Review: Noctua NH-U12A chromax.Black

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Noctua NH-U12A chromax.Black
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CPU Cooler Details:
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Brand Noctua
Cooler Name NH-U12A chromax.Black
Fan 1 Name NF-A12x25 PWM chromax.Black.swap
Fan 2 Name NF-A12x25 PWM chromax.Black.swap
Stated dBa 22.6
Number of Heat Pipes 7
Full Size (WxHxD): 125x158x112 mm
Radiator (WxHxD) 125x105x58 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy)
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Fan Details for CPU Cooler:
Metric Fan 1 Fan 2
Fan Name NF-A12x25 PWM chromax.Black.swap NF-A12x25 PWM chromax.Black.swap
Fan Location Front Mid
Fan Flow Type Push Mid
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 2000 2000
Fan Size (mm) 120 120
Fan Width (mm) 25 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 22.6 22.6
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 60.1 60.1
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.3 2.3
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type SSO2 SSO2
Watts (W) 1.68 1.68
Current (A) 0.14 0.14
Max Volts 12.00 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:

The NH-U12A chromax.Black features a single-tower design with a slim aluminum heatsink and a pair of 120mm NF-A12x25 PWM fans. This design allows for efficient heat dissipation, making it capable of handling demanding processors. Aesthetically, the NH-U12A chromax.Black adopts a black color scheme, providing a sleek and modern appearance that complements various build themes.

Install Notes:

The NH-U12A 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-U12A offers a relatively hassle-free installation process.

Cooling Performance:

The performance of the NH-U12A is exceptional due to its seven 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, including high-end models with high TDPs. The cooler can handle high levels of overclocking and provides reliable cooling under demanding situations, making it a popular choice among enthusiasts.

Noise Performance:

One of the standout features of the NH-U12A is its quiet operation. The two included 120mm NF-A12x25 PWM fans are designed for optimal airflow and low noise levels. Noctua fans are well-known for their excellent acoustic performance, and the NH-U12A is no exception. Users can expect quiet cooling even during intense workloads or gaming sessions.


Overall, the Noctua NH-U12A is a high-performance air cooler that offers excellent cooling capabilities and quiet operation. Its single-tower design and exceptional build quality make it a top choice for users seeking a reliable and efficient cooling solution for high-performance systems.

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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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