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Fin de série. Modèle successeur: NH-U12P SE2

Plébiscité par plus d'une centaine de magazines et sites web internationaux, le NH-U12P est devenu une référence dans le monde du refroidissement silencieux haut de gamme. Le NH-U12P SE1366 est une édition spéciale pour les Intel Core i7 et qui inclut le système de montage Secufirm2™, ultra fiable et facile à installer, la pâte thermique haute performance Noctua NT-H1 ainsi que deux ventilateurs NF-P12 120 mm pour un refroidissement hyper silencieux des processeurs Core i7.


Please note that the NH-U12P SE1366 is only compatible with LGA1366 and that we can't supply mounting kits for other sockets. If you'd like to use the cooler on LGA775 or AM2+, please choose the standard NH-U12P.

The NH-U12P SE1366 is only compatible with Core i7 and Xeon 3500 CPUs. Due to its custom backplate, the cooler is not compatible with the LGA1366 based Xeon 5500 platform. A dedicated version for Xeon 5500 systems will be available soon.
Détails
NH-U12P : un radiateur recompensé

NH-U12P : un radiateur recompensé

Le NH-U12P SE1366 est construit autour du radiateur haute qualité Noctua NH-U12P qui est renommé pour ses perfomances et son silence. Il a reçu plus d'une centaine de prix et distinctions de la part de sites internet et de magazines internationaux de référence.
SecuFirm2™ pour LGA1366

SecuFirm2™ pour LGA1366

Conçu pour allier une extrême fiabilité, une forte pression de contact et une grande simplicité d'installation, SecuFirm2™ est un système de fixation pour passionnés qui sait répondre aux plus grandes exigences en terme de sécurité, performance et facilité d'utilisation.
2x ventilateurs haute-performance NF-P12

2x ventilateurs haute-performance NF-P12

En intégrant deux des célèbres ventilateurs Noctua NF-P12 120mm ainsi que des adaptateurs faible bruit et ultra faible bruit, le NH-U12P SE1366 offre une flexibilité parfaite en permettant des possibilités étendues de configuration du ventirad pour un silence extrême et des performances maximales en mode push-pull (souffle-aspiration).
Pâte thermique NT-H1

Pâte thermique NT-H1

Largement plébiscitée, la NT-H1 de Noctua est une solution TIM de haute technicité qui combine résistance thermique minimum, facilité d'application et incroyable fiabilité.
Kit Premium Edition Spéciale

Kit Premium Edition Spéciale

Assorti d'un tube de NT-H1, de deux ventilateurs haute qualité NF-P12 et du système SecuFirm2™ pour LGA1366, le NH-U12P SE1366 constitue un kit haut de gamme, avec une garantie constructeur de 6 ans ; il contient tout le nécessaire pour obtenir un excellent refroidissement silencieux de tout processeur Intel Core i7.
NH-U12P SE1366
Spécifications radiateurrn
Intel Socket LGA1366
Hauteur (ventilateur non compris)
158 mm
Largeur (ventilateur non compris)
126 mm
Profondeur (ventilateur non compris)
71 mm
Hauteur (ventilateur compris)
158 mm
Largeur (ventilateur compris)
126 mm
Profondeur (ventilateur compris)
95/120* mm
Poids (ventilateur non compris)
600 g
Poids (ventilateur/s compris)
770/940* g
Matériau
cuivre (fond et caloducs), aluminium (plaques de refroidissement), soudé & nickelé
Autorisé jusquà
tous Intel Core i7
Dimensions du ventilateur
120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm
Volume de livraison
  • 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 Kit for LGA1366
Garantie
6 ans
Spécifications ventilateur
Modèle
Type roulements
Géométrie des pales
Vitesse de rotation (+/-10%)
1300 RPM
Vitesse de rotation avec L.N.A. (+/-10%)
1100 RPM
Vitesse de rotation avec U.L.N.A. (+/-10%)
900 RPM
Niveau sonore
19,8 dB(A)
Tension
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
NH-U12P SE1366
13.11.2011 // Freeocen.de
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

Sehr gut in der Leistung, auch wenn er knapp dem NF-12P unterlag. Subjektiv im lautlos-Duell mit dem Apollish, dem MF-12P und dem Cougar der leiseste. Frei von Schleifen oder anderen Nebengeräuschen. Nahezu perfekt.
Verdict du test: "Die Noctuas sind hervorragende Lüfter mit umfangreichem Zubehör. Leistung und Lautstärke sind wie die Verarbeitungsqualität makellos" (Michael Keilholz, Freeocen.de)
26.02.2010 // CenterZone.it
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

C’è da ricordare inoltre che questa edizione limitata offre in bundle anche l’ottima pasta termoconduttrice Noctua, che permette di abbassare le temperature di circa 1-2° se confrontata a pasta siliconica standard.
Verdict du test: "Non possiamo che consigliare l’acquisto del dissipatore NH-U12P Special Edition a tutti quegli utenti in cerca di un sistema di raffreddamento, per processori Core i7, di fascia alta e con prezzo non particolarmente elevato." (Carlo Panceri, CenterZone.it)
29.01.2010 // DarkHardware.com
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

