How do the NH-U12A, NH-U12S, NH-U12S redux and NH-D12L compare? Which one to choose.
How do the NH-U12A, NH-U12S, NH-U12S redux and NH-D12L compare? Which one to choose???
Offering a perfect combination of strong cooling performance, outstanding quietness of operation as well as excellent case, RAM and PCIe compatibility, the NH-U12S has been among Noctua’s most popular CPU cooler models for many years. It’s a great default choice for customers who are looking for a well-rounded, signature Noctua solution and don’t require the extra performance headroom of the NH-U12A or the lower height of the NH-D12L. The NH-U12S chromax.black is identical to the regular version except for its black colour.
The NH-U12S redux is a streamlined, more affordable version of the NH-U12S. As such, it is perfect for users who are looking for a highly compatible, no-frills 120mm cooler that doesn’t break the bank. Its raw cooling performance is on the same level as the regular NH-U12S with both models scoring a Noctua Standardised Performance Rating (NSPR) of 129 points. However, the NF-F12 fan of the regular NH-U12S is 2.7dB(A) quieter than the NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM fan of the NH-U12S redux (22.4 vs. 25.1 dB(A)).
Users who want the absolute best performance/noise efficiency in the 120mm class and don’t mind investing a bit more should go with the premium class NH-U12A: With an NSPR of 169 points and its dual state-of-the-art NF-A12x25 PWM fans running around 2.5dB(A) quieter than the NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM fan of the NH-U12S redux, the NH-U12A provides a significantly higher level of performance/noise efficiency that can rival many 140mm coolers.
Unlike the NH-U12S redux, the NH-D12L, NH-U12A and regular NH-U12S feature Noctua’s premium grade soldered interface between the heatpipes and the fins. They also include Low-Noise Adaptors a tube of NT-H1 thermal paste for several applications whereas the NH-U12S redux comes with NT-H1 pre-applied. While the NH-U12A is shipped with two fans and the regular NH-U12S as well as the NH-D12L includes clips for installing a second fan, the NH-U12S redux can only be upgraded using the optional NA-FK1.
|NH-U12A / |
|NH-U12S / |
|Number of heatpipes||7||5||4||5|
|Soldered interface of heatpipes and cooling fins|
|Fan(s)||2x NF-A12x25 PWM /
2x NF-A12x25 PWM chromax.black
|1x NF-F12 PWM /
1x NF-F12 PWM chromax.black
|1x NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM||NF-A12x25r PWM|
|Acoustical noise rating||22,6 dB(A)||22,4 dB(A)||25,1 dB(A)||22,6 dB(A)|
|Low-Noise Adaptor||(optional with NA-FK1 second fan kit)|
|Fan clips for second fan||(optional with NA-FK1 second fan kit)|
|Thermal paste||NT-H1, tube (~5 applications)||NT-H1, tube (~5 applications)||NT-H1, pre-applied (1 application)||NT-H1, tube (~5 applications)|
|Mounting ecosystem compatibility||SecuFirm2™||SecuFirm2™||SecuFirm2™||SecuFirm2™|
|Included mounting parts||SecuFirm2™ for Intel LGA20xx, LGA1700, LGA1200/LGA115x, AMD AM4, AM5||SecuFirm2™ for Intel LGA20xx, LGA1700, LGA1200/LGA115x, AMD AM4, AM5||SecuFirm2™ for Intel LGA20xx, LGA1700, LGA1200/LGA115x, AMD AM4, AM5||SecuFirm2™ for Intel LGA20xx, LGA1700, LGA1200/LGA115x, AMD AM4, AM5|
|Free of charge mounting upgrades (if technically possible)|
|Warranty||6 years||6 years||6 years||6 years|
|MSRP||119.90 EUR / 109.90 USD
129.90 EUR / 119.90 USD
|79.90 EUR / 69.90 USD
89.90 EUR / 79.90 USD
|54.90 EUR / 49.90 USD||99.90 EUR / 89.90 USD|