Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 CPU Cooler

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Introduction to the Noctua NH-U12P SE1366

There are many good companies out there that produce some pretty impressive CPU coolers. If I was to name a few you would immediately recognize and easily rattle off a few models of the coolers they make. Lets try it: Thermaltake - Big Typhoon, Thermalright - T.R.U.E, Scythe - Ninja and time for one more: Zalman - CNPS9700. We named one cooler from each company but each one produces several coolers over a period of a year. But one company that makes just a couple of good coolers is Noctua. Noctua is not known for many coolers for one socket but for making a couple of great coolers for each mainstream sockets like the socket 775 and the AM2.

If you are familiar with Noctua you know that most of the time they put out just two coolers for the current CPU sockets. A larger one for the individual that wants the best performance that money can buy, while giving up noise. And a smaller version, for the individual that wants good performance but who is a little restricted on space while also opting for silence.

Noctua has released their first cooler for the Intel 1366 processor in the form of the NH-U12P SE. The U12P-SE is a revamped version of the U12P which was one of the best performance coolers we had ever tested at Pro-Clockers. In order to tame the heat that is put out by the Core i7 processor, Noctua has opted for a new mounting assembly and dual NF-P12 120mm cooling fan. Besides the upgrades offered on the NH-U12P, the cooler retains the four nickel plated heat pipes and its handsome good looks. But is the NH-U12P enough to remain in the top range of coolers like it was in the past? We will spend a few days with the cooler and see how well it performs.

A word from Noctua about the NH-U12P SE1366

Recommended by more than 100 leading international websites and magazines, the NH-U12P has become a benchmark in premium quality quiet cooling. The NH-U12P SE1366 is a special edition for Intel Core i7 that includes the highly reliable, easy-to-use SecuFirm2™ mounting system for LGA1366 as well as Noctua's pro-grade NT-H1 thermal compound and two NF-P12 120mm fans for superb quiet cooling performance on Core i7 CPUs.