Having received more than 300 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, Noctua’s NH-U9 line has become a benchmark for compact 92mm single tower coolers. The TR4-SP3 version is a tailored custom model for AMD’s TR4/SP3 platform (Ryzen Threadripper / Epyc) and features a larger contact surface as well as the latest SecuFirm2™ mounting system for socket TR4/SP3. Topped off with two of the renowned quiet NF-A9 PWM 92mm fans in a push/pull dual fan configuration, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U9TR4-SP3 forms a highly compact, premium-quality solution that combines outstanding performance, superb acoustics and excellent compatibility for space-restricted TR4/SP3 systems.
Please note that the NH-U9 TR4-SP3 is a dedicated version for the AMD TR4/SP3 socket. Due to its customised larger base, it cannot be used on any other sockets and is incompatible with Noctua’s standard mounting kits.
Award-winning NH-U series

Award-winning NH-U series

The NH-U9 TR4-SP3 stems from Noctua's award-winning NH-U9 series. First introduced in 2005, the NH-U series has become a standard choice for premium quality quiet CPU coolers and won more than 1000 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines.
Tailored custom version for TR4/SP3 (Ryzen Threadripper / Epyc)

Tailored custom version for TR4/SP3 (Ryzen Threadripper / Epyc)

At 70x56mm, the copper contact surface of the TR4-SP3 version is more than double the size of the standard model. Tailored to fit the enormous integrated heat-spreaders (IHS) of AMD’s TR4/SP3-based processors, this customised design allows for an optimal heat flow from the CPU over the base to the heatpipes and on to the cooling fins.
Compact 92mm size for best compatibility

Compact 92mm size for best compatibility

Thanks to a total width of only 95mm, the NH-U9 TR4-SP3 provides 100% PCIe clearance and never overhangs the top PCIe x16 slot. At the same time, its height of only 125mm allows it to fit smaller cases and most 4U size rack-mount enclosures.
Dual NF-A9 PWM fans

Dual NF-A9 PWM fans

The NH-U9 TR4-SP3 is equipped with two of Noctua’s award-winning NF-A9 PWM 92mm fans. This push/pull dual fan configuration allows it to achieve a level of quiet cooling performance that is remarkable for such a compact cooler and comes close to the bigger NH-U12S TR4-SP3.
PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptors

PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptors

The NF-A9 premium fans supplied with the NH-U9 TR4-SP3 support PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the motherboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 2000 to 1550rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors for even quieter operation.
SecuFirm2™ mounting system for TR4/SP3

SecuFirm2™ mounting system for TR4/SP3

Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and ease of use. The TR4-SP3 variant has been completely custom-designed for the new socket and is particularly easy to install: Put on the heatsink, fix the four spring-loaded screws and you’re done!
NT-H1 thermal compound

NT-H1 thermal compound

Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability, which makes it suitable for use in professional server and workstation environments.
6-year manufacturer’s warranty

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua products are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the supplied NF-A9’s feature an MTTF rating of more than 150,000 hours and the entire NH-U9 TR4-SP3 package comes with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Notes and warnings
Please note that the NH-U9 TR4-SP3 is a dedicated version for the AMD TR4/SP3 socket. Due to its customised larger base, it cannot be used on any other sockets and is incompatible with Noctua’s standard mounting kits.
Cooler Specification
Height (without fan)
125 mm
Width (without fan)
95 mm
Depth (without fan)
71 mm
Height (with fan)
125 mm
Width (with fan)
95 mm
Depth (with fan)
120 mm
Weight (without fan)
660 g
Weight (with fan/s)
895 g
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility
2x 92x92x25mm
Scope of delivery
  • 2x NF-A9 PWM premium fan
  • 2x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • Y-split cable
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ mounting kit for TR4/SP3
  • Noctua metal case-badge
6 Years
FAN Specification
Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
2000 RPM
Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
1550 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%)
400 RPM
Max. Acoustical Noise
22,8 dB(A)
Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
16,3 dB(A)
Input Power
1,2 W
Voltage Range
12 V
> 150.000 h
SecuFirm2™ AMD TR4/SP3 installation
Video Reviews
The following video reviews have not been created by Noctua. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the videos lies entirely with the authors.
22.10.2017 // ReHWolution.it

