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Fin de série. Modèle successeur: NH-L12

Le NH-C12P SE14 a été conçu sur les bases même du célèbre NH-C12P primé plus de 100 fois par la presse internationale. Il est à présent livré avec le nouveau ventilateur Noctua NF-P14 140 mm, pour des performances de refroidissement encore meilleures, et se voit doté du nouveau système de fixation multi-socket SecuFirm2™ . Le NH-C12P SE14 est un ventirad silencieux haut de gamme, livré avec la pâte thermique haute performance NT-H1 et bénéficiant d'une compatibilité LGA1366 et LGA1156/1155/1150. En outre, il délivre un flux d'air massif en direction des composants situés proche du socket et bénéficie, avec une hauteur de 114 mm, d'une excellente compatibilité avec les boîtiers.
Détails
Une conception éprouvée à 6 caloducs

Une conception éprouvée à 6 caloducs

Recommandé par plus de 100 sites Internet et magazines informatiques, le radiateur NH-C12P est célèbre pour sa qualité de conception et ses performances thermiques exceptionnelles.
Une conception en forme de C avec des espacements améliorant le flux d'air

Une conception en forme de C avec des espacements améliorant le flux d'air

Grâce à une orientation vers le bas, deux espacements importants favorisant le passage de l'air et un imposant ventilateur 140 mm, le NH-C12P SE2 assure un meilleur refroidissement des composants de la carte mère situés à proximité du socket.
Ventilateur NF-P14 140mm

Ventilateur NF-P14 140mm

En améliorant les performances de refroidissement du NH-C12P - son prédécesseur de renom - le NF-P14 a été en tout point optimisé. Il est accompagné d'un ventilateur haut de gamme 140mm, avec encoches Vortex-Control, à la fois hyper silencieux et d'une efficacité aérodynamique redoutable.
Grande compatibilité

Grande compatibilité

Sa conception en forme de C avec une orientation vers le bas permet de réduire la hauteur de l'ensemble et assure ainsi une excellente compatibilité avec les cartes mères et les boîtiers du marché. Le NH-C12P SE2 est ainsi parfaitement adapté aux boîtiers de taille réduite.
Système de fixation multi-socket SecuFirm2™

Système de fixation multi-socket SecuFirm2™

Le système de fixation multi-socket SecuFirm2™ dédié aux passionnés offre une large compatibilité avec les différents sockets du marché (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA775, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1; FM2, FM2+) et sait satisfaire les plus exigeants tant au niveau de la sécurité et de la pression de contact que de la facilité de montage.
Pâte thermique NT-H1

