Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler

Specifications & Content

As this is a new product, the specifications have been taken off the packaging. The specifications provided for the fan are solely for full voltage operation. For specifications of the fan while running the different low noise adapters you can refer to the full fan review.
Heatsink Specifications
Dimensions ( H x W x L )
91 x 152 x 126 mm
Copper / Aluminium
Fan Compatibility
1 x  120 mm
Socket Compatibility
LGA775, AM2, AM2+
Fan Specifications
Rotational Speed
1300 RPM
92.3 m3/h
Acoustical Noise
19.8 dB(A)
Input Power
1.08 W
>150000 h
The Cooler
Usually the first thing you notice when you get your hands on a big piece of metal like a heatisnk is the weight (or lack of it). Unusually, in this case, the first thing that struck me when the cooler emerged from its boxing was the quality of its construction and lack of flex in any of the fins. Every joint, solder and tube end is completely flawless, all of which most likely contributes to the also very apparent sturdiness and unity of the whole construction.
Heatsink & Fan  Heatsink
All 6 heatpipes enter the same side of the base and travel fully through it before being pressed shut. The joints between the fins and the pipes is direct and very cleanly soldered. One thing I also noticed was the use of bracing bars traveling through the width of the heatsink, improving its strength and solidity.
Heatpipe Ends  Base Heatpipe Ends
Size wise, the heatsink has a pretty large footprint (towards the top) but is not particularly tall, which would make it a perfect candidate for desktop and HTPC systems, both passively and actively cooled.  With the fan attached the whole cooler does become a bit more substantial and was actually slightly troublesome to install due to the size of other components in the computer, but we will discuss that later.
Heatsink  Heatsink Underside
The fitting of the fan needs to be left until after the fitting of the heatsink within the case, but for illustrative purposes I have fitted it here.
Cooler with fan
The base of the cooler, while not bare copper, is extremely well polished and when tested with glass and a drop of water, looks to be very flat.
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Most Recent Comments

05-05-2008, 14:09:31

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, 14:21:36

pretty cool. looks good. what is the $ tag for it?Quote

05-05-2008, 14:25:11

Says in the conclusion, between £45 and £50 ish, will add to the review when prices are confirmed by retailersQuote

05-05-2008, 14:27:28

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, 14:37:39

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

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