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Review: Noctua NH-U12A cooler

Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Hilbert Hagedoorn, May 28, 2019.

  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Today we are reviewing the newest Noctua cooler, it's NH-U12A. There is little need to introduce the Austrian company as it’s one of the most recognized in the market. The official...

    Review: Noctua NH-U12A cooler
     
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  2. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    I personally don't mind the color of Noctua but, (read below)

    Noctua should start selling coolers without fans, for people that want to buy the black variants. Or sort an online shop at their own website, where you can combine products.
     
  3. Alex13

    Alex13 Ancient Guru

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    Chromax looks actually good to me, if you're willing to spend a bit more.

    PS. This cooler's fan doesnt have a chromax variant, so a no go for any non poop color fan fans
     
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  4. buhehe

    buhehe Member Guru

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    Really bad value given that price... performance is too close to 14S, which is almost half the price.
    Having 2 fans, I'd be curious to see how it performs against a dual fan configuration of its cousins 12S and 14S (both come with only 1 fan).
     

  5. alanm

    alanm Ancient Guru

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    The D15 = $89.95 @ Amazon (at the moment).
     
  6. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    I'm sure these will do just fine.

    https://noctua.at/en/nf-f12-pwm-chromax-black-swap
     
  7. Alex13

    Alex13 Ancient Guru

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    Yeah, fine, just not the same. The fan on this new cooler is supposed to be noctuas new and best 120mm fan.

    But yeah, ultimately NHD15 > This , easily.
     
  8. FrostNixon

    FrostNixon Member Guru

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    Great review, as always. Chosing a cooling solution nowadays is a bit hard with the variable prices and flooded market, might I suggest we get more reviews for a better template HH, since there is no other place I trully trust?
     
  9. JamesSneed

    JamesSneed Master Guru

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    If you have room for the NHD15. I personally have the NHD15 with two Phanteks PH-F140MP fans cooling my Ryzen 1800x but i'm sure some builds wouldn't have room for that beast.

    This NH-U12A s expensive but man it cools great for its size.
     
  10. Alex13

    Alex13 Ancient Guru

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    I'd argue not many would go for 100$ cpu cooler that don't have the room. The argument has merit but if you're in the know and on somekinda matx build you're probably looking at different low profile options.
     

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    Finally the review i wanted! And i´m very glad to read that the cooler doesn´t disappoint, great performance in such a small size. And yes the price is steep but Noctua compensates this with amazing quality. I´m been using my Noctua U12-SE2, that cost me 70 or 80€, non stop for more than 6/8 years without any issue! Works as good as the first day i started using it! As for the colors i don´t mind them but i agree that Noctua should offer different options because they are losing customers in a silly way...

    I think i´m going to buy this beauty.

    Great review as always!

    By the way i noticed the review was written by a different person, don´t tell you guys finally got tired of Hilbert...
     
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    I agree. I wasn't pushing for this other than it cools great for its size. They need to get the cost down otherwise why not get an AIO.
     
  13. Captain_Hook

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    Soon ;) https://www.overclock3d.net/news/ca...u_coolers_and_fans_are_ready_for_production/1

    Well, NH-U14S is a bigger one, so for some it can be an issue (especially in mATX)

    What do you mean by a better template?

    That's the whole idea :)

    Thank you ;) . Look closely here https://www.guru3d.com/articles-categories/cooling.html for the authors. Also I do some chassis, RAM and other stuff reviews for over a year now :)
     
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  14. RyuzakiL

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    And here I am still using a CM V6 GT to cool my 8700k and I think its high time I should replace with a potent one, as it's already at 76c on mild overclock (4.3ghz all cores)

    Should I get this over Noctua D15? Considering the size of the ram?

    Thank you.

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    They've got got all black, all white, and translucent versions in the works.
     

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    I wish you hadnt used a de-lidded cpu for your review, as I dont feel thats representative of what most people would have done with their i7 8700k (myself included). Just seems a strange decision to use a modded part...o_O
     
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    If the size is crucial it's really worth considering the NH-U12A. But maybe better check the dimensions, the NH-D15S is very nice in RAM compatibility too :)

    The idea behind is that the delidded CPU will present the real thermal performance of the cooler, not limited by the (let's say in a delicate way - bad) paste under the IHS.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. Then I shall consider NH-D15S as the price should be close compared to NH-U12A. :)
     
  19. Alex13

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    They had them even last year as "prototypes", not holding my breath
     
  20. mertyboy1207

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    yeah, theres an explanation as to why he used a de-lidded processor in the review, but that doesnt tell me the temperatures I can expect to achieve when using my un-modded processor, which is ultimately what I want (need) to know.
     

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