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Product discontinued. Successor model: NH-U12S

Recommended by more than 150 leading international websites and magazines, Noctua’s NH-U12P series has become a benchmark in premium quality quiet cooling. The new NH-U12P SE2 now comes with two NF-P12 fans for further improved performance and adds support for LGA1156/1155/1150 as well as LGA1366 via the latest SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system. Topped off with Noctua’s award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-U12P SE2 forms a complete quality package that continues the NH-U12P series’ legacy of superb quiet cooling performance.
Details
Award-winning NH-U12P Heatsink

Award-winning NH-U12P Heatsink

The NH-U12P SE2 is built around Noctua's premium quality NH-U12P heatsink that is renowned for its excellent quiet cooling performance and has received more than 150 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines.
SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system

SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system

Noctua's enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA775, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.
2x NF-P12 Premium Fan

2x NF-P12 Premium Fan

Including two of Noctua's award-winning NF-P12 120mm fans with Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptors, the NH-U12P SE2 offers full flexibility in fine-tuning the cooler for supreme quietness and maximum performance in push-pull mode.
NT-H1 thermal compound

NT-H1 thermal compound

Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.
Special Edition Premium Kit

Special Edition Premium Kit

Bundled with a tube of NT-H1, two exquisite NF-P12 fans and the new SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, the NH-U12P SE2 forms a complete premium quality package that's backed up with 6 years manufacturer's warranty and contains everything you need in order to achieve superb quiet cooling performance.
NH-U12P SE2
Cooler Specifications
Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA775, LGA2011 on request, Asus X-socket™ & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)
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)
95/120* mm
Weight (without fan)
600 g
Weight (with fan/s)
770/940* g
Material
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility
120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm
Scope of Delivery
  • 2x NF-P12 premium fan
  • Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kits
Warranty
6 Years
FAN Specification
Bearing
Blade Geometry
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
1100 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
900 RPM
Airflow
92,3 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A.
78,5 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A.
63,4 m³/h
Acoustical Noise
19,8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
16,9 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
NH-U12P SE2
08.04.2014 // InsideHardware.it
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

Chi conosce i prodotti Noctua sa che nel suo catalogo è impossibile trovare anche una sola proposta di fascia bassa, con la diretta conseguenza che la stragrande maggioranza dei suoi dissipatori si vada a collocare nella fascia di prezzo compresa tra i 55 e i 75€. L'NH-U12P SE2 qui recensito, non fa in tal senso eccezione, essendo attualmente commercializzato a circa 65€, prezzo che per l'ennesima volta non può che essere giustificato dalla cura maniacale prestata dal produttore austriaco nella concezione di ogni dettaglio. Ci troviamo infatti dinanzi ad una massa radiante di incredibile solidità strutturale e di elevatissima qualità costruttiva, che può vantare l'impiego di materiali e di finiture di pregio assoluto.
Test verdict: "Come da tradizione Noctua, riscontriamo soluzioni progettuali, che seppur implementate ormai diversi anni fa, dimostrano di essere ancora all'avanguardia, tenendo a bada il non poco calore generato da CPU come il recente Core i7-4770K. Motivo per il quale la scelta di Noctua di aggiornare il suo NH-U12P con questa nuova versione SE2, non può che essere accolta positivamente." (Enrico Fallica, InsideHardware.it)
03.12.2013 // benchmark.pl
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

Recenzowane konstrukcje posiadają po dwa wentylatory w komplecie, co jest ogromnym plusem (koszt każdego z nich to wydatek rzędu 60-80zł). Dodatkowo z obydwoma coolerami otrzymujemy bardzo wydajną paste Noctua NT-H1, a także aż 6 lat gwarancji producenta!
Test verdict: "Obydwa coolery w wykonaniu Noctua to klasa sama w sobie. Recenzowane konstrukcje są bardzo dobrze wykonane, a także wydajne." (Rafał Dryjer, benchmark.pl)
28.10.2013 // Crazypc.ro
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

