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Noctua NH U9B Cooler SE 2 with Silverstone Sugo SG07

Rating: 9.0.

Our recent review of the Silverstone Sugo SG07 stirred a lot of interest with our readers and I received emails asking if it would be possible to passively cool a high performance processor in this chassis. KitGuru seemingly has a core audience of readers who loathe noise, with a vengeance.

In our continued efforts to focus on cooling we decided to revisit this brilliant chassis and to figure out if this would be possible, without too many compromises.

In our original Silverstone Sugo SG07 review we focused on high end video cards and overclocked our Core i5 processor and today we are going to find out if it is possible to remove as many fans as we can and still have a stellar media PC with gaming capabilities.

As we have had so much success with Noctua coolers in the past, such as their class leading Noctua NH D14 (dubbed by KitGuru as the ‘Austrian Sandwich') we decided to give Noctua a call to find out if they had a cooler that would fit in this chassis and something more substantial than the Thermaltake Slim X3 we used before. The Silverstone Sugo SG07 is a reasonably sized media chassis, but we found that most of the bigger coolers won't fit into it with a 117mm height limitation and we also found that even graphics cards such as Sapphires fabulous HD5670 Ultimate Edition were too tall also.

Noctua offered their new NH U9B SE2 which is a revamped follow up to the hugely successful original cooler which received over 100 awards when it was originally released. The new SE2 version is designed with HTPC's in mind and adds support for 1156 and 1366 motherboards with the new SecuFirm 2 multi socket mounting system. The unit is also supplied with two high quality 92mm NF 89 premium fans.

The Noctua NH U9B SE2 is 25% narrower and 30% shorter than the U12P – we reviewed its cousin, the C12p SE14 on Kitguru a short while ago.

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  1. That is one of the most creative reviews ive read in a long time, great testing and very very interesting for me personally.

  2. That is wonderful. Noctua are my favourite company, wish they did a budget range however, but I can’t see that happening

  3. This is why I love this site. the news is sometimes gossipy and funny and the reviews are some of the best online and not to be taken lightly !

    I have no idea how you come up with all these ideas, but keep them coming, this is a great concept idea and one which a large audience will love.

  4. Well that was a most enjoyable read and another high praise for Noctua. they do deserve it though. They should be giving you shares in the company Zardon, you must have sold them a few thousand coolers by now 🙂

  5. Any ideas of stores near Paris for one of these?

  6. they are around £40 in the UK, which is quite expensive as always for a cooler of this size, but that noctua for you, the ferrari of the cooling world 🙂

  7. I would like that system myself, wouldn’t cost a fortune to build it either. I worked out a price list.

    CPu £180
    Motherboard £110
    Cooler £40
    Chassis and PSU £150
    graphics card £100

    Not bad value really for a silent, system 🙂

  8. Add £100 to that for memory too Flo. would work out about £700.

  9. Folks, thumbs up from me!

    I found this web site just few days ago and quickly became my favorite!

  10. Found it last week, here a couple of times a day for these reviews. brilliant.

  11. Gotta love testing like this, so useful and not many sites do it, its all performance, overclocking, performance.

    Noise is my main concern now, I want a small PC on my desk to do my work, something powerful enough to handle rendering and light gaming, but something I dont even know is on.

    Just described this system and I am going now to order ALL the parts online to build it the same. (might go for Corsair memory though)

  12. would it be possible to do the same with a 1055T Zardon? same price as 655k but 4 more cores?

  13. I think anything under 25dBA is basically quiet anyway isnt it? 16.2db? thats incredible. I had heard on another site that silverstone were using a really efficienct PSU in this, that is basically silent until its loaded to about 500W, which isnt giong to happen with a single GFX, well unless its a GTX480.

  14. 655k seems great for low power cool running performance systems. with HT, it has four cores anyway so should be fine for the majority of tasks.

  15. This was really really good reading Kitguru, so practical and not impossible or requiring tons of modding work either.

  16. This SG07 (Star Gate 7 😛 ) is very very interesting case…
    I just got a mod idea – this “Penetrator” fan looks very promising; Corsair H series or CoolIT self-contained water cooling is also very interesting solution; so if there is 180mm radiator combined with self-contained water cooling setup, can lead to a very promising solution…
    So nice powerful ITX board combined with this case, super-duper GPU and the water cooling solution that I just dreamed of… well, I’ll just keep on dreaming… 😀

  17. Hey Jordan, thats a brilliant idea. maybe another article for Zardon to handle for us later !

  18. Or another mod:
    Keep the “penetrator” but somehow attach H50 or CoolIT ALC to it.
    Zardon, I guess you have the components… 😉

  19. [sigh] I wish I could have the financial means… :-/ I would do it my self…

  20. mmmm. wonder how you could mod the H50 to fit to the 18cm fan…….. possible probably.

  21. Obviously the h50 or coolit products would be generating a lot more noise however, but temps would be much better. completely different article though I think.

  22. H50 would probably fit in this if you could mod a bracket for the radiator to connect to the fan system in the chassis. Would mean you could get huge overclocks with not much noise, certainly wouldnt be 16dBa though. maybe 23-26 (still quiet).

  23. excellent article, good read

  24. Extremely good article. As I’m on the edge on buying a SG07 I really want to now all about the cooling options. Specially for the Zotac board.

    Scythe Rasetu and Noctua CP12P SE14 would be lovely if fitted.

  25. The case will not fit the Noctua NH-D14 because of the height considering that the NH-D14 has a 160mm height and the 180mm fan on top has a height of 32mm it will be in the way of the fan. It is your choice to take the 180mm fan off, wish they made it 3mm or 4mm taller.