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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 Specification
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)
Voltage Range
12 V
MTTF
> 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)

FAQs

Is the cooler compatible with socket AM2+ and AM3?

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?

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

Which mainboards are compatible with the NH-U9B?

Can I use Noctua fans on my fan controller?

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

How can I connect 2 fans?

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

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

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

My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

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

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

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

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

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

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

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

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

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Intel's unlocked CPUs (K, X and C suffix) can dissipate more heat than indicated by the TDP specification if
  1. the TDP limits are extended or disabled in the motherboards' BIOS.
  2. the motherboard applies automatic overclocking by default, e.g. by raising the supply voltage of the CPU and using higher Turbo-Mode multipliers.
  3. some software creates untypical loads, e.g. Prime95 with AVX2 support and a) and/or b) apply.

This can lead to temperature issues, especially when using smaller coolers or compact cases.

The actual power draw of the processor can be monitored with software provided by the motherboard vendor or with 3rd party tools like HWInfo or HWMonitor.

If you encounter temperature issues (>90°C) and notice a higher than specified power draw, please ensure that no automatic overclocking is applied and limit the TDP to the specified value by choosing appropriate BIOS settings.

For Kaby Lake CPUs, it may also help to lower the CPU clock speed for applications that heavily use the AVX instruction set, which can lead to higher loads and power draw. This option is usually referred to as “AVX offset” and makes it possible to lower the multiplier specifically for AVX based applications without reducing performance when using other instruction sets. Depending on the quality of the CPU and the programs being used, a reduction of 2-3 steps usually gives very good results.

Please contact your motherboard vendor for details if you have trouble finding the appropriate settings in the BIOS.

All our TDP recommendations are based on thorough testing with the default values specified by Intel using popular applications such as Asus Realbench and prime95. Please note, however, that prime95 creates a particularly high load that goes beyond typical application scenarios and this leads to elevated temperatures. We thus recommend using other programs such as Realbench for checking the stability and temperatures of the CPU in realistic scenarios.

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.

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

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.

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011 and LGA2066, Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 also support Intel’s upcoming ‘Basin Falls’ X299 HEDT (High End Desktop) platform for ‘Skylake-X’ and ‘Kaby Lake-X’ processors. Most current Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 and can thus be used on LGA2066 motherboards without any upgrades or modifications.

The following models include a mounting-kit for socket LGA2011/2066 and are thus compatible out of the box:

NH-C14S
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15
NH-D15S
NH-D9L
NH-L12
NH-L9x65
NH-U12S
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U14S
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9S

The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets free of charge using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit:

NH-C12P
NH-C12P SE14
NH-C14
NH-D14
NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-U12
NH-U12F
NH-U12P
NH-U12P SE1366
NH-U12P SE2
NH-U9
NH-U9B
NH-U9B SE2
NH-U9F

The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers:

NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)
NH-U12DX
NH-U12DX 1366
NH-U9DX 1366
NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)

The following models are not compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets and can not be upgraded:

NH-L9a
NH-L9i
NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9DO A3

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 where 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.

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

The following models include a mounting-kit for socket AM4 and are thus compatible out of the box:

NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit:

NH-C12P
NH-C12P SE14
NH-C14
NH-C14S
NH-D14
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15
NH-D15S
NH-D9L
NH-L12
NH-L9x65
NH-U12
NH-U12F
NH-U12P
NH-U12P SE1366
NH-U12P SE2
NH-U9
NH-U9B
NH-U9B SE2
NH-U9F

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-UxS upgrade-kit:

NH-U14S
NH-U12S
NH-U9S

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-L9aL9i upgrade-kit:

NH-L9a
NH-L9i

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers:

NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)
NH-U12DX
NH-U12DX 1366
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9DX 1366
NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)

The following models are not compatible with the AM4 socket and can not be upgraded:

NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9 DO A3

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.

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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