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Noctua NH-C12P CPU Cooler
Author: Michael Fiss
Manufacturer: Noctua
Source: Noctua
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October 22, 2009

For the past few years I have housed my desktop computers in full tower cases. This is mainly because of the extra room provided for installation, and it does make it easier for cable routing/hiding. Since my last review, of a compact Synology NAS, I have become more interested in minimalist designs and I started gathering components for a small form factor (SFF) build. With a SFF computer there are much fewer options for aftermarket CPU heatsinks, as it is impossible to fit something like a heatpipe tower cooler in a small case.

For my SFF case I chose the Lian Li V351; it's a decent size case that can accommodate a good sized (but not oversized) cooler, as well as full length video cards. Since it has been a while since we worked with Noctua on a review, we decided to ask them if they would be interested in sending over one of their more compact coolers to be tried out in this set up. The NH-C12P is a heatpipe cooler that uses a 120mm fan, but it has somewhat of a low profile and should be a snug fit in the Lian Li V351 case.

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Before taking a look at the sample provided for review, lets take a look at some published data on it. For more information, please visit the official product page on the Noctua website.

Heatsink Specifications:

Socket compatibility: Intel Socket LGA 775, AMD AM2, AM2+ & AM3
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
Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints, nickel plated
Application: Intel all frequencies, AMD all frequencies
Fan compatibility: 120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm
Warranty: 6 Years

Fan Specifications:

Model: Noctua NF-P12
Bearing: SSO-Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 1100 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 900 RPM
Airflow: 92,3 m/h
Airflow with L.N.A.: 78,5 m/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A.: 63,4 m/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
MTBF: > 150.000 h

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