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Noctua NH-U12S, Premium CPU Cooler - $69.99 (No GST) + $9 Shipping - Total $78.99 Shipped @ Newegg


Great little CPU cooler that should be a fair bit quieter than the stock AMD coolers.
Cheapest I can find from somewhere reputable is $124 from MSY or CPL.

  • Classic 120mm slim-tower design combines outstanding cooling performance with excellent case-, RAM- and PCIe-compatibility
  • Does not overhang the RAM or PCIe slots on most current motherboards
  • Highly optimised NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow fan with PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor for automatic speed control and ultra-quiet operation
  • Easy-to-install SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+, AM4 (Only AM4 on SE-AM4)
  • Includes award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound;
  • Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty

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  • Good find!

  • shows 69.99 ex gst for me

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    Noctua NH-U12S Premium CPU Cooler - $78.99 inc delivery @ Newegg

    Awesome deal OP.. thanks for the share.

  • Getting $85.99 delivered to AU… still a great price!

  • I saw it at this price last month. Didn't post it my bad.
    Bought the chromax version. Cooler came in about 7 days. Not bad considering it came from Taiwan.

  • Nice. Purchased it at $86 last month shipped from Newegg. Pairing with Ryzen 5 3600, CPU at sustained 100% - well within 75-80 degrees, with all fans at auto.

    Newegg uses DHL shipping for Noctua products, shipped from Taiwan, and will deliver on Sat. Extremely quick delivery. Mine came in 3 days, ordered tues night, came on sat morning. Insanely quick delivery.

    • Hows the noise?

      Also is that 3600 overclocked?

      I am using a the RGB ring wraith for my 2600 and do not enter 70C on stock

      • Not overclocked at the moment although I will try the new clocktuner tool just announced but not yet released.

        Noise wise at 100% CPU audible but very very soft. When it's not 100% it's virtually silent.

        Remember im running it at sustained 100% CPU for hours on end and I'm happy with the noise/temp ratio. I can probably up the fans for lower temps but don't see why I'd need to do that.

    • Are those supposed to be good thermals? I am running stock cooler on Ryzen 3600 and my temps are within those limits at 100%, maybe a couple degrees higher around 83 max. I was expecting better with a custom cooler.

      • I stand corrected, I was reading the CPU die rather than CPU, and they average out to 73 degrees


        Plus, I can probably bring this down by manually adjusting the fan curve - with more noise as tradeoff.

      • Do you have a good airflow in your pc? Your case and case fans matter

    • interesting. stock cooler on my 2700x with PBO/XF, 100% load at 4.1 all Cores and I only hit 65 max. only problem is that it's loud.

  • Hot damn, the colours on Noctua products are sexy!

  • 1 item(s):NZ$74.99
    Est. Shipping:NZ$9.00
    Est. Duty & GST:NZ$68.45

    Grand Total: NZ$152.44

    Lol @ that 91% Duty & Tax level for NZ

  • What's the difference between the NH-U12S and NH-U12S SE-AM4?

    From what I can see, the NH-U12S includes the mounting hardware for AM4, so how is the "special edition for AM4" any different? For the record, I'm sure the regular NH-U12S would be fine on AM4. I have an NH-D15 on my 3900X that I bought years ago before AM4 came out. Just had to get the new mounting kit for like $9 or something and it was good to go.

    Also, the NH-U14S also available for a very reasonable price: https://www.newegg.com/global/au-en/noctua-nh-u14s/p/N82E168... - $84.99 if no GST (not sure if it gets dropped like with the U12S). For $15 more, I'd go with the U14S if your case can support it.

    • iirc

      when I was doing research for my built earlier this year, the NH-U12S SE-AM4 is supposed to come with the AM4 brackets, whereas NH-U12S does not.

      OTOH, Noctua's website also said that coolers made since 2019 (or was it 2018?) will come with AM4 brackets anyway, I guess it will depend on if Newegg is selling old stock or not (Noctua's website said they will send you a free AM4 bracket if required).

      • The listing states AM4 support for the regular so I don't think it's worth getting the SE. It will probably be older AM4 only stock whereas the normal comes straight from Noctua in Taiwan.

  • Considering replacing my NZXT X31 (120mm AIO) with one of these, running a 6700K at stock turbo OC 4.4GHz. Anyone able to chime in on if it's worth it, or should I look at something better? I'd keep the AIO, but I think the pump on it is finally starting to go out…

    • It'll be similar, likely similar temperatures, but quieter.

      • Awesome cheers, just grabbed one and the Chromax black cover with it. My AIO has been making the scariest sounds for a few months now, better to replace it sooner than later. :)

        • Is the pump below the radiator level? That can cause pump noise

          • @kehuehue: Nah I have the radiator mounted as rear exhaust, it's been fine for years but recently started making weird noises, occasional grinding and such too (even with sysfan set to max in BIOS as NZXT recommends). I'd rather an air cooler anyway, one less risk/failure to worry about. :)

            • @chihaeru: Are your tubes coming out the top or the bottom? If it's coming out the top, rotate your radiator so that the tubes come out the bottom. This will help with noise as it pushes the bubbles to the tank at the top.

              Basically AIOs are problematic because they don't have reservoirs, so there's nowhere for the air to collect.

