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Fuera de producción. Modelo sucesorio: NH-U12F

Gracias a sus 4 Heat-Pipes duales, 38 aletas de aluminio con una superficie total de refrigeración de más de 5000cm² y uniones soldadas para una óptima transferencia térmica, el Noctua NH-U12 logra un rendimiento de refrigeración superior con un ventilador de 120mm a tu elección - ¡ya sea para conseguir el máximo silencio, o una refrigeración ultra-eficaz!

4 Heat-Pipes duales para una óptima absorción térmica.
Los 4 Heat-Pipes duales en forma de U tienen una enorme superficie de contacto con la base de cobre para absorber eficientemente el calor de la CPU. Forman 8 conductos que se elevan para distribuir el calor entre las aletas.

38 aletas de refrigeración fabricadas en aluminio para una óptima disipación térmica.
Gracias a la superficie de más de 5000cm², las aletas de refrigeración disipan el calor extremadamente rápido. Tanto la elección del aluminio como la forma de las aletas y su espaciado, logran una refrigeración con un rendimiento sobresaliente, incluso con ventiladores silenciosos.

Uniones soldadas para una óptima transferencia térmica.
Al contrario que otros disipadores, cuyos Heat-Pipes están pegados a la base y a las aletas, el Noctua NH-U12 posee uniones soldadas de alta calidad para asegurar una óptima transferencia del calor.

Montaje del ventilador sin herramientas y tiras anti-vibración incluidas.
La elección del ventilador es toda tuya.: los ventiladores de 120mm ofrecen excelentes resultados, sin importar que tu principal objetivo sea el silencio o el rendimiento. Colocar el ventilador usando los clips de acero es un juego de niños, y ni siquiera necesita un destornillador. Las tiras anti-vibración incluidas minimizan las vibraciones que se transmiten al disipador, y por lo tanto permiten un funcionamiento aún más silencioso.

Montaje universal para socket 478, LGA y K8, fácil instalación, pasta de transferencia térmica.
El NH-U12 es compatible con el socket Intel 478 y LGA 775, así como con el AMD K8. El mecanismo de montaje, que usa un backplate y tornillos con muelle, es tan fácil como seguro gracias a su guía de instalación paso a paso. Además del hardware de montaje, el paquete incluye una jeringa de pasta de transferencia térmica de alta calidad.
NH-U12
Especificaciones disipador
Intel Socket 478 & LGA 775, AMD K8
Altura (sin ventilador)
155 mm
Anchura (sin ventilador)
124 mm
Profundidad (sin ventilador)
70 mm
Altura (con ventilador)
155 mm
Anchura (con ventilador)
124 mm
Profundidad (con ventilador)
95 mm
Material
Cobre (base y heat-pipes), aluminio (aletas de refrigeración), uniones soldadas.
Uso
P4, todas las frecuencias - AMD, todas las frecuencias.
NH-U12
12.03.2007 // DarkHardware.com
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NH-U12 Opinión

Noctua, "havayla soğutmada bir numarayız" diye ortaya çıktı, görünüşe göre iddialarında çok haksız da değiller. Gerçekten bir numara oldukları tartışılır, çünkü bu ürünlerden sonra piyasaya çıkan Titan Amanda gibi bazı soğutucular, Peltier yardımıyla soğutma çizgisini daha da düşürmeyi başardılar. Öte yandan, Noctua NH-U9 ve U12'nin hiç bir rakibinden büyük farkla geride kalmayacağı da açık. Soğutucular bekleme durumunda işlemciyi oda sıcaklığına kadar düşürebiliyorlar, yük altındaysa sıcaklık bizim test sistemi için 40 dereceyi geçmiyor. Sistemimizde eğer Core 2 Duo gibi yeni nesil bir işlemci kullansaydık, herhalde en ağır yükleme sırasında bile 35 derecenin altında sıcaklıklar okuyacaktık.
Resultado del análisis: "Özetlemek gerekirse, havayla soğutma alanında piyasaya çok iyi bir marka daha girmiş durumda. Özellikle Thermalright müşterileri, bu yeni ve iddialı markayı da görmeden karar vermemeliler." (Levent Pekcan, DarkHardware.com)
01.03.2007 // PC Games Hardware
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NH-U12 Opinión

Scheuen Sie den Aufwand nicht und haben sie genug Platz im Gehäuse, so erhalten Sie mit dem Noctua NH-U12 einen Kühlkörper, der sich je nach verbautem Lüfter auch für den leisen Wohnzimmer-PC oder für den übertakteten Spiele-Rechner eignet.
Resultado del análisis: "Das Top-Produkt aus unserem letzten Vergleich in PCGH 10/2006 hat nichts an Qualität eingebüßt;" (Henner Schröder, PC Games Hardware)
19.01.2007 // Media-Planet.org
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NH-U12 Opinión

