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Fuera de producción. Modelo sucesorio: NH-U12S

Recomendado por más de 150 revistas y sitios web internacionales especializados, la serie NH-U12P de Noctua se ha convertido en todo un punto de referencia en refrigeración silenciosa de calidad superior. El nuevo NH-U12P SE2 ahora viene provisto de dos ventiladores NF-P12 para un rendimiento aún mejor, y añade soporte para LGA1156/1155/1150, así como LGA1366, mediante el nuevo sistema de montaje multisocket SecuFirm2™. Dotado del premiado compuesto térmico NT-H1 de Noctua, el NH-U12P SE2 conforma un completo conjunto de alta calidad que continúa el legado de la serie NH-U12P para un rendimiento en refrigeración sobresaliente.
Detalles
Premiado disipador NH-U12P

Premiado disipador NH-U12P

El NH-U12P SE2 se basa en el disipador de alta calidad NH-U12P de Noctua, renombrado por su excelente rendimiento en refrigeración silenciosa y galardonado con más de 150 premios y recomendaciones de las revistas y sitios web más prestigiosos del sector.
Sistema de montaje multisocket SecuFirm2™

Sistema de montaje multisocket SecuFirm2™

El sistema de montaje multisocket para entusiastas SecuFirm2™ de Noctua proporciona amplia compatibilidad de socket (LGA 1366, LGA 1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+) y cumple con las más elevadas demandas en cuanto a seguridad, rendimiento y facilidad de uso.
2 ventiladores NF-P12 de alta calidad

2 ventiladores NF-P12 de alta calidad

Dotado de dos de los premiados ventiladores de 120 mm NF-P12 de Noctua, con adaptadores Low- Noise y Ultra-Low-Noise para minimizar la emisión de ruidos, el NH-U12P SE2 ofrece flexibilidad total a la hora de ajustar el disipador para un silencio sobresaliente y el máximo rendimiento, tanto si se configura para tomar aire como para expulsarlo.
Compuesto térmico NT-H1

Compuesto térmico NT-H1

El renombrado NT-H1 de Noctua es una renombrada solución de interfaz térmica que proporciona una resistencia térmica mínima, excelente facilidad de uso y máxima fiabilidad.
Kit Edición Especial Premium

Kit Edición Especial Premium

Incluyendo un tubo de NT-H1, dos ventiladores NF-P12 de exquisita factura y el sistema de montaje multisocket SecuFirm2™, el NH-U12P SE2 conforma un completo y escogido conjunto de primera calidad que está respaldado por seis años de garantía por parte del fabricante y contiene todo lo necesario para lograr un rendimiento sobresaliente en refrigeración silenciosa.
NH-U12P SE2
Especificaciones disipador
Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA775, LGA2011 sobre pedido, Asus X-socket™ & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 , AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate necesario)
Altura (sin ventilador)
158 mm
Anchura (sin ventilador)
126 mm
Profundidad (sin ventilador)
71 mm
Altura (con ventilador)
158 mm
Anchura (con ventilador)
126 mm
Profundidad (con ventilador)
95/120* mm
Peso (sin ventilador)
600 g
Peso (con ventilador/es)
770/940* g
Material
Cobre (base y heat-pipes), aluminio (aletas de refrigeración), uniones soldadas, niquelado
Tamaño del ventilador
120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm
Volumen de entrega
  • 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
Garantía
6 años
Especificaciones ventilador
Modelo
Rodamiento
Geometría de las aspas
Velocidad de rotación (+/-10%)
1300 RPM
Velocidad de rotación con L.N.A. (+/-10%)
1100 RPM
Velocidad de rotación con U.L.N.A. (+/-10%)
900 RPM
Sonoridad
19,8 dB(A)
Sonoridad con L.N.A.
16,9 dB(A)
Sonoridad con U.L.N.A.
12,6 dB(A)
Potencia
1,08 W
Voltaje
12 V
MTBF
> 150.000 h
NH-U12P SE2
08.04.2014 // InsideHardware.it
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NH-U12P SE2 Opinión

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.
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

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!
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

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.
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

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.
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

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).
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

- 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
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

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.
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

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).
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

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.
Resultado del análisis: "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 Opinión

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.
Resultado del análisis: "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)

Manual de instalación (PDF)

Hoja de datos (PDF)

Preguntas frecuentes

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?

¿Es el peso peligroso para la CPU o el socket?

¿Es posible montar ventiladores de altura superior a 25mm?

¿Es posible usar dos ventiladores a la vez?

¿Cómo debo colocar el ventilador: aspirando el aire del disipador o soplando sobre él?

¿En qué lado del disipador debe instalarse el ventilador?

¿Puedo refrigerar mi CPU sin ventilador (de forma pasiva) usando los disipadores Noctua?

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

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+?

¿Qué disipadores de Noctua son compatibles con el socket 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?

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?

Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler?

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

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

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.

¿Es el peso peligroso para la CPU o el socket?

