The Awesome Cooler You Can Actually Afford

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Meet Noctua’s first foray into a value line of CPU coolers. It's a trimmed down version of the excellent NH-U12S - but.. do the savings match the performance?

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0:00 Intro
1:02 Dad Joke
1:12 The competition
1:34 Unboxing
2:00 What's changed
4:42 Thermals
5:40 Acoustics
7:03 Conclusion




  • Is this compatible with the regular u12s heatsink?

    turtlesrawrXDturtlesrawrXD15 órája
  • definitely great for me, i got this and the extra fan for my ryzen 7 5800x, and i have not got over 50 degrees, but i don't overclock at all, i still haven't tried my temps when i play cyberpunk tho.

    mmbcbsmmbcbs3 napja
  • You've got all these -quiet- PCs, how do you make your PC (without speakers) LOUD AND OBNOXIOUS? xD The equivalent of those drivers you meet who flaunt the type of engine they have, you know who I mean

    Jonny CampbellJonny Campbell4 napja
  • What about the bequiet dark rock (pro) 4?

    FOCFOC5 napja
  • Yeah, it's called the Scythe Fuma 2. One if not the best air coolers.

    Boosted DailyBoosted Daily8 napja
  • Please don't mention other videos you've made that the audience should check out, and then *not* put a link in the description! I go through the trouble of carefully combing through your MASSIVE description list of affiliates etc, only to find not only have I wasted my time, but now I need to screw around trying to find the right keywords to find the video you mentioned that I actually did want to watch (or potentially I just won't bother now cause I'm annoyed and don't want to spend more time trying to find your content that you recommended but didn't link to!)

    Brandon “M” BBrandon “M” B9 napja
  • Hard to take you serious with that stupid globe behind you.

    WaKing PlebWaKing Pleb11 napja
  • Meanwhile us - polish people with our SilentiumPC Fera 5 that costs like 30$, having the same performance

    beuhhhbeuhhh11 napja
  • try ID-Cooling SE 224 XT pls

    Yoga Pradipta MurtiYoga Pradipta Murti14 napja
  • Now compare it to Scythe Fuma 2, which sells for the same price to see if Noctua cooler actually brings value to this price point.

    MJMJ16 napja
  • So a $100 cooler is not affordable?

    Chickenhunter9Chickenhunter916 napja
  • Thank you so much Dr okouromi the herbal medicine you sent me worked perfectly well now I'm free from Cancer....

    Sean TohSean Toh18 napja
  • Wonderful consideration of science, but the fluid in those wonderful heat pipes rises. They are convective coolers. We all put them sideways, this does not work.

    Troy JordanTroy Jordan20 napja
  • Just buy any heat tube cooler, place the computer on its side, all's good

    Troy JordanTroy Jordan20 napja
  • Not one of these coolers work when palace horizontally.

    Troy JordanTroy Jordan20 napja
  • Damn, it's still over my argentinian pocket money... About 2 or 3 USD dollars...

    Dukefire 1Dukefire 120 napja
  • i miss when you used to do lots of cooler reviews

    Horatio yenHoratio yen20 napja
  • How did u assume what i can afford ?

    Medo BashMedo Bash20 napja
  • Does it perform better than the wraith prism though?

    JohannoJohanno22 napja
  • This is the first one that I've actually bought something using one of your affiliate links.

    Rafał BrzezińskiRafał Brzeziński22 napja
  • 2 sponsors in 1 video?! no thanks

    XblackdemonxXblackdemonx23 napja
  • *Stares in Be Quiet!*

    TheTardis157TheTardis15724 napja
  • This is a *cool* video. I'm a big *fan*

    Friday CaliforniaaFriday Californiaa25 napja
  • Any decent cpu cooler is quieter than my external HDD :/

    RenzsuRenzsu25 napja
  • imagine the people who just bought the noctua nh12s seeing this video

    Lee Kuang ZheLee Kuang Zhe25 napja
  • I actually bought something you recommended. Yes, I want a gold star lol. The fan seems to be helping my temps run a little cooler and I am adding the 2nd fan to it on Wednesday.

