They were actually bugging me to get on camera for this one, because this one actually hits a little bit close to my heart, and i need to explain a little bit about that before we sort go on with this review. So noctua, like 15 years ago, was actually one of the first companies that sampled hardware canucks. I think the first one was was thermal, write from back in the day and then there was art to cooling and then there was noctua. And since then that was actually before they launched the u12 s, but when they launched that u12 s boy boy did that come out to seem like a bat out of hell. So since then this has been actually one of the best coolers for the money. You could possibly buy great engineering great everything else. It does cost 70 u.s, though, if you can actually find it for that price, but knocked with they went back to the drawing board and they said look in this environment. How can we address some of the shortcomings that are currently in the market and they came out with this? This is the u12s redux. It keeps all of the great qualities of the original u12s cuts out a few of the frills. It comes in at just 50 bucks now i want to talk about this, a couple of other things right after a message from our sponsor, but i also wanted to very quickly talk about this we’ve soft launched a little bit of merch there’s, a couple of t Shirts down there a couple of other things, i want you to go check those out in the description below that’s, a pretty cool shirt.
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The specs of the fans are what really sets one apart from another. The single fan on the redux is actually the p12 redux that’s rated at 1700 rpms, whereas the f12 on the original u12 s is only rated at 1500 and even though they have really similar specs across their operating range, the f12 can actually deliver a lot better. Airflow and static pressure at a lower rpm, so that means that basically you’re going to be getting about the same temperatures, but the u12s is going to be operating at a little bit lower decibel levels. So i guess what i also wanted to talk about. Are the areas that knock to it did cut back a little bit other than in the design and that’s in the accessories? So, first of all, you don’t get a full tube of thermal compound, like you would, with the u12s that’s where the pre applied thermal compound comes in. You also don’t get any clips for a second fan and you don’t get any of the low noise or ultra low noise adapters, or even the y splitter that come with the u12s. Instead, all of those items are actually included in a separate accessory pack. Think about this like knock to a dlc, so let’s go through what you get in this. So first of all, you get a second 120 millimeter fan now. Is that really necessary? Well, you’re gon na see from our performance results later that this cooler already performs really really well on 99.
9 of the systems that are out there, but other than that. You also get a low noise. Adapter. You get the fan y splitter, a ultra low noise. Adapter fan clips and vibration mounts and that’s pretty much it, but i also wanted to talk a little bit about the installation hardware, because it’s. The one thing that i wish noctua would have really added to the redux, and that is this little guy that we got with the almost actually on every single knock to a cooler it’s, a really really handy screwdriver, so about that installation hardware. Well, not to include your standard am4 mounts, but they don’t actually have am3 compatibility. Those am4 mounts, you’re gon na, have to reuse the back plate that comes with the motherboard i’m gon na get into the full installation in a little bit for this, because it’s super super simple. Now, on the intel side, you get your standard lga 1200 and lga 1150 hardware, along with 2066 studs, but i really have to give it to noctua, because they’re actually using a full metal back plate for the installation of those intel systems. A lot of other manufacturers have actually moved to plastic, and that is such a pain in the reach there. You see snow’s nose because he actually did the the cooler master installation right, the m410, something oh, my god. It was absolutely horrible. Go check out the video right up here right up here, anyways here he’s, you don’t know this yet, but boot sequence and us were actually uh sort of housed together in the same office right now.
So what ended up happening. I watched this poor guy trying to install this piece of crap plastic onto the back of a motherboard and i think it took him like forever. Anyways you’re going to be as frustrated as he was so good on noctua for that one. But in order to show you guys how easy that installation process is, i wanted to bring over an am4 system and go from start to finish for the installation process of the u12s redux. All right, so installation onto an am4 system is unique, but it follows the same path as the intel one. The only difference like i said before is the intel one has an octave provided back plate, so here all you would need to do is install little spacers and then there’s going to be a crossbar that’s going to be installed on both sides with separate screws. Those ones you just pop in there and because the amd backplate is already in place, it should just slot in so we’re going to speed this up just a little bit to save some time and i’ll get back to you on the other side. Alright, with that out of the way i wanted to talk about this crossbar that noctua has installed, because it really sets them apart from a lot of other manufacturers of heatsinks. So because this is installed, you don’t have to fiddle with a whole kit of parts, and not only that is noctua pre installs their screws with little detents on the bottom, and those detents allow this screw to be guided into this stud without too much of a Problem so i’m going to get that out of the way and you’ll see how easy it is.