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3: in ambiente server, il Noctua NH-U9 sembra essere la scelta giusta, vista la compatibilità con sistemi rack 4U per via delle ridotte dimensioni. Nonostante, però, la taglia ridotta rispetto ai “fratelli maggiori”, le temperature raggiunte sono, in rapporto appunto ad esse, di ottimo livello. Noctua NH-U12S TR4-SP3: il “fratello di mezzo” è un piccolo campione, che allo stesso prezzo del modello di fascia inferiore riesce ad essere molto vicino in prestazioni al modello con ventola di dimensioni superiori, più heatpipes e alette più larghe. Nonostante ciò, le dimensioni inferiori permettono di avere una completa compatibilità con qualsiasi configurazione, non interferendo né con slot di memoria né con slot PCIe. Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3: il modello più performante, ingombrante e silenzioso dei tre, con una ventola da 140 mm capace di spostare tanta aria con una pressione statica elevata, il tutto tenendo a bada un processore “focoso” come il 1950X, anche in alcune verifiche in overclock dove la CPU ha raggiunto l’impressionante assorbimento di ben 440 W.
Test verdict: "Anche stavolta Noctua pensa ad AMD, con una linea di dissipatori dedicata ai processori Threadripper ed EPYC: la serie TR4-SP3." (Ciro Sdino, ReHWolution.it)
17.10.2017 // Canard PC Hardware

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

Noctua se distingue depuis des années par sa réactivité, son service client et par la qualité de fabrication irréprochable de ses produits. Ces nouveaux ventirads TR4 ne font pas exception.
Test verdict: "Peut-on réellement refroidir un tel monstre avec un ventirad à air et en silence? Noctua preuve que oui." (Samuel Demeulemeester, Canard PC Hardware N°34 Octobre 2017)
09.10.2017 // Techzone.ro

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

Coolerele Noctua sunt bine cunoscute in lume, datorita performantelor deosebite dovedite de-a lungul timpului, pe toate platformele desktop. Astăzi, am pe birou variantele NH-U14S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S TR4-SP3, NH-U9 TR4-SP3, care au fost lansate special pentru procesoarele AMD Threadripper. Coolerele sunt iterații ale precedentelor variante, dar au primit 2 numere mai mari la picior si sufixul TR4-SP3.
Test verdict: "Testele au arata o performata excelenta, in special pentru NH-U14S, astfel ca Noctua își menține standardul si oferă utilizatorilor soluții, de răcire, foarte bune." (Daniel Neacsu, Techzone.ro)
06.10.2017 // Hardwaremax.net

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

Wie man anhand der Messungen klar erkennen kann ist Fläche Trumpf und dementsprechend reihen sich die Kühler auch ein. Während bei unserer getesteten Mindestdrehzahl von 600 Umdrehungen alle Kühler in das Limit laufen, sehen die Werte ab 900 Umdrehungen zumindest schon einmal für den Noctua NH-U14S sehr gut aus. Ab 1200 Umdrehungen kommt auch der NH-U12S in Fahrt und kühlt den Prozessor adäquat ohne in das Limit zu laufen. Der Noctua NH-U9 konnte bei unserem Testsetup erst auf maximaler Drehzahl den Threadripper auf Temperatur halten.
Test verdict: "Klar, aufgrund seiner Größe und der Doppelbelüftung, kann es unter Umständen auch einmal etwas lauter werden. Nichts desto trotz reicht der Kühler aus um den Threadripper auf Takt zu halten. Weswegen er sich auch unsere hardwaremax Empfehlung verdient hat." (Markus Lakner, Hardwaremax.net)
04.10.2017 // LegitReviews.com

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

The results from this benchmark were rather shocking as the Thermaltake Floe Triple Riing RGB 360 TT Premium Edition ($199.99 shipped) AIO CPU liquid cooler didn’t blow the Noctua coolers out of the water. The Thermaltake Floe Triple Riing RGB 360 had the lowest idle temperature by 1C, but the load temps were nearly 2C higher than the Noctua NH-U14S. These Noctua air coolers do a pretty good job!
Test verdict: "It is shocking how well these three high-end heatsinks from Noctua handle AMD’s TR4 and SP3 sockets for their latest Ryzen Threadripper (X399) and EPYC platforms." (Nathan Kirsch, LegitReviews.com)
26.09.2017 // mod-your-case.de