Seria soluţiilor de răcire de top continuă cu Noctua NH-U12P SE2 care a poposit pe masa noastră de teste. Noctua NH-U12P SE2 este una dintre legendele Noctua care s-a remarcat prin performanţele sale şi prin compatibilitatea sa cu memoriile RAM și cu plăcile video.
Test verdict: "Noctua îşi menţine tradiţia oferind într-un buget cinstit un cooler de top cu bundle generos. Pe toată durata testelor am fost încantat de silenţiozitatea ventilatoarelor cât şi de performanţele oferite de această implementare." (Vlad Buluta, Crazypc.ro)
03.02.2013 // PCTechReview
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

Obydwa coolery w wykonaniu Noctua to klasa sama w sobie. Recenzowane konstrukcje są bardzo dobrze wykonane a także wydajne. Chłodzenia prezentują się fantastycznie, a co więcej można je zainstalować na praktycznie wszystkich dostępnych podstawkach AMD (AM2, AM2+, AM3, FM1, FM2) i Intela (LGA 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011). Dołączone do coolerów wentylatory przy maksymalnych obrotach nie należą do zbyt cichych konstrukcji, ale nie możemy zapomnieć o adapterach z rezystorem do redukcji ich obrotów – dzięki nim dostosujemy parametry ich pracy do swoich potrzeb. Nie możemy zapomnieć o przejściówce typu Y, która pozwali nam podłączyć dwa wentylatory pod jedno złącze 3-pin. Recenzowane konstrukcje posiadają po dwa wentylatory w komplecie co jest ogromnym plusem (koszt każdego z nich to wydatek rzędu 60-80zł), dodatkowo na produkty w wykonaniu Noctua otrzymujemy aż 6 lat gwarancji! Montaż obydwu coolerów do proastych nie należy – dla początkującej osoby może okazać się bardzo trudny.
Test verdict: "Nie ma co ukrywać, że coolery posiadają wygórowaną cenę spoglądając na jakość wykonania, wydajność i zarazem cisze (przy zredukowanych obrotach) – przyjdzie nam odpowiednio zapłacić. Obydwa coolery otrzymują zasłużoną maksymalną ocene 5/5!" (Rafał Dryjer, PCTechReview)
08.11.2012 // Highlab.pl
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

Pod tym względem również jest dobrze. Przy obrotach ok. 1200obr/min jest całkiem cicho, mimo, że mamy zainstalowane dwa wentylatory. W prawdzie jak się wsłuchamy to usłyszymy szmer, ale nie będzie on stanowił problemu dla osób, które nie potrzebują idealnej ciszy (zwłaszcza, że decydując się na takie chłodzenie, prawdopodobnie reszta sprzętu również jest z wyższej półki. A wiadomo, że karta graficzna z wyższej półki to również dodatkowe wentylatory).
Test verdict: "Noctua po raz kolejny dowiodła, że tworzy produkty niemal idealne. Niemal, ponieważ ich cena może skutecznie odstraszyć. Jeśli jednak mamy zasobny portfel i chcemy mieć bardzo wydajne chłodzenie procesora, to warto zainteresować się modelem U12P SE2, ponieważ jest naprawdę bardzo wydajny, a dodatkowo dostajemy porządny zestaw całkiem użytecznych gratisów (przejściówki i przedłużacze dla wentylatorów)." (Lukasz Rosicki, Highlab.pl)
20.04.2012 // The Overclock Hole
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

- estremamente silenzioso considerando due ventole in configurazione push pull, ancora di più con l'uso di una sola ventola
- efficace contenimento delle temperature in relazione alla rumorosità;
- bundle eccezionale e garanzia di 6 anni con backplate per futuri socket incompatibili spedito a gratis dal produttore: un investimento
- grande compatibilità sia a livello di piattaforme sia di clearance con la componentistica della scheda madre
- montaggio relativamente semplice e ben spiegato nel manuale
Test verdict: "Noctua NH-U12P è uno tra i primi dissipatori a torre pensati per l'utilizzo di una coppia di ventole in configurazione push-pull, cioè con una ventola anteriore a spingere l'aria attraverso il radiatore e una posteriore ad estrarla. In commercio ormai da molti anni rimane ancora un dissipatore impossibile da non consigliare soprattutto a chi cerca grandi capacità di raffreddamento con una rumorosità contenuta." (Lorenzo Pasini, The Overclock Hole)
31.01.2012 // Megahardware.info
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

