Date: December 17th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Noctua
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
As you can see, the fin shape is unusual, with a series of tooth-like notches, and Noctua proudly displays their owl logo on the end of the cooler. In the above photos, you can get some idea of the unique shape of the individual fins and the arrangement of the six heatpipes. The six ‘pipes are evenly spaced across the breadth of the cooler and their severe, compound curvature will minimize any chance of interference with any features adjacent to the CPU socket. The copper heatpipes are soldered to the aluminum fins and copper base to form a very robust unit with excellent heat transfer properties.
The fins are absent in a couple of strategic areas for a couple of reasons. This allows access to the mounting screws during installation and unimpeded airflow for improved cooling around the socket.
The base is copper; highly polished copper with nickel-plating, to be exact. The base is also dead flat and the holes in the cap will interface with the mounting solutions. The fit and finish of the entire cooler is first rate and I expect big things from the C12P.
The included fan is the excellent NF-P12. This 120mm Fan offers exceptional quietness and long life coupled with high airflow capabilities. This is due in part to its superior psychoacoustic optimizations like the Vortex-Control Notches, their new SCD (Smooth Commutation Drive) System and Noctua's premium-grade SSO-Bearing. The fantail is also nicely sleeved and terminates in a 3-pin connector. The fan is rated at a relatively modest 1300 RPM, but the included L.N.A. adapters will allow the user to drop the fan speed to 1100 or 900 RPM.