Pâte thermique NT-H1

La célèbre pâte thermique NT-H1 est une solution TIM haut de gamme bénéficiant d'une résistance thermique extrêmement faible, d'une facilité d'application et d'une fiabilité hors norme.
NH-C12P SE14
Spécifications radiateurrn
Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA775, LGA2011 sur demande, Asus X-socket™ & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate requis)
Hauteur (ventilateur non compris)
90 mm
Largeur (ventilateur non compris)
126 mm
Profondeur (ventilateur non compris)
152 mm
Hauteur (ventilateur compris)
114 mm
Largeur (ventilateur compris)
140 mm
Profondeur (ventilateur compris)
152 mm
Poids (ventilateur non compris)
550 g
Poids (ventilateur/s compris)
730 g
Matériau
cuivre (fond et caloducs), aluminium (plaques de refroidissement), soudé & nickelé
Dimensions du ventilateur
140x140x25mm / 120x120x25mm
Volume de livraison
  • 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
Garantie
6 ans
Spécifications ventilateur
Modèle
Type roulements
Vitesse de rotation (+/-10%)
1200 RPM
Vitesse de rotation avec L.N.A. (+/-10%)
900 RPM
Vitesse de rotation avec U.L.N.A. (+/-10%)
750 RPM
Niveau sonore
19,6 dB(A)
Niveau sonore avec L.N.A.
13,2 dB(A)
Niveau sonore avec U.L.N.A.
10,1 dB(A)
Puissance consommée
1,2 W
Tension
12 V
MTBF
> 150.000 h
NH-C12P SE14
28.02.2015 // ComputerForum.de
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Kühler der österreichischen Kühlerspezialisten mit dem Steinkauz im Logo sind in unserer Redaktion stets gern gesehene Testprobanden. Noctua-Kühler wissen im Gegensatz zu Kühlern diverser anderer Hersteller schon vom ersten Moment an zu begeistern. Wie bisher alle Produkte der Österreicher zuvor auch, besticht der NH-C12P SE14 mit herausragend guter Verarbeitung, die bis ins Detail schlicht makellos ist. Die Materialien sind hochwertig, der Kühlerfuß ist penibelst poliert, die Heatpipes sauber gebogen, die Kühlfinnen mit ihren Sägezähnen präzise entgratet. Auch der als Lüfter zum Einsatz kommende NF-P14 ist aus wertigem Kunststoff gefertigt, die Materialstärke ist überzeugend, die Haptik ausgezeichnet. Im Schatten des großen Bruders NH-C14, dem mächtigen Top-Blower mit zwei NF-P14, zeigt der NH-C12P SE14, dass er, obwohl im Spätherbst seines Produktionszyklus angelangt, eine ernstzunehmende Alternative darstellt - nicht nur zu besagtem, größeren und teureren Bruder, nicht nur zu den konkurrierenden kleinen, sondern auch zu vielen ausgewachsenen, ausladenden Tower-Kühlern, zu denen er per Definition nicht einmal in Konkurrenz steht. Die Kühlleistung allein ist als sehr gut zu bezeichnen, egal ob die automatische Lüftersteuerung des Mainboards eingreift oder wir die Drehzahl fixieren - und das in jeder Lebenslage unhörbar bis leise. Um das noch einmal herauszustreichen: Unhörbar ist der NH-C12P SE14 nur nicht, wenn wir seine Lüfterdrehzahl manuell in eine Region schieben, die wir mit unserer 125W-CPU unter automatischer Lüftersteuerung nicht in der Lage waren zu provozieren! Und selbst dann, selbst auf 1200rpm fixiert, entsteht nicht mehr als ein wahrnehmbares, aber nicht störendes Luftrauschen.
Verdict du test: "Mit dem Noctua NH-C12P SE14 runden die Kühlerspezialisten aus Österreich ihr Portfolio großer Top-Blower zwischen NH-C14 und NH-L12 mehr als gelungen ab. Der in seiner Urform NH-C12P bereits mehr als sieben Jahre am Markt befindliche Kühler aus der Alpenrepublik weiß durch seine herausragende Verarbeitung, beste Materialien und schiere Liebe zum Detail ebenso zu begeistern, wie durch seine für einen Top-Blower sehr guten Kühlwerte, die er durchweg unter geringster Geräuschentwicklung erreicht." (Benedikt Weiß, ComputerForum.de)
25.02.2014 // Conseil Config
