When I think of Noctua I am reminded of their very large and powerful CPU coolers. These cooler have rivaled even some liquid cooling systems. Noctua knows cooling but these larger CPU coolers do not fit in all systems. That is why they have come up with the NH-U12S and NH-U14S which are guaranteed to fit in your system even if you have memory with larger heatspreaders. Today we are taking a look at Noctua’s NH-U12S. This cooler features a tower design with aluminum fins and a copper base and heatpipes. There is a single 120 mm Noctua NF-F12 PWM fan and the cooler uses Noctua’s SecurFirm2 mounting system for easy installation. Will this smaller cooler still provide the excellent cooling that we know Noctua for? Read on as we find out.
Special thanks to Noctua for providing us with the NH-U12S CPU Cooler to review.
The Noctua NH-U12S comes in Noctua’s normal retail packaging. On the front there is a listing of some of the main features. On the back it goes into detail on these features. On another side of the packaging is the specifications, which we have listed above and the exact measurements of the cooler.
Opening the box up there are three labeled boxes. You have a box of accessories, a box of Intel mounting accessories and a box of AMD mounting accessories. Getting it all out you can see what we have in the photo below. Noctua does include their NT-H1 thermal compound, a low noise adapter and fan mounts for a second fan.
We have done a full unboxing and overview of the NH-U12S, you can check that out below.