Heatsink Roundup Q4 2005 Holiday Edition

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2005-12-24

We are proud to present you with our last heatsink roundup of 2005. Featuring the latest offerings from Arctic, Scythe, Silverstone, Sharkoon and newcomer Noctua. We compare them to the best out there in 3 different test setups.

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NH-U 9: Specs/Box

Noctua NH-U 9:
Supplied by: Noctua

A few weeks ago I received an email from an Austrian company I had not heard of before; in it they made quite a bold statement:

According to our internal evaluation, they surpass all products currently available on the market in cooling performance. We thus hope that a review would be of interest to your readers.

Now any company can come forward with claims like this, but I was intrigued nonetheless and replied to their email. After visiting the product pages of the proposed review units (NH-U 9 / NH-U 12) I was looking forward to find out how they perform as the design looks promising.

Let’s start of with the “little” brother, the NH-U 9, as the name might suggest, is build to fit a 92mm fan. The NH-U units are “tower” heatsinks and make use of heat pipes to transfer heat from the base to the fins. Target price at TomsHW Preis-Engine is ~€37

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Specifications :

  • AMD: Athlon64/64+ Socket754/940/939
  • Intel Socket 478
  • Intel Socket LGA775

    No Fan is included but supports 80/92mm

    Heatsink + Fan Dimensions: 128x95x95mm
    Weight: 570gram

    In the Box :

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  • Mounting hardware for each supported platform
  • A detailed manual
  • A tube of generic thermal goop
  • please note that the fan in the picture above is NOT included with this heatsink

    For this review Noctua send along a new Coolink 92mm SWiF-922 for testing, more info on these ex-“Noiseblocker” fans here.

    Construction :

    The NH-U 9 is what I would call a “tower heatsink” as it towers over the other components on your motherboard; Fitted with 4 U-shaped heatpipes which are joined in a copper base, a series of aluminum fins dissipate the heat.

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    The base of the unit features holes for installation of different mounting brackets

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    The machine lapping traces are very hard to spot on the base, which is smooth.

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    Installation next ->
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