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Review: Noctua NH-U12P SE2

Review: Noctua NH-U12P SE2

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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.


  • Award-winning NH-U12P Heatsink

    The NH-U12P SE2 is built around Noctua's premium quality NH-U12P heatsink that is renowned for its excellent quiet cooling performance and has received more than 150 awards and recommendations from leading international websites and magazines.
  • SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system

    Noctua’s enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.
  • 2x NF-P12 Premium Fan

    Including two of Noctua's award-winning NF-P12 120mm fans with Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptors, the NH-U12P SE2 offers full flexibility in fine-tuning the cooler for supreme quietness and maximum performance in push-pull mode.
  • NT-H1 Thermal Compound

    Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.
  • Special Edition Premium Kit

    Bundled with a tube of NT-H1, two exquisite NF-P12 fans and the new SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, the NH-U12P SE2 forms a complete premium quality package that's backed up with 6 years manufacturer's warranty and contains everything you need in order to achieve 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.

Supported Sockets Include:

  • Intel
  • 775 / 1156/ 1155/ 1366 (Requires backplate)
  • AMD
  • AM2/ AM2+/ AM3 (Requires backplate)
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