Noctua has always been our favorite when it comes to high performance CPU coolers. One thing we really like about them is that they are concerned with performance first. In the world of RGBs and everything else that we live in now it is great to see that Noctua is sticking to their roots and coming out with yet another impressive CPU cooler. As it stands this is the best performing cooler we’ve tested on our AM4 system. Not even the massive Scythe Ninja 5 could touch it!
Another thing that I really like about this cooler was just how easy it was to install. Noctua has always been good with this implementing their SecuFirm2 mounting system. Anyone, beginner or experienced builder should have this cooler installed in minutes. Not only that you can totally install this cooler with your system already installed in a case. We’ve experienced so many difficult mounting systems when it comes to CPU coolers so it is great to see Noctua continue to be the easiest.
Another thing you won’t have to worry about with this CPU cooler is clearance. It is actually quite impressive the cooling performance of the NH-U12A and the fact that you have 100% clearance for your memory and graphics card. So you don’t have to worry about if other components of your build will fit with the NH-U12A.
There really is not much bad we can say about the NH-U12A, it is the best performing CPU cooler we’ve tested on our AM4 system, it is easy to install, and you won’t run into any clearance issues. However this cooler does not come cheap, it is currently $99.90 at our favorite online retailer. While we do believe Noctua coolers deserve a premium price, the $99 price is right around the same for many 240 mm AiO liquid CPU coolers. If you are looking for a high performance air cooler the NH-U12A is no doubt the best out there! Overall ThinkComputers gives the Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Best performing air cooler we’ve tested on our AM4 system
– Easy installation
– No clearance issues
– Fans are pretty quiet
– Can get a 240 mm AiO for the same price