With the NH-U12P out of the box we can get a better look at the entire unit. At first glance I thought to myself, yup its another tower cooler. Then I started looking closer.
Looking from the top we can see the Noctua owl logo stamped into the cooling fins and the tops of the heap pipes sticking out. Now, you most likely have noticed there are a few extra holes in the cooling fins. We pay particular attention to the large holes next to the heat pipes.
This allows you to access the tensioning screws that end up under the cooling fins due to the AMD socket orientation.
Looking at the bottom we can see how the cooling fins are soldered to the heat pipes.
Now, surprisingly, the cooler had no protective film on the base. Although the base was flat the finish was not all to great.
Now for the fan. The first thing you notice is the flesh tone plastic housing with brown fins. I know these are not the most appealing colors in the world, but the fan better perform exceptionally well for me to put up with these colors. The power cable is extremely long, ~12 inches. I think that it could have been good 6 inches shorter, but thats me.
Looking a little closer to the fan blades we can see one of the things that give the fan an amazing low 19.8 dBA rating – The Vortex Control Notches (read more about the design here on Noctua’s site). The other noise reducing feature is the self-stabilising oil-pressure bearing (SSO bearing) of the Noctua NF-S12 and NF-R8 series surpasses current types of ball, sleeve or liquid bearings in terms of long-term stability and quietness. You can read more on the design here.