If you read Kitguru regularly, there is no chance you will have missed us singing the praises of the Noctua NH D14 cooler which we have affectionately dubbed ‘The Austrian Sandwich’. Even all this time after the initial release, competitors are still using it as the yardstick to judge cooling performance.
At the end of the day, the only problems with the NH D14 are the price (around £70) and the gargantuan size which can cause fitting problems with a selection of supporting hardware. Enter the NH U12P which received an update in recent months to Special Edition SE2 status. This cooler can be picked up for around the £50 mark in the UK, so there are substantial savings to be made.
The big question remains to be answered however, is it enough for high end overclocking and pushing a hot running Intel processor to the limit?
The NH U12P was positively received by both critics and consumers. The Special Edition SE2 bundle includes a tube of high grade NT H1, the same thermal paste we use in many of our reviews. There are now two NF P12 fans included, and the latest SecuFirm2 multisocket mounting system. The cooler is backed by a class leading 6 year manufacturer warranty, so you can be sure that Noctua have faith in their engineering capabilities, over the long haul.
|Socket compatibility||Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3
|Height (without fan)||158 mm|
|Width (without fan)||126 mm|
|Depth (without fan)||71 mm|
|Height (with fan)||158 mm|
|Width (with fan)||126 mm|
|Depth (with fan)||95/120* mm|
|Weight (without fan)||600 g|
|Weight (with fan)||770/940* g|
|Material||Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminum (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating|
|Fan compatibility||120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm|
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