Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler

Posted by on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:00am

Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU CoolerBut Noctua isn’t all about extreme air cooling they are also dapping into the mid-range air cooling market as well. The NH-C12P is aimed at the person looking for better than good cooling well trying to be conservative at the same time. The C12P is a low-profile tabletop-type cooler that consist of six heat pipes and comes equipped with a NF-P14 series 140mm cooling fan. From just this we feel we will definitely see better than good cooling from the C12P.

Introduction to the Noctua NH-C12P SE14

If you have never heard of Noctua than you can’t call yourself an enthusiast. Noctua have been making some of the best coolers on the market in recent years. The massive D14 is their latest achievement. Currently, it is one or one of the best coolers on the market. We recently reviewed it here. It even won our Editor’s Choice award. And when it comes to cooling their cooling fans are some of the quietest and most efficient on the market.

But Noctua isn’t all about extreme air cooling they are also dapping into the mid-range air cooling market as well. The NH-C12P is aimed at the person looking for better than good cooling well trying to be conservative at the same time. The C12P is a low-profile tabletop-type cooler that consist of six heat pipes and comes equipped with a NF-P14 series 140mm cooling fan. From just this we feel we will definitely see better than good cooling from the C12P.

Noctua take on the NH-C12P SE14

Building on the proven basis of the successful NH-C12P, which has received more than 100 awards and recommendations from the international press, the NH-C12P SE14 now comes with Noctua's new NF-P14 140mm fan for further improved quiet cooling performance as well as the new SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system. Topped off with Noctua's pro-grade NT-H1 thermal compound and adding support for both LGA1366 and LGA1156, the NH-C12P SE14 is a premium quality quiet cooler that provides lots of airflow for near-socket mainboard components and excellent case compatibility at a height of only 114mm.


Socket compatibility  

Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 (backplate required)


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




Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating


Fan compatibility


140x140x25mm / 120x120x25mm


Scope of Delivery


  NF-P14 premium fan
  Low-Noise Adaptor (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




Noctua NF-P14






Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)


1200 RPM


Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)


900 RPM


Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)


750 RPM




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




> 150.000 h



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 optimised, 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.

Closer look

This SE14 is an improvement of the older C12P. The major different between the two would be the included 140mm fan compared to the 120mm from the older version. Noctua played it safe with the weight on the C12P as it weighs in at just 550 grams without the fan assembled. 750 grams with the fan mounted. This is considered lightweight compared to many of today’s coolers. Unlike some of Noctua coolers the C12P comes equipped with all the hardware needed to mount to all current Intel and AMD sockets including socket 1156 and AM3.

The C12P is shaped quite differently from the cooler we are common to seeing. Many of today’s coolers are in the form of the tower-style. If you have been around for some time you will remember the older, what we like to call table-top style cooler. Which means the fan is mounted horizontally and not vertical.  And what makes you this table-top is an array of aluminum fins. The fins extend far beyond that of the base of the cooler with a series of fins being connected to the base. The bottom fins that are connected to the base aid in heat dissipation.

Also connected to the base of the cooler are six nickel-plated copper heat pipes. The fins run from one end of the top layer of fins and form a ‘S’ shape bend before heading into the base of the cooler.

The base of the cooler is typical of Noctua. Mostly shiny with little sign of machining. Evidently this doesn’t hinder the performance of Noctua coolers as we have seen them shine time after time. To the sides of the base you can visually see the pre-installed mounting hardware for the SecurFirm2 assembly. More on that later.

Before we get into the assembling of the cooler lets take a look at the fan that comes with the cooler. The model is a 14cm NF-P14 performance fan. The specifications are as follows: 750-1200 RPM, 20 dBA maximum and airflow ranging from 71-110 m3/h.


We will be mounting the C12P to the ASUS P7P55-E Deluxe socket 1156 motherboard which will use this back plate on the backside of the motherboard. The notch in the four corners of the bracket is preset slotted for socket 775, 1156 and 1366 motherboards. Metal screws are inserted into the bracket according to the socket of the motherboard.

Here we have the bracket along with the screws inserted into our motherboard. Next, as a set of black plastic cushion to give the cooler the height it need t clear the caps on the motherboard. Next, the cooler mounting bars are screwed into the motherboard.

Lastly, the cooler and then the fan are mounted to the motherboard. There is enough clearance under the cooler to clear the fins of our memory modules.


Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.8GHz at 1.3 volts
Ram: OCZ DDR3 1600 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: Sapphire HD 5750
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Noctua C12P SE14
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Noctua D14
Thermaltake Frio

Testing of the Noctua C12P SE14

Over time, we've found that we have been able to get a better overclock on our i5 750 at a very respectable voltage of 1.3. We used this for the testing the C12P. During testing, we allow the system to sit idle for one hour and then measured the temperature. Afterward, we then loaded OCCT and ran a 30 minute bench session with priority set at high and recorded the temps at the end. Each core was recorded for more detailed performance stats.


We found that the Noctua better than what the Noctua leads us to believe. When first contacted about reviewing the cooler, we were told not to look for anything overly impressive when it comes to performance with the C12P. He stated it was intended for users wanting a stock OEM replacement or needing cooling for HTPC builds.
Well, we found that the C12P didn’t really out perform any other the coolers we lined it up against. But all these were dual fan setups.  And we say the Noctua come within four degrees of the Thermaltake Frio. Nice job.


Noctua has once again impressed us with another cooler. Time and time again we have seen Noctua put out great coolers. The C12P SE14 will not allow you to achieve the ultimate overclock but it will allow you to keep your rig quiet while providing better than good cooling. Hopefully, we don’t have any single fan coolers to put it up against but we are confident it would have held its own against them.

Today’s coolers are all becoming large and heavy. We know a lot of times heavier is better. Noctua realize that is not always the case. The C12P is a lightweight compared to must coolers on the market today. Weighing in at just 550 grams without the fan and 730 with it, you don’t have to worry about the extra stress being placed on the motherboard.

When Noctua includes a fan with their cooler, you know the chances are high that quietness will be a characteristic of that cooler. The NF-P14 never exceeds 20 dBA according to Noctua which is well within the quiet PC range.
The mounting process of the C12P is simple but a little time consuming. But we do like the security that is given so no love lost there.

The only thing we see as a concern is the price of the C12P SE14, which is approximately $70 at the lowest point making it an expensive cooler.

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