Noctua is no stranger to the cooling market. Noctua has been producing cooling products for a very long time and their U series of coolers has won many awards. The Noctua NH-U12S is the slim version of the NH-U12 that guarantees 100% non-interference with the memory slots on the motherboard.
|Socket compatibility||Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, 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|
|Scope of Delivery||
|Model||Noctua NF-F12 PWM|
|Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)||1500 RPM|
|Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)||1200 RPM|
|Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%)||300 RPM|
|Max. Airflow||93,4 m³/h|
|Max. Airflow with L.N.A.||74,3 m³/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|
The packaging for the Noctua NH-U12S is very elegant. Noctua’s earthy colors and tones set the stage for the product. The features and specifications pepper both the front and the back of the box.
I really like the way Noctua packages up the NH-U12S. Everything is in its own compartment. This should make it easy to keep track of all the different mounting parts as well as keep them safe from damage.
Fin spacing on the Noctua NH-U12S is good and appears to facilitate good airflow through the cooler. I figure if we can see through the cooler then the air flow should follow.
While the base on the Noctua NH-U12S is not a mirror finish, it is reflective enough to give a good indication of the flatness of the base. The reflected lines show the base is flat. The distortion in the lines is caused by the light machining marks.
While the fan appears to be a normal fan, taking a look at the back reveals that it is not. The focused flow series of fans put angles on the stator guides to control the airflow when it leaves the back of the fan. By adding various angles to each of the guides, airflow can be directed and minimize the dead spot in the center of the fan’s hub. The notches on the guides are called Vortex-Control notches. They are designed to spread the sound from the fan over a greater frequency spectrum, thus changing the sound profile.
So far installing all the coolers has been very similar and the Noctua NH-U12S is not much different. The back plate for the Noctua NH-U12S comes completely assembled. So far in the round up this is the thickest back plate of the bunch.
The retention brackets can be installed two ways which positions the cooler in either a front to back or top to bottom orientation. To keep things the same through all the coolers, I choose the front to back orientation.
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