Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler Review

CPU Coolers, Reviews

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CPU cooling is dominated by air coolers, but recently a lot more interest has been placed on overclocking. This requires better CPU cooling and generally speaking overclocking enthusiasts tend to choose watercooling over the top end air coolers. However, with ever-improving heat dissipation technologies being applied to the latest air coolers can they win back some of the overclocking enthusiast market?

About Noctua

"Designed in Austria, Noctua’s premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 1000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua’s fans and heatsinks are chosen by more than a hundred thousand satisfied customers around the globe."

Specifications and Features

Socket compatibility

Intel Socket LGA775, AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3, Intel LGA1156/LGA1366 on request

Height (without fan)

91 mm

Width (without fan)

126 mm

Depth (without fan)

152 mm

Height (with fan)

114 mm

Width (with fan)

126 mm

Depth (with fan)

152 mm

Weight (without fan)

550 g

Weight (with fan)

730 g


Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints, nickel plated


Intel all frequencies, AMD all frequencies

Fan compatibility

120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm

Scope of Delivery

  • NF-P12 premium fan
  • Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • Low-Noise-Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm™ mounting kits for LGA & AM2(+)


6 Years

Fan specifications


Noctua NF-P12



Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)

1300 RPM

Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)

1100 RPM

Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)

900 RPM


92,3 m³/h

Airflow with L.N.A.

78,5 m³/h

Airflow with U.L.N.A.

63,4 m³/h

Acoustical Noise

19,8 dB(A)

Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.

16,9 dB(A)

Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.

12,6 dB(A)

Input Power

1,08 W

Voltage Range

12 V


> 150.000 h

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