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Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler

By: Chris Ramseyer | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 28, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Noctua

Specifications, Availability and Pricing



By moving the NH-C12P to a down draft or impingement design, several centimeters were shaved off the total height of the cooler when compared to the NH-U12P. Cases that would normally have difficulty with a large 6+ inch heatsink will benefit from the lower stance on the latest offering.


To increase cooling efficiency Noctua added two additional heatpipes over their tower style heatsinks, taking the NH-C12P to six heatpipes in total. Unlike other C style coolers, Noctua didn't rely on heatpipes only to transition heat from the base to the fins. Fifteen of the aluminum fins, the set directly over the CPU, extend all the way down and make contact with the base.


The NH-C12P fan is the same 120mm we looked at in the NH-U12P review, and it is special enough for Noctua to give it a product model name. The NF-12P is available as a standalone product and Noctua includes it with nearly all of their flagship products. Lots of thought went into the fans design and several new technologies were created in the R&D phase that eventually made the final draft. You can read more about the NF-12P at Noctua's website.


The NH-C12P is currently on its way to retail and e-tail locations and the final cost should be around 55 US Dollars. At the time of writing, no one held stock but said that they were about a week away from receiving the first shipments. When compared to the tower style NH-U12P at 69.95, the 55 Dollar C12P is a relative bargain and it is going to need to be to compete with the 40 Dollar ZEROtherm ZEN FZ120 we tested just recently.


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