Noctua NH-C12P and Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler Review
9 February 2011
Summary: Noctua has a go at top down CPU cooler, the NH-C12P comes with a 120mm fan while the SE14 adds a massive 140mm fan to this unit. Does it stand a chance against popular tower coolers for sale today? Let's find out.
Conclusion: The HTPC / MediaCenter market is gaining momentum again, and not just for the enthusiasts, but the average “techy” as well. This means that demands on hardware for those applications are rising, and that requires adequate cooling. Noctua did the right thing by keeping the NH-C12P current with the SE14 socket update and the larger fan. This makes this heatsink an almost optimal solution for HTPC’s.
Summary: The quality we have come to expect from Noctua can be found in their latest cooler, the NH-C12P SE14. Although the heatsink itself is a two year old design that has not changed much other than added socket compatibility, the NF-P14 is their new 140mm fan, also found on the D14, that maximizes airflow while producing a minimal amount of noise. This amounts to a rated 65cfm with less than 20dBA.
Summary: Noctua's NH-C12P SE14 has proven itself to be a worthy contender in today's CPU cooler market. Its quality and bundled accessories set it apart from the rest to make it more appealing. As usual, Noctua has bundled the cooler with easy to install mounting hardware for almost every current CPU socket along with an excellent 140 mm fan, thermal grease, and tools to make installation a breeze.
Pros: Exceptional performance, Extremely quiet, Mounting hardware included for use with all modern CPU sockets, Offset design helps to prevent possible clearance issues, Excellent mounting setup, Six heat pipe design, Provides cooling around the CPU socket to aid in cooling other near by components, Includes high quality fan, Durable and attractive nickle plating, Detailed graphical installation instructions for both Intel and AMD sockets, Six year warranty
Cons: Price, Possible interference with taller memory modules, No option to run a second fan for push/pull operation, Fan wiring may be a bit too long
Conclusion: When it comes to cooling performance I have to say, the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU cooler didn't disappoint us at all. If the NH-D14 is the King of CPU coolers ... then the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 comes a very close second. Idle temperatures in Windows was approximately 24 degrees Celsius, while load temperatures reached an impressive 41 degrees Celsius.
Summary: It has been almost 2 years since we first took a look at the Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler ( our original full review can be found here ). While the Noctua Noctua NH-C12P SE14 might not be all that different from the original, it has shown in our testing that much like the original it was able to keep up with the others and offer great performance.
Pros: Good Performance, Easy Installation, High Quality Construction, More airflow than original, Able to fit into cases where bigger cooler can't
Excerpt: The heatsink reviewed today is the successor to the NH-C12P, and the fifth Noctua product that we present. In recent months we have learned to know better the austrian brand and become familiar with his way to cuddle the client, whilst ensuring "greedy" bundle to "garnish" the excellent products they offer.
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × Noctua are one of our favourite companies when it comes to high end cooling and it would be accurate to say that their NH D14 ‘Austrian Sandwich’ shattered all our preconceptions of just what can be achieved on air. Today we are looking at a model further down their range, called the Noctua NH C12P SE14. Many people reading this may have already seen reviews of the plain NH C12P version – so what has changed?
Conclusion: The NH-C12P SE14 retails for $70 and this automatically positions it to the category of high-end CPU heatsinks. Although the competition is hard, this baby is offering something other solutions don't - a quiet operation If you can afford ~$70 just buy the NH-C12P SE14 and you won't be disappointed...
Cons: High retail price, Installation procedure takes some time, but is straight forward, Due to product design you cannot install a second fan