Conclusion: The Noctua NH-U9B SE2 was a pleasure to install, as is every Noctua cooler, but did it perform well enough to pick up any awards from us today? I guess there’s only one real way to find out so let’s add up the positives and negatives to determine an outcome.
Summary: Final Thoughts
We know Noctua for some of the best air coolers out there, but normally their coolers are quite large and are made for full-size PC builds. It is much harder to shrink down an air cooler and still have the same type of performance. Well it looks like Noctua was able to do that with the NH-U9B SE2 cooler. This makes it perfect for a small form factor gaming machine where you still want that great performance and might even be overclocking your processor.
Pros: – Good performance, – Small and compact, – SecuFirm2 mounting system, – Good accessories package, – 6 year warranty
Excerpt: We revised our test setup, and submitted 33 popular CPU coolers to our rigorous new tests. Read on to find out which one cools the best, which one is the most silent, and most importantly, which one gives you the best value for your money.
Summary: The Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU cooler performed well, especially if you keep in mind that it is a “compact” cooler, being only 4.9 inches (125 mm) tall. It is not aimed at super-hyper gaming computers built inside huge cases, but at computers mounted on small form factor cases where typical tower coolers with 120 mm fans won’t fit.
This cooler is also very quiet, which is very important on this kind of “compact” computer.
Summary: After thermal testing, one could conclude that the Noctua NH-U9B SE2 made minimal if any thermal difference. However, it is important to note that the rate of temperature increase was a lot slower. So under standard operating or gaming conditions I did note a reduced temperature. The day after my testing, I also tried reversing the fans so they were drawing air from the VGA Card side and blowing it towards the top of the case.
Summary: Noctua's NH-U9B SE2 has proven to be a decent performer. Its quality and bundled accessories set it apart from the rest of the competition. As usual, Noctua has bundled the cooler with easy to install mounting hardware for almost every current CPU socket along with a pair of excellent 92 mm fans, thermal grease, and tools to make installation a breeze.
Pros: Extremely quiet, Mounting hardware included for use with all modern CPU sockets, Includes high quality fans, Excellent mounting setup, Four heat pipe tower design, Durable and attractive nickle plating, Detailed graphical installation instructions for both Intel and AMD sockets, Compact size great for SFF and HTPC's, Six year warranty
Cons: Price, Possible interference with memory modules, Fan wiring may be a bit too long
Summary: We were very impressed when we took a look at the original NH-U9B CPU cooler almost two years ago ( our original review can be found here ), and two years later when we tested it again I'd have to say I was impressed once again. The Noctua NH-U9B SE2 is very similar to the original, but the inclusion of 2 fans definitely helped improve performance and was able to keep up with our toasty Intel Core i7 920 CPU without issue.
Pros: Good Performance, Easy Installation, High Quality Construction, Quiet!, Able to fit into cases where bigger cooler can't
Conclusion: What I really like about the Noctua NH-U9B SE2 is the compact size. It fits snuggly on our Gigabyte P55 USB3 motheboard without any problems, even with both of the fans installed. And needless to say, the other big plus is the silence. When you connect up the 2 LNA cables to the two fans, it goes into an ultra-quiet mode with the fans spinning around 1,000 rpm or less. To make it even quieter, just install one fan instead of two.
Conclusion: I believe that it is safe to say that Noctua have produced yet another high quality offering. The NH-U9B is a universal CPU heatsink that will cool your processor quietly and without consuming huge amounts of space. It is easy to install and is also backed by a stunning 6 year warranty, in the event that it decides to malfunction in a spectacular manner.
Noctua NH U9B Cooler SE 2 with Silverstone Sugo SG07
6 August 2010
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × Our recent review of the Silverstone Sugo SG07 stirred a lot of interest with our readers and I received emails asking if it would be possible to passively cool a high performance processor in this chassis. KitGuru seemingly has a core audience of readers who loathe noise, with a vengeance.