First I would like to thank Noctua for providing the review sample.
Noctua is a tried and true company with cooling solutions for CPU’s and cases alike. One thing that I know, is that if I get a Noctua heatsink or fan on my desk to test and review, I will be pleasantly surprised by it’s performance. Today I will be testing and reviewing the NH-U9B SE2. This is a revised cooler all the way back from 2009 that is still relevant to your cooling solutions today. Noctua is well known for their bulking massive coolers, but even Noctua had the fore-site back in ’09 to know that some extremist want to fit as much raw power as they can in a relatively small package. Opening the package and seeing all the miniature sized components, my first thought was “adorable”. When I say this cooler is small, I mean Small. But, Noctua is well know for squeezing every little drop of performance out of their products. The SE2 version we are looking at today was made with the HTPC (Home Theater PC) market in mind. It’s compact size allows you to install a premium branded Cooler, even when space is limited. It will mount to an AMD socket and they even added support for Intel sockets LGA1156/1155 and 1366. I was definitely surprised to see such a small cooler that was made to fit on a 1366 socket, and on purpose too. Well I have a heat generating Xeon W3520 that is just dying to put Noctua to the test so lets see how this cooler performs in the real world.
Full Review: http://elitepcreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1466%3Anoctua-nh-u9b&catid=34%3Areview-introductions&Itemid=44&limitstart=1