Since 2005, Noctua’s U-Series compact cooler with high compatibility and good performance has been on the market. Now appears with the NH-U12A its youngest representative.
Despite its relatively small dimensions, the cooler should deliver convincing cooling performance at a proud price, while remaining very quiet. Noctua speaks of a 120mm cooler that delivers the performance of 140mm coolers.
But did Noctua really create the ultimate compact cooler with the NH-U12A? Let’s find out!
Packaging and Accessories
Typical for Noctua, the radiator is in a brown-white cardboard box. Inside you will find a cardboard box containing the accessories. In particular, this includes the mounting material for all supported sockets, a large Tube Noctua-NT-H1 heat conducting paste, a screwdriver with a long shaft, a case badge and a Y-cable for the fans. The customer will also receive two low-noise adapters and installation instructions. The low-noise adapters limit the maximum speed of the supplied fans.
All in all, the accessories are very extensive. Unfortunately, the thermal compound is not Noctua’s new NT-H2, which would have been reasonable considering the price.
The Cooler in Detail
The compact cooling tower consists of a total of 50 aluminium fins. These were closed at the sides to channel the air flow. Seven nickel-plated 6 mm heatpipes were incorporated into the lamellas. These heatpipes flow into a large, nickel-plated base plate. A Noctua logo was embossed into the top lamella of the tower.
The entire heat sink has been moved back a bit to increase RAM compatibility. On the mainstream platforms (115x / AMx) the RAM heatspreaders can be arbitrarily high. Due to the relatively narrow heat sink, graphics cards also fit into PCIe slots that are located in the uppermost PCI slot diaphragm position. The workmanship of the entire cooler is perfect.
The Austrian manufacturer includes two very high-quality fans in the heat sink. They listen to the name “NF-A12x25 PWM” and should be well known to fan enthusiasts. The nine fan blades have a distance of only 0.5 mm to the frame. To prevent deformation over the years, the impeller was made of a special plastic called “Sterrox”. The prominent fan bearing in the middle is a hydrodynamic plain bearing supported by magnets. Noctua calls this bearing “SSO2”.
The technical data:
|Dimensions (width x height x depth)||125 x 158 x 112 mm|
|Weight||approx. 1.2 kg|
|supported sockets (Intel)||1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011, 2011-3, 2066|
|supported base (AMD)||FM1, FM2(+), AM2(+), AM3(+), AM4|