Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler

Testing

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

Competition:
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.

Results

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.

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