Monday, May 5th 2008

Noctua Presents NH-C12P 6 Heat Pipe Cooler

Noctua presented today its new premium class CPU cooler NH-C12P. Being equipped with 6 heat pipes and the award-winning NF-P12 120mm fan, the NH-C12P achieves excellent performance and outstanding quietness of operation. The down-facing c-type design allows for lower height and also provides additional cooling for motherboard components through two Airflow-Gaps.


"Given the trend towards powerful, HD ready multimedia systems and HTPCs in compact desktop cases, the demand for quiet high-end CPU coolers with lower height is growing and growing", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "Our new NH-C12P is a premium class quiet cooler that offers the same excellent level of performance as our much acclaimed NH-U12P at a height of only 114mm."

This is made possible by the use of 6 heat pipes as well as a relatively wide fin spacing that guarantees optimal heat dissipation even at low fan speeds. Thanks to its two large Airflow-Gaps that provide additional cooling for near-socket motherboard components, the NH-C12P is perfectly suited for use in poorly ventilated desktop cases.

Just like the successful NH-U12P, the NH-C12P is equipped with Noctua's NF-P12 premium fan that ensures outstanding cooling performance at minimal noise levels and has received more than 50 recommendations from leading international websites and magazines since its introduction in November. The premium bundle is topped off by Noctua's award-winning NT-H1 high-end thermal compound, making the NH-C12P a total quality package for the highest demands.

Price and availability
The NH-C12P is available immediately at a recommended price of EUR 59.90 / USD 69.90.Source: Noctua
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18 Comments on Noctua Presents NH-C12P 6 Heat Pipe Cooler

#1
Exavier
most poorly ventilated cases are because they're small..so having a huge cooler is really not gonna help if you can't fit it...
second, where's my direct heatpipe transfer..
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#3
HaZe303
Looks nice, this one could fit in my HTPC. Nam nam.
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#4
CrackerJack
nice design, crappy looking fan. I would switch the fan out with a thermaltake. I switch my fan out on my cooler, just because it looks better and it has better air flow.
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#5
HTC
Considering it can only have 1 fan, and judging by the reviews presented, i find it's performance to be quite good, actually but, however, i'd like to see more reviews: 3 reviews are insufficient.

By any chance, would this cooler fit in a Rampage board? Just wondering ...
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CrackerJack
by: HTC
Considering it can only have 1 fan, and judging by the reviews presented, i find it's performance to be quite good, actually but, however, i'd like to see more reviews: 3 reviews are insufficient.

By any chance, would this cooler fit in a Rampage board? Just wondering ...
It's not alway about the board, but the case. This is smaller than XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 But my XIGMATEK is more tall than this cooler. This cooler is just wider of coarse. But it's 40mm from the bottom to the bend in the pipe. Just like the XIGMATEK that's enought to miss the memory (with heatshields) It should fit
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HTC
by: CrackerJack
It's not alway about the board, but the case. This is smaller than XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 But my XIGMATEK is more tall than this cooler. This cooler is just wider of coarse. But it's 40mm from the bottom to the bend in the pipe. Just like the XIGMATEK that's enought to miss the memory (with heatshields) It should fit
Actually, it's is about the board. This cooler is much smaller, in height, then the NH-U9B and, thus, will fit pretty much every case, not counting the SFFs. The same cannot be said about the motherboards as some, like the Rampage, come equipped with heatsinks which might interfere with the cooler's installation and / or function.
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#8
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Looks pretty slick actually. I dont care what the fan looks like, as long as it works. Noctuas fans are some of the best around. Compound, Im not too sure of. This would make an excellent cooler for my soon to be built htpc :D
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#9
Whilhelm
Replacing the fan on this cooler would sort of defeat its purpose. Noctua makes some of the quietest fans available and one of the main design aspects of this cooler is silence. It looks pretty nice and I personally lick the chocolaty look of Noctua's fans.
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#10
HaZe303
The Fans are great, I have only noctua fans in my HTPC. The HTPC is cool, and dead silent. I love noctua fans, sure they arent the best looking fans, but in some strange way I like the look? But who cares, performance goes first, looks second.
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#11
CrackerJack
i never heard of Noctuas, so i guess that's why i said i would replace it, what's the cfm on the fan?
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#13
CrackerJack
54.3 CFM at only 19.8 dB(A). Mines at 80.CFM at 28 dB(A) i believe. But i've got two of these fans, so noise isn't really problem :)
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HTC
by: CrackerJack
54.3 CFM at only 19.8 dB(A). Mines at 80.CFM at 28 dB(A) i believe. But i've got two of these fans, so noise isn't really problem :)
I think the Aquilles (sp?) heel of Noctua's fan is the low speed: 1300 RPM just isn't enough. That said, if you try and compare other fans @ this speed, i doubt you'll see them achieve 54.3 CFM.

