Compare: NH-U12S Redux vs iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

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Noctua NH-U12S Redux

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Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

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Displayed below are comprehensive data and graphs that compare the Noctua NH-U12S Redux to the Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix, showcasing critical qualitative and performance metrics. Performance metrics are further segmented into distinct graphs while leveraging the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, illustrating how each cooler performs under various varying CPU power levels. This allows for a clear comparison of their relative performance and sound output when under different heat loads. The comparison is conducted under the following conditions:
  • Case: Praxis Wetbench
  • Ambient Temperatures: 23°C
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (Pick Another CPU)

CPU Cooler Details

Metric Cooler 1: NH-U12S Redux Cooler 2: iCUE H100i Elite Capellix
Cooler Name NH-U12S Redux iCUE H100i Elite Capellix
Fan 1 Name NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM ML120 PRO RGB LED 120MM
Fan 2 Name ML120 PRO RGB LED 120MM
Manufacture Rated dBa 25.1 37.0
Number of Heat Pipes 4
Radiator/Heatsink (WxHxD) 124x108x45 mm 120x277x27 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy)
AIO Cooler Rating: Install 7 (Easy)
Manufacture's Link NH-U12S Redux Manufacture's Link iCUE H100i Elite Capellix Manufacture's Link

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Link Type Cooler 1: NH-U12S Redux Cooler 2: iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

Fan Details for CPU Cooler:

Fan 1

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM ML120 PRO RGB LED 120MM
Fan Location Front Bottom
Fan Flow Type Push Push
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 1700 1600
Fan Size (mm) 120 120
Fan Width (mm) 25 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 25.1 25.0
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 70.7 47.3
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.8 1.8
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type SSO Magnetic
Watts (W) 1.08 2.89
Current (A) 0.09 0.22
Max Volts 12.00 13.20

Fan 2

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name ML120 PRO RGB LED 120MM
Fan Location Top
Fan Flow Type Push
CPU Only Fan No
Max RPM 1600
Fan Size (mm) 120
Fan Width (mm) 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 25.0
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 47.3
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 1.8
Number Of Pins 4
PWM Fan Yes
Bearing Type Magnetic
Watts (W) 2.89
Current (A) 0.22
Max Volts 13.20

Design and Aesthetics:

NH-U12S Redux

The NH-U12S redux features a single-tower design with a slim aluminum heatsink and a single 120mm NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM fan. This design ensures efficient heat dissipation while maintaining compatibility with various system configurations, including those with tall RAM modules. Aesthetically, the NH-U12S redux adopts a more neutral gray color scheme, providing a sleek and modern appearance that complements various build themes.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

The 240mm RGB Fan AIO Liquid Cooler features two 120mm RGB fans. Complemented by its sleek black radiator and tubing, this cooler effortlessly fits into your setup while offering customizable brilliance that complements other components. Thanks to iCUE compatibility, it easily syncs with fellow Corsair RGB products, enabling personalized color schemes and effects, all while maintaining top-tier cooling performance. For those seeking a balanced blend of style and cooling prowess, this cooler stands as a compelling choice.

Install Notes:

NH-U12S Redux

The NH-U12S Redux features Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of Intel and AMD sockets and offering a straightforward installation process, typical of Noctua coolers. Clear instructions, high-quality components, and a tube of their premium NT-H1 thermal compound make it an easy and user-friendly experience, even for beginners. The cooler uses the original AMD backplate for AMD installations. However, one downside is that the cooler may stick to your CPU, and due to the screw setup, you can't slide the cooler off the CPU like with some other brands. Overall, the NH-U12S Redux offers a relatively hassle-free installation process.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

This cooler is relatively easy to install and is a typical iCUE AIO install. This cooler has a standard AIO installation where you must screw the fans onto the radiator. In regards to the pump installation, this AIO has four screws that go into the backplate, where the pump can then be placed and secured with screw caps. To swap the cooler for different CPU mounting systems (AMD/Intel) is relativly easy and doesn't require any screws. However, the corsair logo is secured with four hex screws, so it might require additional work to get the logo in the proper direction. When it comes to RGB setup, this AIO requires the use of the Corsair iCUE Commander CORE RGB HUB. Additionally, the heat pipes pivot at the pump, which allows for a more versatile installation.

Cooling Performance:

NH-U12S Redux

The performance of the NH-U12S redux is solid, thanks to its four heat pipes that efficiently transfer heat away from the CPU and into the large fin array of the heatsink. It is suitable for a wide range of processors, from mainstream to some high-end models. While it may not offer the same level of cooling performance as the original NH-U12S, the NH-U12S redux still provides reliable cooling under various workloads and can handle moderate levels of overclocking.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

The iCUE H100i Elite Capellix provides excellent cooling performance that rivals top-tier air coolers such as the NH-D15, this cooler stands out as a cooler that can handle the heat. Perfectly tailored for setups in looking for remarkable cooling efficiency without compromising on noise levels, it does so without the unwieldy dimensions of some of the larger air cooling solutions.

Noise Performance:

NH-U12S Redux

The NH-U12S redux maintains Noctua's commitment to quiet operation. The included 120mm NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM fan is designed for optimal airflow and low noise levels. Noctua fans are known for their excellent acoustic performance, and the NH-U12S redux upholds this reputation. Users can expect quiet cooling even during normal computer use.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

This cooler offers impressive noise levels in proportion to its cooling performance. However, owing to its dual-fan setup, it can produce audible noise. This aspect should mainly concern those who plan on pushing their CPU to overclocked limits.


NH-U12S Redux

The Noctua NH-U12S redux is an affordable and efficient air cooler that offers good cooling capabilities and quiet operation. Its single-tower design and slim profile make it compatible with various system configurations, while its more neutral color scheme adds a modern touch. For users seeking a cost-effective cooling solution without compromising on quality, the NH-U12S redux is an excellent choice.

iCUE H100i Elite Capellix

This cooler is easily installed with standard iCUE AIO procedures for fans and pump. CPU swaps are straightforward, but adjusting the logo may need extra effort. The 240mm RGB Fan AIO Liquid Cooler seamlessly integrates into setups, with two captivating 120mm RGB fans and a sleek black radiator, offering customizable brilliance via iCUE compatibility. It matches top-tier air coolers' performance, ideal for efficient cooling without noise worries. Audible noise from the dual-fan setup is mainly relevant for aggressive CPU overclocking.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

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CPU Details:

Metric Value
Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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