heading NH-C12P SE14 SPECIFICATIONS REVIEWS SERVICE Product discontinued. Successor model: NH-L12 Building on the proven basis of the successful NH-C12P, which has received more than 100 awards and recommendations from the international press, the NH-C12P SE14 now comes with Noctua's new NF-P14 140mm fan for further improved quiet cooling performance as well as the new SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system. Topped off with Noctua's pro-grade NT-H1 thermal compound and adding support for both LGA1366 and LGA1156/1155/1150, the NH-C12P SE14 is a premium quality quiet cooler that provides lots of airflow for near-socket mainboard components and excellent case compatibility at a height of only 114mm. ✕ Details Proven 6 heatpipe design Recommended by more than 100 international hardware websites and magazines, the NH-C12P heatsink is renowned for its excellent quality and thermal performance. C-type design with Airflow-Gaps Due to the down-facing design, two large Airflow-Gaps and the oversize 140mm fan, the NH-C12P SE14 provides superior cooling for near-socket motherboard components. NF-P14 140mm premium fan Further improving the original NH-C12P's much acclaimed quiet cooling performance, the NF-P14 is a highly optimised, premium quality 140mm fan with Vortex-Control Notches for superb quietness and outstanding aerodynamic efficiency. High compatibility The down-facing c-type design allows for low height as well as excellent motherboard and case compatibility, making the NH-C12P SE14 suitable for many smaller or desktop style cases. SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system Noctua's enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA775, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use. Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability. See all 81 reviews for this product See all 71 reviews for this product Cooler Specification Socket compatibility Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA775, LGA2011 on request, Asus X-socket™ & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required) Height (without fan) 90 mm Width (without fan) 126 mm Depth (without fan) 152 mm Weight (without fan) 550 g Height (with fan) 114 mm Width (with fan) 140 mm Depth (with fan) 152 mm Weight (with fan) 730 g Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating Fan compatibility 140x140x25mm / 120x120x25mm Scope of delivery NF-P14 premium fanLow-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)NT-H1 high-grade thermal compoundSecuFirm2™ Mounting KitsNoctua Metal Case-Badge Warranty 6 Years FAN Specification Model Noctua NF-P14 Bearing SSO-Bearing Rotational speed (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM Rotational speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 750 RPM Airflow 110,3 m³/h Airflow with L.N.A. 83,7 m³/h Airflow with U.L.N.A. 71,2 m³/h Acoustical noise 19,6 dB(A) Voltage range 12 V MTTF > 150.000 h 18.05.2010 // TechPowerUp.com NH-C12P SE14 Review Noctua's NH-C12P SE14 has proven itself to be a worthy contender in today's CPU cooler market. Its quality and bundled accessories set it apart from the rest to make it more appealing. As usual, Noctua has bundled the cooler with easy to install mounting hardware for almost every current CPU socket along with an excellent 140 mm fan, thermal grease, and tools to make installation a breeze. The included fan is near silent at normal 12V operation but Noctua has included two voltage regulation adapters that, when utilized, drop the fan to 7V, or 5V to further decrease fan noise. It also provides airflow for components around the CPU socket to aid in cooling. Like many of Noctua's other coolers, the NH-C12P SE14 has an offset design that helps work around any clearance issues you may run into during installation. It comes with a durable Nickel plated finish that is both functional and attractive. Should you run into any problems, Noctua provides a six year warranty on all their coolers. Test verdict: "Overall the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 is excellent. If you find yourself in the market for a high performance CPU cooler that is near silent, this cooler is definitely one to consider." (Steve Harris, TechPowerUp.com) 15.01.2010 // TweakTown.com NH-C12P SE14 Review Previous experiences with testing Noctua coolers have always been a pleasure and the NH-C12P SE14 is no exception. Running more silent than the original version, adding a ton of airflow to both the cooler and the motherboard, and returning excellent results in testing will make this my future recommendation for those who can’t house a full tower. For what it does I will even put it over some larger towers even if you have the room. In short, the NH-C12P SE14 delivers in every way possible. Test verdict: "The addition of the NF-P14 fan to the NH-C12P cooler is one terrific combination of low temperatures, silence, and of course price. " (Chad Sebring, TweakTown.com) 18.02.2010 // OverclockersClub.com NH-C12P SE14 Review The NH-C12P SE 14 is another solid offering from Noctua. When it was compared to the other high-end heatsinks tested, it performed well by comparison, falling between the NH-U9B SE2 and the Thermalright TRUE. This is an accomplishment in itself, because when overclocked, the temperature differential between the NH-C12P SE14 and the TRUE was only four degrees Celsius. At stock speeds, the differential between the two maintained the same four degree span. This shows that as the thermal load grows, the