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Noctua NH-U12A Review

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The NH-U12A comes in a box that is roughly 21.6 cm long, 17.8 cm wide, and 17.1 cm high. The top of the box details various features, such as the 100% RAM compatibility for mainstream sockets, dual NF-A12x25 fans, and six-year warranty. Meanwhile, the front details the same information along with a close-up of the base. In-depth explanations of all the cooler's various features can be found on the left side.

Moving on to the back, a paragraph talks about the NH-U12A being the 5th generation of the NH-U12 design. Specifications for the heatsink and fans can be found on the right side, along with a quick scope of delivery and a small mechanical drawing detailing the cooler's measurements.


After opening the box, I was greeted by typical Noctua packaging. All the mounting hardware is in a separate box on top, while the heatsink and fans are encased in a smaller cardboard box/tray.

Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system includes everything necessary for the installation of the NH-U12A on pretty much every modern socket. Older sockets and upcoming ones are supported via optional add-ons, which is par the course for Noctua and their legendary support.

Common parts supplied for mounting include:
  • 4x LGA20XX bolts
  • 4x AMD mounting screws
  • 4x AMD AM4 spacers (black)
  • 4x AMD spacers (white)
  • 4x Intel spacers (black)
  • 4x Thumbscrews
  • 4x Fan clips
  • 2x AMD mounting arms
  • 2x Intel mounting arms
  • 2x 120 mm x 25 mm fan
  • 2x Low noise adapter
  • 1x Intel backplate
  • 1x Tube of NT-H1 thermal paste
  • 1x Phillips screwdriver
  • 1x Metal Noctua badge
  • 1x Y-cable
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