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Product discontinued. Successor model: NH-U9B SE2

The NH-U9B continues the legacy of Noctua's classic NH-U coolers, which won over 150 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines. Due to its compact size, the NH-U9B is perfect for HTPCs and small cases as well all as other applications that don't provide sufficient space for its bigger brother NH-U12P. Bundled with Noctua's award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound and fitted with the new NF-B9 fan, the NH-U9B offers outstanding quietness and excellent performance levels close to the NH-U12P.
Details
4 dual heat pipes

4 dual heat pipes

4 dual heat pipes, excellently soldered joints and widely-spaced cooling fins ensure optimal heat dissipation even at low fan speeds.
Award winning NH-U design

Award winning NH-U design

Noctua's NH-U coolers allow for perfect airflow direction and have received more than 150 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines.
NF-B9 premium fan

NF-B9 premium fan

Boasting exceptionally high airflow and pressure performance, the NF-B9 is ideally suited for CPU cooling. Bevelled blade tips, Vortex-Control Notches as well as Noctua's SCD drive system and premium-grade SSO-Bearing guarantee outstanding quietness and long-term stability.
High compatibility

High compatibility

Thanks to its compact size, the NH-U9B provides excellent compatibility with small cases, HTPC systems and other components.
SecuFirm™ multi-socket mounting system

SecuFirm™ multi-socket mounting system

Noctua's professional SecuFirm™ mounting system for LGA 775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3 ensures superior reliability and contact pressure. K8 (939, 940, 754) kits are available on request.
Incl. Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound

Incl. Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound

Noctua's NT-H1 is an award-winning TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and long-term stability.
NH-U9B
Cooler Specifications
Intel Socket LGA775, AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3, Intel LGA1156/LGA1366 on request
Height (without fan)
125 mm
Width (without fan)
95 mm
Depth (without fan)
70 mm
Height (with fan)
125 mm
Width (with fan)
95 mm
Depth (with fan)
95 mm
Weight (without fan)
460 g
Weight (with fan/s)
550 g
Material
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Application
Intel all frequencies, AMD all frequencies
Fan compatibility
92x92x25 (2 fans can be installed)
Scope of Delivery
  • NF-B9 premium fan
  • Mounting-clips for 2 fans
  • Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • Low-Noise-Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm™ mounting kits for LGA & AM2(+)
Warranty
6 Years
FAN Specification
Model
Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1600 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
1000 RPM
Acoustical Noise
17,6 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
13,1 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.
7,9* dB(A)
Input Power
1,32 W
Voltage Range
12 V
MTBF
> 150.000 h
NH-U9B
23.02.2010 // Techpill.lt
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NH-U9B Review

Tai puikus aušintuvas tiems, kurie turi poreikį spartinti procesorių, tačiau neturi didelio pakankamai didelio korpuso, kuriame tilptų didelis aušintuvas su radiatoriumi. Pagal savo dydį NH-U9B SE2 parodė labai gerus aušinimo rezultatus, o turbinant procesorių sugebėjo palaikyti stabiliai veikiančią sistemą.
Test verdict: "Manau tai yra vienas iš geriausių kompaktinės klasės aušintuvų rinkoje." (Marius Kavaliauskas, Techpill.lt)
22.09.2009 // Tech-Review.de
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NH-U9B Review

Unser Test konnte beweisen, dass nicht unbedingt die Größe Rückschlüsse auf die Kühlleisung geben muss. Natürlich konnte er nicht mit dem deutlich größeren Kühlkörper aus eigenem Hause mithalten, aber andere Konkurrenzprodukte sicherlich schlagen. Außerdem überzeugen uns die Ausstattung, u.a. auch die Wärmeleitpaste, die für sehr viele Anwendungen reicht, das tolle Montagesystem, das leider nur per Backplate funktioniert, die gute Kühlleistung und eine lange Garantiezeit.
Test verdict: "Dafür bietet Noctua [...] ein einmaliges Produkt, nämlich einen leistungsfähigen, recht leisen, kleinen Towerkühler der Edelklasse, der auch gewiss durch sein Aussehen positiv auffällt." (Gordian Hoffmann, Tech-Review.de)
19.08.2009 // VerdisReviews.com
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NH-U9B Review

