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Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler Review

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Closer Look:

Inside the box there are two smaller boxes, one for the heatsink and fan, and one for the mounting hardware and instructions.

Opening up these boxes reveals all the included parts:

  • NH-U12P heatsink
  • NF-P12 fan
  • Mounting hardware for sockets 775, AM2, and AM2+
  • Low Noise and Ultra Low Noise inline fan speed reducers
  • Thermal paste
  • Installation manual
  • Philips head screwdriver

Why would you want a screwdriver? Haven't you got a #2 Philips screwdriver already, if not more than one? Well, this actually does come in handy. You'll see in a bit.

Right, let's have a good look at this heatsink.

The heatsink looks like it allows a straight path for the air to travel through the fins. This is by design.

It's symmetrical from front-to-back as well as side-to-side. This allows you to mount fans on both sides if you wish.

Up on top we have the Noctua owl logo, and can also see the ends of the heatpipes.

The upper part of the base looks solid and has two holes drilled through on either side. These allow parts of the mounting hardware to be attached.

The underside of the base has a concentric circle pattern that sort of overlaps other concentric circles. It's hard to explain, but the effect when you look at it is kind of similar to looking at a laserdisc and a vinyl record at the same time. This was pretty much impossible to take a picture of, but here is what it looks like.

There is a manual for 775 and another for AM2, you unfold the one you want like a map. This seems a bit strange at first, reminds me of trying to navigate on journeys through France, but it's a lot better than the single piece of paper you get with most heatsinks.

Well, before I went ahead with the installation, I had to take a look at how the fan clip wires work. The ones on the Thermalright Ultra 120 are really annoying because the ends don't really locate well enough, and installing a fan while the motherboard is in the PC case is a job I loathe.

The sides of the heatsink have a groove that runs down from top to bottom. This allows the length of the clip wire to remain in position.

Then, you can pull the end over the corner of the fan so that the wire sits inside the fan screw hole.

Two pairs of clips are included to allow you to mount fans on both sides. Only one NF-P12 fan is included, but if you decided to buy an additional NF-P12, this is what it would look like.

With my curiosity about the fan clips out the way, it was installation time.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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