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Les NH-C12 étant le petit frère du NH-C14 les performances sont donc en deçà mais il reste tout à fait apte à refroidir le core i7 tout en étant plus compact, il faudra cependant faire attention aux températures en 5v dans un boitier qui n'a pas un bon flux d'air.
Verdict du test: "Est-ce que le petit frère du NH-C14 tient la route lorsqu'il s'agit de refroidir un Core i7 ? Je vous dirais que oui! Il faut prendre en compte l'usage de ce ventirad, qui est plutôt censé être utilisé dans un boitier HTPC et qui a donc des dimensions réduites par rapport aux ventirads de type Tour. Dans cet environnement là il remplira parfaitement son rôle et permettra même de refroidir les composants autour du socket." (Christian Marchini, Conseil Config)
22.02.2014 // RelaxedTech.com
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People recognize Noctua products when they see one because of the color scheme that they use on their fans and that's what makes Noctua unique from different manufactures. Noctua has gained a lot of positive recognition in the cooling market because of their exceptional CPU coolers and amazing fans. Their outstanding customer service is what sets them apart from every other manufacture. Noctua's innovation with the NH-C12P SE14 and NH-C14 is exactly what the PC enthusiast industry needs and while these coolers might not hold the performance crown in our bench tests, they weren't designed to handle extreme overclocks in the first place. Like we said earlier, these coolers are designed for small enclosures and HTPC applications and that's where they shine. The NH-C14 was able to handle the 3770K at 4.6Ghz relatively well (under 80c) and that says a lot for a cooler that's specifically designed for small enclosures with little airflow.
Verdict du test: "Overall, both the NH-C14 and the NH-C12P SE14 come packed with whisper quiet fans and come loaded with a ton of useful accessories. The NH-C14 with two fans running at full speed was inaudible while we were running the 3770K at 4.6Ghz and the same goes for its little brother. Another great thing about Noctua's products is that they come with SecuFirm2 which makes the installation process so easy that it's not even funny." (Henry Peshkepija, RelaxedTech.com)
18.05.2013 // PCTechReview
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Obydwa coolery w wykonaniu Noctua znów nas nie zawiodły. Recenzowane konstrukcje są bardzo dobrze wykonane, a także wydajne. Chłodzenia prezentują się fantastycznie a sama jakość wykonania jest nienaganna, a do tego można je zainstalować na praktycznie wszystkich dostępnych podstawkach
Verdict du test: "Obydwa coolery otrzymują zasłużoną ocenę 4,5/5 oraz naszą rekomendacje!" (Rafał Dryjer, PCTechReview.pl)
17.05.2013 // ElektronikTest.dk
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Noctua's NH-C12P SE14 ser ret aggressiv ud, og virker ved første øjekast lidt vild med kølevinger der går helt ned til selve kølehovedet. Der er kun plads til én enkelt 120/140mm blæser, og der medfølger én 140mm som levere godt med luft til køleren. Selvom den ligger et par grader over NH-C14 er det stadig super flot klaret, og den slår stadig nogle at de andre store kølere som vi har testet.
Verdict du test: "God og solid køler som levere rigtig god køling uden at støje for meget. Derudover ser den også flot ud, hvis man altså kan lide den måde den er bygget op på." (John Thorn, ElektronikTest.dk)
03.12.2012 // ITNetwork.rs
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Sve činjenice idu u prilog od dosta sitnih dodataka koji su neophodni za montažu pa i termalne paste koju retko koji proizvođač isporučuje u paketu sa kulerom, a i najbitnija činjenica da je montaža veoma jednostavna, pa može biti dovoljan razlog da vas privuče ova kupovina. Ventilator koji se isporučuje u paketu veličine 140 mm, pri normalnom radu od 12V stvara nizak stepen buke, kako bi i to smanjili Noctua u paketu isporučuju još dva naponska adaptera od 7V i 5V čime dodatno smanjuju stepen buke a nama pružaju razlog više za kupovinu. Negativne stvari nismo našli i ako smo se trudili, tako da na kraju možemo samo doneti zaključak da je ovo izvanredan proizvod za ne tako mnogo novca.
