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7.5 out of 10

Noctua NH-U12P SE2

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Overall 6


John M., Newegg
3 July 2014
  • Summary: Happy hunting fellow pc enthusiast.
  • Pros: I just installed it and this thing is huge definitely make sure to get the dimensions and check to see if it will cover your ram slots on the mobo. I can only install two sticks of ram on mine. But i didnt measure it. The instructions were great and installation was easy with one exception. Other than that Good heatsink. Note: This is per installation not per running it yet. :)
  • Cons: Installation of fan clips is annoying at best. Instructions indicate to install fan clips after installed on cpu.... Makes it difficult to install. The motherboard i bought is listed as compatible on noctua's website but they fail to mention that it covers a ram slot. If you buy this measure first and if not plan on using only two sticks of ram instead of four. -price
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Overall 8

Strong and efficient

Pier D., Newegg
29 June 2014
  • Summary: With my fx 8350 overclock at 4.4ghz I was able to drop the temp to 50°c on load on stock voltage (about 20°c cooler than at 4.0ghz with stock cooler on load) and nearly 10° lower on idle than the stock cooler and all that with a much more quiet system (now my psu is the loudest thing in my system ¬,¬...
  • Pros: The build quality of this cpu cooling system is exceptional. Also, it is really easy to install and the instructions are clear. It's super quiet. Even with on the low noise adapter retain astonishing cooling capacities.
  • Cons: It is a little bit on the pricey side. If you're looking more for a bang for the buck you might want to consider the cooler master 212 which is not too far behind but at a stunningly low price. Only able to mount in one direction on amd cpu.
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Overall 10


Martha W., Newegg
26 June 2014
  • Summary: I've had this cooler for about 4 months and It hasn't skipped a beat on my 130W TDP i7-950 . I can run an all night compile jop and she'll never throttle back, I get every clock cycle through thick and thin. Basically I have no thermal worries. So, I'm thinking of getting another one for a socket 1150 CPU build I made. I could get a cheaper one since that CPU doesn't have as high a TDP rating as my 1366, but why?
  • Pros: Quiet. Easy to install. Fits a lot of sockets. Keeps CPU cool under extreme loads.
  • Cons: It's large, but that's okay with me.
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Overall 10

Excellent fan

Brandon S., Newegg
10 April 2014
  • Summary: Solid fan that will last a long time. Highly recommend it.
  • Pros: Price - I got it on sale a year and a half ago for like, $35. Materials - solid copper pipes. This fan is sturdy and heavy Noise - Quiet. I can't hear it over my GPU's fan Temp - I overclock my AMD CPU from 3.6 to 4.1 and I've never seen it go above 50c, and that's counting hot days.
  • Cons: It's really big. Unless you have a large (mid ATX +) you're going to have a hard time clipping on the fans, let alone putting it in without taking out the motherboard first. Odds are, you'll have to make a choice between having a top case fan and one of this CPU cooler's fans. See below On AMD CPU's, the fan only mounts one way. Makes it difficult to use all the case fans that I want to
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Overall 10

User Review

Josh n., Newegg
20 March 2014
  • Summary: good value for money.
  • Pros: very good cooler, lowered idle temp by 10c and load temp by 20+c. very quiet as well.
  • Cons: big. blocks memory in first slot. low profile may fix that.
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Overall 10

Cool and quiet

Paul R., Newegg
14 March 2014
  • Summary: This cooler was very easy to install on my Asus Z87-Pro. It is large though so on this particular motherboard the DIMM slot closest to the cpu is slightly height restricted. Low profile DIMMs would be recommended if using that slot. Quite good cooling performance, I'm getting around 30°C idle and 65°C load on an overclocked i5 4670K @ 4.2GHz / 1.2V with only 2 140mm case fans in a Fractal R4. This is with the fans running through the Low Noise adapter.
  • Pros: Great build quality, easy install, cool temps and quiet.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10

get it

david M., Newegg
16 February 2014
  • Pros: easy Installation, awesome cooling. quiet
  • Cons: None that i can find
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Overall 10

Excellent Cooling and Less Noise

John B., Newegg
30 January 2014
  • Summary: The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 is an older model. It is an excellent cpu cooler that is reasonably quiet and suitable for typical every day use, home office use, and casual gaming. Newegg also sells the Noctua NH-U12S which is a newer model that is more appropriate for gamers and enthusiasts. The NH-U12S comes with 120mm fans that have the pwm feature and operate at a maximum of 1,500 rpm.
  • Pros: I purchased two of these kits for my home office computers - one is an Intel Core i7 system and one is an AMD APU system. Both installations were very easy. With the SecuFirm2 Multi-Socket Mounting System the CPU heatsink is held firmly in place. The NF-P12 fans operate at a maximum of 1,300 rpm. Cooling is still good while the lower rpm help reduce noise. This tower style heatsink will fit in tower cases that are a minimum of 8 inches wide measured across the top of ...
  • Cons: 1. Cost. 2. The two NF-P12 fans come with 3-pin connectors instead of 4-pin connectors. There is no pwm feature. If you need or want the pwm feature you'll have to purchase the NF-P12 PWM fan. 3. The CPU heatsink can be installed on an Intel motherboard so that hot air is exhausted out the rear panel of a case or it can be turned 90 degrees so hot air is exhausted out the top panel of a pc case. On AMD motherboards the heatsink can only be mounted so that hot air is e...
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Overall 2

Missing fastening brackets

Eric L., Newegg
22 December 2013
  • Pros: None
  • Cons: Missing fastening brackets. Unable to continue building computer.
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Overall 10

Supposedly works with lga 1150

Anonymous, Newegg
25 November 2013
  • Summary: I was checking this product out and I realized that on newegg it says that it is not compatible with lga 1150, where as on noctua's website it says it is. I am hoping I could get an answer form noctua by any chance.
  • Pros: Don't have the product yet.
  • Cons: Don't have the product yet.
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