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Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler - Test System &Testing Results

Noctua revises a workhorse from the CPU cooling fleet with one of their new NF-P14 fans, and delivers TweakTown's labs the NH-C12P SE14 for testing.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 15, 2010 5:45 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: Noctua

Test System & Test Results

 

TweakTown uses a different method for testing CPU heatsinks which allows for an even playing field across all product tests. We feel that by using the same ambient temperature and strict lab-like testing procedures we are able to accurately compare one product to another. More information on our testing procedure can be found in the T.E.C.C. article here.

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Load results with the NH-C12P SE14 were great. For what I consider a smaller cooler, it does its job with no complaints. The idle temperature is a bit warmer than usual, but as you slow the 140mm down as PWM settings would, the air flow is reduced, so the results aren't out of acceptability.

 

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Another reason I love my Noctua I use every day, the noise levels I don't have to hear. At idle it's hard to hear with an ear within a few inches. At full on power there is a bit of a noticeable noise, but I test open aired and once in a case, the noise is covered by the PSU fan.

 

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