The overclocked results tell a similar story with the Noctua cooler way ahead and the extra fan taking off another degree at load, but both results are below 60 at 100% load which is certainly impressive.
Test verdict: "Noctua has impressed us no end here at Verdis Reviews with their consistent high quality and performance coolers. In this regard the NH-U9B is no different achieving some very solid temperatures despite the smaller build making it ideal for HTPCs and other smaller chassis." (Joe Blackmore, VerdisReviews.com)
06.07.2009 // Traficantesdehardware.com
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NH-U9B Review

Bueno, el cooler de Noctua se comporta de manera sobresaliente, incluso al subir levemente el voltaje de nuestra cpu hasta los 1.343v llevándolo casi hasta los 3.9GHz se mantiene completamente firme y estables las temperaturas del Quad Core. Las temperaturas son muy bajas sobre todo destacando el pequeño tamaño del cooler. El nivel sonoro es extremadamente bajo, siendo inaudible si nos movemos por entorno de Windows, no esperábamos menos de este NF-B9.
Test verdict: "Nos hemos quedado sorprendidos del excelente rendimiento alcanzado por este pequeño disipador de cpu de Noctua, muy superior a coolers de mayor envergadura. El fabricante austriaco ha lanzado este NH-U9B al mercado para cubrir el sector de equipos HTPC o chasis pequeños, y ya decimos desde ahora que es si no el mejor, uno de los mejores disipadores del mercado para este sector." (Duarte Mourente Fernandez, Traficantesdehardware.com)
03.07.2009 // TechXpert.lt
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NH-U9B Review

Štai ir testų rezultatai. Idle rėžimu NH-U9B aušintuvas buvo lygus su Scythe Katana 3 aušintuvui, bet pridėjus antrą NF-B9 aušintuvą NH-U9B aušintuvas tapo nepralenkiamas. Load rezultatų kovoje vyravo tokia pati situacija.
Test verdict: "Noctua NH-U9B aušintuvas yra puikus pasirinkimas HTPC ar nedidelį korpusą turinčių kompiuterių savininkams. Dėka tylaus darbo ir puikių aušinimo rezultatų NH-U9B tampa pilnaverčiu šios kategorijos lyderių mūsų puslapyje. Bet jeigu žadate spartinti procesorių jums nepamaišytu įsigyti papildomą NF-B9 aušintuvą ir jį naudoti kartu su NH-U9B aušintuvu. To dėka galėsite šį procesoriaus aušintuvą išnaudoti maksimaliai." (Tomas Jankus, TechXpert.lt)
08.06.2009 // Technews.lt
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NH-U9B Review

Apkrauto procesoriaus temperatūros rodikliai yra tai, pagal ką galime nustatyti tikrąjį aušintuvų efektyvumą. Lyderiai čia nesikeičia – NH-U9B veikiantis su dviem NF-B9 ventiliatoriais ir Nepartak rodantis vienu laipsniu prastesnius rezultatus. Dar vienu-dviem laipsniais nuo to paties Nepartak atsilieka standartinis Noctua aušintuvo modelis. [...] Pabaigoje – triukšmo lygio matavimo rezultatai, kurie parodo, ar daug vartotojas aukoja vardan gero aušinimo efektyvumo. Tiesą pasakius, rezultatai nė kiek nestebina – žinodami NH-U9B ventiliatorių nedidelę spartą ir negalėjome tikėtis didelio triukšmo lygio.
Test verdict: "Noctua NH-U9B iš karto leidžia pajusti nuostabią pagaminimo kokybę ir kompanijos norą išlikti viena solidžiausių rinkoje. Tai leidžia padaryti ne tik išskirtinai turtingas komplektas, būdingas ir kitiems Noctua gaminiams, tačiau ir puiki pagaminimo kokybė bei labai geras aušinimo efektyvumas, nepaisant itin mažos ventiliatorių spartos, dėl ko aušintuvas yra itin tylus. Dar vienas NF-B9 ventiliatorius pastebimai pagerina našumą, tačiau prideda šiek tiek triukšmo." (Darius Buinauskas, Technews.lt)
30.05.2009 // OverclockersHQ.com
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NH-U9B Review

* Performance
* Low noise
* Great build quality
* Includes NT-H1 thermal compound
Test verdict: "The NH-U9B has been a pretty solid performer, chucking out some nice cooling performance and some quite nice looks." (Matt Scott, OverclockersHQ.com)
30.03.2009 // Moddingbase.de
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NH-U9B Review