    ElvinkindElvinkind26 napja
  • But how does it compared to the stock one?

    ༄Rod༄Rod26 napja
  • Don't forget to add that it is thin enough that it won't overhang the RAM, no matter how tall it is.

    Dan JolleyDan Jolley27 napja
  • I got my NH-U12S black for $5 cheaper than the redux from Amazon warehouse brand new never opened cause someone returned it.

    Eric SalidbarEric Salidbar27 napja
  • Now if only I could find a cpu to put it on.

    Matt the 2ndMatt the 2nd27 napja
  • Imagine how biased LTT would be if Bill Gates brank rolled them as well as all of the other tech HUlabel channels doing benchmarks. Now imagine Linus being "suicided" if he decided to speak out about this. That's basically what big pharma is right now.

    Human KnivesHuman Knives27 napja
  • Watching this guy struggle with what little grip he has left on life, makes me feel better about my choice to become a drug addict

    Đeath VaderĐeath Vader27 napja
  • That noctua nh-d15, I love that thing so much :3

    AnneAnne27 napja
  • Just buy the dark rock 4

    ThatGuyThatGuy27 napja
  • AvE: More ripums better.

    Mathias AnderssénMathias Anderssén27 napja
  • Thank you for making this.

    tulsatrashtulsatrash28 napja
  • Its good content. But seems a bit late. The cooler has been out for a while I believe

    XXXX28 napja
  • May I ask, Will it be ok with the super hot i9-11900K ? By hot I mean this 🥵

    Ion AmygdalonIon Amygdalon28 napja
  • Well Linus butchered audio knowledge again. A 3db increase in SPL is twice the acoustical energy but the perceivable loudness difference is not double at all. Its just a little bump up.

    Tad SaxingtonTad Saxington28 napja
  • They can do all this amazing shit with coolers. * still can’t paint the fans

    kevin hudsonkevin hudson28 napja
  • Gammaxx 400 - 20€ silent and performs good

    kalbasa adidaskalbasa adidas28 napja
  • will this fit in my nzxt 510 case?

    fallenbullseyefallenbullseye28 napja
  • Need a comparison with the ryzen stock cooler

    NoneNone28 napja
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    he tuanhe tuan29 napja
  • Time stamps!!!! THANK YOU

    gonor silvershotgonor silvershot29 napja
  • 2:53 my P too comes with a pressure

    Rasmus MännikRasmus MännikHónapja
  • I'm over here rocking £7 ebay cooler, (212 evo copy) and my 3770k never goes above 65c. But i guess this cpu is pretty weak and cold in comparison

    Paulius RagauskasPaulius RagauskasHónapja
  • I didn't know the P stood for Pressure... now i have 11 noctua case fans that are wrong...after doing two months of research. At least now i know i'm wrong.

    Steven ToddSteven ToddHónapja
  • Pretty sure Redux is pronounced "redoo". It is just like faux which does not pronounce the x.

  • Still costs too much in my Eurotrip Bratislava level country.

    Victor UnbeaVictor UnbeaHónapja
  • I have hard time figuring out how to choose a cpu cooler that fits on my pc, do you know where can find that?

  • Can you please test some newer cpus, like the 5600x or 10700k? I feel like these are cpus people would buy with the rudux nh-u12s

  • Make a fan comparison video!

    Car Parking MultiplayerCar Parking MultiplayerHónapja
  • 110$ is no money for a NH-D15

  • im using a junk intel cooler i got for free that i janked into fitting on my amd, thats budget

  • @ 1:20 FANBOY!!! GET IT???FANS!!! FAN BOY???

    Fred T. McCoy Jr.Fred T. McCoy Jr.Hónapja

    Anna SvenssonAnna SvenssonHónapja
  • Some actual audio samples would've been nice. Numbers are one thing, but the noise pitch profile is pretty important too for how annoying a fan might sound.

