Noctua NH-U12S

  • Noctua NH-U12S
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Based on 22 scores, 62 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    15
  • Good:
    6
  • Average:
    1
  • Bad:
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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 LanOC Reviews on

When it comes down to it, the NH-U12S proved to be a very powerful tower cooler while managing to fit all of its performance in a smaller, lighter package than most of its competitors. The other knock against most performance tower coolers is the sheer...

By Bit-tech.net on 76

Despite the clear appeal of having a super-quiet CPU cooler, they're still rare objects and sub £70 all-in-one liquid coolers and mammoth air coolers are much more popular for the simple reason many offer much better cooling and aren't completely...

By HardwareHeaven on

Today DaveChaos takes a look at some Noctua CPU coolers, including the NH-U12S, NH-U14S and...

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 Neoseeker on

Keeping your processor cool is essential when it comes to keeping your system running smoothly, after all everyone knows what happens when your system overheats: it shuts down or it fries the CPU. Coolers come in many different shapes, sizes, colors and...

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 Ocaholic on 100

When it comes to highend after market coolers, Nocuta is one of the companies that manages to set the benchmark everytime they release a new cooler The NHU12S is no exception and therefore it's no surprise, the Austrians come up with yet another great...

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 HardOCP on

Today we are reviewing the Noctua NH-U12S CPU air cooler for both AMD and Intel CPUs....

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 Hi Tech Legion on

So, I never shot my eye out with the Ka-Bala game, and the feeling isn't necessarily about Christmas, per se. It is really about the anticipation. Everyone has their own “Christmas” for that. Gamers get that feeling while waiting for the download of...

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...