Almost a year ago I reviewed the Noctua NH-U12F processor cooler, this heatsink performed really well and was very quiet too. A couple of months later the firm released an updated CPU cooler with a new fan and today Noctua releases its new NH-C12P heatsink for HTPCs which features a down-facing C-type design with six heatpipes.
"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.
With the fan attached the heatsink weighs 730g and measures 114mm x 126mm x 152mm (H x W x D). The base and heatpipes are made out of copper and the cooling fins are aluminum.
The Noctua NH-C12P should be available in retail stores for about 59.90EUR ($69.90).