Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU Cooler Review

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Installation

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 SecuFirm2

Here we have the biggest change, the new NM-I3 SecuFirm2 mounting system. This will allow you to mount the NH-U12P to any Intel socket. If you currently own a NH-U12P you can get the new mounting system free from Noctua by going to their site (HERE) and filling out a form and providing proof of purchase. Let’s take a little closer look at the new mount.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 SecuFirm2 backing plate

Let’s start with the backing plate. It is made of steel with a layer of plastic and foam. The center of the foam can be removed to clear the socket backing plate of the LGA1156 and 1366 sockets.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 i5 notches

Noctua also has made notches in the backing plate to clear the mounting screws for the LGA1156 socket backing plate.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 multi socket mount

To allow the mounting system to work with the 3 Intel sockets that are all different sizes Noctua made the backing plate with 3 positions needed to fit each socket.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 SecuFirm2 socket key

To take some guess work out of what hole is for which socket Noctua labeled them and placed a Key on the backing plate itself so you can’t lose it.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2

Installing the SecuFrim2 system is easy and very straight forward. Here I have it installed on our Intel DX58SO motherboard. It easily clears the components around the socket.

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 is big

This cooler is by no means small. At a whopping 158mm (6.2 inches) tall it would be in your best interest to measure your case to see if you will have enough room for this cooler.

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