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Continuing the legacy of Noctua’s classic NH-U-series, which has received more than 500 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, the NH-U12S has become a benchmark for slim, highly compatible 120mm single tower coolers. The SE-AM4 version is a dedicated special edition for AMD’s AM4 (Ryzen) platform, featuring the latest SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM4. Topped off with the renowned quiet NF-F12 PWM 120mm fan, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U12S SE-AM4 forms a complete premium-quality solution that combines outstanding performance, superb acoustics and excellent compatibility for AM4 systems.

Please note that as a dedicated special edition for AM4, the NH-U12S SE-AM4 comes with AM4 mounting hardware only.
Details
Award-winning NH-U12S cooler

Award-winning NH-U12S cooler

Tens of thousands of enthusiast users all over the world swear by the NH-U12S’ quality and performance. Recommended by more than 200 international hardware websites and magazines, it is renowned as being one of the best 120mm coolers on the market.
Dedicated special edition for AM4

Dedicated special edition for AM4

The NH-U12S SE-AM4 brings the NH-U12S’ signature quiet cooling performance to AMD’s new AM4 platform. With its excellent balance of efficiency, quietness and compatibility, the NH-U12S SE-AM4 is a perfect fit for premium-class AM4 builds.
100% RAM compatibility

100% RAM compatibility

Thanks to its slim design, with only 45mm fin depth, the NH-U12S will not overhang the RAM slots on AM4 mainboards, even with two fans installed. This gives the user easy access to the memory modules and allows using RAM with tall heat spreaders or optional memory fans.
Classic 120mm tower size for excellent overall compatibility

Classic 120mm tower size for excellent overall compatibility

Standing 158mm tall, the NH-U12S is short enough to fit most modern mid- or high-end tower cases. Measuring 125mm wide (including fan and fan clips), the cooler stays clear of the top PCIe slot on most standard ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards, ensuring optimum compatibility with multi-GPU setups.
NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow™ fan

NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow™ fan

Recommended by more than 150 hardware publications and thousands of enthusiasts world-wide, the Noctua's premium quality NF-F12 Focused Flow™ 120mm fan is renowned to combine superb static pressure, excellent heatsink performance and surprising quietness of operation.
PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor

PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor

The NF-F12 120mm fan supplied with the NH-U12S supports PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.
Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12 (optional)

Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12 (optional)

For users who want to achieve even better performance by adding a second, optional NF-F12 fan to create a push/pull setup, the NH-U12S includes fan clips and an extra set of custom-designed anti-vibration pads that allow to off-set the rear fan by 5mm to improve acoustics in dual-fan mode.
SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM4

SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM4

Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and ease of use. In order to achieve the best compatibility and to match the airflow path inside the case, the SecuFirm2™ mounting for AM4 makes it possible to install the cooler either in standard orientation or turned by 90°.
NT-H1 thermal compound

NT-H1 thermal compound

Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from hardware journalists around the world, Noctua's NT-H1 is a proven professional grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease of use and outstanding reliability.
6-year manufacturer’s warranty

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua products are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the supplied NF-F12 features an MTTF rating of more than 150.000 hours and the entire NH-U12S package comes with a full 6-year manufacturer's warranty.
NH-U12S SE-AM4
General
Notes and warnings
Please note that as a dedicated special edition for AM4, the NH-U12S SE-AM4 comes with AM4 mounting hardware only.
Cooler Specification
Height (without fan)
158 mm
Width (without fan)
125 mm
Depth (without fan)
45 mm
Height (with fan)
158 mm
Width (with fan)
125 mm
Depth (with fan)
71 mm
Weight (without fan)
580 g
Weight (with fan/s)
755 g
Material
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Max. TDP
see TDP guide
Fan compatibility
120x120x25
Scope of delivery
  • NF-F12 PWM premium fan
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ AM4 mounting-kit
  • Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12
  • Noctua metal case-badge
Warranty
6 Years
FAN Specification
Bearing
Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1500 RPM
Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
1200 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%)
300 RPM
Max. Acoustical Noise
22,4 dB(A)
Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
18,6 dB(A)
Input Power
0,6 W
Voltage Range
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
22.09.2017 // DDWorld.cz
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

NOCTUA a její SE AM4 edice, které vybrala, aby pokrývaly všechny eventuality a cenové relace, ukazují, co dokáží. U12S je stále velmi atraktivní model, jak výkonem a maximálně tichým provozem, tak samozřejmě naprosto bezkonkurenční kvalitou zpracování a stále rozumnou cenou. Obří D15 je pak prostě králem klasických chladičů, provedením a zpracováním naprosto bez konkurence, nicméně obří rozměry už občas komplikují život u některých sestav a také cenově už spadá do kategorie AiO chlazení, jež ale ne vždy jsou tišší.
Test verdict: "Jak U12S, tak D15 mají samozřejmě nadále naše doporučení a jedná se o to nejkvalitnější, co trh v této podobě chladičů vůbec nabízí." (Jan Stach, DDWorld.cz)
22.09.2017 // HWLegend.com
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