+ Yüksek kalite, yüksek performans
+ Kutu içinde kaliteli iki fan
+ Kaliteli ve bol miktarda termal macun
Verdict du test: "Noctua NH-U12P SE1366, her şeyiyle kaliteli bir ürün ve daha kutusundan çıkarttığınız anda kullanıcıya belli bir lüks hissi yaşatıyor. Ürünün performansının gayet yeterli olduğu test sonuçlarıyla ortada. Pahalı bir soğutucu, ancak paranızın karşılığında satın aldığınız kutu içeriğindeki iki adet kaliteli fanı ve kaliteli termal macunu hesaba katmaya unutmayın." (Levent Pekcan, DarkHardware.com)
03.11.2009 // Turkchip.com
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

Yeni Corei7 işlemciler için özel dizayn edilen soğutucu testlerde oldukça başarılı olduğunu gösterdi. İşlemcimizi çalışma anında düşük sıcaklılarda tutarken bu görevi 2 fan çalışmasına rağmen oldukça sessiz yerine getirdi. Özellikle işlemcimizi overclock yaptığımda ve load durumunda soğutucuda bulunan 2 fan o kadar sessiz çalışıyordu ki powersupply ve kasa fan seslerini çok rahat ayırt edebiliyordum. Mükemmel bir ısı taban tasarımı kullanan Noctua bu tasarıma 2 adet başarılı fan ve kaliteli termal macun ekleyerek çok iyi ve performans açısından oldukça başarılı bir ürün elde etmiş.
Verdict du test: "Yüksek performansı, kullanılan malzemenin yüksek kalitesi, zengin kutu içeriği ile TurkChip The Best ödülünü hak eden çok başarılı bir ürün." (Murat Yildirim, Turkchip.com)
15.10.2009 // XtremeComputing.co.uk
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

Well the NH-U12P 1366 seems to have done just as well as the NH-U12P did on LGA775, it jumps straight to the top of the LGA1366 coolers that we have tested. Even though intel processors generally use very little power during idle, it’s still a difference enough for the Noctua cooler to jump a couple of degrees ahead of the competition. And putting the heat up on load just lets the NH-U12P 1366 run away from the other coolers tested here even more. It’s close to being twice as good as the stock Intel cooler (this one was pushing 80oC on the CPU we had!), so if you’re running on a stock Intel cooler it’s going to make a huge difference to get an aftermarket cooler.
Verdict du test: "Well I’m happy to say the NH-U12P SE1366 continues the legacy laid down by the NH-U12P before it, and is sure to go on to receive just as many awards as its original LGA 775 version did. Even with the addition of a second fan the cooler remains pretty quiet overall, and is easily drowned out by case fans etc. For someone that loves a quiet computer (like me), this is something to fall in love with." (Daniel Boothby, XtremeComputing.co.uk)
24.09.2009 // Dirks-Computerecke.de
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

Der NH-U12P verrichtet seine Arbeit auf beeindruckende Weise. Zuverlässig kühlt er den Prozessor auch bei hohen Belastungen und das ohne nervige Lüftergeräusche. Die Verarbeitung des Kühlkörpers ist, wie man es bei Noctua eigentlich nicht anders kennt, von hoher Qualität. Die Premuim-Lüfter NF-P12 haben schon in anderen Tests bewiesen das sie eine hervorragende Wahl zur Kühlung darstellen. Zusammengefasst kann man Noctua nur zum NH-U12P CPU-Kühler gratulieren.
Verdict du test: "Das Herzstück des Rechner ist zweifellos der Prozessor. Und um dessen Kühlung sollte man sich schon Gedanken machen. Legt man diese Kühlung in die Hände des Noctua NH-U12P CPU-Kühlers aus dem Hause Noctua, dann kann man sich sicher sein das der Prozessor in den besten Händen ist." (Dirk Löbe, Dirks-Computerecke.de)
02.09.2009 // TechArkade.com
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

As you can see, they are very close. I am very hesitant to say one cooler did better than the other. However, since they TRUE 120 has commonly been called "the best" it looks really great for Noctua here. The NH-U12P definitely competes with the TRUE 120 very well!!
Verdict du test: "Overall I am impressed with the NH-U12P from Noctua. It is easy to install, it does what it should, and it does it VERY well. With the 2 included fans, this cooler is ready to go out of the box. And since they are Noctua fans you know they are quiet." (Austin Thorne, TechArkade.com)
17.08.2009 // Pro-Clockers.com
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

We know from when we tested the original Noctua a few months ago that we were in for a good showing from this new cooler. We were not disappointed at all. With the aid of the dual NF-P12 fan, we were able to equal the performance of the Thermalright T.R.U.E. with dual fans and to top other top coolers in the original configurations. [...] The updates that we see with the SE1366 is what makes this cooler better than the previous version. The mounting system is simple and takes a little time consumption when installing, but works well and is worth the little extra time that it takes to assemble. And we can't forget the individual fan that you get with the SE1366. The added couple of degrees is also worth it. Especially when you are trying to get the highest stable overclock from your CPU and also want to remain in quiet trying to get there. Noctua planned everything out when developing the upgrades to the NH-U12P.
Verdict du test: "I have echoed this in every Noctua review I have ever done and that is the quality that you get from Noctua can't be touched by many in the industry. The SE1366 continues the excellence we see from Noctua." (Tony Day, Pro-Clockers.com)
15.08.2009 // Hardware.no
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

