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 ~€37Specifications :
Compatibility:AMD: Athlon64/64+ Socket754/940/939
Intel Socket 478
Intel Socket LGA775
No Fan is included but supports 80/92mm
Heatsink + Fan Dimensions: 128x95x95mm
In the Box :
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.
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.
The base of the unit features holes for installation of different mounting brackets
The machine lapping traces are very hard to spot on the base, which is smooth.
Installation next ->