Gegen diese Werte darf nun jeder getestete Kühler antreten und den Anfang machte der Noctua NH-U 12 in verschiedenen Betriebsmodi (passiv, 1 Lüfter, 2 Lüfter). Auch ohne jeglichen direkten Luftzug konnte er uns mit seinen erreichten Temperaturen durchaus überzeugen, 69°C bei Last (0,713 K/W) und 50°C (0,513 K/W) wenn die CPU wenig zu tun hat. Wenn man nun aber einen neuen Core2Duo verwendet oder aber auch einen HTPC so lautlos betreiben möchte, wird man sicherlich sowieso noch genauer auf die zu kühlende Verlustleistung achten, wodurch die Werte noch ein wenig besser werden. Die besten Ergebnisse erzielten wir selbstverständlich, wenn auch nur mit knappen Vorsprung, mit zwei 120mm Lüftern, die bei uns von der Firma Coolink stammten. Da wir ein unterschiedliches Pärchen geliefert bekommen haben, SWiF Fan 1202/1201 liefen diese immer jeweils bei 1200 Umdrehungen. Zum einen haben wir sie 'durchziehend' montiert und konnten mit 50°C (0,521 K/W) bei Last und einer Idle Temperatur von 37°C (0,384 K/W) sehr gute Werte erzielen. Wenn die Ventilatoren gegeneinander pusteten, stieg auch die Temperatur um jeweils 1K an (0,532 K/W bei Last und 0,395 K/W im Ruhemodus). Wenn man auf das letzte Quäntchen an Leistung verzichten kann, reicht laut unserem Test ein Lüfter völlig aus: 52°C unter Prime95 (0,542 K/W) sowie weiterhin 38°C (0,395 K/W) wenn der PC nichts bis wenig rechnen musste, sind nach wie vor sehr gute Leistungswerte.
Resultado del análisis: "Für einen aktuelle Preis von ca. 49,99 EUR erhält man einen ausgereiften Kühlkörper für den es bereits ein Nachfolgermodell (NH-U12F) gibt. Zudem ist er für fast alle Sockeltypen einsetzbar und man kann ihn als Low-Noise Kühler (passiv) oder aber auch als High-End Produkt mit zwei 120mm Lüftern betreiben. In jedem Fall erreicht man bei geringerer Lautstärke bessere Kühlergebnisse als mit Intels-Boxed-Kühler." (René Schröter, Media-Planet.org)
21.12.2006 // Guru3D.com
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NH-U12 Opinión

I must say that I'm really pleased with the products from Noctua. For now I'll leave the U12 cooler with silent fan on our test system. It's actually working really well and that surely says something about the quality that is being offered here. Other then the sheer size of the product there's nothing negative to report here.
Resultado del análisis: "Good stuff for sure, highly recommended." (Hilbert Hagedoorn, Guru3D.com)
16.12.2006 // NGOHQ.com
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NH-U12 Opinión

As you can see, the Noctua CPU-Coolers, especially the NH-U12, is performing really good, almost as good as the watercooling-kits we tested earlier.
Resultado del análisis: "Both units have proven themselves to be excellent products, especially the NH-U12." (Eran Badit, NGOHQ.com)
16.10.2006 // ADSLzone.net
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NH-U12 Opinión

Dreadnought and his colleague Fergonar from ADSLzone.net have done an excellent Video-Review of the NH-U coolers - thanks for the great work! The video is in Spanish and 61MB in size.
Resultado del análisis: "En resumen: Estos disipadores me han dejado completamente anonadados con sus resultados. Silencio y prestaciones, todo en un mísmo paquete... Y parecía imposible!"
09.10.2006 // MaterielPC.net
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NH-U12 Opinión

Une fois overclocké, le rad box nous fait un record avec 61°C (la limite d'un tel processeur étant de 65°C d'après AMD), quant à notre Noctua, il avale les watts pour dissiper un minimum de 52°C.
Resultado del análisis: "Noctua entre directement dans la cour des grands avec un radiateur d'une qualité exemplaire, une solidité des ailettes à toutes épreuves, rien à voir avec certaines autres marques qui se contente de mettre des ailettes aussi épaisse qu'une feuille d'aluminium. Côté performances, elles sont à la hauteur de l'assemblage de ce produit, avec environs 45° à débourser, ça en fait le choix le plus intéressant du moment puisque pour toujours être comparé au xp90c, celui ci coute aussi 45°." (Anthony Alain, MaterielPC.net)
09.08.2006 // GinjFo.com
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NH-U12 Opinión

De l'emballage à la finition, Noctua a apporté une attention particulière afin de proposer deux produits de hautes qualité. Le NH-U9 et le NH-U12 sont sans reproche laissant une impression de satisfaction lors de leurs achats.

La mise en place ne pose pas de problème notable. Ils ont montré au cours de nos tests des capacités étonnantes, laissant derrière eux une des références en termes de performance sur le rapport refroidissement/silence. Je veux bien sur parler du CNPS 9500 LED de Zalmam.

