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Noctua NH-C12P 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

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  • Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1300 RPM Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1100 RPM Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
  • Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), solde

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Sporting 6 heat pipes and the award-winning, psycho-acoustically optimized NF-P12 120mm fan, the NH-C12P achieves excellent performance and outstanding quietness. The down-facing c-type design allows for optimal motherboard and case compatibility, and provides additional cooling for motherboard components through two Airflow Gaps. Outfitted with the professional SecuFirm mounting system and Noctua's acclaimed NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-C12P is a premium-class silent cooler through and through.

  • newegg Opmized for Near Socket Components The NH-P12 provides additional cooling for near-socket motherboard components due to the down-facing design and two large airflow-gaps.
  • newegg NF-P12 120mm Premium Fan Thanks to psychoacoustic optimization and Noctua’s premium-grade SSO-bearing, the NF-P12 achieves outstanding quietness and long-term stability.
  • newegg Excellent Compatibility for Heat Dissipation The down-facing c-type cooler allows for low height as well as excellent motherboard and case compatibility.
  • newegg SecuFirm multi-socket mounting system Noctua's professional SecuFirm mounting system for LGA 775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3 provides superior reliability and contact pressure. K8 (939, 940, 754) kits are available on request.
  • newegg Thermal Compound Available The Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound offers minimum thermal resistance, perfect ease-of-use and outstanding long-term stability.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years
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  • Andrew W.
  • 9/26/2009 10:59:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for a Tight Fit

Pros: Has been a great cooler since i installed it in my build. I'm using the Cooler Master Cosmos S case which has a large 200mm fan on the inside making larger coolers an impossible fit. The heatsink and fan fit easily in and have space to spare. Keeps the temps on my i7 920 at 29C on idle and 44C on load. Looks great, doesn't need flashy LED's to sell it. It is also a very quiet fan, partly due to several notches cut into the fan blades which suppress sound. Has a textured CPU contact which helps with thick thermal pastes like Noctua's NT-H1

Cons: Heat pipes and cooling fins are low and can get in the way of taller ram sticks like the Corsair Dominator and north bridge cooling setups, Check Noctua's website for a full list of compatible and incompatible motherboards. Also doesn't include 1366 mounting brackets, but Noctua will send you the bracket free if you contact their support. You can also buy the bracket if you dont want to wait, newegg doesn't carry it at the time of this review but other sites do.

Other Thoughts: Noctua originally sold this model with a very polished contact surface, but switched back to the textured surface after they found in their labs that there was no difference in temperature. Coolers with polished finishes need an oilier paste like artic Silver 5, but with the textured surface thicker pastes like NT-H1 work best to fill the gaps and keep the contact surface air free. If you receive the model with the textured finish be sure you use NT-H1 or you wont get the most out of the cooler.

The new NM-13 SecureFirm 2 bracket they provide free to all customers, allows you to remove the cooler without removing the whole bracket, as is the problem with many heavier cooler brackets on i7 coolers.

My Build:
CPU - Intel i7 920
CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-C12P
Memory - Corsair Dominator (3x2GB)
PSU - Rosewill Bronze 1000W
GFX - XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
Optical - HP 24X
OS - Vista Ult

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  • ERIC L.
  • 8/26/2009 7:32:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOverpriced

Pros: Overhangs part of motherboard for additional cooling. Fan is completely silent, had to visually check to make sure it was running. Comes with Noctua thermal compound that has been independently tested and shown to cool as well as Arctic Silver 5.

Cons: I had high hopes for this cooler but it is very, very disappointing. This cooler simply does not cool well. Heat pipes stays cool to the touch, even under load. Contact surface is nickel-plated, not smooth, not perfectly flat and has a grooved, machined finish. I installed this cooler three different times using different orientations and varying amounts of thermal compound. As a last resort I lapped the contact surface and removed the nickel plating. In the end I had a cooler with a near-perfectly smooth copper contact surface that still did not cool as well as my stock AMD cooler. This would probably work better with a faster fan, but then it would be noisier and no different from the stock cooler. Hence my conclusion: overpriced.

Other Thoughts: According to Noctua customer support, the purpose of nickel plating is to prevent the copper from corroding since corroded copper transfers less heat than nickel.
Fan is 3-pin, not really a problem but would be nice to have 4-pin.
Noctua thermal compound is not viscous, more like clay and difficult to spread.
This cooler might not work with ram that uses tall heat spreaders. Check the Noctua website for possible compatibility issues.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/3/2009 1:41:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCool enough

Pros: Replaced defective and leaking Domino ALC CoolIt. So far I am running as quiet as Domino on low and running cooler. This NH-C12P is also more quiet then previous Zalamn 9700led. With BFG GTX 285 and crosshairII and running 24/7 with F@H, I am getting following temp readings. All cores are active.
GPU/65c HD/31c CPU/45c and MCP/56c

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have a Lian-Li Lancool K12B modified case with 2 front 1 rear 1top and 1 side 120mm Noctua case fans. All told that's 6 120mm fans running in a case with three open sides so I can not expect whisper quiet running. Under these circumstances I believe I can't get any quieter then I am right now so I am completley satisfied with my choices.
Besides, who's got the time and money to personally check all heatsink fan combo's. Reviewers get paid remember, so it all boils down to personal choice. Be happy with what you select and don't take detractors to heart. All ears are unique.

