Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 CPU Cooler Review

We installed the NH-U12S SE-AM4 in our AM4 test system. It is made up of the following components.

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard
Graphics Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition
Memory: 32 GB Crucial DDR4
Power: Corsair RM650x
Storage: 120GB Samsung 840 Evo
Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4

For comparison we will be testing the NH-U12S SE-AM4 against Noctua’s own NH-D15 SE-AM4 and the AMD stock cooler that comes with the Ryzen 5 1600.

For testing we will first be taking our idle temperatures from the Windows 10 desktop after having the system on in an idle state for one hour.

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Next we will be putting 100% load on the CPU using Prime95. We will run it and take a temperature reading at the 1 hour mark.

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As you can see the results are very good. As expected the performance is lower than the NH-D15 SE-AM4, but for its size the NH-U12S SE-AM4 has some really good performance.

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