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Product discontinued. Successor model: NH-C12P SE14

Sporting 6 heat pipes and the award-winning, psycho-acoustically optimized NF-P12 120mm fan, the NH-C12P achieves excellent performance and outstanding quietness. The down-facing c-type design doesn't only allow for optimal motherboard and case compatibility, but also provides additional cooling for motherboard components through two Airflow-Gaps. Outfitted with the professional SecuFirm™ mounting system and Noctua's much acclaimed NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-C12P is a premium-class silent cooler through and through.
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6 heat pipes

6 heat pipes

6 heat pipes, excellently soldered joints and widely-spaced cooling fins guarantee optimal heat dissipation even at low fan speeds.
C-type design with Airflow-Gaps

C-type design with Airflow-Gaps

Due to the down-facing design and two large Airflow-Gaps, the NH-C12P provides additional cooling for near-socket motherboard components.
NF-P12 120mm premium fan

NF-P12 120mm premium fan

The award-winning NF-P12 has been specifically developed for high-impedance applications such as CPU coolers. Thanks to psychoacoustic optimizations and Noctua's premium-grade SSO-bearing, the NF-P12 achieves exceptional quietness and long-term stability.
Excellent compatibility

Excellent compatibility

The down-facing c-type design allows for low height as well as excellent motherboard and case compatibility.
SecuFirm™ multi-socket mounting system

SecuFirm™ multi-socket mounting system

Noctua's professional SecuFirm™ mounting system for LGA 775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3 provides superior reliability and contact pressure. K8 (939, 940, 754) kits are available on request.
Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound

Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound

Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is an pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding long-term stability.
NH-C12P
Cooler Specifications
Intel Socket LGA775, AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3, Intel LGA1156/LGA1366 on request
Height (without fan)
91 mm
Width (without fan)
126 mm
Depth (without fan)
152 mm
Height (with fan)
114 mm
Width (with fan)
126 mm
Depth (with fan)
152 mm
Weight (without fan)
550 g
Weight (with fan/s)
730 g
Material
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints, nickel plated
Application
Intel all frequencies, AMD all frequencies
Fan compatibility
120x120x25mm / 120x120x38mm
Scope of Delivery
  • NF-P12 premium fan
  • Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • Low-Noise-Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm™ mounting kits for LGA & AM2(+)
Warranty
6 Years
FAN Specification
Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
1100 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
900 RPM
Acoustical Noise
19,8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
16,9 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.
12,6 dB(A)
Input Power
1,08 W
Voltage Range
12 V
MTBF
> 150.000 h
NH-C12P
01.04.2011 // BayReviews.com
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NH-C12P Review

The cooler performed very well in all our tests and it beat the AMD stock and Evercool Transformer 4 coolers without any issues.
Test verdict: "Overall, the Noctua NH-C12P is a smaller cooler which is also ultra-quiet and provides very good cooling. I would highly recommend this CPU cooler for anyone looking to replace their stock heatsink with something that can handle a lot more." (Vikram Chand, BayReviews.com)
22.09.2010 // Tech-Reviews.co.uk
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NH-C12P Review

The Noctua NH-C12P has proven to be a worthy competitor. Knocking a good 21 degrees off of the load temperature of the stock cooler, the NH-C12P definitely gives you some extra overclocking headroom. When compared with the Gelid Silent Spirit the Noctua also manages to score slightly better temperatures than this cooler.
Test verdict: "Overall the Noctua NH-C12P is a worthy replacement for your stock cooler. It’s not going to perform like a water-cooling setup or a more expensive cooler, but it’s an ideal choice for lower temperatures and more overclocking potential." (Rhys Sloman-Brown, Tech-Reviews.co.uk)
20.05.2010 // PCLabs.com.tr
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NH-C12P Review