Е, безкрайно остарял ли е вече дизайнът на U12? Аз бих казал далеч не. Да вече не е на върха, но междувременно е завоюявал достатъчно отличия. Да, срещу съвременните охладители той изостава с няколколко градуса, но това в немалка степен се дължи на разликата в използваните вентилатори. В същото време при сходни скорости на вентилаторите, производителността по същество е идентична с тази на Corsair A70 – един отличен модел със съвременен дизайн. Заедно с това нивото на шум е повече от добро – на практика трябва да имат еизключително тиха система за да чуете вентилаторите на максимални обороти. Така че повечето от вас спокойно ще могат да използват NH-U12P SE2 без да се занимават с контрол на оборотите.
Test verdict: "В края на краищата благодарение на все още добрата му производителност, на тихите вентилатори и относително добрата съвместимост с високи памети (поне за Intel системи), си струва да обърнете внимание и на Noctua NH-U12P SE2, особено ако търсите преди всичко тих охладител." (Dimitar Chizmarov, Megahardware.info)
02.12.2011 // Freemodding.it
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

Il dissipatore è costruito con grande cura, ben rifinito e sopratutto fornito con un bundle che potremmo definire addirittura lussuoso. Le prestazioni sono di prim’ordine, in quanto 190 Watts non sono sicuramente semplici da tenere a bada, ma questo prodotto ci riesce alla perfezione, facendo segnare risultati molto simili al più grosso NH-C14. Anche per quanto concerne la silenziosità di esercizio, le ventole si comportano in modo ottimale, sopratutto se utilizzate in combinazione con l’adattatore U.L.N.A. (ma anche al massimo regime la rumorosità è più che accettabile).
Test verdict: "Come si può facilmente constatare dai grafici, il Noctua NH-U12P Special Edition SE2 si conferma un prodotto eccellente, da tutti i punti di vista." (Enrico Maria Sampietro, Freemodding.it)
27.10.2011 // The Tech Report
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

For most enthusiasts, the NH-U12P SE2 provides the best balance of acoustics, cooling performance, and overall value of the three models. $63 may sound like a lot to spend on a CPU cooler when perfectly competent alternatives can be had for half the price. I doubt those cheaper offerings will be nearly as quiet, though. They won't have six-year warranties, and good luck the next time AMD or Intel transitions to a new desktop socket.
Test verdict: "Countless CPU heatsinks have passed through our labs over the years, and the NH-U12P SE2 is easily my favorite. I like the thing so much that it's going into the new PC I'm slowly assembling for myself." (Geoff Gasior, The Tech Report)
15.09.2011 // Shay-Tech.co.uk
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NH-U12P SE2 Review

The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 is great at cooling as you will notice from the results and the noise level is very silent indeed when using the adaptors. It feels like a premium product due to the build quality and the accessories it’s bundled with including the two Noctua NF-P12 fans.
Test verdict: "Is it worth the price? I would say YES. If your in the market looking for a new cooler and you have a high end processor, planning to buy high end processor or intend to overclock then the Noctua NH-U12P SE2 is perfect for the job. Not to forget the Noctua NH-U12P SE2 comes with 6 years warranty!" (Shay Miah, Shay-Tech.co.uk)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

FAQs

I've got 2 adapter cables with the cooler. What's the difference between these cables?

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler?

Is the high weight dangerous for the CPU or socket?

Is it possible to mount fans with a greater height than 25mm?

Is it possible to run two fans at a time?

Should the fan be mounted sucking away from the heat-sink or blowing onto the heat-sink?

On which side of the heat-sink should the fan be installed?

Is it possible to cool my CPU without a fan (passive) using Noctua coolers?

How to install the fan using the supplied steel clips?

How much clearance for RAM or chipset coolers does the NH-U12P provide?

What can I do if the fan blocks my RAM or chipset cooler?

Can I use Noctua fans on my fan controller?

