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Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Heatpipe Tower Coolers
Author: Richard Jackson
Manufacturer: Noctua
Source: Noctua
Purchase: Amazon.com
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September 05, 2013

Noctua keeps rolling along with their high end coolers designed to tame the heat of today's modern processors. In this review we will be taking a look at two of their new heatpipe tower coolers, the NH-U12S and the NH-U14S. As you might be able to figure out these coolers feature a 12cm and 14cm fan, respectively, and are the latest in their award winning U-series of coolers. The coolers themselves implement U-shaped heatpipes within a compact array of fins intended to provide broad compatibility with a variety of systems, especially when it comes to avoiding interference with system memory.

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The promotional image above shows the two coolers, with the NH-U12S on the left and the the NH-U14S on the right. Let's kick off the review with an in-depth look at the NH-U12S.

NH-U12S:

Features & Specifications (from official product page):

Socket compatibility:
    Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150
    AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 (backplate required)
Height (without fan): 158 mm
Width (without fan): 125 mm
Depth (without fan): 45 mm
Height (with fan): 158 mm
Width (with fan): 125 mm
Depth (with fan): 71 mm
Weight (without fan): 580 g
Weight (with fan): 755 g
Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility: 120x120x25
Scope of Delivery:
    NF-F12 PWM premium fan
    Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
    NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
    SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit
    Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12
    Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty: 6 Years
Fan specifications:
    Model: Noctua NF-F12 PWM
    Bearing: SSO2
    Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1500 RPM
    Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 1200 RPM
    Min. Rotational Speed (PWM): 300 RPM
    Max. Airflow: 93,4 m/h
    Max. Airflow with L.N.A.: 74,3 m/h
    Max. Acoustical Noise: 22,4 dB(A)
    Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.: 18,6 dB(A)
    Input Power: 0,6 W
    Voltage Range: 12 V
    MTBF: > 150.000 h

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