Noctua NH-U12F - The Silent Type
The NH-U12F by Austrian company Noctua relays the heat produced by the CPU to the cooling fins via four heatpipes. We should note that the manual that comes with this cooler is the most easily understandable one in the entire roundup - thank you, Noctua! Only a few glances at the manual tell you everything you need to know about how to install the cooler. Commendably, Noctua also includes a Phillips head screwdriver with its product. The only thing we could criticize about the installation is that it requires the motherboard to be removed from the case. Overall, the Austrians prove that even a cooler that is mounted using screws can be very easy to install.
Whether the cooler is used at its highest or lowest speed, it remains completely inaudible inside the computer enclosure. A fan-speed regulator is not included.
We recommend setting the cooler to run at its maximum fan speed, where it cools the CPU to 71°C. This is average cooling performance.
In light of the cooling performance offered, we consider the price of $65 rather steep.
|Noise||39.4 dB(A)||36.4 dB(A)|
|Fan Speed||1300 RPM||500 RPM|