Noctua NH-C12P Pro Reviews

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Noctua NH-C12P Reviews

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"The Noctua NH-C12P CPU cooler is an excellent choice for any average computer setup. Performance is excellent and the fan is ultra-quiet. The overall installation was fairly easy but not as easy as I would have expected (not tool-free installation). The fan provide awesome cooling even but I wouldn't recommend this for overclocking. The cooler performed very well in all our tests and it beat the AMD stock and Evercool Transformer 4 coolers without any issues. Overall, the Noctua NH-C12P is a smaller cooler which is also ultra-quiet and provides very good cooling. I would highly recommend this CPU cooler for anyone looking to replace their stock heatsink with something that can handle a lot more. This cooler can also beat some of its competition out of the water. The lowest price I found online for this was around $50 USD which might be a fit the budget of the everyday user. I am giving this CPU cooler 5 out of 5 because of the performance and no noise and I would also like to present it with our Highly Recommended award."
"The Noctua NH-C12P CPU cooler & NF-S12B FLX fan earn the "Recommended" and "Whisper Quiet" awards for their almost silent operation, as well as out cooling the stock Intel i7 CPU cooler."
"The NH-C12P CPU cooler maybe the shortest kid on the block, but it definitely packs a mean punch when it comes to cooling the Core i7 CPU. It allowed me to go from a measly 3.1GHz CPU core speed to a more respectable CPU speed of 3.7GHz. Noctua has a winner here for the newer Core i7 CPU's. The low profile of this little cooler will allow many people to use it in semi-cramped chassis. The fan was not audible during testing at all. There was no whine, no air rushing sounds, nothing absolutly quietness."
"Overall the Noctua is a solid performer at almost no noise at all. It’s barely hearable and that's what I like about this cooler. The Noctua NH-C12P looks the part and it comes with all the bits and pieces to make it work with any modern motherboard out there. The level of cooling is similar for each of these coolers and especially on higher end systems it's more of an issue how much can a cooler like this take, without having to increase the rpm of the fan. The E6300 that I’m using is nothing compared to the much hotter quad cores but if you’re looking for a high quality cooler that's able to keep up with any cpu that's out there with almost no noise than this is the way to go."
"With the CPU idle NH-C12P was pretty efficient. Unfortunately at full load the performance from the reviewed cooler was not good, being very inferior to NH-U12P. It was not as bad as Thermaltake ISGC-100, but it performed worse than the other coolers we tested so far. Considering it is a relatively expensive cooler - costing more than NH-U12P (which provides a higher performance) - we cannot recommend buying Noctua NH-C12P, unless your case is too narrow to fit a tower-design cooler and your CPU doesn't get very hot."