Excerpt: Back in February of 2008 we had our first encounter with Noctua and their (at that time) flagship cooler, the NH-U12P. This cooler was initially release with LGA775 and AM2 platforms in mind. Since its release there have been new sockets come to market. When Intel released the LGA1366 socket, Noctua released a new version of their SecuFirm mounting system and a dual fan version of the NH-U12P, the NH-U12P SE .
Conclusion: The Noctua NH-U12P performs admirably well. You can run the NH-U12P without fans and still get very good cooling performance, but you’ve got to remember to have good airflow in your case to achieve this. Not everyone will see the same results as I achieved in my testing. The NH-U12P can be used to easily overclock the Corei5 750 on air, I’m sure I could have easily achieved even more of a higher overclock with this cooler.
Pros: Decent cooling performance, Fairly easy to install, Very well made
Cons: Back plate is rather thick, Not much difference using one or two fans
Excerpt: At first glance, the Noctua NH-U12P is nearly identical to another tower-of-power CPU cooler: Thermalright’s Ultra-120 eXtreme ( reviewed July 09 ). Like that cooler, the NH-U12P consists of a copper heat exchanger and four dual-heat pipes, topped with a tall stack of aluminum cooling fins with a front-mounted fan. At 6.2 inches high, 5 inches wide, and 2.8 inches deep, the NH-U12P is nearly the same height as the Thermalright, not quite as wide, but quite a bit deeper.
Pros: Great performance, multiple speed options, quiet at any setting.
Cons: Flimsy fan clips; bulky. Additional fans don't give better performance.
Summary: Noctua NH-U12P is a CPU cooler with excellent performance, being also very quiet. Its performance was compatible to some of the best coolers we tested, like
, and does not keep it behind even to
. In terms of noise level, it was also one of the quietest in our recent reviews.
Its general looks is also very cool, with its solid aspect and robustness notewhorty. Its fins are thicker than in most cooler, and they are not sharp. In few words: it is a high quality cooler.
Conclusion: I hate to sound like a broken record, but Noctua just doesn't miss a beat. Their socket 775 brackets set the golden bar for their competitors. I didn't think they could improve them but they somehow managed to make them easier to use. On top of that the NH-U12P SE1366 outperformed everything short of the v10 with a TEC cooler. It's no wonder enthusiasts on forums like Hard Forum have been talking up the NH-U12P SE1366, it outshines everything in its class.
Excerpt: The last time this manufacturer delivered a CPU cooler to me, it left me remembering two things. First and foremost was the very limited noise that emanates from these coolers, even at maximum RPM. The second thing that comes to mind is the weight and feel of these coolers. It has an industrial well built feel about it. If you haven't guessed by these two factors, I'm referring to my last test of the Noctua CPU coolers.
Conclusion: While the Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 was not the top performer today, it did quite well. Keep in mind that the Cooler Master V10 is a whopping $140 USD currently. This is over $50 USD more than the Noctua. Now, if you are only looking for the best performance, and you have a very deep wallet, then go for the V10. For the majority, the NH-U12P will have more than enough power to keep that shiny new Core i7 cool while overclocked.
Conclusion: The Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 performed as expected, producing the stellar cooling performance that we expect from Noctua coolers. With the ability to add a second Noctua NF-P12 fan, you can improve your cooling performance by a few more degrees. The cooler is fairly tall, so that is something to keep in mind when building your system. Surprisingly using a Noctua NH-C12P with a x58 mother board produced slightly better temperatures decreases than the Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 .
Conclusion: This is a superb cpu cooler like the previous Noctua coolers we have looked at. What amazes me everytime is that the cooler runs so silent and is still able to perform this well. It ourperforms the competition even though this time we only had a stock cooler to compete with.
Summary: Ever since the first Noctua coolers we've tested way back in 2005, we've been eagerly waiting for their next one. Well, I'm glad the wait is over ... and it didn't disappoint either.In fact, I was extremely pleased with the thermal performance of the Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 CPU cooler. It produced very good temperatures both during idle and at full load. It performs slightly better than Spire's TherMax II, and easily matched our favourite OCZ Gladiator Max.
Pros: - Very good thermal performance, - Supports Intel LGA1366, - NT-H1 Thermal compound included, - Extremely quiet, - 2 types of low-noise adaptors, - 2 x NF-P12 120mm super quiet fans, - Easy to install
Cons: - Expensive, - Only one fan can be used on certain motherboards