Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler - Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Article Index
Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler Accessories
Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler Specifications
Noctua NH-U12P Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler Final Thoughts


We've taken a look at a lot of coolers over the years at and its not very often that I've been truly surprised from a cooler. Normally right out of the box you can tell approximately how well it is going to perform, but the Noctua NH-U12P truly caught me off guard. I was expecting a silent cooler from Noctua, but I wasn't expecting this kind of performance.

This cooler comes with 3 different fan settings (thanks to fan adapters), and they allow you to run the cooler at its stock ~1500 RPM with no adapter, at ~1150 RPM with the Black adapter, and at ~950 RPM with the Blue adapter. Even while running at full speeds with no fan adapters, this cooler is silent, but if you need even more silence you can slow down the fan without sacrificing much performance at all.

As I mentioned in the Accessories section of this review, Noctua has really out-done themselves with the accessories and manual for this cooler, normally I don't mention much about the Accessories or Manual, but this bundle deserves noting, and it's nice to see a company go the extra mile.

This is the section where I would make notes of anything that I wasn't impressed by....... Well, that's it for this section. Not having automatic fan control (PWM) might be an issue for some people, but this cooler is so quiet even at full speed, there is no need for automatic fan control. I've left this cooler running for 2 weeks and I can't hear a thing while it is running at full speed, but if you're really sensitive you can put on a fan adapter that is included and make it super silent (is that possible?).


At the end of the day this is a great cooler, and not only is it quiet, but it performs spectacularly, and if you're looking for a new cooler you really need to consider this cooler, you won't be disappointed. Thanks to the silent performance and great cooling, the Noctua NH-U12P has easily gained our "Top Pick" award.



  • Extremely Quiet
  • Excellent Performance
  • Great Accessories and Manual Included
  • Reasonably Priced for what you get
  • Did I mention Quiet?



  • None



We don't hand out a perfect 10.0 score very often at, but after using this cooler for a couple weeks I had no other choice, and wasn't able to come up with anything negative for this review. This is definitely a quiet cooler that can still perform with the best Air-Cooling solutions on the market today, and if you're looking for something that can cool the hottest CPU's and not have it drive you crazy with noise, the Noctua NH-U12P deserves your consideration.


Uber Pick

I'd like to thank Noctua for sending us the NH-U12P Cooler . If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.