Summary: Noctua originally sold this model with a very polished contact surface, but switched back to the textured surface after they found in their labs that there was no difference in temperature.
Pros: Has been a great cooler since i installed it in my build. I'm using the Cooler Master Cosmos S case which has a large 200mm fan on the inside making larger coolers an impossible fit. The heatsink and fan fit easily in and have space to spare. Keeps the temps on my i7 920 at 29C on idle and 44C on...
Cons: Heat pipes and cooling fins are low and can get in the way of taller ram sticks like the Corsair Dominator and north bridge cooling setups, Check Noctua's website for a full list of compatible and incompatible motherboards. Also doesn't include 1366 mounting brackets, but Noctua will send you the...
Summary: According to Noctua customer support, the purpose of nickel plating is to prevent the copper from corroding since corroded copper transfers less heat than nickel. Fan is 3-pin, not really a problem but would be nice to have 4-pin.
Pros: Overhangs part of motherboard for additional cooling. Fan is completely silent, had to visually check to make sure it was running. Comes with Noctua thermal compound that has been independently tested and shown to cool as well as Arctic Silver 5.
Cons: I had high hopes for this cooler but it is very, very disappointing. This cooler simply does not cool well. Heat pipes stays cool to the touch, even under load. Contact surface is nickel-plated, not smooth, not perfectly flat and has a grooved, machined finish. I installed this cooler three diffe...
Great low profile heatsink -- but you can tweak it
John L., Newegg
3 August 2009
Summary: To get the most out of this beauty [for me at least] I: 1. Used Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound 2. Lapped the base to make it smoother 3. Replaced the fan with one with higher CFM [but it is louder] 4.
Pros: Excellent build quality Very thorough inclusion of parts Good installation instructions Good packaging
Cons: Contact surface is not perfectly smooth -- but using very fine grit sandpaper you can lap it to smooth it down, thin down [or remove] the nickel plating, and get a better contact surface.
Summary: I have a Lian-Li Lancool K12B modified case with 2 front 1 rear 1top and 1 side 120mm Noctua case fans. All told that's 6 120mm fans running in a case with three open sides so I can not expect whisper quiet running.
Pros: Replaced defective and leaking Domino ALC CoolIt. So far I am running as quiet as Domino on low and running cooler. This NH-C12P is also more quiet then previous Zalamn 9700led. With BFG GTX 285 and crosshairII and running 24/7 with F@H, I am getting following temp readings. All cores are active....
Summary: Had to get immediately to increase system stability after upgrade to BFG GTS 250 1GB video card. Bought elsewhere at unfortunately a higher price.
Pros: Reduced case temps 20 degrees F. New AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 7850 Black Edition Boxed factory fan and heatsink could not keep processor cool enough during BF2. Super cooling. Even fit perfectly on a Gigabyte micro AM3 board. Luckily Gigabyte has the backplate already installed to pre...
Summary: My stock AMD cpu cooler was horrible. It did not cool well and required the fan to run at high speed during moderate processing tasks. Very loud and annoying. This cooler is a dream by comparison. I can run CPU torture tests and it keeps my CPU cool, without any excessive noise.
Pros: Fits in my HTPC case, Very effective, very quiet, sturdy, good instructions
Summary: I haven't looked at the comparative reviews recently but I have used Zero-Therm tower style and Thermalright 'C' style heat pipe coolers in various builds. This unit is far superior in build quality and attention to detail. You get what you pay for.
Pros: Well designed and well build unit. Contact surface is chrome plated with an excellent surface finish. 'C' style design works well with my case. Captive screws on i7 adapter are a nice detail. Very quiet fan. Cooling more than adequate with Intel E8400 and i7-920 - no fan noise audible even when r...
Cons: Fan driver is three pin (voltage controlled) type, not four pin PWM style. This is a major oversight on Noctua's part as PWM fans allow better speed regulation and simplify temperature control circuits. Their fan wheel design is superior to many aftermarket units - it deserves a PWM driver.
Summary: When I did my last build, newegg did not have Noctua yet - I did buy it else were (here kitty, kitty). Guess I was in a rush. Anyway it's here now - and cheaper! IMHO, this IS the new king of the cpu cooler hill.
Pros: Large, quiet, eazy to install on a new build. keeps my phenom 940 idling around 42c. hangs over the ram slots on my GIGABYTE GA-MA790X mobo, blowing on them - an added plus. Quiet!
Summary: Even though the installation was tough, it is worth it for a great cooler.
Pros: Keeps my CPU cool. Fits fine on my ASUS P5Q-E motherboard, and in my Antec Solo case. Fan is near silent with the LNA attached.
Cons: Was surprisingly hard to attach to the backplate. I perform surgery as part of my job, and this was hard to do for me. The screws kept falling off the spring things. I suspect if I had a magnetic screwdriver, this would have been much easier.