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. Now on the other hand if you wanted this cooler for say a HTPC setup it does come with both a low noise adapter and ultra low noise adapter which will slow the fan speed down making the cooler much more quiet.
One thing that Noctua has continued to do with their coolers is use their SecuFirm2 mounting system. This system is universal so it works with both AMD and Intel processors and it is one of the easiest systems to install, making installation of the NH-U9B SE2 extremely easy. For me installation took no longer than 10 minutes. Noctua has also included their NT-H1 thermal compound, which is some of the best out there.
If you are looking for a smaller air CPU cooler this is definitely one that you should check out. Right now you can pick it up at my favorite online retailer for $48.99, which is a great price! Overall ThinkComputers gives the Noctua NH-U9B a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Good performance
– Small and compact
– SecuFirm2 mounting system
– Good accessories package
– 6 year warranty
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