Peki hangisi? Aynı fiyata, eğer klasik kule tipi kasanız varsa -yani içine sığıyorsa- NH-U12P daha iyi soğutma performansı ya da alternatif olarak daha düşük gürültüye benzer soğutma performansı demek. Eğer HTPC tipi, yüksekliği kurtarmayacak bir kasaya sahipseniz ya da bu tip bir şeyler edinmeyi düşünüyorsanız NH-C12P.
Test verdict: "Eğer bir HTPC tipi, ufak tefek bir kasaya soğutucu arıyorsanız aklınızda bulunması gereken bir seçenek. Özel sessiz fanı düşük devirde de iyi bir soğutma sağlamanın yanısıra sessiz olmasını istediğiniz HTPC tipi sisteminizde varlığını hissettirmeyecektir." (Haluk Sekendiz, PCLabs.com.tr)
25.12.2009 // Gamereactor.no
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NH-C12P Review

Ved full load nådde den varmeste kjerne (#1) en temp på 59 grader, mens Gigabyte X fikk en temp på 76 grader på samme operasjon. Temperaturen på chipset er også viktig og denne var 38 grader med Noctua NH-C12P og 47 for Gigabyte X. Her er det altså snakk om 10 grader forskjell. Og det i et kabinett som er helt åpent. Her kvitter alle kjølere seg med varm luft fort! Ytelsen er enormt bra. Det er ikke mye mer å si. Viften spinner også med 1400 rpm hele tiden og den høres ikke i det hele tatt på det turtallet. Noctua sender med flere adaptere for å senke viftehastighet hvis man ønsker dette. På en mindre hissig CPU er nok dette et godt valg. Spesielt i et HTPC kabinett. Viften på Gigabyte X spant med et maksturtall på 2700 rpm ved full load og dette ble veldig plagsomt etterhvert.
Test verdict: "Noctua NH-C12P er en meget god kjøler. Den har en passform som gjør den til en av de mest kompatible kjølerne på markedet i dag. Kjøleytelsen er fenomenal og det er en bra bundle som er med i esken. Kjølepasta, vifteadaptere og fester til de soklene som er aktive i dag. Utformingen gjør at den også kjøler chipset og RAM-brikker noe som bare gjør den enda et hakk bedre. Noctua befinner seg helt på topp av dagens kjølermarked og dette er et produkt som får de varmeste anbefalinger fra en hardwarenerd." (Thor Stokke, Gamereactor.no)
01.11.2009 // PC-CM.com
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NH-C12P Review