My fan doesn’t spin when I start up the PC - is it faulty?

Can I run Noctua 3-pin fans on 4-pin PWM connectors and use my mainboard’s automatic fan controller?

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

Help, the base of the cooler doesn’t make contact with the CPU / there is no contact pressure!

Is the cooler compatible with LGA1366 mainboards for Xeon 5500?

My mainboard has more than one set of mounting holes. Which one should I use?

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

The supplied y-cable is missing a wire at one of the two connectors, is it faulty?

The fan doesn’t start with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA)!

I get a CPU fan error despite the fan is running!

Is the mounting system compatible with LGA1155?

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

Is the cooler compatible with AMD AM3+ and FM1?

Is the cooler compatible with the Intel LGA2011 socket and Asus X-socket™?

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

Can use the NF-A15 fan on my Noctua CPU cooler?

Is the cooler compatible with AMD FM2+?

Which Noctua coolers are compatible with LGA1150?

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

Why doesn't the base of Noctua coolers have a polished, mirror like finish?

How to remove the base protection cover?

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

Are there any concerns using Noctua CPU coolers on Intel Skylake (LGA1151) CPUs?

You specify airflow in m³/h, how can I convert to CFM?

I've got 2 adapter cables with the cooler. What's the difference between these cables?

The Low-Noise-Adapter (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adapter (U.L.N.A.) reduce the speed of the fan to 1100 / 900 rpm:

Vibration Compensators Installation

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

In order to install the cooler turned by 90° on AMD, the optional NM-A90 kit is required.

Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler?

The cooler can extend over the RAM slots on some mainboards. While DDR2 Corsair Dominator don't fit underneath the cooler, DDR3 Corsair Dominator do fit when the removable top heatsink is taken off as shown below. Please also note that the NF-P12 fan can be moved upwards or taken off in order to improve RAM compatibility as shown here.

DDR3

Is the high weight dangerous for the CPU or socket?

No. Noctua coolers possess an extremely reliable SecuFirm™ mounting system. Thanks to the screw connection with the backplate on the rear side of the motherboard, the exceedance of the weight recommendations by Intel and AMD common among high-end coolers is completely unobjectionable.

Is it possible to mount fans with a greater height than 25mm?

Yes. The fan mounting clips grip to the screw holes in the lower edge of the fan frame and hence work with all fans regardless of their height. However, problems with the mounting of the fan can occur due to other parts within the case or fans with special frame designs, where the clips can't grip to the screw holes in the lower edge of the frame.

NH-U fan mounting

Is it possible to run two fans at a time?

Yes. Using the 4 supplied fan clips, you can mount two 120mm fans on the NH-U12(F/P) and two 92mm fans on the NH-U9(F/B).

Should the fan be mounted sucking away from the heat-sink or blowing onto the heat-sink?

Please install the fan blowing onto the heat-sink.

NH-U Airflow

If you're using two fans, please install them so that one blows onto the heat-sink and the other sucks the air away from the other side.

On which side of the heat-sink should the fan be installed?

Please install the fan so that the hot air can be disposed as good as possible either through the rear case fan (Airflow Option 1) or through the power supply (Airflow Option 2).

NH-U Airflow

Is it possible to cool my CPU without a fan (passive) using Noctua coolers?

Noctua coolers weren't originally designed for passive operation although the cooling performance is sufficient in many cases. Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to indicate whether a certain CPU can or cannot be cooled without a fan, as this depends on various factors such as case temperature, case ventilation or the orientation of the socket. Generally, we recommend using a fan in the first instance and then lowering RPM while constantly monitoring the temperature.

How to install the fan using the supplied steel clips?

First hook the clip into the notch of the heatsink:

Vibration Compensators Installation

Then hook the endings of the clips into the mounting holes of the fan:



Vibration Compensators Installation

How much clearance for RAM or chipset coolers does the NH-U12P provide?

The NH-U12P provides 40mm clearance for near-socket components:

Vibration Compensators Installation

What can I do if the fan blocks my RAM or chipset cooler?

In order to increase clearance, you can easily move the fan up a few fins as show below:

Vibration Compensators Installation

Can I use Noctua fans on my fan controller?

