Noctua includes all mounting hardware and accessories needed to install the NH-U12S cooler in to your system, including fans, motherboard and fan mounting hardware, bracket install tool, and thermal compound.
For cooler to board mounting, Noctua includes kits with detailed instructions for both Intel and AMD type sockets. For Intel LGA 115X sockets, you use the included backplate with integrated uprights in conjunction with the included plastic spacers, metal brackets, and thumbscrews to build the board mount. The backplate is not used for LGA2011 sockets. Instead, the included metal stand-offs are screwed directly into the socket. For AMD sockets, you fix the C-shaped brackets in place over the white plastic spacers with the included screws going into the stock AMD back plate.
The Intel cross brackets have two mount holes to accommodate LGA115X and LGA2011 socket types. The outer set of holes line up with uprights mounted on an LGA2011 board. The inner set of holes align with the uprights mounted to the LGA115X backplate.
Unlike other kits, Noctua chose to permanently fix the uprights into the LGA115X backplate. This eliminates the possibility of the uprights spinning in place while attempting to set the cross brackets in place. It also makes for a much easier installation of the LGA115X mounting cage to the board.
Noctua includes a tool to switch out the cooler mount plate, basically a long-shafted Phillips head screw driver. The drive fits into a hole in the middle of the radiator to remove the screw holding the mount plate in plate on the top side of the CPU cooling plate.
For the LGA115X mounting cage, the black plastic spaces slip over the threaded uprights in the base plate with the metal cross brackets sitting on top of them. The brackets are held in place via thumbscrews screwed into the uprights. The nuts fixed to the cooler's mounting bracket screw into the threaded uprights located on the top center of the board mount brackets.
The Intel mounting cage is designed to allow for mounting the cooler in a vertical (front-to-rear) or horizontal (bottom-to-top) orientation, depending on the orientation of the mounting cage's cross brackets. Whether or not the cooler can be mounted in a horizontal orientation depends on the board design.
On an Intel LGA115X board, the base plate bottom rests on the socket bottom plate, eliminating direct board contact except for the arms housing the threaded uprights. This design minimizes the potential for contact or crushing of any components in close proximity to the socket base plate.
Noctua includes two sets of fan mounts so that the unit can be used with the single included fan or in an options dual-fan configuration. An additional set of four rubber fan feet are included to use on the corners the second fan to reduce vibration noise between the fan and the radiator surface. Also included are a low noise adapter, a tube of Noctua's NT-H1 thermal paste, and a Noctua metal case badge. The low noise adapter contains an in-line resistor to reduce the voltage supplied to the fan motor, effectively reducing the fan speed to 1200 RPM (revolutions per minute).
The fan mounts are held to the fan via the front upper and lower holes on the fan. The hooks on the inside of the mount go into the holes on the front face of the fan so that the mount sits vertically on either side of the fan. The body of the mount is then snapped in place into the hooked sections on the sides of the radiator to hold the fan in place.
For heat dispersal, Noctua includes one of their NF-F12 120mm fans. The NF-F12 is rated for a maximum speed of 1500 RPM with a rated maximum airflow potential of 55 CFM (cubic feet per minute). The brown colored fan body sits in a tan colored housing with a total of seven large fan blades. The fan blades have shaped fins along the inside top of the blade to assist in directing airflow into the radiator and minimize the airflow dead spot in the fan's center caused by the motor. The fan cables are sleeved in a dense, black colored plastic sleeving and ending in a 4-pin PWM-style power connector. The fans is rated to run at 12V, drawing 0.05 amps of power during full speed operation.
why not spend $10-15 dollars
why not spend $10-15 dollars more and buy a nice closed loop water cooler and get better performance, better looking and save space. Not to mention this monstrosity is butt ugly.
Huh? It’s quieter, cheaper
Huh? It’s quieter, cheaper and performs nearly as well. I would actually buy this over a H100i.
then your a straight up tart.
then your a straight up tart. nothing is quite about the Noct. and any closed loop if you actually own or have used one is silent.
AIOs are loud, overpriced,
AIOs are loud, overpriced, poorly built, and risk leaks. If you want the ultimate performance shy of custom water cooling, the D15 is really the only choice.
Ugly? It’s a classic tower
Ugly? It’s a classic tower design as stated early in the review. Not everyone is ready to try liquid cooling. For several years now Noctua has pushed the development of quiet fans for PCs, doing original research and design in Austria. Look, I don’t like the colours either, but there’s no mistaking a Noctua fan for any other brand. Plus, they just announced two new lines that are more muted in colour.
Is this much better than 35€
Is this much better than 35€ Raijintek Ereboss? In Serbia this Noctua is 60€.
I have not tested that unit,
I have not tested that unit, but based on the specs and build of the Ereboss, I would expect similar or better performance. The only odd thing with teh Ereboss that *may* work against it is the included fan. With the thickness of the Ereboss' radiator tower, a thin fan may not cut it well if you plan to o/c because the fan does not have the power to push air with enough force though the radiator to effectively cool it.
Again though, the above is only based on looking over the specs of the Erebus in combination with my knowledge of how both air and water coolers function…
I would check out the
I would check out the Raijintek Themis. From what I hear it actually does a better job at cooler due to the larger fan and is a bit cheaper.
Why Haswell has lower/better
Why Haswell has lower/better temps when being cooled by an watercooler?
I assume you referring to the
I assume you referring to the differences between the Silver Arrow air cooler and the XSPC DIY water cooler and the Corsair H100i all in one water cooler. Haswell CPUs tend to produce quite a bit of heat and a water-based cooling system will tend to be able to keep up better with dispensing the heat because of the liquid medium's heat carrying capacity. While the heat is dispersed via radiator in both water and air coolers, the water cooler radiator has a lot more surface areas within the radiator to transfer the heat out to so the the fans can dissipate the heat from the radiator.
oh this must be where all the
oh this must be where all the nay saying air cooled people rally. Afraid people of water cooling.
Custom water cooling is
Custom water cooling is great, no premade solution (air or water) can match the performance, but closed loop coolers only really offer less obstruction compared to air coolers, which are better in almost every other way.
Closed loop coolers combine all the disadvantages of custom water cooling (price, noise, risk of leaks) without actually performing better than a good air cooler.