Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler Review

As I mentioned we installed the Noctua NH-U12A in our Ryzen test system, which is comprised of the following hardware.

Noctua NH-U12A Installation

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X470-PRO
Graphics Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition
Memory: HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB
Storage: Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB
Power: Corsair RM850x

We will be comparing the to the following CPU coolers tested on the same hardware.

– AMD Wraith Prism RGB
– AMD Wraith Spire
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P
Cryorig C7 Cu
Cryorig H7 Plus
Reeven Brontes
Scythe Ninja 5

For performance testing we will first test idle temperatures. These are taken on the Windows 10 desktop and hour after the system has been turned on.

Moving on to load testing we will be running the AIDA64 system stability test with the CPU only checked. This puts a full load on our CPU. We run this test for 1 hour and record the highest temperature throughout the test.

Looking at those results we have the best performing air CPU cooler we’ve ever tested on our Ryzen setup!

The fans are not all that loud either, we used a dB meter app on our phone to record a 20 second clip with the phone right next to the front fan.

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