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Noctua 6 Heatpipe 140mm SSO Bearing Quiet CPU Cooler NH-C12P SE14 - Retail

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Axpertec Inc
  • Model Number: NH-C12P SE14
  • Color: Black
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1yr/Parts & Labor

Product Description

Noctua NH-C12P SE14 For Intel LGA 1156, 1366, 775 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 Sockets, 6 Heatpipe 140mm SSO Bearing Quiet CPU Cooler_ Retail

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5 x 6 x 4.5 inches
Item Weight 1.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds
ASIN B003JME1CO
Item model number NH-C12P SE14
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4.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,576 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Fans & Cooling > Case Fans
Date first available at Amazon.com February 1, 2010

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i installed this "V6 engine" over a i7-4790K and it looks simply beautiful behind the window.
works flawlessly, silently and keeps the monster beneath it cool.

highly recommended.
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The title says it all. I'm not an overclocker but wanted a high performance, low profile heatsink for a home theater PC build. This keeps the processor at less than 35 C idle when in the punishing environment of a case with four 7200 RPM hard drives and a SATA RAID card as well as a locked media cabinet with little airflow and a hot class A power amplifier right underneath. If you set the fan speed to less than 900, it is barely audible from a few feet away. Once you get to about 1200 RPM, it becomes clearly audible from 10 feet away, though the quality of the noise is not annoying or objectionable. If I needed higher RPMs to cool effectively, then I would probably swap out the fan for a Scythe gentle typhoon or the like. I can achieve the 35C idle temp with it running 500 RPM, and a home theater build rarely requires this ramping up very much.

I recommend this product, but if you're a hard core gamer or do a lot of processor intensive tasks such as transcoding or rendering, then you may want to replace the fan with a quieter one.
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Probably the highest performing cooler I've ever used, the only reason it doesn't get five stars is the price tag. It's nigh silent inside my HTPC case, the quad core 3.4GHz AMD that sits under it never breaks 40C, even when I'm encoding video. My tube of thermal compound that shipped with the cooler was bad, but Noctua mailed me a fresh tube the day I posted a note to them.
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You can find plenty of serious cooling comparisons for this as well as the thermal grease it includes online; it's a great heatsink if you want to avoid a tower/horizontal design for airflow reasons. If size is the reason you're avoiding towers this is probably not your solution.

It arrived in great shape, the parts for Intel and for AMD neatly separated. It's large so make sure you take measurements before ordering and I'd suggest if you have any cables that're going to be pushed aside by it, unplug them and get them out of the way while you're mounting it. I took a shortcut thinking I'd just squeeze them aside, but they threw me off enough before I got to tightening that I had to re-grease and reseat it.

Installation on an Asus M4A785TD-V EVO went without issues, did not have to remove the motherboard.

I had a stock cooler for the AMD Phenom II X2, and with the two "extra" cores unlocked it used to reach this processor's instability zone of 55C within a couple minutes under full load, hit 57C within five, at which point I cease any stress tests. Note that the proper Phenom II X4 quad cores come with a beefier heatsink than my X2 stock cooler.

Now with the NH-C12P SE14 hooked up, fan at full speed, it's holding steady at a healthy 49C after a full hour of 100% load, 4 cores, with a mild overclock to 3.3GHz up from 3.1. It's done exactly what I wanted it to do; lowered my temps in general by a good 8-10C and more importantly lowered the peak load temp to something safe with headroom to overclock, down from a temperature cap I couldn't even ascertain with the stock HSF because it was reaching an unhealthy temp within minutes. I can now either push the overclocking, lower the fan speed to absolutely silent levels, or do a little bit of both.
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Went back to air after trying Corsair H60. Bottom line - closed loop water cooling provides no advantage over a great air cooler like this one. In fact, when air cooling breaks down all you have to do is replace a fan. When closed loop water cooling fails either you have a leaking pipe connection, in which case your entire system might get fried, or your pump fails. Either way you're out way more money than you would have been with the air option.
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I've read reviews about these coolers for a couple of years and I have a few of their 120mm case fans which are very high quality and very quiet. I broke a silicone mounting pin that came with one of my fans a couple a years ago, so I wrote to Noctua customer service to ask if I could get a replacement. They sent met about 2 dozen silicone pins of different lengths and styles and it was express mail! That kind of service would work for lots of other manufacturers.

My latest build is a AM3 X4 965 BE on an Asus M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 mobo in a Cooler Master 690 II Advance case.
I over clocked from the stock 3.4 to 3.9 and my idle temp is 27C. At load the warmest I've seen is 49C! I am using the normal configuration mobo connector and haven't even tried the "quiet" low voltage connector. If I put my head about a foot from my open case I can hear the fan.

After my system is burned in good I will see how high I can clock before my temps get serious.

It is a little fussy to install, but is way better than the stock AM3 mobo clamp set up. I used the included Noctua thermal paste. Start up idle temp was abut 35C and in three days it was down to 27C.

Very impressed and quite satisfied.
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I crammed this thing into a Ncase M1 Micro ITX case. Somehow it was perfectly shaped and fits like a glove. Prime 95 has been running on a stock i7 4770k and its holding at 60C. With the default intel heat sink I'd have to shut off Prime 95 when the CPU hit 95C after 3 minutes.
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