NH-C12P SE14 keeps pace with the tower-style heatsinks. Noctua is a company that puts plenty of thought and good, solid engineering into the products they make. A fan is just a fan, right? Wrong! Noctua takes the concept and makes it better. You get the 'Vortex Control Notches' on the fan blades, the use of SSO bearings and CNC machined brass reinforcements in the hub and bearing shell, to give the fan a longer life. Not to mention it runs quieter, with reduced vibration and higher static pressure, which kills the myth that air cooling has to be noisy. Test verdict: " By using a 140mm fan, Noctua has upped the ante on their tried and true NH-C12P heatsink and allowed it to perform almost up to the level of some of the top-end tower-style heatsinks, while coming in at a significantly lower height. [...] The NH-C12P SE14 delivers great performance, has great looks and would be a solid alternative to the tower-style heatsinks with its low profile design that can be used where a tower style heatsink just won't fit." (Frank Dimmick, OverclockersClub.com) 20.01.2010 // WCCFtech.com NH-C12P SE14 Review This fan is a niche product. It is for those who are looking to capitalize on the cooler’s dimension with respect to the case size of their computers. It can fit in chassis that can’t house a Thermalright 120 ultra eXtreme and perform just as well. In a typical HTPC case it can keep the processor cool enough without the need of its fan! Test verdict: "If you want the best top down cooler ever made, one that performs just as well as standard tower design coolers, fits in a compact case and comes with everything you will need to set it up then stop musing and go out and get a Noctua NH-C12P SE14." (Ali Tayyab, WCCFtech.com) 28.02.2015 // ComputerForum.de NH-C12P SE14 Review 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. Test verdict: "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 NH-C12P SE14 Review 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. Test verdict: "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 NH-C12P SE14 Review 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. Test verdict: "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 NH-C12P SE14 Review 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 Test verdict: "Obydwa coolery otrzymują zasłużoną ocenę 4,5/5 oraz naszą rekomendacje!" (Rafał Dryjer, PCTechReview.pl) 17.05.2013 // ElektronikTest.dk NH-C12P SE14 Review 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. Test verdict: "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 NH-C12P SE14 Review 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. Test verdict: "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) See all 81 reviews for this product INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION SHEETS (PDF) FAQs MAINBOARD COMPATIBILITY RAM COMPATIBILITY CASE COMPATIBILITY CPU COMPATIBILITY Installation Manual (PDF) Information Sheet (PDF) FAQs Is it possible to mount fans with a greater height than 25mm? 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 AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation? My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem? Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one? Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066? Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)? Can I upgrade my existing Noctua cooler to socket TR4 or SP3? How should I clean my Noctua cooler? What Thermal Design Power (TDP) is this cooler recommended for and how much Watt (W) of heat can it dissipate? Can I install a Noctua cooler in my system from Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo? My case supports CPU coolers of up to XXXmm height, which model should I choose? I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help? How much torque should be applied when tightening the screws of a Noctua CPU cooler? Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model? How can I determine if the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS is overclocking my processor by default and deactivate this automatic overclocking? Can I use the NF-A15 fan on my Noctua CPU cooler? In which orientation should top-flow coolers (NH-C series, NH-L12) be installed? 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? How much clearance for RAM or chipset coolers does the NH-C12P provide? Does the cooler offer sufficient clearance for my RAM modules? 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've got 2 adapter cables with the cooler. What's the difference between these cables? Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler? Can I use Corsair Dominator RAM with the cooler? The fan doesn’t start with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA)! Is the mounting system compatible with LGA1155? Is the cooler compatible with AMD AM3+ and FM1? Is the cooler compatible with the Intel LGA2011 socket and Asus X-socket™? The cooler's fans always run at full speed and can not be controlled by my motherboard, what's the problem? 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. