Noctua NH-U12S


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About this Product

Socket compatibility Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 (backplate required)
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) 755 g
Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility 120x120x25
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
Warranty 6 Years

Fan specifications
Model Noctua NF-F12 PWM
Bearing SSO2
Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1500 RPM
Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Max. Airflow 93,4 m³/h
Max. Airflow with L.N.A. 74,3 m³/h
Max. Acoustical Noise 22,4 dB(A)
Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 18,6 dB(A)
Input Power 0,6 W
Voltage Range 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h

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Noctua NH-U12S Reviews Rating: 92 out of 100 based on 5 ratings.

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APH Networks 8/10 Aug 30 '13
Benchmark Reviews 8.45/10 Jan 02 '14
Cowcotland  --- Jan 02 '14
Frosty Tech  --- Jan 07 '14
Hardcoreware  --- Feb 07 '14
Hardwareoverclock Austria  --- Apr 23 '13
ocaholic 5/5 Dec 12 '13
Overclockers Club  --- Dec 04 '13
Technic3D  --- Jan 14 '14
techPowerUp! 9.2/10 Jun 02 '13
ThinkComputers 10/10 Sep 12 '13
Neoseeker  --- Jan 08 '14
Frosty Tech  --- Jul 22 '14
LanOC  --- Apr 16 '14
PC Perspective  --- Jun 24 '14
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Noctua NH-U12S Roundups and Shootouts

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Noctua NH-U12S Review Big Bruin -- Sep 13 '13
Noctua NH-U12S Review HardwareCanucks -- Jun 12 '13
Noctua NH-U12S Review MadShrimps -- Aug 06 '13
Noctua NH-U12S Review -- Jun 12 '13
Noctua NH-U12S Review 4.5/5 May 08 '13
Noctua NH-U12S Review TechSpot -- Sep 06 '13

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"For about $75 at press time, its bigger brother offers better cooling performance for only $5 over the this cooler's $70 tag at press time. Unless you have a very tight case that can only..."

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Benchmark Reviews on

"At the end of it all, what can I say? It’s Noctua. It’s everything you’ve heard. You can get similar performing CPU coolers for less, but you pay for it with much more noise. If you require premium..."

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Frosty Tech on

"Ultimately, the addition of a second (user-supplied) NF-F12 PWM fan has a small impact on thermal performance. Noctua have designed a great heatsink here, one that is better suited to compact..."

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Frosty Tech on

" Noctua NH-U12S is a tower-type CPU air cooler with 158mm in height. The cooler is designed with 45nm fin depth to ensure that the cooler does not block any of the DIMM slots for installing memory..."

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Hardcoreware on

"In its stock form, the NH-U12S falls behind the 140mm dual tower coolers like the Dark Rock Pro 2, Noctua NH-D14, and so on. However if you don’t have the room to accommodate such huge coolers, the..."

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