[Review] Noctua NH-U12P SE2

The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 still represents the premium model of the Noctua CPU cooler line-up. The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU was considered a high-end CPU cooler when it was first released almost 3 years ago. It has since been overtaken by the Noctua NH-D14,

Introduction:

Continuing with Noctua’s line-up, we follow up with the Noctua NH-U12P SE2.

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The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 still represents the premium model of the Noctua CPU cooler line-up. The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU was considered a high-end CPU cooler when it was first released almost 3 years ago. It has since been overtaken by the Noctua NH-D14, however Noctua invested a good amount of R&D into the design of the thermal characteristics and cooling technologies used in the Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler.

The Noctua NH-U12P was initially released with only a single fan, along with Intel’s 775 socket configuration, aside from the AMD offerings. When Intel released the 1366 and 1156 sockets, Noctua reacted and released the “SE” version. The higher TDP’s of the new Intel sockets introduced more heat and again, Noctua reacted and added a second NF-P12 fan and introduced a push/pull fan configuration. Hence, we have the SE2. The AMD socket updates for AM2/ AM2+ and AM3 have also been included within those updates.

The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler features a 6 heatpipe construction. The 6 heatpipes extrude from the base of the cooler into the fins of the heatsink and are well implemented. The amount of heatpipes in a heatsink is a big factor in the transferring of heat away from the base to the fins, so this is of the utmost importance.

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Description:

As taken from the Noctua website:

Recommended by more than 150 leading international websites and magazines, Noctua’s NH-U12P series has become a benchmark in premium quality quiet cooling. The new NH-U12P SE2 now comes with two NF-P12 fans for further improved performance and adds support for LGA1156, LGA1366 as well as LGA1155 via the latest SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system. Topped off with Noctua’s award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-U12P SE2 forms a complete quality package that continues the NH-U12P series’ legacy of superb quiet cooling performance.

Features:

  • Award-winning NH-U12P Heatsink
    The NH-U12P SE2 is built around Noctua’s premium quality NH-U12P heatsink that is renowned for its excellent quiet cooling performance and has received more than 150 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines.
  • SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system
    Noctua’s enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.
  • 2x NF-P12 Premium Fan
    Including two of Noctua’s award-winning NF-P12 120mm fans with Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptors, the NH-U12P SE2 offers full flexibility in fine-tuning the cooler for supreme quietness and maximum performance in push-pull mode.
  • NT-H1 Thermal Compound
    Noctua’s much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.
  • Special Edition Premium Kit
    Bundled with a tube of NT-H1, two exquisite NF-P12 fans and the new SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, the NH-U12P SE2 forms a complete premium quality package that’s backed up with 6 years manufacturer’s warranty and contains everything you need in order to achieve superb quiet cooling performance.

The Noctua NH-U12P includes all mounting hardware for the majority of CPU socket configurations available to date.
Due to its custom backplate, the NH-U12P SE2 is not compatible with Intel’s Xeon 5500 platform.

Supported Sockets Include:

Intel 775 / 1156/ 1155/ 1366 (Requires backplate)
AMD AM2/ AM2+/ AM3 (Requires backplate)

Next: Specifications & Dimensions

The Verdict

7.5Good
The Good:   Performance | even better with 2nd Fan | Quality |
The Bad:    2nd Fan not included |