Our fans are compatible with the vast majority of fan controllers on the market. However, there is a compatibility issue with a few models such as the Zalman ZM-MFC2 and Bitfenix Recon, which apply Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) on the 12V line and use an unfavourable PWM carrier frequency. This can create an oscillation when used with certain fans, which will result in the fan speeding up and down. We therefore recommend not using the Zalman ZM-MFC2 or Bitfenix Recon with our fans.

My fan doesn’t spin when I start up the PC - is it faulty?

If you've connected the fan directly (or using the supplied Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptors) to your mainboard, it's possible that the mainboard's automatic fan controller doesn't provide the required starting voltage due to the low CPU temperature. Please verify whether the fan starts spinning at higher CPU temperatures, remove any Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors, deactivate your mainboard's automatic fan controller in the BIOS or connect the fan directly to the power supply using the supplied 3:4-pin adaptor.

Can I run Noctua 3-pin fans on 4-pin PWM connectors and use my mainboard’s automatic fan controller?

You can simply connect our fan's 3-pin connector to the 4-pin PWM sockets of today's mainboards so that the fourth pin that transmits the PWM signal is left blank (due to the shape of the connector, there's no danger of reversing polarity). Some mainboards (e.g. current Gigabyte models) are capable of controlling fans not only via PWM, but also by adjusting the supplied voltage. In some cases, this may require you to change BIOS options like "Fan Control Mode" from "PWM" to "Voltage" or "Analog". Please consult your mainboard's manual in this regard. However, some mainboards use an "auto" setting by default that automatically chooses PWM or voltage based regulation according to the connected fan. Automatically controlling the fan speed may not possible on mainboards that pulse the power rather than lowering the fan voltage.

PWM PWM

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

Most case manufacturers provide specifications for maximum CPU cooler height/clearance. Please refer to these specifications in order to verify that the cooler will fit the case. If no specifications are available, please contact the case manufactuer or measure the distance from the motherboard tray to the side panel (tower cases) or top panel (desktop cases). If this distance is bigger than the height of the cooler + 15mm (mainboard spacers + mainboard + CPU), the height/width of your case should be sufficient.

Help, the base of the cooler doesn’t make contact with the CPU / there is no contact pressure!

Please verify that you have installed the fastening brackets correctly:

Fastening Brackets

Is the cooler compatible with LGA1366 mainboards for Xeon 5500?

Due to the custom NM-I3 backplate, the cooler can not be used on mainboards that have a backplate with screw threads for CPU cooler installation (such as the Intel reference backplate for Xeon 5500). Please choose our NH-U12DX 1366 for these mainboards.

1366 compatibility

My mainboard has more than one set of mounting holes. Which one should I use?

Please always use the standard set of mounting holes that's compliant with your socket type (e.g. 75mm LGA1156 hole spacing on LGA1156 sockets) and parallel to the sides of the socket. Don't use mounting holes which are rotated in relation to the socket.

1366 compatibility

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Please first loosen one of the two thumbscrews that hold the mounting bars in place. Then untighten the second screw so that you can swivel the mounting bar and open the socket. Depending on the position of the mounting bars, you may need to swivel both.

Open Socket

Open Socket

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

No. As most AMD mainboards come with a stock backplate preinstalled, the cooler doesn’t include an AMD backplate. If your mainboard doesn’t have a backplate, please contact our support team at support@noctua.at.

amd backplate

The supplied y-cable is missing a wire at one of the two connectors, is it faulty?

No. As mainboards can process only one rpm-signal per fan header, it would cause problems if the cable transmitted rpm-signals of both fans. For this reason, one of the two connectors does not have an rpm wire and only the fan on the other connector will transmit an rpm signal. Automatic speed control of both fans will work independent from the second fan’s rpm signal.

The fan doesn’t start with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA)!

Unfortunately, many Gigabyte mainboards use a special control circuit that can lead to start-up problems in conjunction with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA). This control circuit remains active even when automatic fan control is disabled in the BIOS. In these cases, please use the fan without the ULNA or connect it directly to the power supply (or an external fan controller) in order to ensure reliable operation with the ULNA.