เป็นอย่างไรกันบ้างครับกับสุดยอด Heatsink จาก Austria บินไกลจากฝั่งยุโรปที่มีประสิทธิภาพเรื่องการระบายความร้อนที่ขึ้นชื่อได้ ว่า Cooling ของเค้านั้นเงียบที่สุดติดอันดับ Top 5 ซึ่งเป็นที่นิยมและได้รับการยอมรับจากเมืองนอกเป็นอย่างมาก และในวันนี้ Heatsink ในรุ่น NH-C12P ที่ทดสอบให้ชมกันกับ System ที่ใช้ CPU Intel Core i5 750 โดยได้ทดสอบถึงประสิทธิภาพในการระบายความร้อนของ CPU ที่ความเร็วเดิมๆ 2.66Ghz และการ Overclock ไปที่ควงามเร็ว 3.6Ghz นั้นสามารถแสดงประสิทธิภาพในการระบายความร้อนได้ดีกว่า Heatsink Stock ของ Intel Core i5 ขณะ CPU Full Load ด้วยโปรแกรม LinX 0.6.3 Run 15 Time ได้เย็นกว่าในระดับ 15c - 20c องศาเซลเซียสในการทดสอบ นี่ก็บอกบอกถึงประสิทธิภาพในการระบายความร้อนว่า Heatsink ตัวนี้ทำได้อยู่ในระดับใช้ได้เลยทีเดียว และที่สำคัญนะครับ อย่าลืมว่า Heatsink ตัวนี้ใช้พัดลมระบายความร้อนขนาด 12cm. ที่ใช้รอบในการระบายความร้อนเพียง 1300rpm. เท่านั้น และเสียงรบกวนในการทำงานในระดับต่ำกว่า 20dBA เสียงรบกนนั้นเทียบจะไม่ได้ยินเลยจริงๆ ครับ ด้วยการออกแบบใบพัดแบบพิเศษ ช่วยลดเสียงรบกวน แต่ได้ระบบ Air-Flow สูง ซึ่ง Noctua ได้เรียกระบบนี้ว่า Vortex-Control Notches อ่านรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติมได้ ที่นี่ ครับ
Test verdict: "วันนี้ผมก็มีข่าวสารมาแจ้ง และพร้อมกับผลการทดสอบสำหรับผู้ที่ใช้ Heatsink จาก Noctua โดยหลายๆ ท่านอาจจะคุ้นหูกันไปบ้างแล้ว และหลายๆ ท่านอาจจะไม่เคยได้ยินชื่อเสียงของยี่ห้อนี้เลยก็เป็นได้ เพราะว่าเป็น Heatsink ที่ผลิตออกมาสำหรับเน้นการใช้งานแบบเงียบๆ เป็นหลัก เนื้องานค่อนข้างพิถิพิถัน สาวยงาม และใบพัดลมนั้นได้ออกแบบมาสำหรับความเงียบโดยเฉพาะ ถึงรอบจะต่ำ แต่ได้แรงลมที่มากกว่าพัดลมรุ่นอื่นๆ ที่รอบเท่าๆ กัน และที่สำคัญเรื่องความเงียบนั้น ต้องยกให้เค้าครับ Noctua" (Krittanan Nanta, PC-CM.com)
28.10.2009 // Tech-Lobby.com
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NH-C12P Review

Today we take a look at the Noctua NH-C12P. A cooler with a shorter profile making it an excellent choice for those wanting top end passive cooling in smaller system cases.
Test verdict: "Overall, like the previous Noctua products we’ve reviewed, the NH-C12P is just another awesome CPU cooler, which in our opinion keeps Noctua on top of the game." (Farhan Khan, Tech-Lobby.com Video Review)
22.10.2009 // Modding.lt
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NH-C12P Review

Noctua NH-C12P aušintuvo rezultatai labai geri: veikdamas Ultra Low Noise 12,6 dBA rėžime jis 2 laipsniais Idle bei 11 laipsnių laimi prieš AMD Stock aušintuvą. Veikdamas Low Noise 16,9 dBA rėžime NH-C12P aušintuvas laimi 3 laipsniais Idle bei 12 laipsnių Load rėžime. Veikdamas be adapterių, 1300rpm bei 19,8 dBA rėžime aušintuvas NH-C12P 4 laipsniais Idle ir net 14 laipsnių rodo geresnius rezultatus nei MD Stock aušintuvas.
Test verdict: "Noctua NH-C12P įrodė, jog yra rimtas konkurentas hi-end aušintuvų klasėje. Jo konstrukcija leidžia aušinti ne tik procesorių, tačiau ir kitus, šalia esančius elementus, tokius kaip šiaurinis tiltas ar atminties moduliai. NH-C12P aušintuvo komplekte esantis NF-P12 ventiliatorius bei NT-H1 termopasta leidžia pasiekti puikius aušinimo rezultatus." (Egidijus Voitekianas, Modding.lt)
22.10.2009 // Bigbruin.com
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NH-C12P Review

As you can see from the chart below, the Noctua cooler wins hands down in the CPU thermal test. Even with the U.L.N.A. adapter installed it is a solid 8 degrees lower when idle, although when there is a full load it is only 3 degrees cooler. The core temperature readings were done from the highest reading out of the four cores. Again the NHC12P comes out on top, with the closest race being the U.L.N.A. readings, 11 degrees cooler at idle and 7 degrees at load.
Test verdict: "The Noctua NH-C12P CPU cooler and NF-S12B FLX Fan wound up being a perfect choice for the small form factor system I was assembling, and would probably be a great choice for many others. [...] Both the cooler and fan are high quality products that do an exceptional job at cooling, and do so without making much noise at all. Whether you use the L.N.A., U.L.N.A., or no noise adapter, the fan is very quiet. Even with the cooler running outside of a case it is very hard to notice the fan noise." (Michael Fiss, Bigbruin.com)
19.10.2009 // ZWAME.pt
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NH-C12P Review

