Noctua NH-C12P Premium CPU Cooler Review

Made in Austria is probably not something people are familiar with, but Noctua is trying to change this. Today we are looking at the Noctua NH-C12P Premium CPU Cooler which really is a premium cooler. It’s not always easy saying quiet and optimal cooling in the same sentence when it comes to CPU coolers, but I think Noctua and the NH-C12P are starting to break this with a cool and quiet CPU cooler. While it certainly isn’t the most inexpensive cooler on the market, it is probably a worthy investment because it currently supports all processors, yes even the i7, and it seems to me that Noctua will continue giving away free brackets for their CPU coolers in the future.

6 heat pipes
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 down-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 down-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 1366 and 775, AM2 and AM2+ provides superior reliability and contact pressure. 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.

Socket compatibility: Intel Socket LGA 1366, 775, AMD AM2 & AM2+, AMD K8 (754, 939, 940) on request
Height (without fan): 91 mm
Width (without fan): 126 mm
Depth (without fan): 152 mm
Height (with fan): 114 mm
Width (with fan): 126 mm
Depth (with fan): 152 mm
Weight (without fan): 550 g
Weight (with fan): 730 g
Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminum (cooling fins), soldered joints, nickel plated
Application: Intel all frequencies, AMD all frequencies
Fan compatibility: 120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm
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

The NH-C12P comes packed in a well designed retail box. To get a sneak peak of the cooler, just take a peek through the clear pieces of plastic along the front and side of the box. The front of the package covers some of the major features of the device along with the product name while the back of the box covers more detailed specifications.

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One of the two sides describes the six main features of this CPU cooler while also explaining the design of the NF-P12 fan blade design. The other side shows handy measurements of the device and explains the SecuFirm mounting system.

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Inside the box the heatsink and fan come packaged in one cardboard box while all of the components are squeezed into another. Inside of the hardware box are three resalable plastic bags, which are labeled for their purpose, and the Installation Manual.

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About Noctua
Noctua aims at establishing a new level of quality and performance “Designed in Austria” through paying attention to the users’ needs in a market burdened with all kinds of frills and furbelows and providing sound-optimized premium components, which serve their purpose in a smart, precise and reliable manner.