I get a CPU fan error despite the fan is running!

Some mainboards display a CPU fan error when the fan speed falls below a certain threshold, e.g. 900rpm. If you want to run the fan below this speed (e.g. using the supplied U.L.N.A.), please adjust the threshold in the BIOS or disable CPU fan error warning.

Is the mounting system compatible with LGA1155?

Yes. LGA1155 uses the same hole spacing as LGA1156, so the same SecuFirm2™ mounting system can be used.

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

The SecuFirm2™ mounting system requires a standard AMD backplate (either plastic or metal) with screw threads as shown on the pictures below. These backplates are pre-installed on the rear side of most AMD mainboards (see first picture below) and fixed to the retention module with four screws (see second picture below). If your retention module is fixed with plastic bolts instead of metal screws, please contact support@noctua.at in order to obtain an appropriate backplate.

In order to proceed with the installation of your Noctua cooler, please remove the four screws and the retention module but keep the backplate in place so that you can see the screw threads from the top side of the motherboard (see third picture below). You can then proceed with the installation of the SecuFirm2™ mounting kit as described in the manual (see fourth picture below).

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate



Is the cooler compatible with AMD AM3+ and FM1?

As the hole spacing for CPU cooler installation on AM3+ and FM1 is the same as on AM2, AM2+ and AM3, the cooler is fully compatible with AM3+ and FM1 out of the box and doesn’t require any modifications or upgrades.

Is the cooler compatible with the Intel LGA2011 socket and Asus X-socket™?

The cooler doesn’t come with LGA2011 mounting hardware out of the box, but it can be upgraded to support LGA2011 via the NM-I2011 mounting kit.

Please also note that the cooler is fully compatible with Asus Rampage IV series LGA2011 motherboards that feature Asus X-socket™. Asus X-socket™ models use an interchangeable backplate that makes it possible to install LGA1366 heatsinks, so the cooler is fully compatible with these mainboards out of the box and does not require any upgrades to be installed.

Asus X-socket

In order to install the cooler on Asus X-socket™ mainboards, please first remove the mainboard’s LGA2011 backplate and install the LGA1366 backplate supplied with the mainboard instead (see the mainboard manual for detailed instructions). Then install the Noctua cooler as described in the supplied installation manual for LGA1366. In case you’ve lost the printed installation manual, you can download it here.

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

Dust: Fans and heatsinks inside computer cases tend to accumulate dust over longer periods of usage. In order to maintain maximum performance, please clean your fan and heatsink regularly. For cleaning, please first remove the fan from the heatsink and clean it using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please do not use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan and do not put the fan under running water as water residues inside the motor may lead to short circuits. Please also note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty. Before reinstalling the fan, clean the heatsink itself with a duster or vacuum cleaner. Finally put the fan back on and connect it to your motherboard fan header or fan controller.
Thermal paste residues: Whenever you take off the heatsink from the CPU, we recommend to clean the CPU as well as the base of the cooler before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler. You can either just wipe the base and the CPU clean with a dry, lint-free tissue or, for more thorough cleaning, use a lint-free tissue moistened with either a mild solution of washing-up liquid or isopropyl alcohol. Do not put the cooler or CPU under running water. Note that both the base of the heatsink and the CPU should be dry, free from residues of thermal compound and free from grease before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler.

Can use the NF-A15 fan on my Noctua CPU cooler?

The NF-A15 is fully compatible with the NH-U12P, NH-C12P and NH-C12P SE14. On the NH-D14 and NH-C14, the NF-A15 fan can only be installed using optional fan clips. For this, please contact our customer service.

Is the cooler compatible with AMD FM2+?

As the hole spacing for CPU cooler installation on FM2+ is the same as on AM2, AM2, AM3(+), FM1 and FM2, the cooler is fully compatible with FM2+ out of the box and doesn’t require any modifications or upgrades.

Which Noctua coolers are compatible with LGA1150?

