Noctua NH-U12A, Premium CPU Cooler with High-Performance Quiet NF-A12x25 PWM Fans (120mm, Brown)
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|Item dimensions LxWxH||11.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 centimetres|
|Noise level||22.6 dB|
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- 140mm class performance in 120mm size: 7 heatpipes, more surface area and a dual fan configuration with state-of-the-art NF-A12x25 fans allow the NH-U12A to rival many 140mm size coolers!
- Quiet, state-of-the-art NF-A12x25 120mm fans with Low-Noise Adaptors and PWM for automatic speed control: Full cooling performance under load, virtually silent at idle!
- Includes high-end NT-H1 thermal paste and SecuFirm2 mounting system for easy installation on Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1200, LGA2011, LGA2066 and AMD AM4, AM3(+), AM2(+), FM2(+)
- Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, deluxe choice for Intel Core i9, i7, i5, i3 (e.g. 11900K, 11700K, 10900K, 10980XE) and AMD Ryzen (e.g. 5950X, 5900X, 5800X, 5600X)
- Optional NM-i17xx-MP78 mounting upgrade-kit for Intel’s upcoming 12th gen Core CPUs (Alder Lake-S platform, LGA1700 socket) available separately
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The NH-U12A is the latest, 5th generation of Noctua’s award-winning NH-U12 series of 120mm size premium-quality quiet CPU coolers. Conceived to push the envelope of the 120mm form factor, it combines two of Noctua’s flagship model NF-A12x25 PWM 120mm fans with a completely redesigned heatsink featuring 7 heatpipes and an increased fin surface area for superior heat dissipation. This way, the NH-U12A can rival the performance of many 140mm size coolers while offering 120mm class case and PCIe compatibility. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system and Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-U12A is a deluxe choice that combines top-tier performance with excellent compatibility and outstanding quietness of operation.
Award-winning NH-U12 series
First introduced in 2005, Noctua’s NH-U12 series has won more than 600 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines. The NH-U12A is the latest addition to this prestigious series that has established itself as a benchmark for premium-quality quiet 120mm coolers.
100% RAM compatibility on LGA115x and AM4
Due to its asymmetric design, the NH-U12A does not overhang the RAM slots on Intel LGA115x and AMD AM4 based motherboards, which ensures easy access to the modules and 100% compatibility with tall heat-spreaders. On LGA2066, the rear fan will overhang the RAM slots on the left-hand side of the socket, so RAM modules should not exceed 42mm in height. *
Dual NF-A12 120mm fans
The NF-A12x25 is a highly optimised next-generation 120mm fan that integrates Noctua’s latest innovations in aerodynamic engineering in order to achieve an unprecedented level of quiet cooling performance. Using this elite-class fan in a push/pull dual fan configuration is one of the cornerstones of the NH-U12A’s commanding performance and acoustic efficiency.
Classic 120mm tower size for excellent case and PCIe compatibility
Standing 158mm tall, the NH-U12A is short enough to fit most modern mid- or high-end tower cases. Measuring 125mm wide (including fan and fan clips), the cooler stays clear of the top PCIe slot on most standard ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards, ensuring optimum compatibility with multi-GPU setups.
- Height (without fan): 158 mm
- Width (without fan): 125 mm
- Depth (without fan): 58 mm
- Height (with fan): 158 mm
- Width (with fan): 125 mm
- Depth (with fan): 112 mm
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Scope of delivery
- 2x NF-A12x25 PWM 120mm fan
- 2x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A)
- 4-pin PWM y-cable
- SecuFirm2 mounting system for Intel and AMD
- NT-H1 thermal compound
- Noctua Metal Case-Badge
* In cases with more than 158mm CPU cooler clearance, the rear fan can be moved upwards to make room for memory modules taller than 42mm.
140mm performance in 120mm size
Thanks to its completely revised 7 heatpipe layout, 37% more fin surface area and a dual fan push/pull configuration that uses the new, state-of-the-art NF-A12x25 fans, the NH-U12A can actually match or even outperform many 140mm sized coolers.