Verdict du test: "NH-C12P SE14 je još jedan odličan proizvod iz Noctua-e. Ukoliko ste tražili dovoljno jak kuler koji bi ohladio vaš procesor prilikom overklokovanja a da ne potrošite dosta novca onda je ovo možda pravi izbor." (Sasa Ristic, ITNetwork.rs)
29.02.2012 // The Overclock Hole
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La progettazione lo rende compatibile con tantissime motherboard e Noctua è uno dei pochi produttori che ha un database di compatibilità sia con motherboard che ram che dovrebbe essere preso come riferimento da tutti i produttori di dissipatori.. è molto facile andare a controllare e capire se la scheda e le memorie che avete scelto vi daranno problemi con questo cooler. Aggiungete la silenziosità, la relativa facilità di montaggio, l'efficacia e troverete pochi punti negativi a questo dissipatore, che permette anche overclock moderati magari su CPU con TDP basso o nel caso di Intel Core, senza tecnologia Hyperthreading. Se non desiderate overcloccare difficilmente troverete un processore, anche di fascia alta, che metterà in crisi questo cooler.
Verdict du test: "Noctua NH-C12P SE14 è un dissipatore efficace; considerato che è di tipo "top-down" si è ben difeso nei test, è molto silenzioso e data l'altezza contenuta si candida come una tra le soluzioni migliori per coloro che cercano un cooler poco rumoroso per sistemi HTPC o comunque da inserire in cabinet dalle dimensioni contenute soprattutto in larghezza." (Lorenzo Pasini, The Overclock Hole)
26.02.2012 // infoBIT.pl
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W zestawie dostajemy dwa adaptery, dzięki którym możemy zredukować prędkość obrotową z 1200 RPM do 900 RPM i 750 RPM, uzyskując praktycznie bezgłośna pracę oraz wystarczającą wydajność.
Verdict du test: "Noctua NH-C12P SE14 to świetnie wykonany i estetycznie wyglądający cooler. W parze idzie również bardzo wysoka wydajność" (Wojciech Braś, infoBIT.pl)
13.02.2012 // Hardware - HDblog
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Dopo aver testato diversi dissipatori Noctua, rilevando sempre ottimi risultati, non ci stupiamo dell’ennesima prova di qualità offerta dall’NH-C12P SE14. Questo Cooler ci è piaciuto soprattutto perchè pur non avendo dimensioni esagerate risce a gestire tranquillamente CPU con TDP superiore a 130W con una ventola che anche a pieno regime risulta molto silenziosa. Caratteristica dei dissipatori orizzontali poi è senza dubbio la doppia funzionalità che permette di raffreddare non solo il processore ma anche la zona socket con buoni risultati.
Verdict du test: "Anche se ormai risulta scontato quando si parla di dissipatori Noctua, ribadiamo qualora ce ne fosse bisogno, che il prodotto risulta impeccabile sotto il profilo costruttivo e del bundle." (Salvatore Gallo, Hardware - HDblog)
11.01.2012 // TechStation.it
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Siamo giunti alla fase finale della recensione in cui dobbiamo tirare le conclusioni, Noctua è sicuramente un marchio da cui ci si aspetta molto e le nostre aspettative sono state tutte rispettate, partendo dalla cura del packing, passando per la completezza degli accessori in bundle fino ad arrivare alla qualità costruttiva dei dissiaptore e degli accessori si nota la cura dei dettagli e la progettazione non basata su una logica di risparmio.
Verdict du test: "Il Noctua NH-C12P SE14 viste le dimensioni più contenute si presta ad essere montato anche su case più piccoli, senza la ventola ha un altezza di 90mm, anche se il dissipatore non è stato progettato per funzionare fanless." (Pietro Pallozzi, TechStation.it)

