Continuing in Noctua's line-up, we follow up with the Noctua NH-U12P SE2.
The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 is as well a highly developed CPU cooler from the house Noctua. It still represents the premium of the Noctua CPU cooler line-up. The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU was considered a high-end CPU cooler when it was first released almost 3 years ago. It has been overtaken by the Noctua NH-D14 since then. Noctua invested a good amount of R&D in the design and the development of the thermal characteristics and technologies used in the Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler.
The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 was initially released with only 1 fan and only Intel's 775 socket configuration aside from the AMD offerings. When Intel released the 1366 and 1156 sockets, Noctua reacted and released the "SE" version. The higher TDP's of the new Intel sockets introduced more heat and Noctua reacted again and added a second NF-P12 fan and introduced a push/pull fan configuration, this makes up the SE"2". The AMD socket updates for AM2/ AM2+ and AM3 have also been included in those updates.
The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler features a 6 heatpipe construction. The 6 heatpipes extrude from the base of the cooler into the fin heatsink. The 6 heatpipes are well implemented and the amount of heatpipes is a big factor in transferring heat.
Recommended by more than 150 leading international websites and magazines, Noctua’s NH-U12P series has become a benchmark in premium quality quiet cooling. The new NH-U12P SE2 now comes with two NF-P12 fans for further improved performance and adds support for LGA1156, LGA1366 as well as LGA1155 via the latest SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system. Topped off with Noctua’s award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-U12P SE2 forms a complete quality package that continues the NH-U12P series’ legacy of superb quiet cooling performance.
The Noctau NH-U12P includes all mounting hardware for the majority of CPU socket configurations available to date. Due to its custom backplate, the NH-U12P SE2 is not compatible with Intel’s Xeon 5500 platform.