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. Considering that most high performance coolers would be way too big for a small form factor case, it was nice to see such performance in a more compact option.
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 U.L.N.A. & L.N.A. adapters
Summary: Noctua NH-C12P is a CPU cooler with an excellent construction quality, with thick and solid fins just like its "brother"
. The silentful fan is also the same, as well as the holding system. The only difference between them is the heatsink shape:
uses the already popular tower format, with four U-shape heatpipes (acting, thus, as eight heatpipes pumping the heat from the base to the heatsink), while NH-C12P uses six heatpipes to carry the heat to the heatsink, which...
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. The only complaint, which I feel the need to mention, was the very tight area (or lack of space) between the memory DIMM slots and the heatsink.
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.
The looks the feel the packaging everything is top notch, as expected from Austrian quality, they certainly dint have too many kirsch snaps when designing this and came up with a seemingly perfect...
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. We need a good CPU cooler to bring CPU temperatures back from the boiling point and help lower the ambient heat inside our computers. Will the Noctua NH-C12P CPU cooler deliver the goods?
Pros: Great cooling efficiency, very quiet fan, C-Type design allows greater compatibility with motherboard designs.
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. Opinions will vary on this point, and it will be up to the user to decide what's most desirable for a particular platform.
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. The low profile of this little cooler will allow many people to use it in semi-cramped chassis. The fan was not audible during testing at all.
Conclusion: I was extremely surprised by the result of the NH-C12P. At low heat output, its performance may not be the leader of the pack but once the heat output has increased, its efficiency clearly shines above the other horizontal mounting heatsink (ThermalRight SI-128 that was used in the review). It even performs on par with the SilenX, which is a vertical heatsink that usually has a slightly better cooling than the horizontal heatsink. NH-C12P is able to offer a great...