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 12: Specs/Box

Noctua NH-U 12:
Supplied by: Noctua

The NH-U 12 is currently Noctua’s best offering, featuring 120mm fan support, a series of copper heat pipes and a promise from the makers that it will beat the best, it’s time to find out if their statement is true. Target price at TomsHW Preis-Engine is ~€49

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Specifications :

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

    No Fan is included but supports 120mm (120x120x25mm & 120x120x35mm)
    Supports installation of 2 fans (extra clips are included)

    Heatsink + Fan Dimensions: 155x124x95mm
    Weight: 700gram

    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 120mm SWiF-1201 for testing, more info on these ex-“Noiseblocker” fans here.

    Construction :

    The NH-U 12 is what I would call a “tower heatsink” as it towers over the other components on your motherboard, even more so than its smaller brother; 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 but not to a mirror finish.

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    Installation next ->
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