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  • John L.
  • 8/3/2009 12:36:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat low profile heatsink -- but you can tweak it

Pros: Excellent build quality
Very thorough inclusion of parts
Good installation instructions
Good packaging

Cons: Contact surface is not perfectly smooth -- but using very fine grit sandpaper you can lap it to smooth it down, thin down [or remove] the nickel plating, and get a better contact surface.

Other Thoughts: To get the most out of this beauty [for me at least] I:
1. Used Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
2. Lapped the base to make it smoother
3. Replaced the fan with one with higher CFM [but it is louder]
4. Added a silicone vibration dampener skin around the edges to compensate for the higher-spinning fan

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/22/2009 5:38:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cooled CPU 7 degrees across the board. cools North-bridge.

Cons: tight fit. had to remount case fan to gain an extra 1/16 inch so cooler would not.(rubber mounts to screws - Antec super lanboy case)

Other Thoughts: Love It!

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  • JD R.
  • 7/9/2009 7:12:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent upgrade

Pros: Reduced case temps 20 degrees F. New AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 7850 Black Edition Boxed factory fan and heatsink could not keep processor cool enough during BF2. Super cooling. Even fit perfectly on a Gigabyte micro AM3 board. Luckily Gigabyte has the backplate already installed to prevent having to remove MB from case to install included plate. Easy install when you take your timeand do not rush.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Had to get immediately to increase system stability after upgrade to BFG GTS 250 1GB video card. Bought elsewhere at unfortunately a higher price.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/7/2009 5:51:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI really like this.

Pros: Fits in my HTPC case, Very effective, very quiet, sturdy, good instructions

Cons: A little pricey

Other Thoughts: My stock AMD cpu cooler was horrible. It did not cool well and required the fan to run at high speed during moderate processing tasks. Very loud and annoying. This cooler is a dream by comparison. I can run CPU torture tests and it keeps my CPU cool, without any excessive noise. My old cooler sounded like a hair dryer, this one sounds like a whisper.

Fits well in my Silverstone HTPC Case using a Gigabyte AM2 socket motherboard.

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  • Andre B.
  • 6/17/2009 8:08:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent quality & works well

Pros: Well designed and well build unit.
Contact surface is chrome plated with an excellent surface finish.
'C' style design works well with my case.
Captive screws on i7 adapter are a nice detail.
Very quiet fan.
Cooling more than adequate with Intel E8400 and i7-920 - no fan noise audible even when running Everest burn-in software. Rise above ambient less than 40C.

Cons: Fan driver is three pin (voltage controlled) type, not four pin PWM style. This is a major oversight on Noctua's part as PWM fans allow better speed regulation and simplify temperature control circuits.
Their fan wheel design is superior to many aftermarket units - it deserves a PWM driver.

Other Thoughts: I haven't looked at the comparative reviews recently but I have used Zero-Therm tower style and Thermalright 'C' style heat pipe coolers in various builds. This unit is far superior in build quality and attention to detail.
You get what you pay for.

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  • John M.
  • 6/16/2009 7:53:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggssuper COOL cooler

Pros: Large, quiet, eazy to install on a new build.
keeps my phenom 940 idling around 42c.
hangs over the ram slots on my GIGABYTE GA-MA790X mobo, blowing on them - an added plus. Quiet!

Cons: Brown - common guys - whats up wit' dat?

Other Thoughts: When I did my last build, newegg did not have Noctua yet - I did buy it else were (here kitty, kitty). Guess I was in a rush. Anyway it's here now - and cheaper!
IMHO, this IS the new king of the cpu cooler hill.

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  • Steven S.
  • 6/14/2009 6:14:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood cooler

Pros: Keeps my CPU cool. Fits fine on my ASUS P5Q-E motherboard, and in my Antec Solo case. Fan is near silent with the LNA attached.

Cons: Was surprisingly hard to attach to the backplate. I perform surgery as part of my job, and this was hard to do for me. The screws kept falling off the spring things. I suspect if I had a magnetic screwdriver, this would have been much easier.

Other Thoughts: Even though the installation was tough, it is worth it for a great cooler.

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