Con i tre modelli speciali (SE-AM4) analizzati l’azienda intende soddisfare le esigenze di qualsiasi tipologia di utenza, spaziando da tutti coloro che necessitano di una soluzione compatta al punto da poter essere agevolmente impiegata all’interno di chassis di dimensioni contenute e con spazio interno ridotto (NH-U9x65 SE-AM4), sino ad arrivare al “mastodontico” NH-D15 SE-AM4, capace di garantire le migliori performance dissipanti possibili a fronte però di un ingombro certamente non indifferente. Le dimensioni infatti, pari a ben 160 x 150 x 135 mm senza ventole installate (165 x 150 x 161 mm con ventole), risultano decisamente importanti, al punto che è altamente consigliabile verificare di avere lo spazio necessario all’interno del proprio cabinet al fine di procedere senza noie all’installazione di questo “gigante” a doppia torre. Anche il peso complessivo non è certamente da meno, sfiorando il chilogrammo (per la precisione 980 grammi) senza ventole, e raggiungendo i 1.320 grammi in configurazione a doppia ventola (NF-A15 PWM). Degna di nota anche la soluzione intermedia, NH-U12S SE-AM4, capace di ottime prestazioni (con possibilità di installazione di una seconda ventola) seppur con un ingombro relativamente contenuto se rapportato alla proposta di punta della linea. Il suo design classico a singola torre centrale dal ridotto spessore, inoltre, consente di evitare qualsiasi fastidio in fase di montaggio, garantendo la massima compatibilità possibile con qualsiasi scheda grafica PCI-Express e con i più disparati moduli di memoria RAM, anche contraddistinti da design ad alto profilo.
Test verdict: "Nel corso degli anni l’austriaca Noctua ci ha abituati a prodotti contraddistinti da un rapporto tra qualità e prestazioni senza eguali, indiscutibilmente ai vertici del settore. Non fanno ovviamente eccezione le ultime soluzioni di raffreddamento ad aria osservate nel corso di questo articolo, espressamente dedicate alla recente piattaforma mainstream di AMD, basata sugli apprezzati microprocessori Ryzen e sul relativo nuovo socket di connessione AM4." (Antonio Delli Santi, hwlegend.com)
07.08.2017 // TecnoGaming.com
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

Noctua nos ofrece otro modelo particular de su U-Series apuntando en esta oportunidad a la compatibilidad con ventiladores de 120 mm con la misma calidad y rendimiento. Su diseño y construcción sobresalen junto a su ventilador eficiente y silencioso que permite que los procesadores AMD Ryzen trabajen a buenas temperaturas sin ocupar demasiado espacio (no molesta a la memoria RAM). Noctua siempre está atento a los cambios de tecnología brindando opciones de refrigeración contundentes combinando rendimiento y calidad, en este caso orientado exclusivamente al socket AM4.
Test verdict: "Si buscamos silencio, bajas temperaturas y aplicar un poco de OC sin generar penalidades, pues el NH-U12S SE-AM4 es muy recomendado." (Alejandro Dau, TecnoGaming.com)
15.06.2017 // Conseil Config
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

Si vous cherchez un ventirad qui aura le maximum de performances alors le NH-D15 est fait pour vous, si vous avez la place de le caser sur la carte mère et dans le boitier. Le NH-U12S quant à lui permet d'être installé dans beaucoup plus de configurations différentes avec une taille largement plus petite que son grand frère, les performances sont bien entendu moins bonnes mais largement suffisantes pour tenir un processeur au frais. Le NH-L9x65 pour finir est définitivement adapté pour les boitiers qui ne dispose que de très peu d'espace, il sera suffisant pour un processeur aux fréquences d'origine mais si vous comptez overclocker il faudra s'orienter vers un modèle plus imposant.
Test verdict: "Au final on a toujours une qualité de fabrication et une finition sans défauts et les ventilateurs sont excellents." (Christian Marchini, Conseil Config)
07.06.2017 // HardwareSfera.com
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

