Review: Noctua NH-U12S chromax.Black

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Noctua NH-U12S chromax.Black
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CPU Cooler Details:
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Brand Noctua
Cooler Name NH-U12S chromax.Black
Fan 1 Name NF-F12 PWM chromax.Black.swap
Stated dBa 22.4
Number of Heat Pipes 5
Full Size (WxHxD): 125x158x71 mm
Radiator (WxHxD) 125x108x45 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy)
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Fan Details for CPU Cooler:
Metric Fan 1
Fan Name NF-F12 PWM chromax.Black.swap
Fan Location Front
Fan Flow Type Push
CPU Only Fan No
Max RPM 1500
Fan Size (mm) 120
Fan Width (mm) 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 22.4
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 55.0
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.6
Number Of Pins 4
PWM Fan Yes
Bearing Type SSO2
Watts (W) 0.60
Current (A) 0.05
Max Volts 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:

The NH-U12S chromax.Black features a single-tower design with a slim aluminum heatsink and a single 120mm NF-F12 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 chromax.Black adopts a black color scheme, providing a sleek and modern appearance that complements various build themes.

Install Notes:

The NH-U12S 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 offers a relatively hassle-free installation process.

Cooling Performance:

The performance of the NH-U12S is commendable due to its five 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. While it may not offer the same level of cooling performance as its bigger sibling, the NH-U12A, the NH-U12S still provides reliable cooling under various workloads and can handle moderate levels of overclocking under certain CPUs.

Noise Performance:

One of the standout features of the NH-U12S is its quiet operation. The included 120mm NF-F12 PWM fan is designed for optimal airflow and low noise levels. Noctua fans are well-known for their excellent acoustic performance, and the NH-U12S is no exception. Users can expect quiet cooling even during normal computer use.


The Noctua NH-U12S is a reliable and efficient air cooler that offers excellent cooling capabilities and quiet operation. Its single-tower design and slim profile make it compatible with various system configurations, and its exceptional build quality ensures long-lasting performance. For users seeking a dependable cooling solution for their systems, the NH-U12S is a great choice.

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Brand AMD
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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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