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November 10, 2009 3:32:32 AM

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

I've been looking for a CPU cooler for my build for hours now... giving me a headache. I just want one thats easy to install, and will fit for sure with my case mobo. How does the one look above? I was thinking of getting the 212 Hyper.. but its out of stock till 11/30/09.

Here is my case and mobo:
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

For the rest of my build check here.

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November 12, 2009 8:03:31 PM

I don't trust cheap WC cooling solutions. My vote goes to the Noctua =)
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November 12, 2009 8:09:45 PM

i don't know if i might get criticised for this. But i really quite like the zalman 9500nt cooler, i recommend gettng the 9700 or 9900, or their new extreme edition. Partly since they have manual speed controllers, basicly a variable resistor so that you can quieten down the noise of the cooler whenever you want, or turn the power up to a high rpm speed to massively cool your cpu down as quick and as much as possible. Also i like them because they have led lights on them, and look nice even with a case with air vents, the leds are quite bright too. But then zalman are expensive, are they not? What is your budget.
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November 12, 2009 8:19:44 PM

If you will be using 2x 2Gb (ripjaws) then you are fine, if you decide to use up all your slots then there might be a clearance issue....
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November 12, 2009 8:25:37 PM

A few of those you guys posted arn't 1156 supported. My Mobo is an Asus 1156 pro.
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November 12, 2009 8:27:50 PM

OvrClkr said:
Here is another good cooler, expensive but well worth it :

ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Most negative reviews are posted by uneducated noobs so don't mind them...



Have you actually used that cooler?
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November 12, 2009 8:35:42 PM

4Ryan6 said:
Have you actually used that cooler?


Have not used it but saw/talked to a couple of peeps at a local Lan Party that did have it and had a good look at thier cases, temps and asked if it was an issue to install on the P55 board and I only got good responses from them, only one guy had an issue installing it on an AM3 EVO board.
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November 12, 2009 8:45:13 PM

Cool, I've had my eye on it, and was wondering about its first hands on performance, but I still want the Thermalright Extreme 120, with 2 120mm fans in a push pull configuration, but its kinda expensive and not at the top of my list right now.

I figure by the time I can snag it, it will be seriously dethroned, just curious have you seen the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme? Its rather impressive.
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November 12, 2009 9:01:08 PM

is the op an extreme overclocker? If not why not go for the zalman 9700, it has a high reach in the way that it won't touch the tops of the motherboard heatsinks. Will look good in your case that has a clear window and it has led lights. Quite easy to install as well ,i have a zalman 9500nt, but the 9700 is completely identicle, just larger.
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November 12, 2009 9:01:39 PM

actually, wait on second thoughts looking at that link, go for the best value one. And wow heatsinks look soo expensive in the US, they cost much cheaper in the UK, taking currency conversion into account.
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November 12, 2009 9:41:32 PM

4Ryan6 said:
Well this bad boy will fit an 1156, and it has the HDT technology and gone from 3 heatpipes to 5, so it should be a big improvement over the original.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154008&Tpk=Tuniq%20Tower%20120%20Extreme

Tuniq website says you need a 1156 backplate, that sucks!



Why don't they provide the backplate? One reviewer on that link bought the cooler and forgot to order the backplate. Makes no sense to buy a product that states LGA 1156 compatible but yet it comes w/o the most important part.

I never understood why manufacturers are taking so long to release affordable coolers for the 1156 socket. One would think that they would be in-stock before the mobo's came out....
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November 12, 2009 10:05:02 PM

Nashsafc said:
is the op an extreme overclocker? If not why not go for the zalman 9700, it has a high reach in the way that it won't touch the tops of the motherboard heatsinks. Will look good in your case that has a clear window and it has led lights. Quite easy to install as well ,i have a zalman 9500nt, but the 9700 is completely identicle, just larger.

The 9700 is old tech. It's no longer a top contender.
See: http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=246...
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November 12, 2009 10:10:21 PM

The Noctua.
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November 12, 2009 10:37:53 PM

yep, noctua... the link I posted has several different models to choose from.....



would be nice to lap one of these......




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November 12, 2009 10:53:46 PM

I'm just kinda scared... the Noctua is HUGE!
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November 12, 2009 11:21:10 PM

Kasceis said:
I'm just kinda scared... the Noctua is HUGE!



If this fits :



then this should not be a problem :

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November 12, 2009 11:37:44 PM

I doubt that first picture would fit, my case side door wouldn't even close I bet!
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November 13, 2009 12:31:54 AM

With a 900???

If the True fits the Noctua will fit...
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November 13, 2009 1:29:31 AM

I was talking about the double heatsink and fan SANDWICH noctua.. it actually exists? I'm sure the regular noctua will fit... however, it might fill up my first RAM slot though.
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November 13, 2009 10:11:18 AM

OvrClkr said:
Why don't they provide the backplate? One reviewer on that link bought the cooler and forgot to order the backplate. Makes no sense to buy a product that states LGA 1156 compatible but yet it comes w/o the most important part.

I never understood why manufacturers are taking so long to release affordable coolers for the 1156 socket. One would think that they would be in-stock before the mobo's came out....



I agree, if a heatsink lists sockets it covers all the necessary pieces of the puzzle should be packaged with the heatsink, you should not have to purchase anything separately.
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November 13, 2009 10:19:42 AM

Kasceis said:
I doubt that first picture would fit, my case side door wouldn't even close I bet!



I don't think that will be a problem with the case you've chosen.
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November 13, 2009 8:47:43 PM

Just letting you guys know that I went ahead and bought the Noctua!
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November 13, 2009 8:50:01 PM

sweet!! post some pics when you are done with the build =)
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November 13, 2009 10:11:44 PM

I will. All I need now is a video card so I can start building my computer; I'm wanting a 5870.. but not sure how long its gonna be before I can find one in stock...
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November 14, 2009 1:28:13 PM

Probably just after Thanksgiving, I'm sure they'll want to take full advantage of the Christmas buying frenzie.
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November 14, 2009 7:42:33 PM

Since all I need is my video card, would it still be okay if I started to assemble my computer? Or should I wait since the video card is so huge that it would be hard to put that in last? I've heard some people with the Antec 900 cases had to remove a part of the fan/HDD bay to make the card fit.
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November 15, 2009 2:10:05 AM

Go for a Zalman!
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