Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler Review

Noctua NH-C12P and Installation

The Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler

The packaging for the NH-C12P follows Noctua’s standard styling and allows you to quickly gain an understanding of the coolers features and specifications.

Once inside the box it is possible to see that there are two separate boxes, one for the actual cooler and the fan, and another for the mounting kits and accessories.

Noctua NH-C12P

The mounting kits included as standard are the LGA 775 and the AMD AM2/AM2+ types, LGA1156/LGA1366 can be included on request.  As well as this there is an installation guide and some sound dampening adhesive strips.

The NH-C12P follows – as its name suggests – a C shape top down design, it is nice to see this style of cooler making a comeback as it has been about tower style coolers for some time now. The cooler has six copper heat pipes which run from the contact base of the cooler all the way through the cooling fins of the cooler and protrude slightly where they are neatly capped. These heat pipes are copper which has been nickel plated. The cooling fins of the cooler are made entirely from aluminium which helps to reduces the coolers overall weight as this is a large cooler.

Noctua NH-C12P

The cooling fins have been embossed with the noctua logo and are shaped to allow a 120mm fan to fit snugly on top. This means that any 120mm fan can be attached to this cooler to either improve performance or reduce acoustic noise. This may not be necessary as Noctua’s pre-supplied fans are normally more than capable.

Noctua NH-C12P

Just atop the CPU contact base there is a small heatsink which will help to reduce heat faster as it increases the coolers surface area allowing for greater dissipation of heat into the air. 

Noctua NH-C12P

The fan supplied with the cooler is Noctua’s NF-P12 120mm low acoustic noise fan, this fan has great airflow at a low acoustic noise level.

Installation

Like all Noctua coolers this one requires the removal of the current CPU back plate in order to install it. Whilst this is relatively straightforward it can be a laborious task if you find it hard to use the spring loaded screws.

To install the back plate you must first remove the old stock one and screw the new Noctua mounting kit in place. Whilst many users may find this slightly pointless, it is necessary to achieve the most secure fit possible. Once the main back plate is securely fitted the rest of the installation is relatively straight forward. Simply choose the desired alignment of the cooler and screw it into place. The screwing process is aided by the shape of the cooling fins as they allow for direct access to the top of the screw.

Once fully installed the rest of the process is easy, simply connect up the fan header to the motherboard and you’re away.

Now we move onto the testing.