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Noctua NH-U12S And NH-U14S CPU Coolers

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Posted May 8, 2013 by Will in Cooling
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Price at time of Review: $69.95 for the NH-U12S, $22.99 for the NF-F12 PWM, $79.99 for the NH-U14S and $19.98 for the NF-A15 PWM, all at Amazon.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great build quality, great performance, nearly silent operation even without the LNA.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

A little pricey compared to similarly-performing units, especially with a second fan added.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you're looking for a great cooler from the likes of Noctua but don't have the space or cash for one of their larger offerings, then the NH-U12S or NU-14S will fit your needs perfectly.
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Introduction

When you think of CPU air cooling, one name tends to stand out immediately for their exceptional quality, awesome performance and unusual styling. That’s right, we’re talking about Noctua. Noctua has been known for creating performance air cooling solutions with exceptional reliability and attention to detail. They manufacture a wide range of CPU coolers and fans and have a product that fits everyone’s needs. Noctua was kind enough to send us their new NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU coolers to put through the wringer so let’s get to it!

A little about the NH-U12s:

“The NH-U12S is the latest 12cm model of Noctua’s classic U-series single tower CPU coolers, which have received more than 400 awards and recommendations from the international press. The S-version’s 45mm slim shape guarantees 100% compatibility with tall RAM modules and at the same time, its fine-tuned design and the class-leading NF-F12 FocusedFlow™ fan with PWM support for fully automatic speed control allow it to further improve its predecessor’s renowned quiet cooling performance. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U12S is a complete premium quality solution that combines outstanding performance, quiet operation and excellent compatibility.”

A little about the NH-U14S:

“The NH-U14S is the 14cm top model of Noctua’s classic U-series single tower CPU coolers, which have received more than 400 awards and recommendations from the international press. While the large, six heatpipe design and the NF-A15 140mm fan with PWM support for fully automatic speed control allow the cooler to best the renowned quiet cooling performance of all other U-series coolers, its 52mm slim shape still guarantees full compatibility with tall RAM modules on LGA2011. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U14S is a complete premium quality solution that combines superb performance, high compatibility and quiet operation. “

A little about Noctua:

“Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than ten years of experience in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took the international silent enthusiasts’ hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service and class leading quiet cooling performance.”

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