Noctua NH-U9S Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅08-04-15

In the newly revised NH-U9S, Noctua has addressed some key concerns which are centred around compatibility. By using such compact dimensions, U9S can be paired up with tall memory kits due to the generous memory clearance and mini-ITX motherboards even have the option of freeing up the top PCI-E slot too.

As we’ve seen previously with the multitude of products we’ve reviewed from Noctua, the quality of the included items and heatsink itself are unquestionably good. The SecuFirm2 mounting kit is not only engineered to high standards but it is a reliable solution for efficiently installing a CPU cooler.

Without understanding U9S’s intended use and characteristics, an initial look at the performance would, at first appear disappointing. U9S is really designed to replace the stock reference cooler and be used in systems which are both tight on space and do not require any overclocking. As such, the stock performance demonstrates commendable results. (We’ve recently upgraded the computer chassis for our cooling rig and have re-tested a number of prominent/flagship products – all of which).

Noctua’s NH-U9S is priced at £44.99 GBP / $99 USD – more than we expected for a cooler of this stature. Though, we are reminded of the quality, reputation, included fan and 6 years warranty and weighing this up makes U9S an interesting proposition.

NH-U9S sets out to offer flexibility for the system builder and it certainly achieves this. This cooler is ideal for users who are tight on space and who want to swap out that tired, noisy and inefficient stock reference cooler.

+ Small footprint
+ Excellent build quality
+ Great bundle
+ Easy to install
+ No memory clearance issues

- Struggles in overclocked configurations

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