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Thermaltake NiC C5 (CLP0608) 120mm Untouchable CPU Cooler

  • 1000-2000RPM
  • 99.1 CFM
  • Aluminum Fins
  • cu base
  • Copper Heatpipes

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Untouchable cool

No matter how big your RAM physically is, the Thermaltake NiC series (The lineup consists of the F3, F4, C4, and C5) CPU cooler can stay with your RAM side by side on your motherboard. That is thanks to its proprietary technology. Now your CPU cooler not only delivers superior cooling performance with a low noise level, but also offers the maximum compatibility with RAM. The Thermaltake NiC series C5 offers up to 230W cooling power.

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  • newegg Offers maximum clearance for your RAMs The new Thermaltake NiC series CPU cooler offers the maximum clearance for your RAMs after installation. Your high-end overclocked RAM now can co-exist with your high-end CPU cooler.
  • newegg Conducts heat effectively, all the way up to the aluminum fins The included thermal grease makes your CPU cooler and CPU contacted seamlessly for fast heat conduction from the CPU to the thick nickel-coated copper base. Heat is then transferred to the five F6mm "U"-shaped heat pipes, while the heat pipes transfer the heat to the aluminum fins.
  • newegg Curved Aluminum Fins In order to reduce back air resistance and maximize airflow through the aluminum fins, the aluminum fins are designed in a curved shape. The 0.4mm-thick aluminum fins also increase the overall thermal dissipation area.
  • newegg Integrated Dual 120mm VR fans The integrated dual 120mm VR fans take cooling performance a step further. All of them are contacted to an adjustable fan-speed knob, which allows you to manually adjust the fan speed from 1000 to 2000rpm. The tool-less fan mounting bracket makes installation easier.
  • newegg Universal compatibility with CPUs This CPU cooler features an all-in-one back-plate design. All accessories are included to support all the latest Intel and AMD platforms (Intel LGA 2011/1366/1155/1156/1150/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2).

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • jordan m.
  • 4/30/2016 1:11:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgreat cooler bad fans

Pros: it dissipates heat like a boss and looks decent, though the red on the fans could have been a few shades darker to match my msi r9 390 and my msi motherboard. it lowered my overclocked cpu temps from 120C (results in a shut down) down to about 75 in my old cramped case with two filtered intake fans an one exhaust fan, the case only has three fan mounts (cpu is amd fx overclocked from 3.3 GHz to 4.7 GHz). the thermal paste that comes with it is decent too, but, it isn't as good as arctic mx-2. great price for the amount of heat it removes. it doesn't block any expansion slots or ram slots. read other for my new case results.

Cons: its huge! make sure it fits in your case! i recommend a case that's 7.8 inches or wider!
it eats a lot of thermal paste, of all the coolers i have installed over the years, i like to see the thermal paste extruded past the cpu die a little bit, it took the whole tube to effectively get the full die and contact area of the heatsink with a little extruded past the die a little bit. (read other to see the results of doing this)
fans are rather cheaply made and quite noisy at their full speed and the resistor thing could have been replaced by a daisy chain of 2 4pin pwm fans as it pops off after some time and renders speed control useless unless you plug it into a 3 pin system fan port (which i don't have enough of and my cpu fan header doesn't like 3 pin fans and they spin at max speed all the time).

Other Thoughts: other than this things gargantuan size it is a perfect unit for those who like to overclock their systems and dislike water coolers (if you can get past this things size and bad fans). as stated in cons this thing eats thermal paste! when i put the recommended amount on it idled at about 60C so i took the heatsink off and plastered the rest of the tube on, thought, why not i got 65g of arctic mx-2 paste. after that it idles around 25C now and only with my graphics card (which throws off 275 watts of heat with ample ventilation in my new case) does my cpu reach 55C with the fans at their lowest. and the instructions are not like they are written in a foreign language like everybody says, i decided to look at them after i already had the unit installed... its not rocket science people.
good unit but it is useless without fans... so i am gonna get two cougar 1500 rpm 4 pin pwm fans and daisy chain them to my cpu fan header.

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  • ae s.
  • 3/10/2016 6:28:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this CPU cooler!

Pros: -Easy install on my LGA 1150 motherboard. I have a i5-4590 if you're curious.
-Removable 120mm fans from the housing. If you don't like the red fans, feel free to put in any 120mm fans to the color of your choice.
-Comes with thermal paste.
-Keeps my temps cool. Stock fan temps while gaming is around 60-65C. With the NiC C5 (CLP0608), temps never past 50C.
-Instructions were easy to follow. Protip for LGA 1150 users: skip step 5 because it's not LGA 2011 socket.

Cons: -Not really a con but definitely could have used a second pair of hands. Otherwise, it can be installed by yourself.

Other Thoughts: Some things about MY personal experience:
-I didn't have to fully remove my motherboard. Installed while still in case.
-Fits into a NZXT S340.
-I left fan speeds at 50%. Noise is fine.
-This cooler uses a 3 pin plug and plugs into system fan slot on the motherboard. Might make your motherboard wiring a little ugly. Get creative!
-Highly recommend this after market CPU cooler!

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  • 2/24/2016 6:45:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it.

Pros: It has 230w of heat dissipation capacity so it keeps my CPU (Intel Core i5 6600K 3.5Ghz) running between 29C and 32C.
I’m not sure what else to say. It does an outstanding job of doing what it’s supposed to do.

Cons: In my case, none.

