If the saying "there's a different version for everyone," is actually true, then Noctua is a prime example. What we have today is essentially a smaller counterpart to the NH-U14S which, if you'll recall my review on it, is probably a good sign. The U14S really impressed me with not just cooling and noise levels but extra features and pricing as well. So, we're going to see if this heatsink can hold a candle to its predecessor. This is the U12S.
Noctua is fairly well-known among benchers, but just in case you've never heard of them:
Designed in Austria, Noctua's premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 3000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua's fans and heatsinks are chosen by more than a hundred thousand satisfied customers around the globe.
Company History and Background
Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than ten years of experience in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took the international silent enthusiasts' hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service and class leading quiet cooling performance.