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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). My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem? Intel's unlocked CPUs (K, X and C suffix) can dissipate more heat than indicated by the TDP specification if the TDP limits are extended or disabled in the motherboards' BIOS. the motherboard applies automatic overclocking by default, e.g. by raising the supply voltage of the CPU and using higher Turbo-Mode multipliers. some software creates untypical loads, e.g. Prime95 with AVX2 support and a) and/or b) apply. This can lead to temperature issues, especially when using smaller coolers or compact cases. The actual power draw of the processor can be monitored with software provided by the motherboard vendor or with 3rd party tools like HWInfo or HWMonitor. If you encounter temperature issues (>90°C) and notice a higher than specified power draw, please ensure that no automatic overclocking is applied and limit the TDP to the specified value by choosing appropriate BIOS settings. For Kaby Lake CPUs, it may also help to lower the CPU clock speed for applications that heavily use the AVX instruction set, which can lead to higher loads and power draw. This option is usually referred to as “AVX offset” and makes it possible to lower the multiplier specifically for AVX based applications without reducing performance when using other instruction sets. Depending on the quality of the CPU and the programs being used, a reduction of 2-3 steps usually gives very good results. Please contact your motherboard vendor for details if you have trouble finding the appropriate settings in the BIOS. All our TDP recommendations are based on thorough testing with the default values specified by Intel using popular applications such as Asus Realbench and prime95. Please note, however, that prime95 creates a particularly high load that goes beyond typical application scenarios and this leads to elevated temperatures. We thus recommend using other programs such as Realbench for checking the stability and temperatures of the CPU in realistic scenarios. 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. Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066? Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011 and LGA2066, Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 also support Intel’s upcoming ‘Basin Falls’ X299 HEDT (High End Desktop) platform for ‘Skylake-X’ and ‘Kaby Lake-X’ processors. Most current Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 and can thus be used on LGA2066 motherboards without any upgrades or modifications. The following models include a mounting-kit for socket LGA2011/2066 and are thus compatible out of the box: NH-C14S NH-D14 SE2011 NH-D15 NH-D15S NH-D9L NH-L12 NH-L9x65 NH-U12S NH-U12DX i4 NH-U14S NH-U9DX i4 NH-U9S The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets free of charge using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit: NH-C12P NH-C12P SE14 NH-C14 NH-D14 NH-D15 SE-AM4 NH-U12S SE-AM4 NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 NH-U12 NH-U12F NH-U12P NH-U12P SE1366 NH-U12P SE2 NH-U9 NH-U9B NH-U9B SE2 NH-U9F The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers: NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!) NH-U12DX NH-U12DX 1366 NH-U9DX 1366 NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!) The following models are not compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets and can not be upgraded: NH-L9a NH-L9i NH-U12DO A3 NH-U9DO A3 Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)? The following models include a mounting-kit for socket AM4 and are thus compatible out of the box: NH-D15 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-D15 SE-AM4 NH-D15S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-U14S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-U12S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-U12S SE-AM4 NH-U9S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-D9L (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-C14S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-L12S NH-L9x65 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 NH-L9a-AM4 The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit: NH-C12P NH-C12P SE14 NH-C14 NH-C14S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-D14 NH-D14 SE2011 NH-D15 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-D15S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-D9L (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-L12 NH-L9x65 (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-U12 NH-U12F NH-U12P NH-U12P SE1366 NH-U12P SE2 NH-U9 NH-U9B NH-U9B SE2 NH-U9F The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-UxS upgrade-kit: NH-U14S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-U12S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) NH-U9S (AM4 mounting included since 2019, only older coolers require upgrade kit) The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-L9aL9i upgrade-kit: NH-L9a NH-L9i The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers: NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!) NH-U12DX NH-U12DX 1366 NH-U12DX i4 NH-U9DX i4 NH-U9DX 1366 NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!) The following models are not compatible with the AM4 socket and can not be upgraded: NH-U14S TR4-SP3 NH-U12S TR4-SP3 NH-U9 TR4-SP3 NH-U12DO A3 NH-U9 DO A3 Can I upgrade my existing Noctua cooler to socket TR4 or SP3? Unfortunately, it is not possible to upgrade existing Noctua heatsinks to support the AMD TR4 and SP3 sockets for Ryzen Threadripper (X399) and Epyc CPUs. TR4/SP3 CPUs have much bigger heatspreaders (as compared to e.g. LGA2066 or AM4 processors) and the contact surfaces of standard Noctua heatsinks would cover only about half of these heatspreaders, which would result in insufficient cooling performance. On top of that, the heatpipes of bigger cooler models like the NH-D15 or NH-D15S would completely block the RAM slots on many TR4/SP3 motherboards. For this reason, Noctua has introduced the new NH-U14S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S TR4-SP3 and NH-U9 TR4-SP3 cooler models that feature bigger contact surfaces and have been tailored to fit TR4 and SP3 systems. Please choose these models for AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Epyc systems. 