Noctua NC-U6 Northbridge Cooler

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Noctua NC-U6 Northbridge Cooler
Setup, Testing and Conclusion

Product: NC-U6 Northbridge Cooler
Provided By: Noctua Austria
Price: ~25.00CDN Online

 

Introduction:

As motherboard technology progresses throughout the years, we find that the speed of information transfer between components becomes much faster than it used to be. The negative side of this is when information is transferred at a faster rate, more thermal heat is emitted from that electronic device. This is no exception to a motherboard northbridge. The northbridge is the electronic component that controls all functions between processor, memory (sans Athlon 64 memory controller), and graphics.

To help combat this problem, manufacturers of our aftermarket heatsinks for processors are inventing ways to help cool this vital component of our motherboards. Noctua has presented us with their NC-U6 northbridge cooler, and I am going to see if this cooler performs as well as it looks.

 

About Noctua:

Noctua arises from a cooperation between the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H and the Taiwanese Kolink International Corporation and entertains a development partnership with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV). These connections form the key to the achievement of our goal: The partnership with the ÖIWV permits the application of scientific measurement instrumentation, methods of calculation and simulation technology in the R&D process. Rascom's long, customer-oriented experience in developing and distributing sound-optimised high-end products ensures a clear focus on the users' needs. The use of Kolink's advanced manufacturing technology and ultra-modern production plants allows us to efficiently implement our technical edge and provide solutions of the highest standard in quality and performance.

What does Noctua mean?

The little owl, Athene noctua, is the symbol of the Greek goddess Athene, who represents wisdom, science and strategy. She has a marked preference for the most clever among the Greek heroes, like Odysseus, who endure their adventures by the use of savvy consideration instead of mere force. Until today, the owl symbolises intelligence and prudence, its manlike face emblematises attentiveness and communication. We from Noctua follow the suit of its calm and accurate observation in the dark, its soundless flight as well as the effective, economical use of its powers and precise attack. 

 

 Front of Box
Front of Box
 Back of Box
Back of Box

 

The packaging of the cooler is very well made, and shows the product including the contents of the box.  On the back, you will find the product information written in six languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese, in case English is not your first written language.

Package Contents
Package Contents

Inside the box, you will find everything that you need to install the cooler onto your motherboard including a package of generic thermal paste.  Two retention clips are provided in case your motherboard has push pins or two circuit controlled contact points that are common on Intel branded motherboards. A shroud is provided as well to protect the core of the northbridge from being crushed during installation.