|NH-U12S||NH-U12S TR4-SP3||NH-U12DX i4||NH-U12S DX-3647||NH-U12S chromax.black||NH-U12A|
|LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3||✓||X||✓||X||✓||✓|
|LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156)||✓||X||X||X||✓||✓|
|LGA775 & LGA1366||with NM-I3||X||X||X||with NM-I3||with NM-I3|
|Xeon LGA2011 Narrow ILM / Xeon LGA1366 & LGA1356||X||X||✓||X||X||X|
|AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2 (+)||✓||X||X||X||✓||✓|
|sTRx4, TR4 & SP3||X||✓||X||X||X||X|
- Product Dimensions : 11.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 cm; 1.7 Kilograms
- Date First Available : 18 March 2019
- Manufacturer : Noctua
- ASIN : B07PN4RDW3
- Item model number : NH-U12A
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Edit: I added two 2000 RPM Noctua NF-F12 iPPCs fans instead of stock NF-A12s, they are a bit noisy in full speeds, but man, Noctua is amazing :D. Apart from that, I have had 4 redux case fans and my case is so cool
Packaging - the u12a unit was well packed by noctua. But the noctua box was put into another slightly larger delivery box. There is no bubble wrap in between, it's a good thing the item performed as expected out of the box.
Installation - incredibly easy to install.. the hard part was removing the components of your motherboard to swap out the mounts.
Performance - I live in the philippines, so ambient temperature here reaches about 37 to 42° with the AC off.
My system specs is as follows.
Case : Trendsonic Rainbow
PSU : Thermaltake 630w modular
MoBo : Asus Prime B250 M-A
Processor : Intel i7 - 7700k(Stock)
Memory : 2x 8gb DDR4 Kingston HyperXFury
HDD : Seagate 160gb
GPU : GeForce RTX 2060 Super
Thermal paste used : Kryonaut Thermal Grizzly
Intake fans :
2x Noctua NF A12x25 120mm Fans
1x Trendsonic Case fan(Rear)
1x Coolermaster HyperEvo 212 Fan(Top) - yes i converted it to a case fan.
(From Hyper evo 212 to NH U12A)
Hyper Evo - 40 to 42°
Noctua - 40 - 42
I ran TLoZ BotW via Cemu 4k res @60fps in 1 hour. (yup, definetly not the best benchmarking tool)
Hyper evo - 82 to 83°(Average)
Noctua - 71 to 73 °(Average)
Noise - yup, silent as it can ever be, noctua's claims is legit.
Personal Opinion - I think the NH u12a is a great cooler and all, but also be aware of your ambient temperature, I believe this cooler will work best in a air-conditioned environment.
But alas, to shave off 10° from the load temperatures under room temps? I'm sold!!! Thank you seller!
Except for the packaging I'd rate this buy 9.5/10.
Oh, and linus tech tips sent me here.
Installation is super easy thanks to the standard Noctua mounting mechanism. The documentation is straightforward and the packaging easy to access. The included accessories are always welcome. Noctua always do a fantastic job with their bundles, packaging and installation.
I had originally mentioned Silent Wings 3 fans working better with regards to noise. Having played with the fan curves a lot, I can report that the Noctua fans are just as quiet with some effort put into fan control. Better yet, the Noctua fans are fantastic at getting air through the cooler so they're more efficient at similar rpms.
This heatsink really is astonishing. I've got another running on a Ryzen 5900X (12-core) now and it works just as well there as it does with the 3950X (16-core). Can't recommend this heatsink enough!
Noctua Top end companies no doubt they live up to there title as very well enginner cooler / Fans.
Install with my intel i9 9900k - keeps cooling at 25 - 65 jumps between those numbers act a steady pace. ( when gaming )
Packing hands down very well organised and done very well. COMES WITH THERMAL PASTE no need to purchase additional.
Save money as cost is perfect compare to water coolers.
Colour not so great however can purchase Black when stock comes available. IF you care about your performance and longevity with your computer this is cool to go for.
Please note I had to return this cooler as I had miscalculated the clearance between the outer wall of my Lian Li tower and the coolers height. This became apparent as soon as I took the cooler out of the box. It's huge!
There was no doubting the quality of the cooler, the radiator was beautifully made and the fans just radiated quality, just comparing them against some of the other fans in my build has made me realize I need to upgrade my other fans.
The box came crammed with all the bits you would need to connect to a multitude of different motherboards. The most useful for my setup was the CPU PWM Y-cable, my motherboard could only support one PWM to the CPU and the cooler comes with two fans for the push / pull configuration. Without the Y-cable I would have lost the PWM control of one of my fans, this was a great addition to the box as I hadn't even considered this limitation.
Though I cannot comment on the ability of this cooler directly, I have seen these in action first hand - which is why I bought one - and I was very impressed with it's performance, even when the CPU was under load the fans were super quiet.
I am truly gutted I had to return the cooler!