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Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (LGA1156)

Posted November 5, 2009 by Jake in Cooling







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Features & Package

According to Noctua, here are the major features of the NH-U12P SE2:

"Recommended by more than 150 leading international websites and magazines, Noctua?s NH-U12P series has become a benchmark in premium quality quiet cooling. The new NH-U12P SE2 now comes with two NF-P12 fans for further improved performance and adds support for LGA1156 as well as LGA1366 via the latest SecuFirm2? multi-socket mounting system. Topped off with Noctua?s award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-U12P SE2 forms a complete quality package that continues the NH-U12P series? legacy of superb quiet cooling performance. "

Award-winning NH-U12P Heatsink
The NH-U12P SE2 is built around Noctua’s premium quality NH-U12P heatsink that is renowned for its excellent quiet cooling performance and has received more than 100 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines.

SecuFirm2? multi-socket mounting system
Noctua?s enthusiast grade SecuFirm2? multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.

2x NF-P12 Premium Fan
Including two of Noctua’s award-winning NF-P12 120mm fans with Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adapters, the NH-U12P SE2 offers full flexibility in fine-tuning the cooler for supreme quietness and maximum performance in push-pull mode.

NT-H1 Thermal Compound
Noctua’s much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.

Special Edition Premium Kit
Bundled with a tube of NT-H1, two exquisite NF-P12 fans and the new SecuFirm2? multi-socket mounting system, the NH-U12P SE2 forms a complete premium quality package that’s backed up with 6 years manufacturer’s warranty and contains everything you need in order to achieve superb quiet cooling performance.

  • CPU Compatibility: Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 (backplate required)
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):
    – Without Fan – 158mm x 126mm x 71mm
    – With Fan – 158mm x 126mm x 95mm

  • Weight:
    – (without fan) 600g (1.3 lbs)
    – (with fan) 770g (1.7 lbs)

  • Materials: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
  • Fan Compatibility: 120x120x25mm/120x120x38mm (two fans can be installed)
  • Fan Specifications:
    -Model: Noctua NF-P12
    -Bearing: SSO-Bearing
    -Blade Geometry: 9-blade design
    -Rotational Speed: 1300RPM, w/LNA (Low Noise Adapter): 1100RPM, w/ULNA (Ultra Low Noise Adapter): 900RPM
    -Acoustical Noise: 19.8 dB(A)/16.9dB(A)/12.6dB(A)
    -Input Power: 1.08W
    -Voltage: 12V
    -MTBF: >150,000h
  • Warranty: 6 years

The packaging of the cooler is your standard cardboard box. The colours of the box are brown and blue white lettering, certainly not the most complementary scheme on the colour wheel, but on the flipside it certainly creates brand recognition. There is a small, clear plastic window in the front which gives a glimpse of the cooler’s fan, and adequate information on the reverse is displayed to inform you of the product basics. When you open the box you will see that the cooler and fan are packed in very thick foam.

The accessories here are extensive, probably the best we’ve ever seen. Noctua has not only included two of their fans, but also an entire tube of their renowned thermal paste, as well as the all the necessary mounting brackets for various AMD and Intel sockets, fan clips, fan speed adapters, installation manual, and a long-bodied screwdriver. The installation manual is top-notch, well-written and easy to understand.

Here we see the packaging and contents of the NH-U12P SE2:

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Noctua NH-U12P SE2
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Let’s take a closer look at the heatsink itself.

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