I grafene over er NH-U12P testet slik den kommer rett ut av boksen. Her sklir kjøleren rett til topps uten problemer. Den plasserer seg mer enn 2 solide grader foran kjøleren som frem til nå lå med topplasseringen ved 90 W belastning. Når vi skur opp belastningen til 120 W beholder Noctua fortsatt det tydelige forspranget i testen.
Verdict du test: "Noctua har med deres NH-U12P SE1366 nok en gang konstruert en soleklar testvinner. Ytelsen er eksepsjonell, kjøleren sitter meget godt på hovedkortet og det følger med mye nyttig tilbehør." (Jørgen Elton Nilsen, Hardware.no)
31.07.2009 // Tech-Lobby.com
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NH-U12P SE1366 test

Load conditions really showed something interesting as the cooling performance was in a different league to most other coolers on the market, which might be due to the quantity of the fans coupled with the very well made heat sink. Compared to the stock cooler with an average of 49°C and a peak temperature of 53°C, the NH-U12P pulled of an amazing 46° with an average of 43°C, making it the best Core i7 cooler we’ve tested so far, beating our previous product review.
Verdict du test: "The NH-U12P is a top class cooler guaranteed to impress and just crushes the competition. We would say: Go buy one now!" (Farhan Khan, Tech-Lobby.com)

Instructions de montage (PDF)

Feuille d'informations (PDF)

FAQs

Le poids élevé représente-t-il un danger pour le processeur central ou le socle ?

Puis-je monter aussi des ventilateurs d'une hauteur supérieure à 25 mm ?

Puis-je monter deux ventilateurs à la fois ?

Le ventilateur doit-il être monté de manière à ce qu'il aspire du refroidisseur ou souffle vers le refroidisseur ?

De quel côté du refroidisseur le ventilateur doit-il être monté ?

Est il possible de refroidir mon CPU sans ventilateur (passif)?

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?

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

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!

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

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

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 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?

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

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)?

Le poids élevé représente-t-il un danger pour le processeur central ou le socle ?

Non. Les refroidisseurs Noctua disposent d'un système de montage SecuFirm™ très fiable. Grâce au vissage sûr avec une plaque de montage au dos de la carte mère, le dépassement des recommandations de poids données par Intel et AMD, qui est normal pour les refroidisseurs high end, ne présente pas de danger et est sans inconvénients.

Puis-je monter aussi des ventilateurs d'une hauteur supérieure à 25 mm ?

Oui. Les agrafes de montage des refroidisseurs NH-U s'engrènent dans les trous de passage des vis à la face inférieure du cadre du ventilateur et fonctionnent pour cette raison pour les ventilateurs de toutes les hauteurs. Des problèmes de montage ne peuvent être causés que par d'autres éléments dans le boîtier en cas d'utilisation de ventilateurs présentant des formes de cadre spéciales, pour lesquels les agrafes ne peuvent pas s'engrener dans les trous de passage des vis à la face inférieure.

NH-U Lüfter Kompatibilität

Puis-je monter deux ventilateurs à la fois ?

Oui. Grâce aux 4 agrafes de montage, contenues dans la livraison, sur le NH-U12(F/P), deux ventilateurs de 120 mm peuvent être montés et, sur le NH-U9(F/B), deux ventilateurs de 92 mm peuvent être montés.

Le ventilateur doit-il être monté de manière à ce qu'il aspire du refroidisseur ou souffle vers le refroidisseur ?

Veuillez monter le ventilateur de manière à ce qu'il souffle vers le refroidisseur.

NH-U Airflow

Si vous voulez utiliser deux ventilateurs, veuillez monter l'un de manière à ce qu'il aspire et l'autre de manière à ce qu'il souffle.

De quel côté du refroidisseur le ventilateur doit-il être monté ?

Veuillez monter le ventilateur de manière à ce que l'air chaud puisse être évacué vers l'extérieur le mieux soit à travers le ventilateur de boîtier arrière (option de courant d'air 1) ou à travers le bloc secteur (option de courant d'air 2).

NH-U Airflow

Est il possible de refroidir mon CPU sans ventilateur (passif)?

Radiateurs Noctua n’sont pas conçus à l’origine pour des opérations passives quoique la performance du refroidisseur soit suffisante dans beaucoup de cas. Malheureusement, il nous est impossible de vous indiquer quelles sont les CPU qui peuvent ou qui ne peuvent pas être refroidir sans ventilateur, car il dépend de nombreux facteurs comme la température, la ventilation ou orientation du socket. Généralement, nous recommandons, dans un premier temps, utiliser le ventilateur et de diminuer progressivement RPM en surveillant constamment la température.

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

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 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.

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

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 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

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.

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

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