* Excelente performance, embora não é superior ao seu irmão U12P.
* Muito silencioso, graça a sua excelente ventoinha.
* Qualidade de construção de topo, base e heatpipes em cobre com acabamento de níquel, anti oxidação e lamelas em alumínio de qualidade
* Bastante leve tendo em conta o seu tamanho.
* Suporte para qualquer ventoinha de 120 mm. Assim agrada a todo mundo, seja quem quer a melhor performance independente do ruído, mesmo que leve uma Delta de 220 cfm ou a quem goste de fans com leds!
* Um pack de acessórios completo, incluindo adaptadores de redução de rotações, massa térmica e parafusos extras.
* Retenção simples, de fácil montagem e que prende o cooler com firmeza.
* embalagem bastante bonita e cuidada, protegendo bem o cooler de eventuais amolgadelas de um transporte menos cuidadoso.
* O preço, cerca de 60 € no mercado português tendo em conta a sua qualidade, a ventoinha que trás (custa sozinha cerca de 20 €) e os acessórios.
* Aberturas para arrefecimento de componentes da motherboard, como reguladores de voltagem, chipset e memórias
* Altura baixa faz deste cooler o ideal para media centers e caixas baixas.
* Excelente compatibilidade em termos de alturas, de modo a evitar bater em componentes. O úncio problema é só com memórias com grandes dissipadores e em algumas boards, mas é residual.
* Disponibilidade em Portugal, sendo fácil encontrar à venda.
* Excelente Suporte pós venda, como a disponibilidade de retenção para LGA 1156 e 1366 gratuitamente para quem já possui estes coolers e sistema destes, mediante pedido no site e com prova de compra (factura) quer do cooler, quer do CPU ou board. É um cooler para "toda a vida", por assim dizer.
Test verdict: "A Noctua destaca-se no mercado de coolers, por oferecer excelentes produtos com elevados padrões de qualidade. A construção deste cooler é do melhor que existe actualmente, com uma ventoinha igualmente fantástica. Isso resulta não só em baixo ruído, como grande capacidade de arrefecimento e durabilidade enorme. Apesar do seu elevado preço, não é exagerado tendo em conta a qualidade deste cooler e como diz o ditado que a qualidade paga-se. O suporte pós venda é excelente, tendo a marca disponibilizado para quem adquiriu estes coolers e sistema LGA 1156 e 1366 o kit de retenção gratuitamente." (João Godinho, ZWAME.pt)
28.09.2009 // PCGH Extreme
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NH-C12P Review

Obwohl der NH-C12P der Top-Down-Bauweise entspricht, kühlt er den Quad Core zuverlässig und ohne Problem auch im übertakteten Zustand. Einige Tower-Modelle müssen sich hier sogar geschlagen geben. Selbst mit reduzierter Drehzahl bleibt die Leistung weiter auf einem hohen Niveau. Bei beiden Geschwindigkeiten ist der Lüfter kaum hörbar und sticht nicht aus dem System heraus. Die System-Temperatur lag ständig 5-7°C unter der, die bei Tower-Kühler Benutzung herrschte.
Test verdict: "Die Qualität des Noctua spricht für sich. Der Hersteller unterstreicht mit diesem Produkt seine Philosophie und liefert einen edlen und vor allem leisen CPU-Kühler ab. Trotz seiner Bauweise vermag der NH-C12P auch übertaktete Quad Cores souverän zu kühlen und braucht sich hinter den Tower-Modellen nicht zu verstecken. Das komplette Paket wirkt durchdacht und liefert alles Wichtige mit. Neben dem NF-P12 Fan und der NT-H1 Wärmeleitpaste liegen nur hochwertig produzierte Komponenten bei. Außerdem punktet der Kühler mit seiner Leistung, Verarbeitung und Kompatibilität. Die Tatsache, dass der Österreicher auch in kleine Gehäuse und HTPC´s passt, lässt sein Einsatzgebiet deutlich wachsen. Der Noctua NH-C12P ist daher uneingeschränkt empfehlenswert." (Holger Daßler, PCGH Extreme)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

