Earlier this week Wesley from AnandTech took a closer look at the Noctua NH-U12F heatsink. This heatsink from the Austrian Noctua promises quiet air cooling, you can check out the review over here.
It should be abundantly clear to all readers at this point that Noctua as a company caters to quiet PC solutions. This is certainly obvious in the specifications and reviews of Noctua products. It is likely therefore that Noctua will have no problem at all meeting our expectations for low noise in a CPU cooler design. The bigger question for the Noctua NH-U12F is whether Noctua can also deliver the cooling performance needed to satisfy overclocking enthusiasts - with their kit fan or a quiet high-output fan from another manufacturer? We will try to answer that question as the Noctua is benchmarked and overclocked on the Intel X6800 processor.
After their tests they conclude this is a nice cooler. It cools extremely silent and almost reaches the overclocking level of the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme HSF, which is the best one they've ever tested. The Noctua reached a max overclock of 3.88GHz, which is only slightly less than the 3.94GHz of the Thermalright cooler.