Instructions de montage (PDF)

Feuille d'informations (PDF)

FAQs

Does the cooler offer sufficient clearance for my RAM modules?

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

Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler?

Le poids élevé représente-t-il un danger pour le processeur central ou le socle ?

Puis-je monter aussi des ventilateurs d'une hauteur supérieure à 25 mm ?

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

Can I use Noctua fans on my fan controller?

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

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

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

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

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

Does the cooler offer sufficient clearance for my RAM modules?

Is the cooler compatible with LGA1366 mainboards for Xeon 5500?

My mainboard has more than one set of mounting holes. Which one should I use?

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

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

Is the mounting system compatible with LGA1155?

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

Is the cooler compatible with AMD AM3+ and FM1?

Is the cooler compatible with the Intel LGA2011 socket and Asus X-socket™?

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

Can use the NF-A15 fan on my Noctua CPU cooler?

Is the cooler compatible with AMD FM2+?

Quels ventirads Noctua sont compatibles avec le LGA1150 ?

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

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

How to remove the base protection cover?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

Are there any concerns using Noctua CPU coolers on Intel Skylake (LGA1151) CPUs?

Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler?

Pourquoi le fond du refroidisseur Noctua n'est-il pas brillanté et poli ?

Pourquoi le fond du refroidisseur Noctua n'est-il pas brillanté et poli ?

Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one?

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

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 900 / 750 rpm:

Vibration Compensators Installation

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

Le poids élevé représente-t-il un danger pour le processeur central ou le socle ?

Non. Les refroidisseurs Noctua disposent d'un système de montage SecuFirm™ très fiable. Grâce au vissage sûr avec une plaque de montage au dos de la carte mère, le dépassement des recommandations de poids données par Intel et AMD, qui est normal pour les refroidisseurs high end, ne présente pas de danger et est sans inconvénients.

Puis-je monter aussi des ventilateurs d'une hauteur supérieure à 25 mm ?

Oui. Les agrafes de montage des refroidisseurs NH-U s'engrènent dans les trous de passage des vis à la face inférieure du cadre du ventilateur et fonctionnent pour cette raison pour les ventilateurs de toutes les hauteurs. Des problèmes de montage ne peuvent être causés que par d'autres éléments dans le boîtier en cas d'utilisation de ventilateurs présentant des formes de cadre spéciales, pour lesquels les agrafes ne peuvent pas s'engrener dans les trous de passage des vis à la face inférieure.

NH-U Lüfter Kompatibilität

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 1300 / 1000 rpm:

Vibration Compensators Installation

Can I use Noctua fans on my fan controller?

Our fans are compatible with the vast majority of fan controllers on the market. However, there is a compatibility issue with a few models such as the Zalman ZM-MFC2 and Bitfenix Recon, which apply Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) on the 12V line and use an unfavourable PWM carrier frequency. This can create an oscillation when used with certain fans, which will result in the fan speeding up and down. We therefore recommend not using the Zalman ZM-MFC2 or Bitfenix Recon with our fans.

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

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

Is the cooler compatible with LGA1366 mainboards for Xeon 5500?

Due to the custom NM-I3 backplate, the cooler can not be used on mainboards that have a backplate with screw threads for CPU cooler installation (such as the Intel reference backplate for Xeon 5500). Please choose our NH-U12DX 1366 for these mainboards.

1366 compatibility

My mainboard has more than one set of mounting holes. Which one should I use?

Please always use the standard set of mounting holes that's compliant with your socket type (e.g. 75mm LGA1156 hole spacing on LGA1156 sockets) and parallel to the sides of the socket. Don't use mounting holes which are rotated in relation to the socket.

1366 compatibility

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Please first loosen one of the two thumbscrews that hold the mounting bars in place. Then untighten the second screw so that you can swivel the mounting bar and open the socket. Depending on the position of the mounting bars, you may need to swivel both.

Open Socket

Open Socket

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

No. As most AMD mainboards come with a stock backplate preinstalled, the cooler doesn’t include an AMD backplate. If your mainboard doesn’t have a backplate, please contact our support team at support@noctua.at.

amd backplate

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.

Is the mounting system compatible with LGA1155?

Yes. LGA1155 uses the same hole spacing as LGA1156, so the same SecuFirm2™ mounting system can be used.

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

The SecuFirm2™ mounting system requires a standard AMD backplate (either plastic or metal) with screw threads as shown on the pictures below. These backplates are pre-installed on the rear side of most AMD mainboards (see first picture below) and fixed to the retention module with four screws (see second picture below). If your retention module is fixed with plastic bolts instead of metal screws, please contact support@noctua.at in order to obtain an appropriate backplate.

In order to proceed with the installation of your Noctua cooler, please remove the four screws and the retention module but keep the backplate in place so that you can see the screw threads from the top side of the motherboard (see third picture below). You can then proceed with the installation of the SecuFirm2™ mounting kit as described in the manual (see fourth picture below).

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate



Is the cooler compatible with AMD AM3+ and FM1?

As the hole spacing for CPU cooler installation on AM3+ and FM1 is the same as on AM2, AM2+ and AM3, the cooler is fully compatible with AM3+ and FM1 out of the box and doesn’t require any modifications or upgrades.

Is the cooler compatible with the Intel LGA2011 socket and Asus X-socket™?

