Summary: The NH-C12P CPU cooler and NF-S12B FLX Fan wound up being a perfect choice for the small form factor system I was assembling, and would probably be a great choice for many others. It was a tight fit, but there were a few millimeters to spare in the Lian Li V351 case.
Pros: » Excellent mounting system - very secure fit, » U.L.N.A. & L.N.A. adapters are a cool idea to lower the noise even further, » CPU cooler price is reasonable, » Intel LGA775 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 mounting hardware included
Cons: » Color scheme on fans isn't appealing to everyone, » Might need to mount the fan after installing the cooler in small cases, » FLX fan price is a little on the high side, » Intel LGA1156/LGA1366 mounting hardware is available by request only, » Fan is quiet enough for most people to not need the...
Conclusion: If you have a specific need for a very low noise and low profile heatsink there aren't many reasons to opt for the Noctua NH-C12P, unless you fancy it for an AMD setup. If you're after a quick fix for the summer heat, as much as we love what Noctua products usually offer, we'd probably suggest doing...
Summary: I have to say, Noctua haven't disappointed us at all with their NH-C12P CPU Cooler. Initially, I thought it was too bulky, too ugly and too cumbersome to fit ... but after mounting it on our LGA1366 test system, I found it to be a breeze to install.
Pros: - Good cooling performance, - 6 heatpipes, - Very silent, - Good airflow through gaps, - Includes NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound, - Includes NF-P12 120mm fan, - Supports Intel LGA775/LGA1366 and AMD AM2+/AM3
Cons: - A bit ugly looking, - Might foul large memory heatspreaders
Summary: So to wrap it up I couldn’t find any flaw that was mentionable, basically with this cooler should last you at least 5 years as its got enough cooling capability for the CPUs to come, and with a free mounting kit for the future you truly can’t go wrong with this cooler.
Excerpt: Cooler is faster. Cooler is more stable. Cooler allows overclocking. Cooler is what everyone wants their CPU to be. With faster processors and high end graphics cards comes the associated higher temperatures and component degradation.
Pros: Great cooling efficiency, very quiet fan, C-Type design allows greater compatibility with motherboard designs.
Conclusion: As always with Noctua, I am very impressed with the NH-C12P. There is a feeling of quality when you work with their product's that is hard to find in computer parts. You can tell that every detail has been engineered over and over until it's perfect.
Excerpt: Performance wise, the NH-C12P is one of the best downdraft coolers available, and compares favorably with the better coolers on the market irrespective of design. In my book, the board cooling benefits of a downdraft cooler are well worth the minimal performance hit incurred.
Conclusion: The NH-C12P CPU cooler maybe the shortest kid on the block, but it definitely packs a mean punch when it comes to cooling the Core i7 CPU. It allowed me to go from a measly 3.1GHz CPU core speed to a more respectable CPU speed of 3.7GHz. Noctua has a winner here for the newer Core i7 CPU’s.