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

Die Kühlleistung des NH-U9 TR4-SP3 ist natürlich nicht so hoch, wie die einer Wasserkühlung, sie ist jedoch vollkommen ausreichend, um auch die aktuell größte Threadripper CPU auf angenehmen Temperaturen zu halten. Dies gelingt dem Kühler zudem bei einer vergleichsweise angenehmen Geräuschkulisse. Die Montage ist schnell und zudem sicher zu bewerkstelligen. Wie wir es von vergangenen Produkten aus dem Hause Noctua kenne, kann auch der NH-U9 TR4-SP3 zudem durch eine sehr gute Verarbeitung glänzen.
Test verdict: "Durch die kompakten Abmessungen eignet sich der Kühler vor allem für sehr kompakte Systeme sowie auch für Workstations und Server." (Patrick Seus, mod-your-case.de)
22.09.2017 // Linus Tech Tips

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

Test verdict: "The Noctua ran a few degrees cooler, so we have to award it the win by technical knockout!" (Linus Sebastian, Linus Tech Tips)
21.09.2017 // Phoronix.com

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

That's a look at the Threadripper 1950X with Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3 under a variety of different workloads. The average temperature was 44.9°C with a peak of 66.25°C. That's not bad for air cooling with a 180 Watt CPU. Though some Linux users have said the k10temp Zen CPU temperature reporting is lower than what is found from the BIOS or under Windows. But anyhow, I haven't run into any thermal throttling or any thermal-related issues in the few weeks of using the NH-U9 TR4-SP3 heatsink.
Test verdict: "The dual 92mm fans are relatively quiet, the NH-U9 TR4-SP3 squeezes into 4U height requirements, and it's all-around been working out well on my Threadripper Linux system." (Michael Larabel, Phoronix.com)
21.09.2017 // TechTesters

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

Voor wat overclockwerk richting de praktische limiet van de meeste Ryzen CPU’s (3,9-4,0 GHz) lijkt de NH-U14S de meest logische, want die is niet alleen nipt wat koeler op stock speeds maar neemt ook een grotere voorsprong wanneer het voltage omhoog gaat; de NH-U9S loopt met een voltage van 1,3-1,35V duidelijk verder op en een behuizing met degelijke airflow lijkt dan wel het uitgangspunt. Ook met het oog op een nog wat warmere Threadripper 1950X met OC lijkt de NH-U14S wel het pad om te volgen; de andere twee kunnen het zeker ook, maar als de verwachting dan is dat het prijsverschil erg beperkt blijkt tussen de NH-U14S en de NH-U12S terwijl we al over minimaal 1200 euro aan CPU en moederbord praten dan lijkt dat mij eigenlijk geen overweging meer. Aan de andere kant zien we ook voldoende potentie dat een NH-U12S en zelfs de NH-U9S op een 1950X geen problemen gaan hebben als je ze niet hard op hun staart gaat trappen, dus wanneer de hoogte in je case beperkt is is het fijn te weten dat er tenminste twee compactere torens zijn die zo’n CPU wel bijbenen. Wellicht zelfs dat er dan alsnog wat OC ruimte in blijkt te zitten, iets wat ik vooraf als onmogelijk had geschat.
Test verdict: "Hoe dan ook, ik ben heel erg positief verrast door alle drie de koelers op deze toch hele dikke CPU. Threadripper bouwers hoeven zich volgens mij geen zorgen te maken met oplossingen als dit tot hun beschikking." (Stephan Overbeeke, TechTesters)
12.09.2017 // XtremeSystems.org

NH-U9 TR4-SP3 Review

Noctua does it again.The combination of Noctua's easy installation process plus top end performance makes the TR4-SP3 line of collers an amazing choice for the first time builder or established enthusiast. With the ability to even outperform some AIO liquid coolers on the market and still allow for board space, you would be hard pressed to find a better tower cooler option in this range with this combination of performance, style, and operating noise levels.
Test verdict: "When you get to the point of making a choice on your cooling solution for your new AMD Ryzen Threadripper, you really cannot go wrong with the TR4-SP3 coolers." (Ambrosidou Nat, XtremeSystems.org)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

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

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

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. Do not use water to clean the cooler. 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.

What Thermal Design Power (TDP) is this cooler recommended for and how much Watt (W) of heat can it dissipate?

