Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler Review

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Meet The Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-C12P

We were first introduced to Noctua back in February of this year when they sent us their NH-U12P CPU Cooler. They promptly had our attention with their very well performing air cooler that was, for all intense purposes, a silent active air cooler. In a departure from what can be called the norm for performance coolers, Noctua changed from the upright U shape tower heat pipe design to a C shape down draft design, also increasing the number of heat pipes to a total of 6. First, let’s take a quick look at the features and specifications for the NH-C12P.


  • 6 heat pipes: Excellently soldered joints and widely-spaced cooling fins guarantee optimal heat dissipation, even at low fan speeds.
  • C-type design with Airflow-Gaps: Due to the downward-facing design and two large Airflow-Gaps, the NH-C12P provides additional cooling for near-socket motherboard components.
  • NF-P12 120mm premium fan: The award-winning NF-P12 has been specifically developed for high-impedance applications such as CPU coolers. Thanks to psychoacoustic optimizations and Noctua’s premium-grade SSO-bearing, the NF-P12 achieves exceptional quietness and long-term stability.
  • Excellent compatibility: The downward-facing c-type design allows for low height as well as excellent motherboard and case compatibility.
  • SecuFirm™ multi-socket mounting system: Noctua’s professional SecuFirm™ mounting system for LGA 775, AM2 and AM2+ provides superior reliability and contact pressure. Xeon, Socket F and K8 (939, 940, 754) kits are available on request.
  • Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound: Noctua’s much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding long-term stability.

NH-C12P Specifications

  • Socket compatibility:
  • Intel Socket LGA 77, Intel Xeon on request
  • AMD AM2 & AM2, AMD K8 (754, 939, 940) & Socket F on request
  • CPU Application: Intel all frequencies, AMD all frequencies
  • Dimensions (with fan) HxWxD: 114x126x152 mm
  • Dimensions (without fan) HxWxD: 91x126x152 mm
  • Weight (without fan): 550 g
  • Weight (with fan): 730 g
  • Material:
    • Copper (base and heat-pipes)
    • Aluminum (cooling fins), soldered joints, nickel plated
  • Fan compatibility 120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm
  • Scope of Delivery
    • NF-P12 premium fan
    • Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
    • Low-Noise-Adaptor (L.N.A.)
    • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
    • SecuFirm™ mounting kits for LGA & AM2(+)
  • Warranty 6 Years
  • Fan specifications

    • Model: Noctua NF-P12
    • Bearing: SSO-Bearing
    • Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1300 RPM
    • Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 1100 RPM
    • Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 900 RPM
    • Airflow: 92.3 m³/h
    • Airflow with L.N.A.: 78.5 m³/h
    • Airflow with U.L.N.A.: 63.4 m³/h
    • Acoustical Noise: 19.8 dB(A)
    • Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.: 16.9 dB(A)
    • Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.: 12.6 dB(A)
    • Input Power: 1.08 W
    • Voltage Range: 12 V
    • MTBF: > 150.000 h

    After looking at the features we noticed that the new Noctua NH-C12P uses the same fan that the Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler uses. The fan that both coolers have in common is the NF-P12, which is a great 120mm that has a low acoustical noise level and decent airflow. Just last week at Computex 2008, Noctua was showing off a new prototype fan called the NF-S12B.  Many wouldn’t think that fans can be updated, but Noctua has some slick-looking designs in the works for consumers. Thanks to psycho-acoustic optimizations and Noctua’s premium-grade SSO-bearing, the NF-P12 achieves exceptional quietness and long-term stability!

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