Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler

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Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler
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Product(s): Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler
Provided By: Noctua



A few days ago we took a look at a "Special Edition" cooler from Noctua, the NH-U9B SE2 (full review can be found here). The NH-U9B SE2 took an existing Noctua cooler and added another fan as well as added support for newer CPU sockets that the original did not support. In our testing we found that even though the cooler had been around for a couple years it was still able to keep our test machine running at decent temperatures.

Today we are going to look at another "Special Edition" from Noctua, this time it's the NH-C12P SE14 CPU cooler that we will be testing. Much like the NH-U9B SE2, the NH-C12P SE14 uses the exact same heatsink as the original cooler but this time instead of adding extra fans the folks at Noctua have included a bigger fan than the original by pairing this heatsink with the new Noctua NF-P14 14cm fan (our review of this fan can be found here). The NH-C12P SE14 also adds support for the new Intel CPU sockets which the original was lacking.

The Noctua NH-C12P SE14 cooler is a little bit different of a design that most of the other "heatpipe tower" coolers that we have seen in the past couple of years. The NH-C12P SE14 is designed for applications where space is limited by using a "C-Type" design which makes it suitable for small cases (HTPC, SFF).

In this review we won't go into as much detail as our original (our original review of the NH-C12P can be found here). If you want to take an even closer look at his cooler please refer to our original review.


First Impressions:

In this section I will give you a side-by-side comparison of the original NH-C12P cooler and the new improved NH-C12P SE14 cooler. Due to the lack of differences between the two coolers I'll try to keep this section nice and short.


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Noctua NH-UC12P SE14 - Packaging
Noctua NH-C12P (Original) - Packaging

Noctua has updated their packaging in the past couple years and now go with white boxes instead of the traditional brown Noctua boxes.


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Noctua NH-UC12P SE14 - Bottom View
Noctua NH-C12P (Original) - Bottom View

As you can see from the heatsink pictures, they are pretty much identical. The only difference is the new mounting bracket.


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Noctua NH-UC12P SE14 - Top View
Noctua NH-C12P (Original) - Top View

The biggest difference between the original and the new cooler is the fan. The original NH-C12P came with a 120mm Noctua fan while the NH-C12P SE14 comes with a bigger 140mm fan.

The original fan that was included with the NH-C12P cooler was capable of approximately 59.2 CFM (cubic feet per minute) of airflow while the new 140mm fan that comes with this cooler is capable of approximately 64.9 CFM which should give us a little better performance thanks to the increased airflow.


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Noctua NH-C12P SE14 - Top View
Noctua NH-C12P (Original) - Top View


Installation is pretty much the same and is still very simple to get done (still requires motherboard removal to install the bracket onto the back of the motherboard). The Noctua NH-C12P SE14, just like the original NH-C12P, is able to fit into cases where other bigger heatsink might not be able to thanks to its unique design. Thanks to this design the cooler is able to go over top of components such as the RAM without interfering and also provides extra cooling for components near to the CPU socket.

Well that's about it for this comparison section, now you have picture proof that I'm not making up the fact that these coolers are very similar.