Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366 Reviewccokeman - February 9, 2009
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $69.95 - $84.99
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So you just got that new Intel Core I7 rig put together and found out the stock heatsink is good for just that, stock speeds and voltages. The Core I7 chips have a tendency to get hot really quick when the voltages are even marginally increased. For this purpose, the stock heatsink just will not do. With a new socket, the choices are usually pretty slim at the beginning of its life span. The Core I7 uses a 1366 pin socket with a built-in stiffening plate for the socket, so most older high performance heatsinks will need an adapter kit that takes the new socket configuration into account.
A couple of these were available right off the bat with the Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366 and the Thernmalright TRUE, arguably two of the best aftermarket heatsinks on the market. The difference between the socket 775 version of the Noctua NH12-P and this version, amount to just a couple of things - the addition of a socket 1366 mounting kit and a second fan. The mounting kits are still included for both socket AM2 and socket 775 processors. Buying this heatsink kit is a great idea if the Core I7 is in your future. With four dual heatpipes, wide spaced fins for excellent airflow, an expansive bundle and two of Noctuas premium NF-P12 fans the NH-U12P should be able to cool a stout processor. We shall see, as my hot running I7 965 is looking for a cooler to tame the heat it generates.
The packaging the NH-U12P SE 1366 arrives in is just chock full of information. The only panel that does not carry any information about the product is the bottom. The front panel gives a view of the NF-P12 fan through the window as well as listing several of the attributes of the heatsink such as the 4 dual heatpipes, U-type design, improved compatibility and the Secure-firm2 mounting method. The right side contains mounting information as well as the dimensions of the NH-U12P. The left side carries product info in 6 different languages and some of the awards the NH-U12P has won. The rear shows the contents of the package and illustrates the specifics of the NF-P12 fan. Even the top panel is chock full of information, including the specifications and features of the fan and heatsink.
The contents of the box are contained in two separate boxes - one that includes the NH-U12P heatsink and the NF-P12 fan and the second has the box of accessories. The socket 1366 adapter kit came as a separate item with this package. This is a free upgrade if you currently have the Noctua NH-U12P heatsink on your current setup and are looking to make the move to an Intel Core I7 setup. Just one less thing to worry about when you make the move to upgrade; Noctua has you covered.
The accessories that came packaged are representative of the NH-U12P heatsink with the 1366 adapter as an add-on. What comes with the non-socket 1366 heatsink package, is the mounting hardware for both AMD socket AM2 and Intel Socket 775. In addition there is a common parts bag that includes the fan mounting clips, a tube of Noctua's NT-H1 thermal compound, two adaptors to reduce the fan speed and noise for low and the other ultra low fan speeds, rubber insulators to eliminate any noise from the fan/heatsink interface point and a bag of screws for use in mounting the NH-U12P.
The socket 1366 adapter kit contains all the parts that you need to mount the NH-U12P onto that brand new platform. The instructions are detailed and provide clear directions on the proper way to to install the adapter kit. The kit makes use of Noctua's Secure-firm 2 mounting method to have a repeatable mount each time you remove and remount the heatsink. While that may not be an everyday occurrence for the vast majority of people, I have found it to be incredibly useful. No need to wonder if you have tightened the screws too tight or not tight enough. Everything goes to a positive stop, so there is no question as to when the mounting pressure is correct.
Let's see just what the NH-U12P has to offer.