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Noctua NH-U12DO Workstation CPU Cooler reviewed

By: Chris Ramseyer | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 30, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Noctua

Test Results

 

TweakTown uses a different method for testing CPU heatsinks which allows for an even playing field across all product tests. We feel that by using the same ambient temperature and strict lab-like testing procedures we are able to accurately compare one product to another. More information on our testing procedure can be found in the T.E.C.C. article here.

 

Noctua NH-U12DO Workstation CPU Cooler reviewed

 

We already know that the NH-U12DO loses a small amount of surface area at the fins and the loss is visible in our testing when compared to the NH-U12P. A couple of millimetres here, a couple there, they all add up when multiplied by the thirty five fins. Still, we will not let four tenths of a degree hold us back from taking advantage of the gains associated with reducing the overall size.

 

When compared to the latest coolers we tested, the Noctua NH-U12DO fairs very well. Noctua has yet to enter the H.D.T. market but still fairs very well with these types of coolers.

 

Noctua NH-U12DO Workstation CPU Cooler reviewed

 

One area that Noctua has always excelled in is their fan technology. The NH-U12DO completely blows away the other coolers we looked at this past month. The reading at idle and load are exactly the same as the NH-U12P enthusiast cooler, showing that the heatsink produces little turbulence that is audible.

 

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