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. What Thermal Design Power (TDP) is this cooler recommended for and how much Watt (W) of heat can it dissipate? Please refer to our CPU compatibility list for information on maximum recommended TDP and heat dissipation. Can I install a Noctua cooler in my system from Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo? Systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands often use motherboards which differ slightly from the specifications issued by Intel and AMD. While those changes are usually subtle, they can lead to compatibility issues with coolers that were built to comply with these specifications. Even in case the cooler is mechanically compatible and can be installed, other issues can occur, e.g. proprietary fan connectors, BIOS errors due to a low fan speed, shutdowns, etc. Some of these problems can be avoided with some technical knowledge, but especially BIOS related issues can often not be resolved. Due to the large number of possible issues that cannot be resolved with different mounting parts alone, Noctua does not officially support systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands. My case supports CPU coolers of up to XXXmm height, which model should I choose? Please refer to our TDP guide in order to select the cooler that offers the best cooling performance at a given height. I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help? Please refer to the installation manual and our video installation guides for detailed instructions on how to install the cooler. How much torque should be applied when tightening the screws of a Noctua CPU cooler? All screws should be tightened gently until they stop without using excessive force. Please do not exceed the following values for maximum tightening torque: Screw typeMax. torque NM-SSC1 screws for fixing the fastening brackets to the base of the heatsink0.5 Nm NM-ITS1 thumb screws for fixing Intel mounting bars0.5 Nm NM-ALS1 screws for fixing AMD mounting bars0.6 Nm Spring-loaded screws for fixing the heatsink to the mounting bars0.6 Nm Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model? Not sure which Noctua product to buy? Our detailed buying guides for fans and CPU coolers help you to choose the model that works best for you. How can I determine if the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS is overclocking my processor by default and deactivate this automatic overclocking? Most motherboard vendors allow their overclocking-enabled products (e.g. those with Intels X- or Z-series chipsets) to run the processor at increased clock speeds by default, without requiring any user action at all. Since TDP (Thermal Design Power) limits are usually also disabled by default, this leads to the CPU exceeding the rated TDP to a varying degree, depending on the used applications and their workloads. Due to the increased heat output of the CPU, you may see higher CPU temperatures than expected. In order to find out if your motherboard is overclocking your processor by default, please enter the UEFI BIOS and select the “advanced” or “overclocking” menu. There you should be able to find options such as “MultiCore Enhancement” (options: enabled/disabled), “CPU Ratio Apply Mode” (options: all/per core) or similar. To disable the automatic overclocking, adjust the settings either to “disabled” or “per core” and make sure that the individual multipliers match the original specifications. In doubt, please contact your motherboard vendor for detailed instructions on how to disable this feature. Can I 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. 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. 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: 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. How much clearance for RAM or chipset coolers does the NH-C12P provide? The NH-C12P provides 44mm clearance for near-socket components: 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). 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. 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. 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. 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: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The cooler's fans always run at full speed and can not be controlled by my motherboard, what's the problem? Older, discontinued models such as the NH-D14, NH-C14, NH-U12P SE2 and NH-U9B SE2 ship with 3-pin fans that can only be controlled by means of voltage adjustment. When these models were introduced in 2009 and 2010, many motherboards supported this type of speed control, whereas today, most motherboards can only control 4-pin fans by means of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). As indicated on the resepective product pages, these models have been discontinued and superseeded by newer models such as the NH-D15, NH-C14S, NH-U12S and NH-U9S, which, like all current Noctua CPU coolers, support speed control via PWM. If you would like to use PWM speed