Noctua NH-U12S 9

Noctua NH-U12S Review

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Packaging & Contents

The box that Noctua is using for the NH-U12S measures 22 cm in length, 17 cm in width, and 14 cm in height. The front lists some features, such as 100% RAM compatibility, the SecuFirm 2 mounting system, the six-year long warranty, and inclusion of NT-H1 thermal compound. You will even see the features listed a second time. The next image lists the cooler's specifications. These specs include heatsink size and weight, socket compatibility, scope of delivery, and fan attributes.

Here, we have a short paragraph listing some features, the awards, and some general information on Noctua's NH-U12S. The last side again lists the coolers features, with small pictures next to each description.


After opening the box, I was greatly surprised by the packaging. Noctua has really separated all items well, storing everything in a way that leaves nothing left to float around in the box. The small boxes containing the mounting hardware and all accessories offer a bit more protection to the parts, which is nice to see; great overall work on the packaging by Noctua.

The smaller boxes are of course clearly labeled with images that show what each contains. Meanwhile, the cooler itself is packaged with the fan pre-installed. I had to remove the fan for a better shot of the heatsink, and it will also have to be removed to install the cooler.

Let us now move on to the mounting hardware. Noctua's SecuFirm 2 mounting system is as always fantastic, and the above image shows that they have included everything necessary for the installation of the NH-U12S on every available socket. Noctua, unlike their competition, even included a screwdriver to help with the install. This simple tool is really a blessing to have for some of their coolers.

Common parts supplied for mounting include:
  • 12x Anti-vibration pads
  • 4x LGA2011 mounting screws
  • 4x AMD mounting screws
  • 4x AMD spacers (white)
  • 4x Intel spacers (black)
  • 4x Thumb screws
  • 2x Fan clips
  • 2x AMD mounting arms
  • 2x Intel mounting arms
  • 1x 120 mm x 25 mm fan
  • 1x Intel backplate
  • 1x Tube of NT-H1 thermal paste
  • 1x Phillips screwdriver
  • 1x Metal Noctua badge
  • 1x Low noise adaptor
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