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Review: Noctua NH-C12P SE14

Review: Noctua NH-C12P SE14

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We have a sample from the house Noctua today. The Noctua NH-C12P SE14. The cooler has been in Noctua's line up for about 2 years now. It has been update several times in that time. The "SE14" is the latest update from the original NH-C12P. This update is replacing the NF-P12 fan with the larger NF-P14 FLX 140mm fan. The "SE" was added with the introduction of the newer Intel sockets.

The Noctua NH-C12P SE14 is based on the original NH-C12P and has received more then 100 awards worldwide. Noctua itself received over 1000 awards worldwide for their products. The NH-C12P is a good solution for HTPC and desktop computer but not limited to those applications. The NH-C12P can very well be used in a tower computer case. The NH-C12P is a vertical airflow or top-flow cooler. Noctua's unique design and color schema make this and other Noctua cooler stand out but it's cooling performance can not be neglected. Noctua coolers have also been know for their cooling performance and quiet operation. The NH-C12P is no exception. This review will focus on the cooling performance of the actual cooling body and it's efficiency under high stress. This will point out the advantages and short comings of the product and will give you a good idea if this product is good or adequate for your needs.


  • Proven 6 heatpipe design

    Recommended by more than 100 international hardware websites and magazines, the NH-C12P heatsink is renowned for its excellent quality and thermal performance.
  • C-type design with Airflow-Gaps

    Due to the down-facing design, two large Airflow-Gaps and the oversize 140mm fan, the NH-C12P SE14 provides superior cooling for near-socket motherboard components.
  • NF-P14 140mm premium fan

    Further improving the original NH-C12P’s much acclaimed quiet cooling performance, the NF-P14 is a highly optimized, premium quality 140mm fan with Vortex-Control Notches for superb quietness and outstanding aerodynamic efficiency.
  • High compatibility

    The down-facing c-type design allows for low height as well as excellent motherboard and case compatibility, making the NH-C12P SE14 suitable for many smaller or desktop style cases.
  • SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system

    Noctua’s enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.
  • Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound

    Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.

The Noctua NH-C12P SE14 includes all accessories needed to mount the cooler on almost all current socket configurations. The accessories also include voltage reduction wires and Noctua's NT-H1 thermal compound. The Noctua NH-C12P SE14 includes all mounting hardware for most major CPU socket configurations available to date.

Supported Sockets:

  • Intel
  • 775 / 1156 / 1366 (Requires backplate)
  • AMD
  • AM2/ AM2+/ AM3 (Requires backplate)
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