Noctua NH-U9S Air CPU Cooler Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging, Contents and Specification
  3. Closer Look
  4. Mounting and Motherboard/GPU/RAM Clearance
  5. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  6. Temperature Readouts and Observations
  7. Conclusion
  8. Online Purchase Links

I posted three 92mm CPU Air coolers together- U9S, D9L from Noctua and Coolermaster Hyper D92. If you plan on getting higher overclocks, check out the Noctua NH-U12S, NH-U14S and the monster of a dual tower CPU cooler- the NH-D15.

The Noctua NH-U9S makes a very impressive performance. A 92mm CPU cooler that gives better cooling for air overclocking. Its taller than NH-D9L but the 5 nickel heatpipe based NH-U9S did a better job. One may have to ask if the placement helped in providing better CPU cooling. But hey, that’s Noctua for you. I find it strange that others don’t provide a case badge. This CPU cooler does carry about 18$ premium over Coolermaster Hyper D92, but keeping quality and ease of installation in mind, Noctua NH-U9S get a pat on the back.

Along with the brilliant Securfirm2 mounting system, a Phillips-head screwdriver, a good quality thermal paste called NT-H1 and a metal case badge is provided. Noctua provides 6 years of warranty period, should anything go wrong… IF anything would go wrong. My second CPU cooler was the Noctua NH-U12PSE2 that Brendon is using with his Asus Sabertooth 990FX setup. I bought it before Noctua coolers were available in India.

For those living in places with higher ambient temperature, you could buy a second NF-A9 PWM fan. But does it justify the premium for shaving off 3 degrees when overclocked AND on load? That’s for you to decide, depending on your system and workload.

Even with push-pull setup irrespective of the orientation of the CPU (top facing or rear case fan casing) cooler, it is not an obstacle for any platform, even the X99 platform, such is the case with Gigabyte X99-UD4 and Kingston DDR4 Predator 1GB 3000MHz memory kits. Insane!!! This is a gem of a CPU air cooler.

Well, I do wish Noctua would just bundle the second NF-A9 PWM fan but if you weigh it against all you get for the price, it’s difficult to find a way squeeze that without increasing the overall price. When I imported Noctua NH-U12PSE2 long before I started Hardware BBQ and before it was available here, they used to bundle that cooler with two cooling fans. I think Noctua wanted to make it to be available for more people, but still provide fan clips if they want to buy another set of fan.

Noctua NH-U9S

I just can’t find any flaws with this CPU cooler of its class and purpose. Check out the NH-D9L review for all the three CPU coolers comparison. Keeping all this mind, this cooler gets the highest acknowledgment we can give.

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