  • Would have liked if you had included remarks of their mounting system for both Intel and AMD.

    José SalmonteJosé SalmonteHónapja
  • I bought this based on your endorsement I'll edit my results when I get it and have some real data After using the pc one day very happy with it. The installation was very easy and the results were immediately noticeable not only does my pc run much more quiet when under load the overall thermals are just much better.

    Chris KathreinChris KathreinHónapja
  • Check out the vetro v5 jayz2centz recommended it

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    Sameer AcharyaSameer AcharyaHónapja
  • Yea I'll just stick with my ancient Xigmatek Gaia with 2 fans. It can handle 200W ez. Even if I have to use zip ties. It's already lapped.

  • so basically a noctua branded 212

    Sheriff MayorTVSheriff MayorTVHónapja
  • If their air coolers doesn't look this ugly and old ill buy 10

    AK loadingAK loadingHónapja
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    A HussainA HussainHónapja
  • My last 2 builds are NH-D15's. Bad ass air coolers.. period.

    J MJ MHónapja
  • Hm, the price difference between these in Sweden is negligible. 599 vs 649 SEK.

  • So what's it's temps and fan noise compared to say the hyper 212+ and other budget CPU cooler options? Surely that should make an appearance in this video considering it's a 'new' budget cooler on the market so it would be helpful to see where it lies in the grand scheme of budget coolers!

    Mike LetherlandMike LetherlandHónapja
  • Linus - you think a Noctua cooler for a round 70 bucks is not cheap? Well - kiddo :) you never had the chance to buy a Zalmann cooler XD these puppies cost me here in germany a round 120 bucks :) and the only alternativ at that time was a ThermalTake cooler that had the noise level of a starting Jet enging XD and you needed addisionaly to buy thermal paste (because there was no thermalpaste on the coller - neither it was delivered with it). A flask of Zalmanns ZM-STG1 (paste for around 4 to 5 cpu die´s) costed aditionaly around 20 bucks.

    Raou VanticaRaou VanticaHónapja
  • they just cut down the amount of valuable metal and try to design it to make up as much effeciency as possible to save money. if they do it like that they expect a new standard flagship for budget. - they really need to lower the prices though. you cant charge those kinda prices if it doesnt let you do more than a low-mid overclock...... there are cheaper options.

    Time TravelerTime TravelerHónapja
  • I have an old Hyper 212 Evo cooling a R5 2600 on 4,1Ghz without any problem. My next cooler will be the Arctic Freezer 34 (hopefully eSport version). Their P12 design is closer to noctua than any other design regarding performance. I have some other Arctic product and they are performing well. You should check that brand too even if its not in the main scope of the industry or buyers.

    József BálintJózsef BálintHónapja
  • LC-CC-120 is a King.

  • Linus calls a $50 CPU cooler affordable... Scythe has this thing beat. You can either buy the Mugen 5 or the Ninja 5 with it's two CPU fans. Both models come with the isolating rubber pieces for the fans preinstalled and if I recall correct they both featured soldered pipes to the base of the heatsink... This is a fail.

    Nick SchaferNick SchaferHónapja
  • i live in turkey so no i cant

    termina GAMERtermina GAMERHónapja
  • Is linus's hair darker?

  • The vibration dampening bumpers are to stop the vibrations generated by the fan spinning from transfering into your rig.

    C GC GHónapja
  • In my opinion, they could have gotten away with including just the additional fan clip. I don't need all the other stuff in the upgrade bundle but I'm very likely to buy an additional fan, most likely a matching Noctua.

  • I have a Noctua NH-U12S runing with an i7-4790K and a Be Quiet! Dark rock 4 runing with an i7-8700k overclock to 5 Ghz. Both are amazing, but i'm more friendly with Be Quiet!. It could be nice to compare the actual solutions.

