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Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black CPU Cooler

CCL Code: CLR2055
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Manufacturer Code: nh-u12sch.bk
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Manufacturer: Noctua
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The NH-U12S chromax.black is an all-black version of Noctua’s award-winning NH-U12S premium-quality quiet CPU cooler. Thanks to the same proven slim-tower heatsink design and NF-F12 PWM fan, it stays true to the NH-U12S’s successful formula of fusing excellent cooling performance with superb quietness of operation and outstanding RAM, case and PCIe compatibility. At the same time, the chromax.black version with its black fan and black coated heatsink combines these assets with a sleek stealth look. Topped off with the renowned SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s enthusiast-grade NT-H1 thermal compound and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U12S chromax.black is a premium choice for customers who seek a highly compatible 120mm heatsink that looks just as great as it cools.

Award-winning NH-U12S cooler

Tens of thousands of enthusiast users all over the world swear by the NH-U12S’s quality and performance. Recommended by more than 200 international hardware websites and magazines, it is renowned as being one of the best 120mm coolers on the market.

chromax.black design

The NH-U12S chromax.black is black from head to toe: Featuring a black coated heatsink, black fans with black anti-vibration-pads, black fan clips and black mounting parts, it’s right at home in all-black builds and easy to integrate with other colour schemes.

Colour-customisable

Using the optional NA-HC1 and NA-HC2 heatsink covers as well as the NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads (available in black, blue, green, red, yellow, white), the NH-U12S chromax.black can be fully customised to fit popular build colour schemes such as black and red or black and white.

100% RAM compatibility

Thanks to its slim design with only 45mm fin depth, the NH-U12S will not overhang the RAM slots even with two fans installed. This gives the user full access to the memory modules on all current CPU sockets and guarantees 100% compatibility with tall heatspreaders or optional memory fans.*

Classic 120mm tower size for excellent overall compatibility

Standing 158mm tall, the NH-U12S is short enough to fit most modern mid- or high-end tower cases. Measuring 125mm wide (including fan and fan clips), the cooler stays clear of the top PCIe slot on most standard ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards, ensuring optimum compatibility with multi-GPU setups.

NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow™ fan

Recommended by more than 150 hardware publications and thousands of enthusiasts world-wide, the Noctua's premium quality NF-F12 Focused Flow™ 120mm fan is renowned to combine superb static pressure, excellent heatsink performance and surprising quietness of operation.

PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor

The NF-F12 120mm fan supplied with the NH-U12S supports PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the motherboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.

Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12 (optional)

For users who want to achieve even better performance by adding a second, optional NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap fan to create a push/pull setup, the NH-U12S includes fan clips and an extra set of custom-designed anti-vibration pads that allow to off-set the rear fan by 5mm to improve acoustics in dual-fan mode.

SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system

Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and easy installation. Supporting Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156) and LGA20xx (LGA2066, LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3), as well as AMD AM4, AM3(+), AM2(+), FM2(+) and FM1, the SecuFirm2™ mounting included with the NH-U12S is straightforward to install, provides perfect contact pressure and will stand the test of time even under heavy use.

Compatibility with past and future sockets

Thanks to Noctua’s SecuFirm™ ecosystem, the NH-U12S can be made compatible with the older LGA1366 and LGA775 sockets using the optional NM-I3 mounting kit, which is provided free of charge. If technically possible, Noctua will also provide upgrade kits for future sockets, which makes the NH-U12S a safe long-term investment.

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. Chosen again and again by overclockers and enthusiast users worldwide, it has established itself as a benchmark for premium-quality thermal compounds.

Soldered interface between heatpipes and fins

With many heatsinks, the fins are press-fitted to the heatpipes. Due to the different thermal expansion coefficients of copper and aluminium, this fit can loosen over years of thermal cycling, which may lead to reduced performance. By contrast, the NH-U12S’s fins are soldered to the heatpipes in order to guarantee a superior thermal interface that doesn’t deteriorate even after many years of usage.

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua products are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the supplied NF-F12 features an MTTF rating of more than 150.000 hours and the entire NH-U12S package comes with a full 6-year manufacturer's warranty.