I've got 2 adapter cables with the cooler. What's the difference between these cables?

The Low-Noise-Adapter (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adapter (U.L.N.A.) reduce the speed of the fan to 1100 / 900 rpm:

Vibration Compensators Installation

Does the cooler offer sufficient clearance for my RAM modules?

The cooler offers sufficient clearance for modules of up to 40mm in height. RAM modules with higher heatspreaders can cause compatibility issues on mainboards where the heatsink extends over the RAM slots.

RAM Clearance

Is the cooler compatible with socket AM2+ and AM3?

Yes. As AM2, AM2+ and AM3 are mechanically identical, the cooler is compatible with all three sockets.

Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler?

The cooler can extend over the RAM slots on some mainboards. While DDR2 Corsair Dominator don't fit underneath the cooler, DDR3 Corsair Dominator do fit when the removable top heatsink is taken off as shown below.

DDR3

Is the high weight dangerous for the CPU or socket?

No. Noctua coolers possess an extremely reliable SecuFirm™ mounting system. Thanks to the screw connection with the backplate on the rear side of the motherboard, the exceedance of the weight recommendations by Intel and AMD common among high-end coolers is completely unobjectionable.

Is it possible to mount fans with a greater height than 25mm?

Yes. The fan mounting clips grip to the screw holes in the lower edge of the fan frame and hence work with all fans regardless of their height. However, problems with the mounting of the fan can occur due to other parts within the case or fans with special frame designs, where the clips can't grip to the screw holes in the lower edge of the frame.

NH-U fan mounting

In which orientation should top-flow coolers (NH-C series, NH-L12) be installed?

When using top-flow coolers in a tower-style case, we strongly recommend installing the cooler with the heatpipes in horizontal position or with the bends of the heatpipes pointing downwards. Please avoid installing the cooler with the bends pointing upwards as this may result in reduced cooling performance. In desktop cases, the cooler can be used in any orientation.

Orientation

I can’t spread the thermal compound by turning the cooler as described in the manual!

Due to the new LGA mounting bars with screw threads that facilitate the installation process, there's little room to turn the cooler as described in step 4 of the supplied manual. There's nothing to worry about though, as you can still turn the cooler by a few millimetres in order to help the thermal compound spread. We've also made the compound slightly less viscous so that the contact pressure of mounting system is wholly sufficient to spread it.

My fan doesn’t spin when I start up the PC - is it faulty?

If you've connected the fan directly (or using the supplied Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptors) to your mainboard, it's possible that the mainboard's automatic fan controller doesn't provide the required starting voltage due to the low CPU temperature. Please verify whether the fan starts spinning at higher CPU temperatures, remove any Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors, deactivate your mainboard's automatic fan controller in the BIOS or connect the fan directly to the power supply using the supplied 3:4-pin adaptor.

Can I run Noctua 3-pin fans on 4-pin PWM connectors and use my mainboard’s automatic fan controller?

You can simply connect our fan's 3-pin connector to the 4-pin PWM sockets of today's mainboards so that the fourth pin that transmits the PWM signal is left blank (due to the shape of the connector, there's no danger of reversing polarity). Some mainboards (e.g. current Gigabyte models) are capable of controlling fans not only via PWM, but also by adjusting the supplied voltage. In some cases, this may require you to change BIOS options like "Fan Control Mode" from "PWM" to "Voltage" or "Analog". Please consult your mainboard's manual in this regard. However, some mainboards use an "auto" setting by default that automatically chooses PWM or voltage based regulation according to the connected fan. Automatically controlling the fan speed may not possible on mainboards that pulse the power rather than lowering the fan voltage.