    Shitbucket ForthewinShitbucket ForthewinHónapja
  • The cooler costs 50usd for those who dont wanna go to the amazon links

  • Great job adding in the A weighting nowadays guys! The unit makes sense now. Just another thing, decibels is commonly written as “dB” and not “ Db” . So it should be dB (A) and not DbA

    Christopher ClarkeChristopher ClarkeHónapja
  • build me a pc lol

    Justin C.Justin C.Hónapja
  • "bang for the buck" for a 50 cooler lmao

    dionisio ortegadionisio ortegaHónapja
  • Oh come on, I have a gammax that I bought on Amazon for 20 bucks, on a ryzen 3900x, runs just fine... This is just over complicating things that don't need to be

    Vegas RoManiacVegas RoManiacHónapja
  • the real question is: How much DUX is in that reDUX ?

  • Linus YOU are full of shit. And no matter what you say as you only stick to certain brands Like Noctua for coolers. Nvidia for video cards 3080 anyone? Groan. and Intel for CPUS. Test a Scythe against the way way over priced Noctua POS. Test intel Against AMD. And Nvidia against AMD. but you never do because AMD and Scythe will wipe the floor with the competition

    David HarrisonDavid HarrisonHónapja
  • seriously? suggesting a video from 2015? why? goes and watches...because 12:30AM, why not.

  • Scythe are way better. But they are never tested. They only test only the most expensive coolers. Like Noctua run of the mill coolers. I will NEVER use a Noctua product

    David HarrisonDavid HarrisonHónapja
  • If you want a bang for the bucks cooler, te Vetroo V5 is it. I got one for $24.99 directly from Vetroo and it is keeping my new Ryzen 9 5900x between 35c and 74c while boosting to 5050mhz with EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra... in a Lancool II Mesh case with only the 3 stock fans ... you should really try testing one... definitely the best budget air cooler out there.

    Smarter GamingSmarter GamingHónapja
  • I'm grateful for him covering the fact that Noctua sends you the new mounting hardware for new sockets. I actually went through the process and it saved me so much money on a new cooler. I've had the same one for over 7 years

    Rock ParkerRock ParkerHónapja
  • I would definitely buy one, but I'm a basic bitch. Don't want my friends to see that I bought the "Platinum hits/ Greatest hits" version of a sick cooler.

  • The 212 black edition still looks better

    Tyler LTyler LHónapja
  • Compare it to the Vetroo

  • I assumed that Noctua products didn't offer the best value, but after I did a lot of research, I just couldn't find any cheaper options which offered the same level of reliability, and Noctua fans also offer excellent cooling and noise performance. They're even more energy efficient, typically using about half the power of other fans, which can be very useful if you want to connect multiple fans to a single fan header. The reliability in particular is extremely impressive, and also what makes Noctua fans actually provide very good value over the long run. When I moved to using an AM4 motherboard, my Noctua CPU cooler was no longer compatible, but all I had to do was fill out a simple form online, and they sent me an AM4 CPU mounting kit, (from Europe all the way to North America), and didn't even charge any shipping. Just the fact that they have these upgrade kits at all is amazing. Most companies wouldn't dream of doing this, because they want to force you to upgrade rather than keep things running for as long as possible.

  • YES, But how does it hold up to the MUCH cheaper Hyper 212 they are trying to replace? The Direct Heat Pipe of the 212 makes me think it would cool better...

    Kevin Sanders (Out of the Dust)Kevin Sanders (Out of the Dust)Hónapja
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    Mazen TaweelMazen TaweelHónapja
  • Im rocking the snowman cooler, best bang for the buck

    Raul RohjansRaul RohjansHónapja
  • be quiet is also good :)

    Taras ShevchenkoTaras ShevchenkoHónapja
  • Lmao 20$ savings.. Id always pick the better cooler if the difference was only 20$...Compared to the shitty gpu's @1000$+ prices? This is a bargain!

    Sami HyppiaSami HyppiaHónapja