Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler
Overall I am more impressed with the Noctua cooler than I had expected. When I received the cooler I was fully aware of the performance levels achieved with previous Noctua products that have passed through Overclock3D. In the back of my head I feared that the industry may be reaching the limits of what is possible with basic air cooled heatsinks. In some way this may still be true, but in this case development has been made not in reducing temperatures further, but reducing the size of the heatsink needed to get top end performance.
On the whole, the heatsink is everything it needs to be. Well built, good looking, performs well and mounts securely. Obviously, however, there is a limit to what a heatsink can do without the right airflow. It is lucky then that the heatsink comes packaged with such a fantastic fan. As seen in separate reviews, the NF-P12 fan delivers outstanding airflow for such low operating noise, and does so with great levels of static pressure - making it perfect for application in this situation.
Installation of the cooler was slightly fiddly, but by no means a hardship. The removal of the motherboard, while an inconvenience, has to be taken as a necessary step to provide a quality, high pressure mounting with the use of a backplate. So if you're buying for a new build or plain don't mind the extra work and you have very deep pockets, the NH-C12P is definitely a top contender.
- Fantastic build quality
- Brilliant performance
- Comes with fantastic NF-P12 fan
- Effective mounting system
- Very clear and well illustrated instruction booklet
- Involved removing the motherboard for installation
- The price