PWM PWM

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

Most case manufacturers provide specifications for maximum CPU cooler height/clearance. Please refer to these specifications in order to verify that the cooler will fit the case. If no specifications are available, please contact the case manufactuer or measure the distance from the motherboard tray to the side panel (tower cases) or top panel (desktop cases). If this distance is bigger than the height of the cooler + 15mm (mainboard spacers + mainboard + CPU), the height/width of your case should be sufficient.

How much clearance for RAM or chipset coolers does the NH-C12P provide?

The NH-C12P provides 44mm clearance for near-socket components:

Vibration Compensators Installation

Does the cooler offer sufficient clearance for my RAM modules?

The cooler offers sufficient clearance for modules of up to 40mm in height. RAM modules with higher heatspreaders can cause compatibility issues on mainboards where the heatsink extends over the RAM slots (Note that you can move the fan up as shown here in case only the fan hangs over the RAM slots).

RAM Clearance

The fan doesn’t start with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA)!

Unfortunately, many Gigabyte mainboards use a special control circuit that can lead to start-up problems in conjunction with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA). This control circuit remains active even when automatic fan control is disabled in the BIOS. In these cases, please use the fan without the ULNA or connect it directly to the power supply (or an external fan controller) in order to ensure reliable operation with the ULNA.

Which Noctua coolers are compatible with LGA1150?

The mounting is identical on all LGA115x sockets (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156). The following coolers are thus compatible with LGA1150 out of the box and don’t require any upgrades in order to be used on this platform: NH-C12P SE14, NH-C14, NH-D15, NH-D14, NH-L12, NH-L9i, NH-U14S, NH-U12S, NH-U12P SE2, NH-U9B SE2. In addition, all older models which have been upgraded with the NM-I3 kit can also be used on LGA1150 without any further upgrades.

The following coolers can be made compatible to LGA1150 using the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit and are eligible for Noctua’s free mounting kit offer: NH-C12P, NH-U12, NH-U12F, NH-U12P, NH-U12P SE1366, NH-U9, NH-U9F, NH-U9B.

The following coolers can be made compatible to LGA1150 using the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit but are not eligible for Noctua’s free mounting kit offer: DX-Series Xeon coolers, NH-D14 SE2011.

The following coolers are mechanically incompatible with the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit and can not be made compatible with LGA1150: DO-Series AMD Opteron coolers, NH-L9a.

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

As it is not possible to reliably calculate or control the forces that act upon a system during transport (e.g. in shipping), we generally recommend, for safety reasons, taking the fan off the heatsink in order to reduce the weight below 700g. Noctua cannot be held responsible for any damage that may arise due to excessive stress during transport if you keep the fan installed.

Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler?

The cooler can extend over the RAM slots on some mainboards. While DDR2 Corsair Dominator don't fit underneath the cooler, DDR3 Corsair Dominator do fit when the removable top heatsink is taken off as shown below. Please also note that the NF-P12 fan can be moved upwards or taken off in order to improve RAM compatibility as shown here.

DDR3

Why doesn't the base of Noctua coolers have a polished, mirror like finish?

As most of today's PC enthusiasts use high-viscosity thermal compounds, the contact surface of Noctua coolers is optimised for use with this type of pastes. The micro-grooves at the contact surface ensure that high-viscosity thermal compounds are dispersed to a uniform thin layer across the whole contact area and that no air pockets remain between the cooler and the CPU. With a polished, mirror like surface, the risk of uneven dispersion is much higher. As too thick layers of thermal paste and air pockets drastically deteriorate heat transmission, the micro-grooves are is of vital importance to the overall cooling performance of Noctua coolers when used with today's high-viscosity thermal pastes.

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