L'usage d'un ventilateur de 120 mm pour le NH-U12 apporte un confort agréable et un potentiel important en cas de besoin (Overcloking).
Resultado del análisis: "Le constructeur Noctua frappe un grand coup avec ces deux radiateurs." (Jérôme Gianoli, GinjFo.com)
02.08.2006 // ADSLzone.net
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NH-U12 Opinión

El Noctua NH-U12 mejora todavía más los registros de su hermano pequeño, el NH-U9, pero se deja en el camino el silencio, siendo apreciable el sonido de su ventilador aunque para nada molesto. Y cuando se le pone un ventilador de altas prestaciones como el Silverstone FM-121, realmente nos podemos dar cuenta de lo increible que es este disipador. Si eres fan del overclock (y tu caja lo permite), este disipador ha de estar el primero en tu lista de próximas compras. Realmente imprescindible.
Resultado del análisis: En resumen: Estos disipadores me han dejado completamente anonadados con sus resultados. Silencio y prestaciones, todo en un mísmo paquete... Y parecía imposible!
18.07.2006 // BleedinEdge.com
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NH-U12 Opinión

[W]hile the Hyper 6+ beat the stock cooler temps, the Noctua NH-U12 shattered them. A six degree difference in load temps is outstanding for an out of the box configuration.
Resultado del análisis: "The NH-U12 certainly wins this round..." (William McLaughlin, BleedinEdge.com)

Manual de instalación (PDF)

Hoja de datos (PDF)

Preguntas frecuentes

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

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

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?

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

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

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

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 AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

¿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?

¿Cuánto espacio entre la placa y la fuente de alimentación se necesita cuando el NH-U12 está instalado mirando hacia arriba?

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

How to install the fan using the supplied steel clips?

Is the high weight dangerous for the CPU or socket?

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

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

Why is my Ryzen 3000 processor getting so hot? Why are Ryzen 3000 CPUs running hotter than previous generation Ryzen CPUs with the same TDP rating? Is there anything wrong with my cooler?

¿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

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.

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 CPU compatibility list for information on maximum recommended TDP and heat dissipation.

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.

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.

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 AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

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

NH-D15 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-D15S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-U14S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-U12S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-U9S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-D9L (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-C14S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-L12S
NH-L9x65 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
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 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-D14
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-D15S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-D9L (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-L12
NH-L9x65 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
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 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-U12S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)
NH-U9S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit)

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

¿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

¿Cuánto espacio entre la placa y la fuente de alimentación se necesita cuando el NH-U12 está instalado mirando hacia arriba?

Cuando se instala hacia arriba (mira la fotografía inferior), el NH-U12 puede superar el borde superior de la placa base. En este caso, el hueco que se requiere entre el extremo superior de la placa base y la fuente de alimentación es (dependiendo de la posición del socket de la CPU en la placa) de hasta 25mm. Medidos desde los agujeros de montaje superiores del socket de la CPU, la distancia requerida a la fuente de alimentación es de 35mm.

NH-U PSU Gap

NH-U PSU Gap

NH-U PSU Gap

¿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

Is the high weight dangerous for the CPU or 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.

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.

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.

Why is my Ryzen 3000 processor getting so hot? Why are Ryzen 3000 CPUs running hotter than previous generation Ryzen CPUs with the same TDP rating? Is there anything wrong with my cooler?

The latest Ryzen 3000 processors (except APU models) differ from previous Ryzen generations in that they are no longer based on a single, large chip but use a multi-chip approach with smaller chips instead. Each processor uses an I/O-Die (IOD), which contains things like the memory controller, PCIe controller, connections to the motherboard chipset and other functions. Depending on the exact model there can be one (6 and 8-core models) or two (12 and 16-core models) actual CPU-Dies (CCD) on the package.

Because of this design change and the switch to a smaller 7nm manufacturing process, the heat distribution of the overall processor is much different from older 14nm and 12nm based single-chip Ryzen processors with a similar power draw.

Depending on the exact model, as well as the allowed TDP and power rating, a single CPU-die can create a heatload of up to 130W easily, whereas the I/O-die usually creates a heatload of about 10W. Due to the small size of the CPU-die, the heat density (the amount of heat created per mm², measured inW/mm²) of this chip is very high. For example, a 120W heatload at a chip-size of 74mm² results in a heat-density of 1.62W/mm², whereas the same heatload on an older Ryzen processor with a chip-size of 212mm² gives a heat-density of just 0.57W/mm².

This large difference in heat-density is the reason why newer Ryzen 3000 processors become much warmer at similar heatloads than their predecessors.

Furthermore, Ryzen 3000 CPUs are using the rated temperature headroom (95°C) quite aggressively in order to reach higher boost clocks. As a result, it is absolutely no problem and not alarming if the processor runs into this temperature limit. The clock speed and supply voltage will be adjusted automatically by the processor itself in order to remain within AMD’s specifications and to prevent overheating.

Due to the higher heat density, higher thermal limits and more aggressive boost clock usage, it is perfectly normal that Ryzen 3000 CPUs are reaching higher temperatures than previous generation Ryzen CPUs with the same TDP rating. Higher CPU temperatures are normal for Ryzen 3000 processors and not a sign of that there is anything wrong with the CPU cooler.

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