Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler


Until recently, the Austrian cooling company Noctua were a name most were not familiar with. In past months, however, with the addition of the market topping NF-P12 fan and the outstanding NH-U12P CPU cooler (which received our Best In Class award) to their already solid line of products, Noctua have earned a much deserved spot at the top of the enthusiast's shopping list.
For those who are still not familiar with the company, there is a large amount of information about their background on their About Noctua page. For those who don't fancy a lengthy read, an idea of the company's background can be gleaned from the extract:
Noctua arises from a cooperation between the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H and the Taiwanese Kolink International Corporation and entertains a development partnership with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV). These connections form the key to the achievement of our goal: The partnership with the ÖIWV permits the application of scientific measurement instrumentation, methods of calculation and simulation technology in the R&D process. Rascom's long, customer-oriented experience in developing and distributing sound-optimised high-end products ensures a clear focus on the users' needs. The use of Kolink's advanced manufacturing technology and ultra-modern production plants allows us to efficiently implement our technical edge and provide solutions of the highest standard in quality and performance.
As you can see, the company has an impressive pool of experience and knowledge from which they can draw to aid them in their goals of creating the highest quality cooling solutions. With the results seen in reviews we have carried out of previous Noctua products, it's almost hard to believe that improvements can be made. Luckily for us, however, Noctua clearly do not share this view and have produced their new CPU cooling solution, the NH-C12P. The new cooler utilizes a fairly low profile copper and aluminium heatsink with 6 heat pipes and one of Noctua's NF-P12 120mm fans. So on paper, things are definitely promising.
The packaging of Noctua products previously seen here at Overclock3D has not failed to impress. All the packaging has been more than sturdy and there has never been any question in the level of protection it has offered. Thankfully the NH-C12P packaging has followed suit.
Packaging Front  Packaging Back
 Using the same brown colour scheme and style box as the previous NH-U12P we've seen, the box conveys a massive amount of information about the cooler inside. Each visible surface carries either a diagram or specifications of both the heatsink and the fan.
Packaging Top  Packaging Side
Once inside the packaging, it is clear the same level of attention has been paid to the internals of the box. The cardboard casing of the actual cooler provides a more than adequate level of protection for the heatsink and fan.
Packaging Insides
 Inside the separate little box you can see to the left, Noctua have packed everything you will need to mount your new cooler:
Package Contents
As you can see, the package contains both LGA775 and AM2 mounting systems, a packet containing retention springs, sound dampers, fan brackets, low noise adapters and a tube of Noctua's own NT-H1 thermal paste. Along with this, users are provided with one of the best illustrated and clearly worded instruction manuals I've seen.
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Most Recent Comments

05-05-2008, 09:57:04

We take a look at the new low profile NH-C12P released today from Noctua. Check it out.


05-05-2008, 10:09:31

Nice review That looks really really nice, I reckon it might be worth getting one of them myself rather than spending maybe half as much trying to sort out the mounting on my scythe. Good to see a decent mounting mechanism with no stupid pushy pins.

How do you reckon it would fair on top of a quad?

Nice one, Cheers!Quote

05-05-2008, 10:21:36

pretty cool. looks good. what is the $ tag for it?Quote

05-05-2008, 10:25:11

Says in the conclusion, between £45 and £50 ish, will add to the review when prices are confirmed by retailersQuote

05-05-2008, 10:27:28

looks like a fine heatsink

good review btw

i think, if a company did 6 heatpipes, and put 3 coming up on one side, and 3 on the other, it might help with keeping temps down more....

but then it would be more difficult to mount on motherboards with more stuff on them...

but ah well...Quote

05-05-2008, 10:37:39

Well for the size and design of it, it's a fantastic cooler. The only thing in my eyes that stops it from being a great cooler for all applications is the price. Youre paying for the performance to size ratio.Quote

05-05-2008, 10:48:49

Great review mate. Very nice looking cooler.

@usman, Noctua said that the cooler should roughly be $ pretty much 1:1 with the UK price.Quote

05-05-2008, 12:04:14

Nick R
A heatsink with that design just can't be optimized, which seems to show . Good for lan parties I suppose Quote

06-05-2008, 05:52:38

When will Noctua finally drop their colors and paint their products black...

The noctuas on my external watercooler look so ugly

Yet, you can't hear them at all.Quote

06-05-2008, 07:10:32

I love the colour scheme, it's grown on me a lot. I was thinking of theming a rig around themQuote

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