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    Noctua NH-U12A

    A new standard for 120mm coolers.
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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Erm, No thanks. £90 for a 2x 120mm small tower. Deepcool Lucifer is on the same level as this if you put another fan on it (though considerably larger). I bet if I put Noctua fans on my 4pipe h7 I would get pretty similar results with a better aesthetic. But if you want the brand you want the brand.
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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Quote Originally Posted by PC-LAD View Post
    Erm, No thanks. £90 for a 2x 120mm small tower. Deepcool Lucifer is on the same level as this if you put another fan on it (though considerably larger). I bet if I put Noctua fans on my 4pipe h7 I would get pretty similar results with a better aesthetic. But if you want the brank you want the brand.
    A small tower cooler that ran circles around a £163 360mm AIO, while being quieter. Tell me again how £90 is unreasonable, or how you're going to get the same performance from any other air cooler. Even their previous champ, the NH-D15 can't claim to best a 280mm AIO, much less a 360mm.
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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    After two pump failures with AIO's I think ill be making the switch to this as soon as I get paid.
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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Tell me again how £90 is unreasonable
    Well it certainly costs more than a BE QUIET Dark Rock Pro 4, which also offers very strong performance and low noise.

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Quote Originally Posted by Friesiansam View Post
    Well it certainly costs more than a BE QUIET Dark Rock Pro 4, which also offers very strong performance and low noise.
    Exactly the point i was trying to get across. I was not comparing this tower to an aio and as I said there are other options in this price range @aidanjt. You could even get the NH-U12S and put another fan on it for less, just a stupid price

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Whoa that price is insane. Although I guess it's the new price point for premium coolers. Would love to see a 140mm version. I have a NH-D14, and will hopefully be migrating it to Zen2, but if they bring out an updated one it'll definitely give me pause

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    I have one of these. Very impressed.
    Running a 4790K @ 4.6. Temps are about 84 with intel burn in test. But outside that under load rarely goes over 70, even in Cinebench R20.

    It's also worth checking Linus tech tips channel. He tested this cooler with Corsair AIOs, and it out performed, 120, 240, and 360mm AIOs.
    (video title 'Why you shouldn't water cool your PC')


    There was another video somewhere where the reviewer got better cooling performance using 1 fan instead of 2. Yet to try it, but i suspect that's more case dependant.

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    The Apple equivalent of air coolers, a fool & his money are easily parted.............hold on I have a couple of Apple products......guess that make me a fool also.

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    I would question the "full tube of nht1" I got about three, maybe four blobs, so four applications. BUT yes they fully honor their warranty in every way , they are quiet and I like the color. Thats why I bought two, lx65 and l9s (smaller brother of this). Both quieter, better upgrades . Remember we ruled austria after ww2 till 1955 ...just sayin ...

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Quote Originally Posted by PC-LAD View Post
    I was not comparing this tower to an aio
    Well, you should, because they exist, they're much more expensive, and this thing beats them.

    Quote Originally Posted by PC-LAD View Post
    @aidanjt. You could even get the NH-U12S and put another fan on it for less, just a stupid price
    You could, but then you're still talking £70 for the NH-U12S + NF-F12 PWM, and you're still at <280mm AIO cooling territory. If there was no performance difference I would completely agree with you, but to call a £20 premium a stupid price for a legitimate CPU cooling performance champ is silly. The only way you're beating these results is with a >£330 open loop watercooling setup, and that's going to come with more noise and maintenance hell.
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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Quote Originally Posted by PC-LAD View Post
    Erm, No thanks. £90 for a 2x 120mm small tower. Deepcool Lucifer is on the same level as this if you put another fan on it (though considerably larger). I bet if I put Noctua fans on my 4pipe h7 I would get pretty similar results with a better aesthetic. But if you want the brand you want the brand.
    When you consider nearly £50 of that is just the cost of the two fans it doesn't seem so exorbitant, obviously that raises the question of whether you think £25 for a fan is worth it but personally i can't put a price on quietness.

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Think I'd rather have the extra 3-4c on temps with the Dark Rock 4 than suffer the aesthetics of this cooler. Not the fans, you can replace them with something less horrendous looking but the fact there is no top plate covering the untidy heat pipe tips, it's a big no-no for me.

    Of course none of this would matter if I didn't have a non windowed case, sitting right next to me where I can see everything, but I do.

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Quote Originally Posted by jimborae View Post
    The Apple equivalent of air coolers, a fool & his money are easily parted.............hold on I have a couple of Apple products......guess that make me a fool also.
    The cooler is cheaper than the AIOs it's comparing against, yet performs better. (in some cases, much cheaper)

    So, should be considered better value....

    But for some reason, as people arn't getting a water cooler. The value propersition is considered worse?

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12A

    Quote Originally Posted by AC81 View Post

    But for some reason, as people arn't getting a water cooler. The value propersition is considered worse?
    ..but AIO's man, they look so cool and rad (no pun intended)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AC81 View Post
    The cooler is cheaper than the AIOs it's comparing against, yet performs better. (in some cases, much cheaper)

    So, should be considered better value....

    But for some reason, as people arn't getting a water cooler. The value propersition is considered worse?
    I'd argue that AIOs aren't particularly great value, but also more justified in the expensive since they tend to be more complicated. Don't get me wrong, you can't really complain about the performance, and the fact that it allows easier clearance is nice, but at the end of the day, it is £90 for a hunk of metal with 2 fans attached which again likely have a huge mark up. An additional problem is that it is pretty bloody ugly. People can easier justify the price when better aesthetics are involved. Having said that, I'm not completely ruling it out, though may just end up getting something cheaper.

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