Noctua may not be the most familiar name among computer enthusiasts, but they are starting to make a name for themselves with their various computer cooling components. We were introduced to Noctua's products when we reviewed the NH-U9 and NH-U12 CPU Coolers, and a good first impression was definitely made.
This time around they have sent over something slightly different for review, the NC-U6 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler pictured in the promotional image below. The NC-U6 looks a good deal like their heatpipe CPU coolers, but scaled down to work on a wide variety of motherboard chipsets. The design worked very well in our testing of the CPU coolers, so I am expecting great things when applied to a chipset.
Before taking a look at the Noctua NC-U6 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler, let's take a look at some of the published data on this item...
» 2 Dual-Heatpipes for optimal heat absorption - Using 2 u-shaped Dual-Heat-Pipes, the NC-U6 has sufficient capacity to reliably dissipate even the heat generated by overclocked high-end chipsets.
» 29 aluminium cooling fins for optimal heat dissipation - Thanks to a surface area of more than 500cm², the cooling fins dissipate the heat extremely fast - without the need of an additional fan!
» Soldered joints for optimal heat-transfer - Unlike many other coolers, whose heatpipes are stuck to the base and the fins, the NC-U6 possesses high-grade soldered joints to ensure optimal heat transfer.
» Easy installation on Intel and AMD mainboards - The NC-U6 comes with mounting parts for Intel and AMD mainboards and uses the existing fastening hooks or push-pin mounting holes.
» Can be turned by up to 120° for maximum compatibility - In order to achieve maximum compatibility with mainboards, VGA cards and CPU coolers, the NC-U6 can be turned by up to 120°.
» Height: 85 mm
» Width: 70 mm
» Depth (cooling fins): 23,5 mm
» Depth (socket): 33 mm
» Weight: 130 g
» Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints
» Mounting System Push-Pins & Mounting-Hooks
» Scope of Delivery: NC-U6, Mounting Parts, Thermal Paste, Installation Manual
» Warranty 6 Years
The packaging for the NC-U6 is simple, but more than adequate. It shows off the product nicely, as well as detailing the features and specifications in a variety of languages.