The mounting is identical on all LGA115x sockets (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156). The following coolers are thus compatible with LGA1150 out of the box and don’t require any upgrades in order to be used on this platform: NH-C12P SE14, NH-C14, NH-D15, NH-D14, NH-L12, NH-L9i, NH-U14S, NH-U12S, NH-U12P SE2, NH-U9B SE2. In addition, all older models which have been upgraded with the NM-I3 kit can also be used on LGA1150 without any further upgrades.

The following coolers can be made compatible to LGA1150 using the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit and are eligible for Noctua’s free mounting kit offer: NH-C12P, NH-U12, NH-U12F, NH-U12P, NH-U12P SE1366, NH-U9, NH-U9F, NH-U9B.

The following coolers can be made compatible to LGA1150 using the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit but are not eligible for Noctua’s free mounting kit offer: DX-Series Xeon coolers, NH-D14 SE2011.

The following coolers are mechanically incompatible with the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit and can not be made compatible with LGA1150: DO-Series AMD Opteron coolers, NH-L9a.

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Please kindly note that the NT-H1 thermal compound supplied with our coolers is a consumable item so our manufacturer’s warranty does not include providing additional thermal compound. You can purchase NT-H1 from our resellers.

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

Why doesn't the base of Noctua coolers have a polished, mirror like finish?

As most of today's PC enthusiasts use high-viscosity thermal compounds, the contact surface of Noctua coolers is optimised for use with this type of pastes. The micro-grooves at the contact surface ensure that high-viscosity thermal compounds are dispersed to a uniform thin layer across the whole contact area and that no air pockets remain between the cooler and the CPU. With a polished, mirror like surface, the risk of uneven dispersion is much higher. As too thick layers of thermal paste and air pockets drastically deteriorate heat transmission, the micro-grooves are is of vital importance to the overall cooling performance of Noctua coolers when used with today's high-viscosity thermal pastes.

How to remove the base protection cover?

Noctua CPU coolers are shipped with a plastic protection cover at the bottom side of the cooler, which protects the contact surface against scratches and other damage.

The base of Noctua CPU coolers is made from hard-wearing nickel plated copper, so there's nothing to worry about if you buy a Noctua cooler from second hand or if your cooler didn't come with a protection cover. Please proceed with the installation as explained in the manual.

You can simply remove the cover as shown below:

Base Protection Cover

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

No. The new SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM2, AM2+ and AM3 uses the same standardised hole spacing as the Intel system and thus allows for a much easier installation, but the cooler cannot be installed turned by 90°.

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

As it is not possible to reliably calculate or control the forces that act upon a system during transport (e.g. in shipping), we generally recommend, due to safety reasons, to take off the fan from the heatsink in order to reduce the weight below 700g. Noctua cannot be held responsible for any damage that may arise due to excessive stress during transport if you keep the heatsink installed.

Are there any concerns using Noctua CPU coolers on Intel Skylake (LGA1151) CPUs?

Our SecuFirm2™ mounting systems undergo comprehensive compatibility tests before being approved for new platforms. We have neither detected any problem with regard to the Intel LGA1151 platform (“Skylake”) during these tests nor have we received any reports from our customers, sales partners and system integrators that would indicate any possible issue. Our SecuFirm2™ mounting systems (with the exception of some compact L-type models) rely on coil springs to create the required contact pressure, which gives a certain flexibility both with regards to tolerances in stackup height and shocks or other forces. Compared to spring-less mounting systems, which exclusively rely on the bending of the mounting brackets in order to create contact pressure, this allows to reduce the mechanical stress on CPU, socket and motherboard and thus helps to prevent possible damage from excessive forces. However, as it is not possible to reliably calculate or control the forces that act upon a system during transport (e.g. in shipping), we generally recommend, due to safety reasons, to take off coolers with a total weight of more than 700g (incl. fan).

You specify airflow in m³/h, how can I convert to CFM?

In accordance to the International System of Units (SI system), Noctua specifies volumetric flow rate (airflow) using the SI unit of cubic metres per hour (m³/h). The SI unit can easily be converted to cubic feet per minute (CFM): One m³/h is ~0.589 CFM and one CFM is ~1.699 m³/h. For convenient conversion, online tools such as www.convertunits.com can be used.

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