Noctua NH-C12P SE14 Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lets move on to fitting and testing.