Nicht übel für so einen kleinen Kerl! Wie man sieht, kann der Kühler hervorragende Kühlergebnisse liefern und fällt damit auch noch kaum in der Lautstärke auf.
Test verdict: "Auch beim letzten CPU Kühler kann die Firma Noctua auf allen Linien siegen und sich erneut unseren Gold-Award holen! Überzeugt hat mich bei allen Produkten die sehr gute Verarbeitung und die hervorragende Leistung. Einige kleine CPU Kühler haben wir schon getestet, der Noctua NH-U9B hat die Nase jedoch sehr weit vorne. Auf den maximalen Drehzahlen steht er seinem großen Bruder, dem U12P nicht viel nach. Der Kühler eignet sich dank der geringen Größe optimal für kleine und enge PCs und auch für HTPCs." (Marcel Hinz, Moddingbase.de)
27.03.2009 // HardwareBistro.com
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NH-U9B Review

* Silent & moderate performance for mainstream usage
* Good for space constraint setup
* Easy installation & excellent finishing
* Four heat pipes with nickel coated surface
* Comes with U.L.N.A, L.N.A & NT-H1
Test verdict: "Noctua provides very complete range of CPU cooler offerings; 120mm or 92mm coolers as well as U-type or C-type cooler which should fulfill most of the users and Noctua NH-U9B is another good choice for those are looking for a smaller cooler for their setup." (Raymond Teh, HardwareBistro.com)
16.03.2009 // Overclocking4you.de
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NH-U9B Review

Bei unserem Testmuster war während des Betriebs mit 12 Volt - ca. 1650 U/min (17,6 dB(A) nur ein Rauschen bei einer Entfernung von ca. 50 cm wahrnehmbar und war zu keinem Zeitpunkt störend. Die Förderleistung von 64,3 m³/h (Herstellerangabe) ist bei der gebotenen Geräuschentwicklung hervorragend. Mit dem beiligenden Low-Noise-Adapter L.N.A.(Schwarz - 13,1 dB(A) - ca. 1300 U/min) war der Lüfter praktisch schon nicht mehr hörbar. Die Förderleistung von 52,6 m³/h (Herstellerangabe) ist immer noch gut.
Test verdict: "Auch der NF-B9 aus dem Hause Noctua konnte überzeugen. Wie der große Bruder NF-P12 ist auch der NF-B9 in Sachen Lieferumfang, Leistung und Geräuschentwicklung hervorragend. Im Grunde ist der Lüfter für jedes System, das Platz für einen 92 mm Lüfter bietet, bestens geeignet." (Mathias Kossin, Overclocking4you.de)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

Is the cooler compatible with socket AM2+ and AM3?

Yes. As AM2, AM2+ and AM3 are mechanically identical, the cooler is compatible with all three sockets.

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

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

Which mainboards are compatible with the NH-U9B?

Please consult our mainboard compatibility list for information about compatible mainboards.

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.

I can’t spread the thermal compound by turning the cooler as described in the manual!

Due to the new LGA mounting bars with screw threads that facilitate the installation process, there's little room to turn the cooler as described in step 4 of the supplied manual. There's nothing to worry about though, as you can still turn the cooler by a few millimetres in order to help the thermal compound spread. We've also made the compound slightly less viscous so that the contact pressure of mounting system is wholly sufficient to spread it.

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.

How can I connect 2 fans?

When using 2 fans, please connect one of the fans to the CPU-Fan header and the second fan to one of the Case-Fan headers of your mainboard. Alternatively, you can also use a 3-pin Y-cable in order to run both fans via the CPU-Fan header. Such cables are available in specialised retail stores.

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.

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.

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

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

Due to the low weight of the cooler, it is not necessary to take it off for transport.

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.

Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one?

Most Noctua SecuFirm™ mounting parts are cross-compatible, so if you’re replacing one Noctua cooler with another, it is usually possible to keep the original backplate and/or mounting system in place in order to re-use it for the new cooler. If you had your previous Noctua cooler installed on an Intel LGA115x (LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150), LGA2011 (LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3) or LGA1366 system and replace it with an NH-U14S, NH-U12S or NH-U9S, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the NM-IMB3 ones supplied with the new cooler. For all other models, you can keep the entire mounting system in place on the aforementioned Intel sockets. On AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the ones supplied with the new 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

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