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Noctua NH-U9S: Introduction
Today we look at the Noctua NH-U9S, which is a CPU cooler potentially for a smaller compact chassis that generally have problems with larger coolers. With a height of 125mm and a MSRP price of $59.99, the NH-U9S is not a bargain cooler if you are shopping purely on price. It does fill that niche of compatibility across multiple motherboard platforms, including ITX without interfering with the surroundings. The U9S is of a compact form capable of dissipating up to 140 watts within a small space with the ability to explained using two fans.
Noctua is known for quality coolers and quiet fans, which puts it in the a great position where the company does not need to sell the product based on pure marketing tactics. With so many CPU coolers to count, the market has coolers ranging from price oriented, to extreme performance. It takes a lot to be a top contender and it does not mean just performance, but quality and durability as well, so without delay, let’s jump right in and see if Nocuta U9S has what it takes to keep its place as one of the top cooling brands on the market.
Noctua NH-U9S: Closer Look
Looking at the packaging for the Noctua NH-U9S, you can see a variety of information. The front of the box lists the cooler model, type, and main selling points with quick bullets. These include 100% RAM and ITX compatibility, among other things. This is great for anyone wanting the quickest idea of what they are buying. Noctua went the route of providing information rather than show off the cooler on the box.
Moving along, on the right side of the box, Noctua lists all the technical details that any potential buyer needs to know like cooler height, fan noise, and fan speeds. While the other side lists the same points that are on the front, but in more detail. Considering it more of a marketing and selling point. This also includes universal socket and low noise fans to name a few. Finally, the back side shows the major features of the cooler in different languages.
After opening the box, you see a box that contains all the necessary parts to mount the cooler on either an AMD or Intel socket. Below that is the CPU cooler itself, packaged nicely away to avoid any damage in shipping. Once the accessories box is opened, there is a fold out manual for each socket and a few other items. Noctua was also kind enough to include some thermal paste in a syringe-style tube, which is always a nice bonus!
Once the instruction sheet is unfolded, you can see it has each step in multiple languages and easy-to-follow step by step instructions. There are three different manuals, two for Intel and the other for AMD. For this review, I focused on the Intel side since that is the test bed used. The step by step guide was as straight forwards as it could be, it did not require me to double check. The style of support brackets are very easy to install upside down, however, with this cooler the brackets will not allow the CPU to be installed improperly.