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450 - 2000 RPM
18.8 - 22.6 dB
- 61 points
- 8 months ago
from completed build Meshify Mini C for all round fun
Very impressed with the quality of the kit and supplied accesssories, I guess that’s reflected in the price. Clears the motherboard and DIMMs nicely and can sustain the cpu at 34 degrees at a whisper quiet 250 rpm.
- 30 points
- 9 months ago
from completed build In it to Inwin it v. 2.0 (Team Red Edition)
The hype is real. There are 7! Count 'em 7 heat pipes. I only have one of the 2 fans installed but this blew my Dark Rock 4 out of the water. I would give this only 4 and 1/2 stars because it costs an arm and a leg but if you have to squeeze NH-D15 performance into a small form factor case, this is one way to do it.
- 19 points
- 3 months ago
from completed build Silver Usurper
Perfect fit and temp control. I'm glad the D15 didn't fit, which I had originally ordered, as it would possibly be overkill? and just takes up more space than necessary. Instead, I think this setup works better, there's more breathing room inside the case and easier access to parts. The D15 did fit - but it was putting pressure on the motherboard power.
- 16 points
- 10 months ago
from completed build Workstation Build 2019
Probably the best non custom water loop cooling on the market.
- 12 points
- 4 months ago
from completed build Keep it Clean Air Cooled Ryzen 3700x Build
Excellent cooler, with amazing build quality. The nicest fans I've see, smooth operations and very quiet. It's expensive but if you need the smaller form factor of 120mm, it's tough to beat this cooler.
- 10 points
- 5 months ago
from completed build Silent and Powerful CAM Programming Workstation
Once installed, this is a fantastic and quiet CPU cooler. It's performance rivals that of much larger 140mm air coolers and even some AIOs, while also being quieter. Impressive engineering from Noctua on this one.
However, the installation process was... Stressful. The mounting bracket was easy enough to install, but when it came time to screw down the cooler to the bracket, I ran into some complications. Using the included screwdriver tool, I had to put a stupid amount of force on the spring loaded screws to get them to catch and start threading into the mounting bracket. Like they'd get started, but not go far enough into the threads and just pop out again. I also had to make sure hold the opposite side of the cooler down with my other hand to keep the pressure balanced. Of course, this feat of hand-eye coordination took me several attempts to get right, and in one of them, my other hand (the one doing the balancing), slipped. Apparently I get sweaty palms when crushing my $350 CPU like a biological hydraulic press, who knew? The entire assembly tilted violently to one side, and ripped the CPU out of the socket because the thermal paste had formed a seal between the cold plate on the cooler and the CPU heat spreader. This resulted in a couple of bent pins on my CPU. Ouch.
Fortunately, I was able to use a scalpel to bend the pins back to a straight-ish position, and got the CPU reseated in the socket. I then used a larger and more ergonomic screwdriver from IFixIt to get the screws started in the threads, and then alternated tightening down the sides. PC booted fine after that and seems to be running well, but I am keeping an eye on it. Not sure if those bent pins will cause problems or not.
Suffice to say, learn from my mistakes and don't use the included tool when installing this, use an actual screwdriver. It'll make your life a lot easier.
And Noctua, if you're reading this, please make the spring loaded mounting screws just a millimeter or two longer to prevent this from happening to more people. The cooler is great otherwise!
- 8 points
- 1 month ago
from completed build Ugly but Good
This is the Rolls Royce of CPU fans. Noctua herself is a legendary Austrian mythical creature that specializes in build quality and performance-to-noise ratio. The NH-U12A is their most recent flagship, representing years of research into material engineering to produce the 2 marvelous NF-A12 fans included with package.
Let's be honest, despite it's hefty price tag (for air cooling) it's not going to give quite as good performance as it's older and larger (and cheaper) brother, the NH-D15 series. And when it comes to overclocking, it will get crushed by high-end Water Coolers (but that's a different price category). Note though that Water Coolers in the Noctua's $100 price range (ex. Kraken 52) performed worse than this Noctua in both noise and GPU temperature (in some videos I saws on the youtubes).
The biggest advantages of this fan in my mind besides ultimate coolness are it's compact size (it will fit in most cases, and the asymmetric design virtually eliminates RAM clearing issues), and ease of install.
Being my first build, I can't tell you how thankful I am that the install process is this: apply the included (high-end) thermal paste, plop the fan in, screw it down. Done! It does feel a little scary pushing those spring loaded screws onto the motherboard (as you inevitably push down on the Cooler and CPU). But watch any install videos for both this NH-U12A fan vs. a water cooler or even the NH-D15, and you will see why the NH-U12A is once again best in class.
- 7 points
- 1 day ago
from completed build Best Mini ITX AMD Build
Definitely the best air cooler for the size. Also the best air cooler that fits in the InWin A1 (the case I used for my build).
- 6 points
- 10 months ago
Decent cooler, but a bit overpriced. I own a Ryzen 5 2600X, and with the stock cooler (Wraith Spire), I was getting peaks of 76°C in a 2007 game that probably did not even max it out...Now I get 73-75°C after 15 minutes of stress test with RealBench 2.56, which is disappointing; however, consider that my room temperature is around 35-39°C (I live in southern Italy), so this was probably to be expected. Idle temps fluctuate between 39-50°C degrees with the fans set to maximum, if HWinfo is to be believed.