Noctua NH-C12P SE14 Review

Initial Impressions

Noctua NH-C12P SE14 Review

Initial Impressions

Starting with the box it is actually very understated, mainly white with the main specifications and a pair of viewing windows, one showing the fan and the other parts of the heatsink.

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The first thing that caught my eye was the two sections either side of the heatsink that almost look 'missing'. Noctua call these high airflow gaps, but they are actually there to give you access to the mounting screws.

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The base and the mount is identical to that on the NH-D14, and they even share the same amount and size of heatpipes so provisionally it seems to be ticking all the right boxes.

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In the centre there is a section of the heatsink fins that carry on right down to the cpu plate, a clever idea as the air is forced downwards anyways, it may as well go to some good use and help cool the CPU that little bit more.

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The NH-C12P now comes fitted with the excellent NF-P14 fan that's 140mm in diameter but cleverly has 120mm mounts. The edges of the fan do slightly extend over the main body of the heatsink, but the main reason for heatsinks that follow the face down design is reduced height but it also carry the bonus of actively cooling components around the socket.

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Lets move on to fitting and testing.

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Most Recent Comments

11-05-2010, 07:05:53

tinytomlogan
After the success of the NH-D14 review, its now time for the NH-C12P SE14 to pass through the OC3D labs.

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11-05-2010, 14:27:41

Steve-O-
Looks like another quality product from Noctua. Thanks for the review. How do you think it would fair with a 775 chipset? Are those hotter or cooler than an i3?

11-05-2010, 14:58:40

tinytomlogan
Id say its hotter but really depends on your clocks and vcore fella. The i3's are 32nm so run a good chunk cooler.

11-05-2010, 16:18:00

Steve-O-
Ok cool. I was just wondering because at the same vcore as an i7 920 or even a little higher I was running cooler with the NH-D14 with a Q6700. Maybe case airflow? Sorry if this is off topic. Just trying to judge performance on this new cooler based on my results with another. If that's even valid :P.

22-06-2010, 05:57:21

Goran
tom you say 'gob smacking' about 40 times in this haha

22-06-2010, 06:14:52

tinytomlogan
Cos it is

22-06-2010, 13:16:15

thestepster
looks great im really wanting to jump and get myself a noctua cooler but the fans look so rank ha ha

is that the cooler u are puttin in your server man?

22-06-2010, 17:56:04

tinytomlogan
Its in the server now. The other day the fan cable had pulled out after moving some bits about. The CPU fan hadnt started yet the i3 stayed below 50c! There was other fans keeping the air moving but for the right cpu / clock this cooler is pukka!

22-06-2010, 18:03:24

Goran
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
this cooler is pukka!
some might say 'gob smacking'

23-06-2010, 00:12:46

thestepster
nice i was thinkin about moving over to an i3 set up for building folders and it does look like a great cooler to choose
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