One of the most popular air coolers brands, Noctua, announced the CPU's first cooler in its highly anticipated Redux series, the NH-U12S Redux. The Redux series is designed to offer a simplified and more convenient entry point for some of Noctua's most popular CPU heatsinks.
The first PC CPU cooler to receive redux treatment is the award-winning NH-U12S. This CPU cooler was first introduced in 2013, but Noctua updated its range with a black version in 2019. One of the first things you can notice about the Redux model is that it introduces another choice of color: plastic in a neutral two-tone gray next to white metal parts.
Dimensions and characteristics
The NH-U12S Redux is compact in size as demonstrated by its 125 (L) x 71 (P) x 158 (A) mm including the fan. As for weight, this model is not particularly light, weighing 755 g.
Compared to the U12S, the radiator is slightly different in that it loses a heatpipe. With this Redux version it goes from 5 heatpipes to 4. However, it seems that this is the only difference with the original model, at least as far as the radiator is concerned.
Finally, it is at the level of ventilation that an important change can be noted. In fact, the Austrian brand replaced the PWM NF-F12 fan with a PWM NF-P12 Redux 1700. It then goes from 450 RPM to 1700 RPM generating an air flow of 120.2 m3 / h. As for static pressure, it rises to 2.83 mmH2O.
Which model to choose between NH-U12S Redux and NH-U12S?
Noctua has released a video in which it presents the main differences:
Price and availability
Noctua lowered the price by about twenty euros compared to the previous model. The heatsink goes from € 69.90 to € 49.90 (official price). An interesting discount, especially considering the 6-year warranty and the presence of the SecuFirm2 mounting system.
The NH-U12S Redux is already available for purchase.