The cooler doesn’t come with LGA2011 mounting hardware out of the box, but it can be upgraded to support LGA2011 via the NM-I2011 mounting kit.

Please also note that the cooler is fully compatible with Asus Rampage IV series LGA2011 motherboards that feature Asus X-socket™. Asus X-socket™ models use an interchangeable backplate that makes it possible to install LGA1366 heatsinks, so the cooler is fully compatible with these mainboards out of the box and does not require any upgrades to be installed.

Asus X-socket

In order to install the cooler on Asus X-socket™ mainboards, please first remove the mainboard’s LGA2011 backplate and install the LGA1366 backplate supplied with the mainboard instead (see the mainboard manual for detailed instructions). Then install the Noctua cooler as described in the supplied installation manual for LGA1366. In case you’ve lost the printed installation manual, you can download it here.

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

Dust: Fans and heatsinks inside computer cases tend to accumulate dust over longer periods of usage. In order to maintain maximum performance, please clean your fan and heatsink regularly. For cleaning, please first remove the fan from the heatsink and clean it using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please do not use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan and do not put the fan under running water as water residues inside the motor may lead to short circuits. Please also note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty. Before reinstalling the fan, clean the heatsink itself with a duster or vacuum cleaner. Do not use water to clean the cooler. Finally put the fan back on and connect it to your motherboard fan header or fan controller.
Thermal paste residues: Whenever you take off the heatsink from the CPU, we recommend to clean the CPU as well as the base of the cooler before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler. You can either just wipe the base and the CPU clean with a dry, lint-free tissue or, for more thorough cleaning, use a lint-free tissue moistened with either a mild solution of washing-up liquid or isopropyl alcohol. Do not put the cooler or CPU under running water. Note that both the base of the heatsink and the CPU should be dry, free from residues of thermal compound and free from grease before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler.

Can use the NF-A15 fan on my Noctua CPU cooler?

The NF-A15 is fully compatible with the NH-U12P, NH-C12P and NH-C12P SE14. On the NH-D14 and NH-C14, the NF-A15 fan can only be installed using optional fan clips. For this, please contact our customer service.

Is the cooler compatible with AMD FM2+?

As the hole spacing for CPU cooler installation on FM2+ is the same as on AM2, AM2, AM3(+), FM1 and FM2, the cooler is fully compatible with FM2+ out of the box and doesn’t require any modifications or upgrades.

Quels ventirads Noctua sont compatibles avec le LGA1150 ?

"Le système de fixation est identique sur l'ensemble des sockets LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156). Les ventirads suivants sont donc immédiatement compatibles avec le LGA1150 et ne nécessitent aucun accessoire ni mise à jour pour une utilisation sur cette plateforme : NH-C12P SE14, NH-C14, NH-D15, NH-D14, NH-L12, NH-L9i, NH-U14S, NH-U12S, NH-U12P SE2, NH-U9B SE2. Les modèles plus anciens ayant été modifiés via le kit NM-I3 sont par ailleurs directement utilisable avec le LGA1150 et ne nécessitent donc aucune mise à jour additionnelle.

Les ventirads suivants peuvent devenir compatibles avec le LGA1150 via l’utilisation du kit NM-i115x et bénéficient de l’offre de gratuité Noctua pour le kit : NH-C12P, NH-U12, NH-U12F, NH-U12P, NH-U12P SE1366, NH-U9, NH-U9F, NH-U9B.

Les ventirads suivants peuvent devenir compatibles avec LGA1150 via l’utilisation du kit NM-i115x mais ne bénéficient pas de l’offre de gratuité Noctua pour le kit : DX-Series Xeon coolers, NH-D14 SE2011.

Les ventirads suivants ne sont pas, pour des raisons mécaniques, compatibles avec le kit NM-i115x et ne peuvent jouir d’une compatibilité avec le LGA1150: Série DO, ventirads pour AMD Opteron et NH-L9a.

