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Noctua NH-C12P SE14 Heatsink
Written by Scott Harness   
Sunday, 30 May 2010 00:00

thumbNoctua NH-C12P SE14

Noctua's NH-D14 isn't known for it's subtlety, so if you're looking for a large heatsink that will fit in more enclosures, then the NH-C12P SE14 might be what you're looking for.


Have you taken a look at the designs of 3rd party heatsinks lately? There are some really fascinating designs about. Heat pipes are common and these in turn have bred a fashion for tower coolers. The problem with tower design heatsinks though is that do tend to take up a lot of space. The Noctua NH-D14 we looked at little while ago certainly did!

While the NH-C12P isn't in itself a new heatsink to the market, have updated the package to include their newer 140mm fan. This is a heatsink that is based a little on the tower design, which is to say it has heat pipes and it has fins to disperse the heat from the pipes. Heat is drawn from the base and into the pipes, and up the length of them to the fins. Where the NH-C12P differs though is in how have bent the pipes around and 'laid down' the tower, reducing it's height but not reducing the surface area you would get with such a cooler.

The result is a high performance cooler that while large, fits into enclosures that won't take monster heatsink setups. With the addition of 's NF-P14 140mm fan, the NH-C12P SE14 should make for an interesting test subject.


Socket Compatibility Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 ()
Height (without fan) 90 mm
Width (without fan) 126 mm
Depth (without fan) 152 mm
Height (with fan) 114 mm
Width (with fan) 140 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 plating
Fan compatibility 140x140x25 & 120x120x25mm
Scope of Delivery
  • 1x NF-P14 premium fan
  • Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
  • Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kits
  • Noctua Metal Case-Badge
6 Years
Fan specifications
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 750 RPM
Airflow 110,3 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 83,7 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A. 71,2 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 19,6 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 13,2 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A. 10,1 dB(A)
Input Power 1,2 W
Voltage Range 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h


box box

The box for the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 is quite large and designed with an elegant appearance. It has two windows that allow you a glimpse of what's inside and the box has all the pertinent specifications and information printed on it. Inside, we find two further cardboard boxes and everything is very securely packaged.


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Included are a common parts bag that contains thermal paste, a metal case badge and the fan speed adapters, as well as rubber mount blocks and fan clips. Another bag has the mounting parts for AMD setups, and a third bag holds the Intel mount. Noctua supply instructions for both AMD and Intel in separate pamphlets within a small folder.


The other cardboard packaging holds the fan and cooler itself.


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The cooler is quite big and you can instantly see what I mean about the tower design but laying horizontally. Six heat pipes curl up from the base and into the horizontal aluminum fins. Holding it in your hands it's not overly heavy but it's not flimsy at all; it feels like quality.


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The mid section of the fins extend down to the base itself and you can see that the heat pipes start very close to the CPU indeed. Moving to the opposite end of the pipes, the end fin is stamped with the Noctua logo.



Each of the fins is almost serrated in appearance on top of the heatsink where the fan is mounted.


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The fan is Noctua's NF-P14 140mm fan that mounts on top with the supplied clips. The fan has standard mounting points for 120mm and is circular in nature. Noctua have nicely sleeved the 3 pin fan cable and provided a generous amount of cable too. Noctua's Vortex Control Notches are a feature on the fan, and aid in keeping the CFM high but the noise low. In Noctua's own word's, “The two Vortex-Control Notches at the trailing edge of each blade make the flows along the suction and pressure side mix more smoothly, allowing for less turbulence and velocity loss, which leads to increased efficiency as well as a significant reduction in noise emission."


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The four white rubber vibration dampeners are simply sticky back; you peel and stick them onto the top four corners of the heatsink. The fan then sits on the rubber dampeners and the two supplied clips hold the fan onto the heatsink. It was actually a bit of a struggle to get the fan clips on; there is certainly no fear of the fan moving anywhere once it's mounted. You can however easily remove the fan without the need of a screwdriver … unless you're using it for leverage against the clips. You also have to mount the heatsink onto the motherboard before you attach the fan, or at least that is what the instructions tell you. Personally I found this difficult as I could never get enough room to leverage the fan clips into place. In the end, I removed the heatsink, mounted the fan on it, and then just moved the fan blades into the right position enough that I could put a screwdriver down past them to reach the spring loaded screws.


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