Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler
Posted by: Dan on: 03.06.2008 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
When pulling the NH-U12 out of the box, you can see that it is snugly packaged and protected from knocks during shipping.
When I pulled the cooler out of the box however there was lots of scuffing on the cardboard from the cooler, as if the box had been neglected during shipping.
As a result some of the edges of the fins on the cooler were bent slightly. This is nothing more than cosmetic damage however and was easily fixed by bending the fins back to where they should have been. If the box had of been looked after properly during shipping then this damage wouldn’t have occurred (this cooler box came in a larger box, and had some room to wiggle about, so will not have been totally the shipping companies fault)
Included in the box with the fan are a lot of things, from top left going clock wise we have:
- NF-P12 fan
- NT-H1 thermal paste
- AM2/LGA775 mounting hardware
- common mounting hardware
- long screwdriver (I’ll tell you why this is important later)
- fan mounts for 2 fans
- LNA & UNLA fan adaptors
- the NH-U12 heatsink
- the instruction manual.
I’m really impressed that the cooler comes with mounts for two fans, and a whole tube of Noctua’s really good thermal paste as well. This cooler may be expensive, but you are getting your moneys worth of kit.
The NH-U12P does not work with PWM based CPU fan controllers on the motherboard, as it uses a ‘standard’ 120mm fan to keep the CPU cool, it does however include adaptors (the Low Noise Adaptor, and the Ultra Low Noise Adaptor) which using resistors on one of the wires slows the fan down and takes its respective noise level down to 17dba and an incredibly quiet 12dba). So if your board doesn’t allow you to control fan speeds via software, you can set it to a comfortable sound level by using the adaptors.
The top of the cooler has the Noctua logo embossed onto the fins, and wavy edges to the fins to help create performance improving air turbulence. (the wavy edges not the logo :P )
Remember the long screwdriver? Well this is used in the holes in the cooler seen above. With certain motherboard setups (namely the cooler mounted horizontally), the fins will block the mounting hardware screws, so these holes allow you to attach the cooler with relative ease even when the screws are covered.
Here is the front (or back) face of the cooler, you can see that the four heatpipes go all the way through both sides of the fins, and are rather snazzily nickel plated to give them a silver look rather than the orange copper they are.
Here is the side profile, nothing much to note here, except at how clean the heatpipes have been soldered to the heatsink base.
Noctua have also chosen to nickel plate the base of the cooler (rather than leaving it copper) so we shall have to see if it impacts performance. The base of the cooler is definitely flat, but it appears to have lots of machine marks on it.
But we can see that it is smooth enough to give a decent (if fuzzy) reflection. We shall have to see if it impacts performance.
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