Conclusion: 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 deafening.
Summary: Noctua U12S is priced for $64.62 at the time of writing, which sits between Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo priced for $63.98 and Coolermaster Seidon 120M priced for $64.99. On top of it, Noctua is giving extra fan clips for the second fan, a generous amount of thermal paste in a syringe that'll be with...
Summary: 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.
Summary: Final Thoughts
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 CPU Coolers.
Pros: – Good performance, – Easy installation, – Quiet operation, – Quality made, – Extras included
Conclusion: 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; landing on hardwood floor will not cause any...
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: 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 performance style ram that utilizes large style...
Summary: The Noctua NH-U12S is an exceptional cooler. It might not be the best in terms of pure cooling performance, but it still gets the job done. At stock clocks, the cooler is simply fantastic for its size, doing extremely well against much more expensive competitors, such as the Corsair H90.
Pros: Extremely quiet, Great performance for its size, Easy to install, Exceptional build quality, Anti-vibration fan mounts, Can mount a second fan, Six-year warranty
Cons: Price, Lacks second fan, Colors not for everyone
Summary: 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.