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    Noctua NH-U12S redux

    Less than £50 for a Noctua cooler. What's the catch?
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    Re: Noctua NH-U12S redux

    Useful review however I would have loved to see how it compares to slightly more budget options such as the Hyper 212 or even AMD's wraith prism (I picked one up for my Ryzen 3600 for £13 and it does a better than expected job - I only intended it to be a stop gap but I've seen little need for a better replacement).

    Sorry to nitpick but its useful to know what an upgrade brings!
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    Re: Noctua NH-U12S redux

    Would be interesting to see how it fairs against something like the Ventroo V5, which is on Amazon for less than £30 and has an all black design with aRGB fan

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08NPNGT6D?ref_=pe_3187911_248764861_302_E_DDE_dt_1

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12S redux

    I like the idea of direct contact heatpipes, which my cheapish heatsink does. So another vote for getting some cheaper units in here.

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12S redux

    Hmm, I'm looking at 7 or so years on my AIO. It's gotta go soon. I'm not sure I can justify a replacement for it as the cheaper ones are worse than good air and the expensive ones aren't much better than air.

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12S redux

    1) Budget cooler with a $800 CPU?
    2) Is it worth the extra money over a Hyper 212?

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12S redux

    The reason this exists is to drive up the price of the better units. Standard marketing. Top, middle and bottom. You want the extra sauce? Pay for it.

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    Re: Noctua NH-U12S redux

    It probably cost MORE to re-tool for a five pipe cooler than just rebrand the 6 pipe, BUT they do stand up for their warranty, they are very quiet, and they did supply extra socket adapter free.
    The quietness wins out in the end, worth the extra.
    PS I prefer the original colours.

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