Noctua has become the standard for air cooling CPUs in the last few years. I personally use a Noctua cooler for testing case CPU cooler space due to its massive size. And that has been the only real complaint about Noctua’s coolers: the amount of space they take up. To address this concern, Noctua is now continuing their series of single tower CPU coolers starting with the NH-U12S and NH-U14S.

The original NH-U12 and NH-U9 were among the first CPU coolers they ever released, so you can see how long it has been since we had a single tower cooler from Noctua. The new NH-U12S and NH-U14S are only 45 mm and 52 mm wide, respectively, to ensure compatibility with tall memory modules. The fin design of the cooler helps produce a high pressure system for better cooling.

To aid cooling in high performance are the NF-F12 and NF-A15 fans, which boast FocusedFlow design. Combined with six heatpipes, the new coolers focus more on cooling efficiency than size. Add in all the other goodies we have come to know Noctua for–like the NT-H1 thermal compound, 6-year warranty and easy-to-use multi-socket mount–and you have a great package at $64.90 and $74.90 MSRP.

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Noctua introduces NH-U12S and NH-U14S single tower CPU coolers

April 8th 2013 – Noctua today presented the latest models of its award-winning NH-U series of quiet single tower CPU coolers: Whereas the NH-U12S comes equipped with the renowned NF-F12 120 mm fan and succeeds the highly popular NH-U12P SE2, the NH-U14S is the series’ first 140 mm model and uses the new NF-A15 140 mm fan. Both models feature a new, slim design that ensures easy RAM access and maximum compatibility with tall memory modules.

“The original NH-U12 and NH-U9 were the first Noctua products we brought to the market and the NH-U series has been a cornerstone of our success ever since”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “Representing the next generation of this venerable legacy, the new NH-U12S and NH-U14S are the result of almost 10 years of continuous development and optimization. Both models mark a significant improvement in performance, convenience and compatibility.”

Due to its fine-tuned design and the class-leading NF-F12 120 mm FocusedFlow fan, the NH-U12S further improves the renowned quiet cooling performance of the NH-U12P SE2. The NH-U14S features a large, six heatpipe design and comes equipped with the NF-A15 140 mm fan. This allows it to best the quiet cooling performance of all other U-series coolers, making it Noctua’s most efficient single tower cooler to date.

Both the NH-U12S’ NF-F12 and the NH-U14S’ NF-A15 fan support PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200 rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adapter for even quieter operation.

The NH-U12S and NH-U14S feature a new, slim layout that has been conceived to provide maximum RAM compatibility: With a fin depth of only 45 mm, the NH-U12S will not overhang the RAM slots even with two fans installed. This gives the user full access to the memory modules on all current CPU sockets and guarantees 100% compatibility with tall heatspreaders or optional memory fans. The NH-U14S features a 52 mm slim design tailor-made for LGA2011 and does not overhang the RAM slots on this platform.

Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U12S and NH-U14S are complete premium quality solutions that combine superb performance, high compatibility and quiet operation.

Pricing and availability

The NH-U12S and NH-U14S will be available shortly at suggested retail prices

NH-U12S: EUR 59.90 / USD 64.90

NH-U14S: EUR 69.90 / USD 74.90


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