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Please kindly note that the NT-H1 thermal compound supplied with our coolers is a consumable item so our manufacturer’s warranty does not include providing additional thermal compound. You can purchase NT-H1 from our resellers.

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

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

How to remove the base protection cover?

Noctua CPU coolers are shipped with a plastic protection cover at the bottom side of the cooler, which protects the contact surface against scratches and other damage.

The base of Noctua CPU coolers is made from hard-wearing nickel plated copper, so there's nothing to worry about if you buy a Noctua cooler from second hand or if your cooler didn't come with a protection cover. Please proceed with the installation as explained in the manual.

You can simply remove the cover as shown below:

Base Protection Cover

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.

Are there any concerns using Noctua CPU coolers on Intel Skylake (LGA1151) CPUs?

Our SecuFirm2™ mounting systems undergo comprehensive compatibility tests before being approved for new platforms. We have neither detected any problem with regard to the Intel LGA1151 platform (“Skylake”) during these tests nor have we received any reports from our customers, sales partners and system integrators that would indicate any possible issue. Our SecuFirm2™ mounting systems (with the exception of some compact L-type models) rely on coil springs to create the required contact pressure, which gives a certain flexibility both with regards to tolerances in stackup height and shocks or other forces. Compared to spring-less mounting systems, which exclusively rely on the bending of the mounting brackets in order to create contact pressure, this allows to reduce the mechanical stress on CPU, socket and motherboard and thus helps to prevent possible damage from excessive forces. However, 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, due to safety reasons, to take off coolers with a total weight of more than 700g (incl. fan).

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

Pourquoi le fond du refroidisseur Noctua n'est-il pas brillanté et poli ?

Etant donné que la plupart des enthousiastes d'ordinateurs personnels utilise encore aujourd'hui des pâtes thermiques à forte viscosité, le fond du refroidisseur Noctua a été optimisé pour l'utilisation de ces pâtes. Les fines rainures (micro-grooves) dans la surface du fond du refroidisseur Noctua permettent d'appliquer les pâtes thermiques à forte viscosité de manière homogène en une couche ultramince et sans aucune inclusion d'air n'existe entre le refroidisseur et la processeur central. Le risque d'une application non homogène serait beaucoup plus élevé si la surface était brillantée et polie. Des couches de pâte thermique trop épaisses et des inclusions d'air altérant sensiblement la transmission calorifique, les micro-rainures sont d'une importance décisive pour la performance de refroidissement totale du refroidisseur Noctua en cas d'utilisation des pâtes thermiques courantes à forte viscosité.

Pourquoi le fond du refroidisseur Noctua n'est-il pas brillanté et poli ?

Etant donné que la plupart des enthousiastes d'ordinateurs personnels utilise encore aujourd'hui des pâtes thermiques à forte viscosité, le fond du refroidisseur Noctua a été optimisé pour l'utilisation de ces pâtes. Les fines rainures (micro-grooves) dans la surface du fond du refroidisseur Noctua permettent d'appliquer les pâtes thermiques à forte viscosité de manière homogène en une couche ultramince et sans aucune inclusion d'air n'existe entre le refroidisseur et la processeur central. Le risque d'une application non homogène serait beaucoup plus élevé si la surface était brillantée et polie. Des couches de pâte thermique trop épaisses et des inclusions d'air altérant sensiblement la transmission calorifique, les micro-rainures sont d'une importance décisive pour la performance de refroidissement totale du refroidisseur Noctua en cas d'utilisation des pâtes thermiques courantes à forte viscosité.

Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one?

Most Noctua SecuFirm™ mounting parts are cross-compatible, so if you’re replacing one Noctua cooler with another, it is usually possible to keep the original backplate and/or mounting system in place in order to re-use it for the new cooler. If you had your previous Noctua cooler installed on an Intel LGA115x (LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150), LGA2011 (LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3) or LGA1366 system and replace it with an NH-U14S, NH-U12S or NH-U9S, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the NM-IMB3 ones supplied with the new cooler. For all other models, you can keep the entire mounting system in place on the aforementioned Intel sockets. On AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the ones supplied with the new cooler.

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