Even though we’re going to speed up this footage a bit well, the cooler is pretty much installed, except. I wanted to talk a little bit more about memory clearance and that’s one of the u12s, and the u12s’s highlights. Is that because the cooler is so slim, basically any high memory module will fit in front of it. Even on the slot, the closest to the cpu socket and yes sure there are thicker memory modules out there and if that’s the case, all you really have to do is move it up a little bit and clear that memory module but other than that installation is Done 110 percent – you cannot get easier than that so that all out of the way i really wanted to cut to the performance, because we have to remember that the dna of this cooler is actually taken from one of the most legendary coolers on the market. Right now so on to performance testing, starting at 120 watts at a lower heat load that covers most modern cpus out there right now. Well, the u12s redux is super competitive with the original u12 and that’s, probably because the heat loads remain so low and we’ve already seen this before, because those low heat loads do not stress most modern cpu, coolers it’s, only a couple degrees behind or tied with the U12S, but you can see from the graph it does get just that little bit louder, like i talked about before, and then when normalized to 38 decibels right across the board.
This thing is right in line with pretty much every other cooler that we’ve tested well at 165 watts, which is actually below the pl2 levels of most higher end rocket lake chips. The u12s redux and the u12s still run neck and neck right up until the slightly higher fan speeds, where the redux does start falling behind by a couple degrees. But don’t forget it does get louder as well, and this chart that we’re looking at right now really puts things into perspective when you remember that there are actually some competitors here that cost twice as much or even more but offer similar or even worse, cooling performance. At 165 watt tdp now moving to 260 watts and remember this cooler cost 50 bucks at a full 260 watts. The u12 s did fail at lower fan speeds, but once you get into higher rpms it actually does deliver proper cooling, but what it doesn’t do is offer cooling that’s good enough for these super super high end chips, but really that was totally to be expected. You have to be running this thing at a 100 fan speed for it to get sort of reasonable temperatures and not close to throttling temperature for a lot of modern processors. Now moving to that 38 decibel normalized, i mean what did you expect guys? This is a 50 cooler, but at the same time i also wanted to talk about those dual fan results, because slapping more fans onto there does increase performance but by how much we’ll add 120 watts.
Really not that much, because you didn’t need that additional cooling capacity moving to 165 watts. You can see it start to make a little bit of a difference as we go higher and higher in the rpm range. But at that 260 watt level well that’s, where really they can put the pedal to the metal and if you have any intent in overclocking, your processor or if you upgrade your processor to a higher end one in the future. This is really where you want to be with that dual fence and that’s the option that noctua gives you to spend a little bit more money, maybe a little bit further in the future and get that much better performance without having to switch coolers. So i guess that really brings me to the conclusion i want to cut. This short: is the noctua u12s redux worth it? The answer to that is absolutely look: it’s, not a cheap, cheap cooler, but it gets the job done for pretty much anyone and anybody else that needs to go a little bit higher in the tdp level. Well, you slap on that other fan and yes, that other fan does bring it very very close to the u12 s, but it actually does get you a little bit better performance now. On the other hand, there are a couple of coolers out there that are also extremely good values: the scythe fuma 2. Absolutely that is a perfect competitor to this, but the problem with the scythe is that it isn’t as widely available as the u12 s.
Redux is right now, so i guess that really wraps things up, maybe i’m going to be bringing myself on camera a couple more times over the next little while. But if you like this type of content, please by all means subscribe. Let me know if there’s anything you would like us to review, or at least in like a cheap and cheerful sort of manner, if there’s, something that you know is an awesome value that you want me to cover because i’d love to see those things too.