Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler Review


Conclusion and Verdict

At the beginning of this review, I already said that the NH-U12A was my favorite CPU cooler. The version had to be better, especially since we can now use additional accessories and both versions support the latest Intel processors.

The NH-U12A cooler isn’t small, but its size is perfect to fit most PC cases. It’s also perfectly designed to provide the best performance, keeping dimensions that won’t interfere with other devices, tall motherboard heatsinks, or tall RAM modules.

The cooler performs great and is quiet. Even at the maximum speed, it generates less noise than competitive solutions. Fans are also top quality, so no wonder that Noctua gives a 6-year warranty for this and all other products.

The NH-U12A and the version cost about the same. In most online stores, you have to expect to pay about £100, like in the Amazon UK store or around USD $119.95 – from Amazon US. Some stores have it cheaper, so it’s always worth browsing other options. You may say it’s expensive, but once you start using one of these coolers, you admit it was worth it. Especially that Noctua offers free mounting kits for the following CPU generations and an extended warranty. It’s a good investment if you can keep such a good cooler for multiple years.



  • High performance
  • Top-quality
  • Quiet work
  • Compatible with tall memory kits and ITX motherboards
  • Compatible with the LGA1700 socket, out of the box
  • A full set of adapters and accessories
  • A 6-year warranty


  • Expensive (still worth it)


Final words:

Yet another Noctua product that earns our Editor’s Choice Award! This time it’s one of the best coolers on the market – NH-U12A The long-awaited black version not only looks better, but also performs exceptionally well with all the popular processors, and delivers low noise level during the most demanding of tasks. Noctua offers a variety of accessories that make the NH-U12A coolers match your unique gaming PC. It’s a perfect product for all gamers, computer enthusiasts, and modders.

The NH-U12A is the top choice for any gaming PC and deserves our Editor’s Choice Award!



You can buy the Noctua NH-U12A cooler for around USD $119.95from Amazon –


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Bartosz Waluk aka Woomack is from Poland. He's been interested in computer hardware and extreme overclocking for over 15 years. Bartosz has also over 12 years experience in IT what includes sales, technical support and computer building ... but not only. He joined the Funky Kit team in January 2013.