Other Thoughts: I realize that the 230w of heat dissipation is more than I currently need for this CPU. I could have gone with the NiC C4 at 200w and been OK. The reason that I bought this one was that I’m going to start playing around with overclocking and at a later date maybe upgrading to an i7 CPU. I wanted to ensure that I at least had the option to stay with air cooling – them water cooling systems, though cool looking, be expensive. As we all know, with cooling systems, if some is good more (within reason) is better.
Something to think about prior to purchasing, it has extended heat pipes. This moves the cooler farther away from the motherboard to make it more compatible with motherboards that have the ram slots closer to the CPU. You might have an issue with it hitting the left side of your computer case – check the specs. In my case I bought the Thermaltake Core V51 case which leaves ample clearance room on the left side of the case. Also, in my case, this feature wouldn’t have done me any good if the ram layout on the motherboard (ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mk 1) had been different. I installed 32G of G.Skill Ripjaws F4-2133C15Q ram. Even with this feature, the ram wouldn’t have fit with the heat spreaders installed. Fortunately, for me, all is well.
I would definitely recommend this product to someone else to buy.

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  • 2/15/2016 12:00:38 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs@ 1 year now

Pros: great cfm output, easy to install, all hardware & instructions included

Cons: had to remove a fan in the side panel to allow the door panel to slide back on, fan cables could be a little longer

Other Thoughts: works great with asus motherboard : maximus hero VI, keeps pc @ 28 - 32 degrees celcius @ idle @ 980 - 1000 rpms, ideal cpu cooler for Asus AI suite 2,3,4,5

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  • andrew l.
  • 2/12/2016 11:15:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW

Pros: This thing pushes a ton of air! I have this on a 8370 Amd and it does not go over 30c

Cons: non

Other Thoughts: This is not a con but I think the company who make this cpu cooler should think about making the way you install this cpu cooler a little easier or just make 2 different brackets for Intel and Amd.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/5/2016 8:29:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: cools a 9590 to about 10c at 1000rpm
good thermal paste

Cons: world's shortest fan control cable. thermal take should at-least have a option to up-sell later but as of time of review i haven't found any.
Huge I have a old Thermal take Armor case and the cooler is basically inside the 200mm fan, works but barely.
screws on the main bracket are kinda short so you have to leave everything loose before attaching to board bracket
Warranty if removed sticker on the cables has a tendency to be eaten by the fans.

Other Thoughts: would prefer a more color neutral fan, clashes with blue case motif

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  • Sean D.
  • 11/20/2015 2:56:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Value!!!

Pros: This aftermarket CPU cooler by Thermaltake is AMAZING. I was having high temperature spikes, over the summer, running a AMD stock cooler. After gaming, I was around 67C, and now after gaming, i'm sitting at a cool 30C. The cpu is AMD FX 6300 at 4.1Ghz. After hours of use, i'm getting between 17-22C. You can't beat that for 50 bucks. I am floored with the results! I almost went with liquid cooling, but you'd pay a pretty penny to pay for liquid cooling with this kind of performance. I'm running the fan between 50-75% RPM, and it's silent. Cranking the fan up all the way will make noise.

Cons: It's big. The assembly is simple, but it will require you removing the motherboard, effectively rebuilding your computer from scratch. It took me about 2-3 hours to pull everything out of the case, and put it back in. Actual install of the CPU cooler is about 15-20 minutes, and there is documentation on their website to support the exact instructions inside the box. Everything is well labeled and self explanatory, and you shouldn't have to be very mechanically inclined to accomplish this project. Also the fan control knob is on a very short cable. My recommendation is to obtain a 2 prong fan extension cable, to make for easier operations. Install it on the mobo, and then put it back in the case. The paste that came with it was dried up and unusable. I bought a tube of knock off arctic silver from a brick and mortar store for 3 bucks.

Other Thoughts: Don't try to install this in an atx case any smaller than a beefy mid tower. I have a midsize thermaltake versa-something, and the top of the Cpu cooler tower assembly is literally touching the side of the case. Very snug. Ideal for full size ATX case.

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  • Jarett B.
  • 8/13/2015 10:44:07 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKeeps my rig cool

Pros: Huge
Cooling power X 9,000
Massive beast
Large enough to put on a hovercraft

Cons: Takes up a lot of case space

Other Thoughts: My last rig died because of overheating (I live in a hot climate). I bought this and have had no issues ever since.

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  • Bob T.
  • 7/15/2015 9:57:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt's okay, but the instructions are poor.

Pros: It works. It's quiet.

Cons: The hardware is poor quality. I had to run a die over a couple of the bolts because the plating was interfing with the nut threads, otherwise they would have cross-threaded and stripped.

And the instructions were the absolute worst I have ever seen. Fortunately, I finally found a YT video (in Spanish) where I got a clue about how to install the cooler. After that I had to used a magnifying glass to look at the tiny images on the instructions for further guidance. I'm a mechanic, machinist, and fabricator, and I had a very hard time figuring out how to install the cooler on a LGA 2011 board. I'll certainly look at cooler brands, other than Thermaltake, in the future.

Other Thoughts: It's nice how the fans easily pop out of their housing.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We at Thermaltake would like to thank you for taking the time to provide feedback of our product
and would like to apologize for the negative experience thus far.
Please contact our Customer Support team at your earliest convenience if you have any more questions or concerns regarding the cooler.

Thermaltake USA
Toll Free: 1-800-988-1088 M-F 9:00AM~5:30PM (P.S.T)

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  • Matt A.
  • 7/12/2015 4:39:32 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat air cooler.

Pros: Great air cooler, comparable to some low end liquid coolers.
Keeps my i7-5930k overclocked and within reasonable temps for a 4.2GHz oc. It does not touch the high heat spreaders as the heatsink proclaims.

Cons: Although it doesn't make contact with heatspreaders on the RAM modules, it does in some cases block off part of the PCI 3.0 slots on some motherboards, I've used this heatsink several times, and on those I just grind down the plastic on one side of the heatsink.

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