Cuando hablamos de disipadores de Noctua, hablamos siempre de un procesador de la mejor calidad posible y que nos garantiza un excelente rendimiento. Lo hemos probado con un procesador AMD Ryzen 1700X y debemos decir que pese a que estos procesadores tienden a trabajar en altas temperaturas cuando la carga es elevada, vemos que este ha rendido de manera excelente. Para este procesador, vimos que tenía una temperatura en idle de 57ºC, mientras que a plena carga el procesador alcanzo una temperatura de 76.5ºC. Debemos destacar que las temperaturas del AMD Ryzen Master Overclock, que son de donde hemos medido las temperaturas, marcaban 20ºC de más, por lo tanto, a estas temperaturas les debemos restar 20ºC.
Test verdict: "Si miramos las temperaturas reales, este disipador hizo que el procesador trabajara a 37ºC y a 56.5ºC, lo cual son unas temperaturas muy correctas y muy buenas, permitiendo un excelente rendimiento al equipo y alargando la vida útil del procesador. Sin duda es un disipador muy potente capaz de enfrentarse a cualquiera de los procesadores de AMD. El ventilador integrado además es de alta eficiencia, por lo tanto, este mantendrá a raya la temperatura del procesador e incluso permite un ligero overclocking, si es que el procesador de AMD se deja, ya que son un pelin revoltosos en ese aspecto." (Roberto Solé, HardwareSfera.com)
29.05.2017 // Razorman.net
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

El cooler Noctua U12S SE-AM4 ofrece unas fantásticas prestaciones dejando que el procesador AMD RYZEN 5 1600X sólo sobrepase ligeramente los 40ºC en máximo rendimiento como hemos podido comprobar, lo que habla y muy bien del excelente trabajo que ha hecho Noctua con este cooler. Si las prestaciones han sido fantásticas, también lo ha sido la bajísima sonoridad del ventilador Noctua NF-F12 PWM, que a máximas revoluciones sólo produce 22.4 dB(A), pero no por ello el caudal de aire baja de los más de 90 m3/h.
Test verdict: "En definitiva, si buscas un nuevo cooler para sustituir el ventilador de serie de tu AMD Ryzen, este modelo Noctua U12S SE-AM4 es una opción sobresaliente por rendimiento y bajísima sonoridad." (Ana Rey Carballeira, Razorman.net)
08.05.2017 // ReHWolution.it
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

Passando all’NH-U12S, vediamo un repentino “drop” nelle temperature registrate, a fronte di un prezzo superiore ed un ingombro maggiore, con una ventola ugualmente silenziosa, la ormai famigerata NF-F12 PWM, ventola dall’ottimo bilanciamento tra airflow e pressione statica e dalle innumerevoli soluzioni tecniche che la rendono forse la miglior ventola di sempre.
Test verdict: "Il Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 è forse il dissipatore perfetto per ogni esigenza (a parte per i sistemi ITX, dove proprio l’NH-L9x65 è la scelta appropriata), ed il prezzo “contenuto” (stiamo parlando sempre di Noctua, e se prendiamo il costo della sola NF-F12 PWM, sono già 20€) insieme alle prestazioni elevate ci portano a dare ad esso il nostro Hardware Diamond Award." (Ciro Sdino, ReHWolution.it)
05.05.2017 // HardwareAsylum.com
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

With the popularity of Ryzen there is a huge push to have plenty of cooling options on the market. What makes Ryzen so interesting is the 65w TDP making it one of the coolest performance CPUs on the market. This translates into systems that don’t require large CPU coolers and can finally get away with passive designs and still throw down a decent overclock. As always the installation hardware is extremely good and features a universal mounting system that is both easy to install and works on almost every Noctua cooler.
Test verdict: "Overall performance was really good. The heat tests showed that the Noctua NH-U12S SE AM4 could handle a very healthy overclock and responded well to having two fans installed in push-pull." (Dennis Garcia, HardwareAsylum.com)
03.04.2017 // TheLab.gr
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

Και τώρα ήρθε η ώρα να αποτιμήσουμε την πολυήμερη συμβίωσή μας με την Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4, προϊόν μιας εταιρίας που τα προϊόντα της ξεχωρίζοντας για την υψηλή ποιότητα και αποτελεσματικότητά τους, δεν έχουν γίνει τυχαία το "σημείο αναφοράς" στο τομέα της αερόψυξης. Η προσήλωση στις ανάγκες του μέσου χρήστη για ένα ήσυχο αλλά και αποδοτικό σύστημα ψύξης, και η αδιάκοπη έρευνα για ακόμα πιο αποδοτικές τεχνικές λύσεις, έχει δημιουργήσει ένα ολόκληρο "οικοσύστημα" με προτάσεις απαλλαγμένες από άχρηστο εντυπωσιασμό, που στοχεύουν στην ριζική αντιμετώπιση των πραγματικών προβλημάτων της ψύξης και η σημερινή φιλοξενούμενη του TheLab, αποτελεί ένα ακόμα χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα!
Test verdict: "Ο χρήστης που έχει ένα μέσης ισχύος σύστημα και ψάχνει για την ποιοτική αναβάθμιση της stock ψύκτρας του, που θα αυξήσει σημαντικά τις επιδόσεις του συστήματός του και θα "εξαφανίσει" το θόρυβο αλλά όχι και το πορτοφόλι του, θα κάνει χάρη στον εαυτό του αν πάρει σοβαρά υπόψιν την πρόταση της Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 !" (Stelios Petousakis, TheLab.gr)
28.03.2017 // FunkyKit.com
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NH-U12S SE-AM4 Review

Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 is well designed, high quality cooler which is one of the most interesting options for AMD Ryzen processors. It can handle 8 core processors without issues and at the same time keeps PC quiet. Users can’t ask much more from a CPU cooler.
Test verdict: "Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 is one of the best cooling solutions for AMD Ryzen processors and is clearly recommended by Funky Kit’s redaction!" (Bartosz Waluk, FunkyKit.com)

NA-HC1 chromax.black.swap

  • chromax.black.swap edition heatsink cover with swappable inlays (red, blue, green, yellow, black, white)
  • Compatible with Noctua NH-U12S, NH-U12S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S SE-AM4 and NH-U12S DX-3647 heatsinks
  • Ideal for matching with Noctua’s industrialPPC or chromax line fans and anti-vibration pads
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-HC2 chromax.white

  • chromax.white edition heatsink cover
  • Compatible with Noctua NH-U12S, NH-U12S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S SE-AM4 and NH-U12S DX-3647 heatsinks
  • Ideal for matching with Noctua’s industrialPPC or chromax line fans and anti-vibration pads
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SYC1 chromax.black

  • 3x NA-YC1 chromax.black y-cables for running two fans on one fan header
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Black sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SEC1 chromax.yellow

  • 4x NA-EC1 chromax.yellow 30cm extension cables
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Yellow sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SEC1 chromax.white

  • 4x NA-EC1 chromax.white 30cm extension cables
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • White sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SEC1 chromax.red

  • 4x NA-EC1 chromax.red 30cm extension cables
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Red sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SEC1 chromax.green

  • 4x NA-EC1 chromax.green 30cm extension cables
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Green sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SEC1 chromax.blue

  • 4x NA-EC1 chromax.blue 30cm extension cables
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Blue sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SEC1 chromax.black

  • 4x NA-EC1 chromax.black 30cm extension cables
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Black sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SAVP1 chromax.black

  • Anti-vibration pads
  • chromax.black edition
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SAVP1 chromax.white

  • Anti-vibration pads
  • chromax.white edition
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SAVP1 chromax.yellow

  • Anti-vibration pads
  • chromax.yellow edition
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-HC2 chromax.black

  • chromax.black edition heatsink cover
  • Compatible with Noctua NH-U12S, NH-U12S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S SE-AM4 heatsinks and NH-U12S DX-3647
  • Ideal for matching with Noctua’s industrialPPC or chromax line fans and anti-vibration pads
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SAVP1 chromax.green

  • Anti-vibration pads
  • chromax.green edition
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SAVP1 chromax.blue

  • Anti-vibration pads
  • chromax.blue edition
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SAVP1 chromax.red

  • Anti-vibration pads
  • chromax.red edition
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap

  • 120x120x25mm
  • 4-pin PWM, 1500rpm max.
  • Focused Flow™ System
  • chromax.black.swap edition
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SYC1 chromax.yellow

  • 3x NA-YC1 chromax.yellow y-cables for running two fans on one fan header
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Yellow sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SYC1 chromax.white

  • 3x NA-YC1 chromax.white y-cables for running two fans on one fan header
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • White sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SYC1 chromax.green

  • 3x NA-YC1 chromax.green y-cables for running two fans on one fan header
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Green sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SYC1 chromax.red

  • 3x NA-YC1 chromax.red y-cables for running two fans on one fan header
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Red sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

NA-SYC1 chromax.blue

  • 3x NA-YC1 chromax.blue y-cables for running two fans on one fan header
  • 4-pin connector supports both 3-pin and 4-pin fans
  • Blue sleeving: ideal for creating PC builds with neat, focused aesthetics
NH-U12S SE-AM4

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

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 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 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 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

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.

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.

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 were 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How big is the NH-U12S and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and chipset coolers?

Please refer to the following drawing for the exact measurements and clearance for RAM and chipset coolers:

U12S

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-L12S
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-L9a-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-U14S TR4-SP3
NH-U12S TR4-SP3
NH-U9 TR4-SP3
NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9 DO A3

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

Is it possible to use the cooler with vertical graphic cards?

Depending on the chassis, card and motherboard being used, installing PCIe cards in a vertical position using riser cards may cause compatibility issues with CPU coolers. Whether there will be a problem or not depends on the exact position of the card (which is determined by the PC case and/or optional vertical GPU holder bracket), the width of the card as well as the position of the CPU socket on the motherboard. In order to verify that there is sufficient space for the cooler, please measure the distance between the centre of the CPU socket and the top of the PCI card in order to make sure that the cooler fits.

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