Adding NF-A12x25 Fans
The Noctua NH-U12A updates what is already a strong legacy for CPU coolers. The original single tower design has great cooling for it’s size and silent operation. Recently though, Noctua updated their fan lineup with the NF-A12x25 series that dramatically improved airflow and static pressure. In my testing of the fans, I had two clear thoughts about them afterwards. First, they needed to be on the CPU coolers, and then we needed a 140mm version. The first thought is a reality.
The Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler
Not only does the NH-U12A get the update with a better fan, but the second one is new to this version as well. I say new, but Noctua has already tested this design out with the DX-3647 version. It has a similar tower and the same two fans, but this version only supported Intel Xeon CPUs on the LGA3467 socket. The NH-U12A supports the latest mainstream Intel and AMD sockets. I imagine the cooling performance was such that the company thought the update would be a slam dunk for PC builders.
140mm Performance in a 120mm Size
In fact, Noctua is going out on a limb and making a pretty strong claim. The update is supposed to perform at or beyond the level of many 140mm coolers. I honestly can say I’m not surprised. The company has always had phenomenal performance anyways. They also revised the tower to include a total of 7 heat pipes, as well as 37% more fin surface area. With these updates, what started as phenomenal performance quickly becomes legendary. Needless to say, that statement would need testing to prove it, but quite frankly I wouldn’t expect less.
You can see the full details of the cooler at the link below. Let us know what you think, and keep checking in for more news and reviews!
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