Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler

Test Results

Test Results
For comparison, the temperatures obtained are displayed alongside those of the two other coolers, as well as results for the NH-U12P with two NF-P12 120mm fans fitted.
Stock speed results
Overclocked results
Testing with the NH-U12P with the use of two NF-P12 fans in a push / pull configuration yielded a drop of two degrees at idle and three degrees at load (overclocked). Minor gains were had with stock speed testing but nothing worth adding to the graph.
With a constant ambient temperature in the room of 10oC, it is clear to see the results from the NH-C12P are fairly impressive for a cooler of its size, undercutting the Intel cooler by 20oC when overclocked. While the cooler has failed to surpass the performance of the NH-U12P in this instance, it has been reported that performance levels seen in current testing fluctuates from system to system, with the NH-C12P performing better in some instances.
As we have seen previously, the NF-P12 fans are pretty damn amazing and in a heatsink-fan situation this is no different. Not only does the fan produce a very good amount of airflow, it's also incredibly quiet, even when ramped up to its top speed. On putting one of the voltage fan extension cables provided in the equation, you quite simply could not hear any noise from the cooler.
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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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