Please refer to our TDP guide for information on maximum recommended TDP and heat dissipation.

My case supports CPU coolers of up to XXXmm height, which model should I choose?

Please refer to our TDP guide in order to select the cooler that offers the best cooling performance at a given height.

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

Please refer to the installation manual and our video installation guides for detailed instructions on how to install the cooler.

How much torque should be applied when tightening the screws of a Noctua CPU cooler?

All screws should be tightened gently until they stop without using excessive force. Please do not exceed the following values for maximum tightening torque:
Screw typeMax. torque
NM-SSC1 screws for fixing the fastening brackets to the base of the heatsink0.5 Nm
NM-ITS1 thumb screws for fixing Intel mounting bars0.5 Nm
NM-ALS1 screws for fixing AMD mounting bars0.6 Nm
Spring-loaded screws for fixing the heatsink to the mounting bars0.6 Nm

How can I determine if the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS is overclocking my processor by default and deactivate this automatic overclocking?

Most motherboard vendors allow their overclocking-enabled products (e.g. those with Intels X- or Z-series chipsets) to run the processor at increased clock speeds by default, without requiring any user action at all. Since TDP (Thermal Design Power) limits are usually also disabled by default, this leads to the CPU exceeding the rated TDP to a varying degree, depending on the used applications and their workloads. Due to the increased heat output of the CPU, you may see higher CPU temperatures than expected.

In order to find out if your motherboard is overclocking your processor by default, please enter the UEFI BIOS and select the “advanced” or “overclocking” menu. There you should be able to find options such as “MultiCore Enhancement” (options: enabled/disabled), “CPU Ratio Apply Mode” (options: all/per core) or similar. To disable the automatic overclocking, adjust the settings either to “disabled” or “per core” and make sure that the individual multipliers match the original specifications.

In doubt, please contact your motherboard vendor for detailed instructions on how to disable this feature.

Can I install a Noctua cooler in my system from Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo?

Systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands often use motherboards which differ slightly from the specifications issued by Intel and AMD. While those changes are usually subtle, they can lead to compatibility issues with coolers that were built to comply with these specifications.

Even in case the cooler is mechanically compatible and can be installed, other issues can occur, e.g. proprietary fan connectors, BIOS errors due to a low fan speed, shutdowns, etc. Some of these problems can be avoided with some technical knowledge, but especially BIOS related issues can often not be resolved.

Due to the large number of possible issues that cannot be resolved with different mounting parts alone, Noctua does not officially support systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands.

Can I upgrade my existing Noctua cooler to socket TR4 or SP3?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to upgrade existing Noctua heatsinks to support the AMD TR4 and SP3 sockets for Ryzen Threadripper (X399) and Epyc CPUs. TR4/SP3 CPUs have much bigger heatspreaders (as compared to e.g. LGA2066 or AM4 processors) and the contact surfaces of standard Noctua heatsinks would cover only about half of these heatspreaders, which would result in insufficient cooling performance. On top of that, the heatpipes of bigger cooler models like the NH-D15 or NH-D15S would completely block the RAM slots on many TR4/SP3 motherboards. For this reason, Noctua has introduced the new NH-U14S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S TR4-SP3 and NH-U9 TR4-SP3 cooler models that feature bigger contact surfaces and have been tailored to fit TR4 and SP3 systems. Please choose these models for AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Epyc systems.

I'm experiencing fan speed issues with my motherboard from Supermicro, what can I do?

The BIOS of many motherboard models from Supermicro expects a certain minimum fan speed (usually 700rpm), which is higher than the minimum fan speed that can be achieved with Noctua's PWM fan models. The BIOS may interpret the low minimum RPM of Noctua fans as a fan error and thus try to run the fan at 100% for a short period before going back to automatic control.. This can result in oscillating fan speeds and fan speed warnings in the BIOS or the fan management console.

Unfortunately there is usually no option to set a lower minimum value that would suit the low minimum speed of Noctua PWM fans.The issue can thus only be resolved by either disabling automatic fan speed control in BIOS, which will cause the fans to run at a constant speed, or by requesting a modified BIOS file from Supermicro, which takes the minimum fan speed of Noctua fans into account (charges might apply).

Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model?

Not sure which Noctua product to buy? Our detailed buying guides for fans and CPU coolers help you to choose the model that works best for you.

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