Noctua NH-C12P 1366
Lately we’ve seen several CPU coolers that sport the tower-styled design setup, and our testing has shown this to be very efficient in terms of sheer cooling performance. However, another popular design is the top-down (aka impingement or C-type) style. While this setup doesn’t offer quite the cooling prowess as the tower designs, it does offer some advantages, particularly when available space inside a case is an issue.
We recently examined the Noctua NH-U12P and found it to be a very capable tower-styled cooler, posting some great results in an extremely quiet setup. Today we’re testing its Noctua sibling, the NH-C12P, which offers a top-down design, with the same famous Noctua silent fan but a slimmer profile for those who may have a more cramped mid-tower case. We’ll be installing the C12P on a Socket 1366 Core i7 processor to give a direct comparison between the cooling abilities of tower versus top-down. We’ll also toss in a handful of other top coolers to see how the C12P performs. We have no doubts about Noctua’s renowned reputation for silent computing products, so all that remains is to see if the C12P can keep an overclocked Core i7 monster under control.
Thanks go to our friends at Noctua for supplying the review sample.
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