              That being said, I do agree with you that if your pump has been running for a few years already, it might well be time to replace it. Bearings tend to go bad over time, even things like fans will die after many years of use.

              • @p1 ama: Coming out the bottom already, tried a few different configurations and all result in the same pump noises. I've actually been meaning to replace it for a long time, but wasn't really sure if I wanted to go another AIO or go air cooling. I thought at first it might be the fan (which was rattling actually), so I replaced it with an ML120 which cut down that noise…

                Maybe at some point I'll look into doing a custom loop if I build a new machine, but I think I'll be sticking to 6700K for a while, until it's obsolete anyway.

  • I have an old computer which is pretty noisy just idling. Will replacing the fan with this one help? Are fans all standard size, or is there more to it?

    • There's more to it.
      Needs to be the right CPU mount. And because these are quite big (not the biggest size) you have to check it even fits the case.

      Almost any aftermarket heat pipe fan will be far better than the $1 trash supplied as standard.

    • Try playing around with the fan controls. I played around with the fan controls and most of my 6 fans actually do not run at all most of the time (they have a 0 RPM mode), they only spin up when I game and even then usually still at 50% speed.

      You can get the best cooler, with bad fan control settings it will still be noisy.

  • Hmm got Noctua NH-U12A for AUD$163.91 total instead. Thanks OP

  • Compatibility list is wrong. its

    Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1200, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required), AM4 (included since 2019, older coolers require NM-AM4-UxS)

  • Anyone has experience comparing this with Cooler Master hyper 212 black edition?

    • I've had this cooler for 8years , had my i5-2500k oc to 4.4Ghz pretty much the whole time.
      Pretty damn quiet while doing so.

      Noctua is pretty much best in the industry for air coolers, though Cooler Master 212 is good enough if you're on a budget and cant afford Noctua

  • Cheers OP, bought to use in new Cooler Master NR200 case.

    • Are you sure it fits?

      I was looking into an SFF build but it's almost essential to get a low profile cooler.

      • Reviews suggests it fits, but with the mesh panel.
        I have the older version of this cooler that i will be using with the nr200

      • It does, but I believe you can't use it with the glass side panel & the side fans I remember hearing it in a review can't quite remember who it was I'll post it if I find it

        Edit: It was hardware canucks

    • I was so leaning towards this case plus this cooler but couldn't wait for stock. Ended up with the lian Li tu150. Still pretty happy with it.

  • Nice price. Needed a new fan for my first build as I've just been using the wraith that came with it. Which has been fine tbh.

    Question - do you need to clean the back of the cpu and reapply thermal paste everytime you change the cpu cooler? I don't have paste and just used the blob that came on the base of the wraith.

  • Have people had OK experiences with Newegg? I've heard some bad things about after sales service, but I'm hoping that won't be an issue if I just but a bunch of parts and they work. They're markedly cheaper than other places including shopping express, umart, mwave etc. Is it worth the risk?

    • I personally have not had good experiences with Newegg. Bought 4 sticks off RAM of them last year, only 2 sticks worked. Had to get a refund.

  • Great cooler, used with an Optiplex 999. Far better than the stock one, though, kind of a hassle to install.

  • This or a deepcool gammax GT?

  • Thanks OP. Noctua case fans are a great price compared to local too.

  • I paid $80 for this 11 years ago. Great price OP!

  • Would this work with higher TDP processors like R3900? Currently have a 3600 but if i spend $ on a cooler I'd hope it to last through a couple of CPU upgrades.

    • Yes this will even work for 3950X for 'moderate' overclocking. Check out noctua site they list all processors it will work with and how well.

    • I got this running on my 3800x. Very good performance with little sound. My damn case fans are louder.

    • Yes, I have it on my 3900x

      Used Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut with it (1g tube will get you ~2 applications with pea / thin spread method)

      • CPU idles at ~ 34c to 42c (Right now with just chrome with youtube playing and ambient room temp around 21c, Ryzen master shows avg 36c).
      • At load with OCCT small package test, CPU maxes out at 80c and didn't go any higher after 15 mins
  • It's well known for good cooling at low noise. But it's only as quiet as the loudest fan.So if you have a similar tower that cools ok, there's no advantage upgrading to this unless you already have super quiet case fans.

    Chances are most decent graphics cards are louder than this, while it helps to have less noisy components, but this cooler is not going to make the case quiet.

    Good price nonetheless.

  • Thanks for the post OP

    So you can simply grab a second NF-F12 fan and slap it on the other side?

  • Unfortunately im seeing shipping of $50.01 even up to the payment page.

  • Does anyone know how the NF-A14 PWM compares to Noctua NF-P14s redux? Is it just that the NF-A14 PWM is quieter, but less performance?

  • GST is still showing for me even on last page before committing to pay via PayPal. This is for the se am4 ex Taiwan model

  • I’m running a Ryzen 3700x and in FS2020 it runs close to 80 degrees using the stock cooler that came with the Ryzen. Would this cooler improve that? Or would I be spending 80 bucks because OzBargain talked me into it? :)

    And just to confirm - if I get the Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4, Premium CPU Cooler for AMD AM4 - I don’t need anything else to attach it to my Ryzen CPU?