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


  1. turtlesrawrXD

    turtlesrawrXD4 päivää sitten

    Is this compatible with the regular u12s heatsink?

  2. mmbcbs

    mmbcbs7 päivää sitten

    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.

  3. Jonny Campbell

    Jonny Campbell8 päivää sitten

    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

  4. FOC

    FOC9 päivää sitten

    What about the bequiet dark rock (pro) 4?

  5. Boosted Daily

    Boosted Daily11 päivää sitten

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

  6. Brandon B

    Brandon B12 päivää sitten

    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!)

  7. WaKing Pleb

    WaKing Pleb14 päivää sitten

    Hard to take you serious with that stupid globe behind you.

  8. beuhhh

    beuhhh15 päivää sitten

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

  9. Yoga Pradipta Murti

    Yoga Pradipta Murti17 päivää sitten

    try ID-Cooling SE 224 XT pls

  10. MJ

    MJ20 päivää sitten

    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.

  11. Chickenhunter9

    Chickenhunter920 päivää sitten

    So a $100 cooler is not affordable?

  12. Sean Toh

    Sean Toh22 päivää sitten

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

  13. Troy Jordan

    Troy Jordan24 päivää sitten

    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.

  14. Troy Jordan

    Troy Jordan24 päivää sitten

    Just buy any heat tube cooler, place the computer on its side, all's good

  15. Troy Jordan

    Troy Jordan24 päivää sitten

    Not one of these coolers work when palace horizontally.

  16. Dukefire 1

    Dukefire 124 päivää sitten

    Damn, it's still over my argentinian pocket money... About 2 or 3 USD dollars...

  17. Horatio yen

    Horatio yen24 päivää sitten

    i miss when you used to do lots of cooler reviews

  18. Medo Bash

    Medo Bash24 päivää sitten

    How did u assume what i can afford ?

  19. Johanno

    Johanno26 päivää sitten

    Does it perform better than the wraith prism though?

  20. Rafał Brzeziński

    Rafał Brzeziński26 päivää sitten

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

  21. Xblackdemonx

    Xblackdemonx27 päivää sitten

    2 sponsors in 1 video?! no thanks

  22. TheTardis157

    TheTardis15727 päivää sitten

    *Stares in Be Quiet!*

  23. Friday Californiaa

    Friday Californiaa29 päivää sitten

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

  24. Renzsu

    Renzsu29 päivää sitten

    Any decent cpu cooler is quieter than my external HDD :/

  25. Lee Kuang Zhe

    Lee Kuang Zhe29 päivää sitten

    imagine the people who just bought the noctua nh12s seeing this video

  26. Elvinkind

    Elvinkind29 päivää sitten

    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.

  27. ༄Rod

    ༄RodUukausi sitten

    But how does it compared to the stock one?

  28. Dan Jolley

    Dan JolleyUukausi sitten

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

  29. Eric Salidbar

    Eric SalidbarUukausi sitten

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

  30. Matt the 2nd

    Matt the 2ndUukausi sitten

    Now if only I could find a cpu to put it on.

  31. Human Knives

    Human KnivesUukausi sitten

    Imagine how biased LTT would be if Bill Gates brank rolled them as well as all of the other tech FItitle 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.

  32. Đeath Vader

    Đeath VaderUukausi sitten

    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

  33. Anne

    AnneUukausi sitten

    That noctua nh-d15, I love that thing so much :3

  34. ThatGuy

    ThatGuyUukausi sitten

    Just buy the dark rock 4

  35. Mathias Anderssén

    Mathias AnderssénUukausi sitten

    AvE: More ripums better.

  36. tulsatrash

    tulsatrashUukausi sitten

    Thank you for making this.

  37. XX

    XXUukausi sitten

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

  38. Ion Amygdalon

    Ion AmygdalonUukausi sitten

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

  39. Tad Saxington

    Tad SaxingtonUukausi sitten

    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.

  40. kevin hudson

    kevin hudsonUukausi sitten

    They can do all this amazing shit with coolers. * still can’t paint the fans

  41. kalbasa adidas

    kalbasa adidasUukausi sitten

    Gammaxx 400 - 20€ silent and performs good

  42. fallenbullseye

    fallenbullseyeUukausi sitten

    will this fit in my nzxt 510 case?

  43. None

    NoneUukausi sitten

    Need a comparison with the ryzen stock cooler

  44. he tuan

    he tuanUukausi sitten

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  45. gonor silvershot

    gonor silvershotUukausi sitten

    Time stamps!!!! THANK YOU

  46. Rasmus Männik

    Rasmus MännikUukausi sitten

    2:53 my P too comes with a pressure

  47. Paulius Ragauskas

    Paulius RagauskasUukausi sitten

    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

  48. Steven Todd

    Steven ToddUukausi sitten

    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.

