imagination #729
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I like the big NH-D14 but not all users could use the big boss. However from this specific two models i`d say Noctua really did a great job with both of them. My choice here would be the NH-U14S and seeing it on top of everything makes me dream for an early Christmas present. Do you hear me Santa? :woohoo:
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by najiro #692
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ana3mic wrote:
Never heard of this problem here in my country and I've seen some very old coolers on the PCs at work that have been working for like 10 years, so yeah I guess it's a climate thing.

performance is still the same. it's just that it doesn't look GOOD anymore LOL.
and it's hard to clean the part in between fins... some discoloration and bits of corrosion.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by ana3mic #689
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Never heard of this problem here in my country and I've seen some very old coolers on the PCs at work that have been working for like 10 years, so yeah I guess it's a climate thing.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by najiro #687
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Climate plays a serious role in the amount of corrosion an cooler can get. Since most companies nickel plate them it's not very easy for that to happen.

Yep. I live in the tropics but still, the difference was just too obvious. I had a coolermaster v6gt before and the fins are really ugly after a year.. well hidden inside the shroud... on the other hand, my friend's noctua nh-d12 looked significantly better (considering that he live nearer to the sea...)
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by Freedom #686
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Climate plays a serious role in the amount of corrosion an cooler can get. Since most companies nickel plate them it's not very easy for that to happen.
Posted: 4 years 8 months ago by najiro #685
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I had air coolers before. One thing I notice about them is that they only look good in reviews.. The fins rust and corrode easily after a year. But then I saw my friend's noctua air cooler.. it was still shiny and relatively good looking after 2 years. Noctua really makes quality coolers!