control, please purchase one of our current cooler models or change the fans for some of our 4-pin PWM fans. Alternatively, you can also use the supplied Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise adaptors in order to reduce the speed of the supplied fans. Do you have a question concerning one of our products? Please use this form to pose a question! Disclaimer:We create and update our compatibility lists with the utmost care. Unfortunately, mainboard manufacturers tend to change certain components and heatsinks without pointing it out by using corresponding revision names. If you run into problems while installing our coolers on one of the mainboards listed as being compatible, please don't hesitate to contact our support team at email@example.com.Please also keep in mind that other components such as narrow or small cases as well as memory modules with special (higher) heat-spreaders can cause compatibility-issues.For use in systems from Dell, HP or Lenovo, please note this FAQ. Caution:Depending on the orientation of the cooler, the NH-C12P SE14 extends over the RAM slots of the mainboard. The cooler offers sufficient clearance for all standard size memory modules, but you won’t be able to use memory modules higher than 44mm. Corsair Dominator DDR3 modules can be used if the top heatspreader is removed as shown here.For further information regarding the compatibility of specific RAM please visit our RAM compatibility list.Note that this compatibility list indicates mechanical compatibility only and does not take into account whether or not the mainboard will be able to automatically control the speed of the cooler’s fans. Since many modern mainboards can only control 4-pin PWM fans and this cooler comes with 3-pin fans, the fans will usually run at full speed and you can use the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors to reduce the fan speed. Disclaimer:We create and update our compatibility lists with the utmost care. Unfortunately, mainboard manufacturers tend to change certain components and heatsinks without pointing it out by using corresponding revision names. If you run into problems while installing our coolers on one of the mainboards listed as being compatible, please don't hesitate to contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.Please also keep in mind that other components such as narrow or small cases as well as memory modules with special (higher) heat-spreaders can cause compatibility-issues. Caution:Depending on the orientation of the cooler, the NH-C12P SE14 extends over the RAM slots of the mainboard. The cooler offers sufficient clearance for all standard size memory modules, but you won’t be able to use memory modules higher than 44mm. Corsair Dominator DDR3 modules can be used if the top heatspreader is removed as shown here. Our case compatibility list helps you to quickly identify which PC cases offer sufficient clearance for which Noctua CPU coolers. The compatibility indication is based on the height of the coolers (including fans) as well as the maximum CPU cooler height specification given by the chassis manufacturer. Caution: Please note that the fans of some tower coolers (especially larger models with 140mm fans, e.g. NH-D15 or NH-U14S TR4-SP3) may overhang the RAM slots and that this can cause compatibility issues if RAM modules taller than 32mm are used. While the fans can be moved upwards to increase RAM clearance, this will increase the total height of the cooler and thus requires additional clearance inside the chassis. As a rule of thumb, if the fan overhangs the RAM, the maximum CPU cooler height specification of the case must be at least the size of the fan plus the height of the RAM minus 7mm (accounting for the height of the socket and CPU). For example, if a cooler uses a 140mm fan that overhangs the RAM and 46mm tall RAM modules are used, the max. CPU cooler height specification should be at least 179mm (140+46-7=179). For further information and instructions on how to move up the fan for each cooler model, please click the height specification link. Disclaimer: We create and update our compatibility lists with utmost care. However, case manufacturers sometimes change parts or details of their products without prior notice or explicitly indicating a revision. Therefore, Noctua cannot accept any liability, nor in any other way be held responsible, for the following compatibility information. When modern CPUs use their turbo modes, they can (depending on the configuration of the UEFI BIOS) dissipate much more heat than indicated by the manufacturer’s TDP (Thermal Design Power) specification. Just like manual overclocking, this puts higher demands on the cooling solution. Our CPU compatibility list helps you to choose the cooler model that is best suited for a given CPU and your individual requirements as far as turbo and overclocking headroom are concerned. We classify our coolers according to the following categories: best turbo/overclocking headroom medium turbo/overclocking headroom low turbo/overclocking headroom compatible without turbo/overclocking headroom compatible with certain restrictions (see comment) incompatible (see comment) For further information on CPUs exceeding their TDP ratings and how to configure the UEFI BIOS in order to avoid excessively high temperatures, please see this FAQ. Please also see our general buying guide, motherboard compatibility list and FAQs for further help on how to select the best cooler for your configuration.