Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU Cooler - Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU Cooler
Specifications
Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU Cooler Final Thoughts:

We were very impressed when we took a look at the original NH-U9B CPU cooler almost two years ago (our original review can be found here), and two years later when we tested it again I'd have to say I was impressed once again. The Noctua NH-U9B SE2 is very similar to the original, but the inclusion of 2 fans definitely helped improve performance and was able to keep up with our toasty Intel Core i7 920 CPU without issue.

 

The reasons why I liked the original NH-U9B CPU cooler are also the major reasons why the NH-U9B SE2 scored well in our testing. The performance of this cooler was very decent when you consider its size and on a sub-100 Watt CPU this cooler should have no issues keeping up and will still make your PC nice and quiet. Even when we had the fans running at full speed in our testing the system was pretty quiet and in most cases you'd probably never hear them over other system noise.

At the end of the day it's pretty easy to like the NH-U9B SE2 (just like we liked the original version). The high quality construction, easy installation and great performance make this cooler a fantastic choice for cases that don't have loads of room and can't fit some of the other bigger coolers available. Even though the NH-U9B SE2 might be smaller than the others it had no problems keeping up and because of that was able to score itself our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award. If you're in the market for a cooler for a case that doesn't have a ton of room you'll want to give the Noctua NH-U9B SE2 some serious consideration.

 

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • Easy Installation
  • High Quality Construction
  • Quiet!
  • Able to fit into cases where bigger cooler can't

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major
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Gold 
 

 

I'd like to thank Noctua for sending us the NH-U9B SE2 cooler. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.