Noctua has just unveiled its latest and greatest CPU cooler based off of its award winning U12 series of 120mm sized coolers. The NH-U12A features a redesigned heatsink for better heat dissipation. The cooler aims to provide cooling performance that rivals that of 140mm coolers in a 120mm form factor.

“The original NH-U12 was the very first product we introduced back in 2005 and the U12 series has been at the core of our product line-up ever since. Today, we’re proud to continue this successful legacy by introducing the 5th generation that provides even better quiet cooling performance, which enables it to compete with much larger units while offering superior compatibility. In a nutshell, the NH-U12A is an ideal choice for customers who are looking for a cutting-edge cooler that’s hassle-free to integrate in most setups.” said Rolan Mossig (Noctua CEO).

At the same time, the NH-U12A offers significant advantages in RAM, case and PCIe compatibility when compared to larger 140mm class coolers: Due to its asymmetric design, it does not overhang the RAM slots on Intel LGA115x and AMD AM4 based motherboards, which ensures easy access and 100% compatibility with modules that have tall heat-spreaders. As far as case compatibility is concerned, the 158mm tall cooler is short enough to fit most modern mid- or high-end tower cases. Measuring 125mm wide (including fan and fan clips), the NH-U12A stays clear of the top PCIe slot on most standard ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards, ensuring optimum compatibility with multi-GPU setups.

First introduced in 2005, Noctua’s NH-U12 has won upwards of 600 awards and has been the leading cooler with unparalleled cooling performance. The pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system combined with the NT-H1 thermal compound with a 6-year manufacturer’s warranty ensures that the NH-U12A provides top-tier cooling performance over the years after purchase as well.

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