THE TEST: The Noctua NH-U12P cooler compares well, and in some cases it even holds the first place in this comparison. We’ll now put some load on the system, and see if the Noctua NH-U12P cooler still manages to keep up.
The Noctua NH-U12P cooler impresses even more when under load, and it’s only when used passively, that it must see itself beaten by the Xigmatek cooler, but in all other cases, the Noctua NH-U12P cooler is up to 10 degrees better than the nearest opponent.
The final thing that needs commenting before concluding is the noise level of the Noctua NH-U12P cooler – and thereby also the accompanying fan.
The Noctua NF-P12 may not be the prettiest fan on the market, but there must remain no doubt that Noctua, with their NF-P12 have made a really good fan, which is nearly soundless. Whether it is the jags on the blades, or the fact that there are 9 blades that makes the difference, this writer cannot say.
CONCLUSION: The Noctua NH-U12P cooler has been a joy to test. In the test, it has become clear that the physical size and weight of the cooler has been used wisely. It has only been in two of the total 8 tests that the Noctua NH-U12P had to see itself beaten on the finish line.
The good performance as well as the low noise level from the Noctua NF-P12 fan is a strong point of this cooler. The only thing one might want different about the NF-P12 fan would be that it was a PWM fan instead – a combination of the Noctua NH-U12P cooler with such a fan would definitely be a great purchase.
The only frightening thing about the Noctua NH-U12P cooler is its price. As of this writing, it is priced at around 500 D.kr. – so the high performance comes with a high price.
Super performance Very quiet fan Relatively easy mounting