No. Los disipadores Noctua poseen un sistema de montaje SecuFirm™ extremadamente fiable. Gracias a la conexión mediante tornillos al backplate de la parte posterior de la placa, el exceso de peso -según las recomendaciones de Inter y AMD- común entre los disipadores de gama alta, no tiene objeción posible.

¿Es posible montar ventiladores de altura superior a 25mm?

Sí. Los clips de montaje del disipador se agarran a los agujeros de los tornillos del extremo más bajo del ventilador, y por lo tanto funcionan con cualquier ventilador sin importar su altura. De todos modos, puede haber problemas en la instalación del ventilador si éste tiene un marco de forma especial, donde los clips no puedan agarrarse al extremo inferior del marco.

NH-U fan mounting

¿Es posible usar dos ventiladores a la vez?

Sí. Con los 4 clips de ventilador provistos, puedes montar dos ventiladores de 120mm en el NH-U12(F/P) y dos ventiladores de 92mm en el NH-U9(F/B).

¿Cómo debo colocar el ventilador: aspirando el aire del disipador o soplando sobre él?

Por favor coloca el disipador de modo que éste sople aire sobre el disipador.

NH-U Airflow

Si quieres instalar 2 ventiladores, coloca uno soplando aire y otro absorbiendo.

¿En qué lado del disipador debe instalarse el ventilador?

Por favor instala el ventilador del modo que el aire caliente pueda evacuarse lo más fácilmente posible mediante el ventilador trasero (Opción de flujo de aire 1) o mediante la fuente de alimentación (Opción de flujo 2).

NH-U Airflow

¿Puedo refrigerar mi CPU sin ventilador (de forma pasiva) usando los disipadores Noctua?

Los refrigeradores Noctua no se diseñaron originalmente para su uso pasivo, aunque su capacidad de refrigeración es suficiente en muchos casos. Desafortunadamente, nos es imposible indicar que CPU concreta puede o no puede refrigerarse sin ventilador, pues depende de varios factores, como la temperatura de la caja, la ventilación o la orientación del socket. Generalmente, recomendamos usar un ventilador en primera instancia, y luego ir bajando las revoluciones de forma constante sin dejar de monitorizar la temperatura.

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 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.

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.

¿Qué disipadores de Noctua son compatibles con el socket LGA1150?

El montaje es idéntico en todos los sockets LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156). Los siguientes disipadores son compatibles con el LGA1150 y no necesitan ningún tipo de actualización para utilizarlos en esta plataforma: NH-C12P SE14, NH-C14, NH-D15, NH-D14, NH-L12, NH-L9i, NH-U14S, NH-U12S, NH-U12P SE2, NH-U9B SE2. Además, todos los modelos anteriores que se hayan actualizado con el kit NM-I3 pueden utilizarse en el LGA1150 sin tener que volver a actualizarlos.

Los siguientes disipadores pueden ser compatibles con el LGA1150 si se utiliza el kit de actualización NM-i115x y son adecuados para el kit de montaje gratuito de Noctua: NH-C12P, NH-U12, NH-U12F, NH-U12P, NH-U12P SE1366, NH-U9, NH-U9F, NH-U9B.

Los siguientes disipadores pueden ser compatibles con el LGA1150 si se utiliza el kit de actualización NM-i115x pero no son adecuados para el kit de montaje gratuito de Noctua: disipadores de la serie DX para Xeon, NH-D14 SE2011.

Los siguientes disipadores son mecánicamente incompatibles con el kit de actualización NM-i115x y no son compatibles con el LGA1150: disipadores de la serie DO para AMD Opteron, 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.

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, for safety reasons, taking the fan off 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 fan 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).

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

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

Teniendo en cuenta que mayoría de los entusiastas del hardware usan compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad, la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua se ha optimizado para el uso de este tipo de pastas térmicas. Las micro-hendiduras de la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua aseguran que los compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad se dispersen de manera uniforme en una fina capa por toda la zona de contacto y que no queden huecos entre el disipador y la CPU. Con un acabado pulido como un espejo, el riesgo de una dispersión desigual es mucho más alto. Dado que las capas demasiado gruesas de pasta térmica y los huecos con aire deterioran dramáticamente la transferencia térmica, las micro-hendiduras son de vital importancia en el rendimiento general de los disipadores Noctua cuando se usan con compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad.

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

Teniendo en cuenta que mayoría de los entusiastas del hardware usan compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad, la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua se ha optimizado para el uso de este tipo de pastas térmicas. Las micro-hendiduras de la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua aseguran que los compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad se dispersen de manera uniforme en una fina capa por toda la zona de contacto y que no queden huecos entre el disipador y la CPU. Con un acabado pulido como un espejo, el riesgo de una dispersión desigual es mucho más alto. Dado que las capas demasiado gruesas de pasta térmica y los huecos con aire deterioran dramáticamente la transferencia térmica, las micro-hendiduras son de vital importancia en el rendimiento general de los disipadores Noctua cuando se usan con compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad.

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.

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