  49. bkupron

    bkupronUukausi sitten

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

  50. Victor Unbea

    Victor UnbeaUukausi sitten

    Still costs too much in my Eurotrip Bratislava level country.

  51. XeSkistiken

    XeSkistikenUukausi sitten

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

  52. Symiriscool

    SymiriscoolUukausi sitten

    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

  53. Car Parking Multiplayer

    Car Parking MultiplayerUukausi sitten

    Make a fan comparison video!

  54. Odium

    OdiumUukausi sitten

    110$ is no money for a NH-D15

  55. antsolja

    antsoljaUukausi sitten

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

  56. Fred T. McCoy Jr.

    Fred T. McCoy Jr.Uukausi sitten

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

  57. Anna Svensson

    Anna SvenssonUukausi sitten


  58. cardboardsnail

    cardboardsnailUukausi sitten

    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.

  59. José Salmonte

    José SalmonteUukausi sitten

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

  60. Chris Kathrein

    Chris KathreinUukausi sitten

    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.

  61. Frostedmancake

    FrostedmancakeUukausi sitten

    Check out the vetro v5 jayz2centz recommended it

  62. Sameer Acharya

    Sameer AcharyaUukausi sitten

    try reviewing Ripple Artifact Pro .. New gaming laptop from Nepal

  63. grndzro

    grndzroUukausi sitten

    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.

  64. Sheriff MayorTV

    Sheriff MayorTVUukausi sitten

    so basically a noctua branded 212

  65. AK loading

    AK loadingUukausi sitten

    If their air coolers doesn't look this ugly and old ill buy 10

  66. A Hussain

    A HussainUukausi sitten

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  67. J M

    J MUukausi sitten

    My last 2 builds are NH-D15's. Bad ass air coolers.. period.

  68. Bravilor

    BravilorUukausi sitten

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

  69. Mike Letherland

    Mike LetherlandUukausi sitten

    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!

  70. Raou Vantica

    Raou VanticaUukausi sitten

    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.

  71. Time Traveler

    Time TravelerUukausi sitten

    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.

  72. József Bálint

    József BálintUukausi sitten

    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.

  73. Ti8

    Ti8Uukausi sitten

    LC-CC-120 is a King.

  74. Nick Schafer

    Nick SchaferUukausi sitten

    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.

  75. termina GAMER

    termina GAMERUukausi sitten

    i live in turkey so no i cant

  76. Vengeance

    VengeanceUukausi sitten

    Is linus's hair darker?

  77. C G

    C GUukausi sitten

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

  78. Patavius

    PataviusUukausi sitten

    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.

  79. Shitbucket Forthewin

    Shitbucket ForthewinUukausi sitten

    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.

  80. L3G1T1SM3

    L3G1T1SM3Uukausi sitten

    The cooler costs 50usd for those who dont wanna go to the amazon links

  81. Christopher Clarke

    Christopher ClarkeUukausi sitten

    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

  82. Justin C.

    Justin C.Uukausi sitten

    build me a pc lol

  83. dionisio ortega

    dionisio ortegaUukausi sitten

    "bang for the buck" for a 50 cooler lmao

  84. Vegas RoManiac

    Vegas RoManiacUukausi sitten

    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

  85. Axonteer

    AxonteerUukausi sitten

    the real question is: How much DUX is in that reDUX ?

  86. David Harrison

    David HarrisonUukausi sitten

    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

  87. Slidaulth

    SlidaulthUukausi sitten

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

  88. David Harrison

    David HarrisonUukausi sitten

    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

  89. Smarter Gaming

    Smarter GamingUukausi sitten

    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.

  90. Rock Parker

    Rock ParkerUukausi sitten

    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

  91. Kamadeva

    KamadevaUukausi sitten

    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.

  92. Tyler L

    Tyler LUukausi sitten

    The 212 black edition still looks better

  93. justinoff1

    justinoff1Uukausi sitten

    Compare it to the Vetroo

  94. Googlar

    GooglarUukausi sitten

    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.

  95. Kevin Sanders

    Kevin SandersUukausi sitten

    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...

  96. Apple

    AppleUukausi sitten

    i love leenus

  97. Mazen Taweel

    Mazen TaweelUukausi sitten

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  98. Raul Rohjans

    Raul RohjansUukausi sitten

    Im rocking the snowman cooler, best bang for the buck

  99. Taras Shevchenko

    Taras ShevchenkoUukausi sitten

    be quiet is also good :)

  100. Sami Hyppia

    Sami HyppiaUukausi sitten

    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!