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Noctua NH-U9B Special Edition SE 2 Review

ccokeman    -   December 17, 2009
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Conclusion:

Much like its larger brethren, the NH-U9B Special Edition is a high quality heatsink with a ton of technology behind it. From the SSO bearings and Vortex Control Notches on the fans, to the build quality and darn-near universal SecuFirm2 mounting mechanism, to the NH-T1 thermal paste - it is all designed for a purpose. That purpose is to deliver excellent cooling capabilities, while keeping noise to a minimum. This goal, Noctua has been successful in achieving. I was impressed by its ability to hang as close to heatsinks that honestly are the cream of the crop. 'Close', being a relative term. Much like the larger Noctua heatsinks, you enjoy the use of the SecuFirm2 mounting assembly to give you multi socket capability to prevent you from having to spend additional money on a new heatsink when you upgrade your components. Installation is a snap, with the positive stop components that let you know when you have gone far enough and have reached the proper tension so you get the right amount of contact pressure on the CPU to get optimal cooling. The bundle is just as large as the one included with its larger brothers. This bundle comes with everything you need, right on down to the tool and NH-T1 thermal paste to install the NH-U9B Special Edition. This heatsink as delivered, is dead silent. If that's not silent enough, then you can install the Low Noise and Ultra Low Noise Adapters onto the NF-B9 fans to further drop the fan speed and noise. Priced at 55 bucks, this heatsink is not the most inexpensive, but quality components do come with a premium. As a heatsink that uses 92mm fans, it delivers performance that exceeds that of some of the other heatsinks I have used in the past and compares well with some of the cooling behemoths on the market.

 

Pros:

  • Performance
  • Bundle
  • SecuFirm2 mounting
  • Quality build
  • Ease of installation
  • Low/no Noise
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • None


 

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