Maybe if they did a version that would do ... say ... 1800 or even 2000, it would be better then the competition and still be as much or even less noisy .
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#15
CrackerJack
by: HTC
I think the Aquilles (sp?) heel of Noctua's fan is the low speed: 1300 RPM just isn't enough. That said, if you try and compare other fans @ this speed, i doubt you'll see them achieve 54.3 CFM.

Maybe if they did a version that would do ... say ... 1800 or even 2000, it would be better then the competition and still be as much or even less noisy .
yeah i notice the speed was kinda slow. Mine is pusing 2800rpm, yeah it's kinda loud. But not to bad. :D
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#16
HTC
Yup: correct!

by: CrackerJack
yeah i notice the speed was kinda slow. Mine is pusing 2800rpm, yeah it's kinda loud. But not to bad. :D
If you want a silent PC, fan wise, Noctua's your only option because it offers very good, though not outstanding, performance @ a very low noise and, if you use the adapters included, it loses a bit of performance but it gets even less noisier.
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#17
tkpenalty
Notice guys that its got rather wide fin spacing so changing a fan to a higher CFM fan will be utterly a waste(if this was a ultra 120 it would help...but its not).. Moreover thermaltake fans?? Wrong ratings much? You know that thermaltake puts rather unreliable ratings? 28dba for 83cfm fan that doesn't cost much is utter BS. In reality its more like 30~40.

This cooler isnt aiming performance king let me stress to you.

[i]Why don't manufacturers do the smart thing by adapting to HDT with those 8mm heatpipes....? Why 6mm...)
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#18
HTC
by: tkpenalty
Notice guys that its got rather wide fin spacing so changing a fan to a higher CFM fan will be utterly a waste(if this was a ultra 120 it would help...but its not).. Moreover thermaltake fans?? Wrong ratings much? You know that thermaltake puts rather unreliable ratings? 28dba for 83cfm fan that doesn't cost much is utter BS. In reality its more like 30~40.

This cooler isnt aiming performance king let me stress to you.

[i]Why don't manufacturers do the smart thing by adapting to HDT with those 8mm heatpipes....? Why 6mm...)
As i understood it, the NH-U9B cooler is better the the NH-U12P in the sense that it benefits more from a faster fan due to the fins being more densely packed then those of the NH-U12P.


As you can see above, our Reference 92mm 'Thermalright' branded fan did a bit better than the NF-B9, reducing load temperature by about 4'C. This was not a difficult feat however, as our reference fan is 2500RPM and 45CFM versus the 1600RPM and 37CFM of the NF-B9. This proves that the increased fin density of the NH-U9B favors higher-flow fans. We didn't see this sort of delta with the NH-U12P. The NF-B9, however is a VERY quiet fan. The hard drive motor and exhaust fan made it impossible for me to hear. Our reference fan is very loud in comparison, and can be clearly heard at a distance. With two NF-B9 fans, we were able to match the performance of our reference fan, while still producing far less noise. Those who want high performance while keeping noise at a minimum will be very pleased with a dual NF-B9 configuration.

Source: Icrontic
It would be expected that the knowledge of this would make them create the newer coolers with more densely packed fins as well but that wasn't the case with this new NH-C12P and that's why i believe tkpenalty's opinion that this cooler ain't "king of the hill" material.
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