CPU Types

Compatible CPU Types Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required), AM4

Fan

Fan Bearing Type PWM 300 RPM
Fan Speed 1200 RPM - 1500 RPM
Bearing Type SSO2
Noise Level 18,6 dB(A) - 22,4 dB(A)
Lifetime > 150.000 h
Airflow 74,3 m

Fan Speed Controller

Connector /h - 93,4 m
Allowable Power /h
Current 12 v

Physical

Case Colour Black
Base Material Copper
Heatsink Material Aluminium
Pack Quantity 1
Width 125 mm
Depth 71 mm
Height 158 mm
Weight 755 g

Warranty

Warranty 6 Years

Key Features

Compatible with Socket AM3 Yes
Compatible with Socket AM2+ Yes
Compatible with Socket AM2 Yes
Compatible with Socket 939 No
Compatible with Socket 940 No
Compatible with Socket 754 No
Compatible with Socket A No
Compatible with Socket 1366 No
Compatible with Socket 1156 Yes
Compatible with Socket 775 No
Compatible with Socket 771 No
Compatible with Socket 478 No
Compatible with Socket 423 No
Compatible with Socket 370 No
Heatpipe Technology Yes
Includes Fan Yes
Compatible with Socket 2011 Yes
Compatible with Socket 1155 Yes
Compatible with Socket AM3+ Yes
Compatible with Socket FM1 Yes
Display Model in Showroom No
L.E.D Fan No LED
Compatible with Socket FM2 Yes
Liquid Cooler No
Compatible with Socket 1150 Yes
Compatible with Socket AM1 No
Watercooler No
Compatible with Socket 1151 Yes
Compatible with Socket AM4 Yes
Cooler Height 158 mm
Compatible with Socket TR4 No
Compatible with Socket 2066 Yes
Compatible with Socket 3647 No
Radiator Size N/A mm
Compatible with Socket 1200 Yes
Compatible with Socket 1200 Yes

Item Details

Manufacturer Noctua
Manufacturer Code nh-u12sch.bk
EAN 9010018000177
Condition New

Warranty Information

Warranty 6 Years

Manufacturer Information

Manufacturer Noctua
Manufacturer Code nh-u12sch.bk

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5 / 5 3 reviews

Danyaal Shah

2 months ago

If you are looking at this cooler, then you already have an inkling that Noctua provide some of the best air cooling for your CPU. And if you are considering it in this colour, then know that it will look astounding in this full stealth black look. The crowning point of this cooler is that it cools very well, yet is near silent, and is deceivingly powerful for its small stature. Don't look at the price, look at performance, silent operation and cooling ability. Furthermore, it is of great quality, it feels premium when you just hold it in your hands.

Matthew

5 months ago

Very quiet, extremely high quality CPU cooler. Much simpler to instal than my stock cooler. CPU temps idle at about 15C lower than my stock Ryzen 5 cooler and 20C at full load.

Richard Robson

5 months ago

I decided to replace the stock cooler on my Ryzen 3600X because I was sick of the noise of the wraith spire constantly ramping fan speeds up and then down again in response to the smallest changes in load. Even moving the mouse around would summon a jet engine whine, never mind gaming. I tried messing about with fan curves in BIOS, but nothing really worked. Any 3600 user will feel my pain, I think... So I went for the Noctua NH-U12S in black. Great packaging, clear instructions, high quality and easy(ish) fitting - probably my fat fingers more that any design flaws. The mount is very secure on an AM4 motherboard, and they supply everything you need, even their own branded thermal paste and a screwdriver! Now the CPU fan is so quiet I'm surprised it's even turning sometimes. The case fans are the loudest part of the system when the GPU isn't under load, and that's with the same CPU fan curve as before.Temps are a good 8-10C degrees lower under load, never much more than 70C and it idles at around 38C. I think the 3600X is a hot chip at the best of times, so I'm very happy. 5 stars (nearly) all around. I hesitated to give 5 stars for value for money because Noctua isn't a 'value' brand. They make superb air cooling solutions, and you pay a bit more for that.