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Noctua NH-U12P SE2 Review

Date: 2010-1-30

   Results and Final Thoughts With the system running at the stock speed the NH-U12P SE2 is in second overall to the Titan Fenrir. Running at 56.25*C the NH-U12P was 13.25 degrees cooler then the...

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The Noctua NH-U12P SE2

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 Review

Back in February of 2008 we had our first encounter with Noctua and their (at that time) flagship cooler, the NH-U12P. This cooler was initially release with LGA775 and AM2 platforms in mind. Since its release there have been new sockets come to market. When Intel released the LGA1366 socket, Noctua released a new version of their SecuFirm mounting system and a dual fan version of the NH-U12P, the NH-U12P SE. Now with the release of the LGA1156 socket Noctua has again updated their cooler mounting system to accommodate the new socket and released a new version of the NH-U12P, the NH-U12P SE2.

The NH-U12P SE2 is the same cooler that was released back in 2008; it just has the updated mounting system and a couple of extra accessories that the first release didn’t have. More on those in a minute, but first let’s take a look at the specifications before we get too far.


  • Socket compatibility: Intel Socket LGA 775, AMD AM2 & AM2+, Intel Xeon on request
  • Height (without fan): 158 mm
  • Width (without fan) : 126 mm
  • Depth (without fan) : 71 mm
  • Height (with fan): 158 mm
  • Width (with fan): 126 mm
  • Depth (with fan): 95 mm
  • Weight (without fan): 600 g
  • Weight (with fan): 770 g
  • Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminum (cooling fins), soldered joints, nickel plated
  • Application: Intel all frequencies, AMD all frequencies
  • Fan compatibility: 120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm (2 fans can be installed)


  • NF-P12 premium fan
  • Mounting-clips for 2 fans
  • Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm?mounting kits for LGA & AM2(+)
  • Warranty 6 Years

Fan specifications:

  • Model: Noctua NF-P12
  • Bearing: SSO-Bearing
  • Blade geometry: Nine Blade Design
  • Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1300 RPM
  • Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 900 RPM
  • Airflow: 92.3 m³/h
  • Airflow with U.L.N.A.: 63.4 m³/h
  • Acoustical Noise: 19.8 dB(A)
  • Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.: 12.6 dB(A)
  • Input Power: 1.08 W
  • Voltage Range: 12 V
  • MTBF: > 150.000 h


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