Noctua NH-U12S

  • Noctua NH-U12S
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Based on 18 scores, 40 reviews available
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    12
  • Good:
    5
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Pros:

  • High level engineering.
  • Noise/Performance ratio beats anything out there.
  • Premium technologies incrementally add up to great performance.

Cons:

  • Other manufacturers have developed better fan mounting systems.
  • Lives in the shadow of the larger NHU14S.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSpot on 90

The Noctua NH-U12S comes with the SecuFirm2 mounting kit which allows for installation on the Intel LGA2011, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 (backplate required) platforms. At $70, the NH-U12S isn't exactly cheap, but premium parts rarely are.

By hardCOREware on -

Today we're reviewing the Noctua NH-U12S. This is the little brother to the NH-U14S, which is so far the best cooler we have ever tested on an open bench – this includes dual fan closed loop coolers. The U14S sets a high standard, and it will be...

By FrostyTech on -

The Noctua NH-U12S heatsink is built around five 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a 108mm tall aluminum fin stack. Where the heatsink interfaces with the processor, we find a beautifully machined nickel plated copper heat spreader. ...

By Benchmark Reviews on 84

Noctua does it again. I received the NH-U12S alongside its bigger brother, the 140mm NH-U14S. While the larger fans of the NH-U14S were obviously quieter due to their larger diameter (and lower RPMs), the 120mm NH-U12S wasn't too far behind. Designed to...

By Overclockers Club on -

Noctua continues to put together cooling solutions to meet the needs of the enthusiast market by leveraging the engineering behind the company to deliver an excellent product. That design excellence does come at a cost, but that cost is tempered by the...

By ThinkComputers on 100

When it comes to choosing an aftermarket CPU cooler there are a lot of things to think about. One of the biggest concerns is if it will fit with your current memory. A lot of enthusiast memory has larger heatspreaders, which can get in the way of many...

By Overclock3D on 80

Unboxing a Noctua product is one of the truly great treats in the reviewers world. There's a real sense of quality and class from the outset, and although the inner boxing is brown card, even its thin sturdiness belies quality and simplicity rather...

By Bigbruin on -

Noctua keeps rolling along with their high end coolers designed to tame the heat of today's modern processors. In this review we will be taking a look at two of their new heatpipe tower coolers, the NH-U12S and the NH-U14S. As you might be able to figure out these coolers feature a 12cm and 14cm fan, respectively, and are the latest in their award winning U-series of coolers. The coolers themselves implement U-shaped heatpipes within a compact array of fins intended to provide broad compatibility with a variety of systems, especially when it comes to avoiding interference with system...

By APH Networks on 80

Last week, I spent all afternoon playing volleyball with my friends in the gym. When night came, I took the opportunity to play some street hockey outside. While I was in the gym playing volleyball, I had to problems diving for the ball occasionally;...

By Kitguru.net on 80

Today we are going to look at one of the latest additions to Noctua’s range of high performance CPU coolers, the NH-U12S. This model is fairly compact and is designed for those users who are looking for decent cooling performance as well as...

By overclockers.com on -

The first thing we should go over to frame a conclusion is pricing. The Noctua NH-U12S will run you $69.99 shipped at Newegg . That does sound like a high-ish price for a heatsink until you consider the fact that it comes with a NF-F12 fan worth $24.99...

By pcgamers.net.au on -

This is a premium product from a specialty manufacturer that is both thermally effective and acousticly pleasing. I really liked the NH-U12S and would happily use it in any of my own personal systems. The fan clips and mounting system make the heat...

By 3dGameMan on -

Video Review: The Noctua NH-U12S CPU Air Cooler is one of the better smaller CPU coolers around. It has a copper baseplate, many copper heatpipes, lots aluminum fins and one large fan, but another can be added. Also, it's well constructed, they...

By DragonSteelMods on 90

Noctua is always innovating with new product designs and they've just introduced a new tower style cooler, the NH-U12S which is what I have for review today. This cooler is a thin design, it's only 45mm deep which makes it ideal for using with...

By techPowerUp! on 92

From the Noctua website: Designed in Austria, Noctua's premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 1000 awards and recommendations from...

By SilentPC Review on -

The NH-U12S follows a long line of high performance heatsinks that have kept Noctua a premium brand over the years. As slimmer tower coolers go, the U12S is certainly the best choice we've encountered. It offers strong performance, a nice set of...

By TweakTown on 95

The NH-U12S from Noctua brought me back to the days of my past. It just goes to show that you don't have to go and spend $80 to $100 to get something that can hold its own in our charts, and still be dead silent while doing it. I am sort of at a...

By eTeknix on -

Getting a CPU cooler that is; 100% RAM compatible, small enough in height to fit into most midtower cases and quiet enough for everyday usage is a tough ask. Then if you want that same CPU cooler to also have high performance cooling, you really are...

International Review By zeden.net on 100

Le NH-U12S, petit dernier né de la famille des ventirads monotour du constructeur autrichien Noctua, débarque directement dans la cour des grands. La plupart des configurations gamers pourront être supportées par ce ventirad, ce dernier s'avère...

International Review By MadBoxpc on -

Un nuevo integrante se suma a la familia “U” series del prestigioso fabricante austriaco de soluciones de refrigeración para sistemas computacionales Noctua, el que demostrara todo su potencial en nuestros laboratorios con su Noctua NH-U12S. Síguenos...