Whenever Noctua launches a new product, it makes a lot of of headlines. And quite rightly so, as every Noctua product is somehow extra special. The same story is true with the NH-P1, which is Noctua’s first passive cooler, and probably the only passive cooler on the market designed for 100W+ processors. We’ve been testing the NH-P1 for a while now, and it’s time to share with you what we think about this unique product.
For sure, we can count on a top-quality as Noctua never disappoints, but how well does the NH-P1 work? I hope you can find the answer to this and many other questions in our review.
Let’s begin with the specifications and features of the new Noctua cooler.
The NH-P1 is Noctua’s first passive CPU cooler and has been custom-designed for fanless operation from the ground up: in enclosures with good natural convection, its six heatpipes and thick, widely spaced heatsink fins enable it to cool modern high-end CPUs with low to moderate heat dissipation completely passively (see setup guidelines and list of recommended cases). For further enhanced performance or semi-passive setups that only spin up their fans when necessary, the NH-P1 can be outfitted with a low-speed, ultra-quiet 120mm fan such as the NF-A12x25 LS-PWM. Topped off with the professional Torx-based SecuFirm2+ mounting system, Noctua’s award-winning NT-H2 thermal compound and a 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-P1 is the ideal cornerstone for premium-grade fanless or semi-passive builds.
Designed for passive cooling from the ground up
Fanless cooling for high-end CPUs
Increased performance headroom with extra fan
No noise, less dust, 100% fail-proof
Asymmetrical layout for optimal PCIe compatibility
100% RAM clearance on LGA1200 and AM4
SecuFirm2+™ Torx-based multi-socket mounting system
Compatibility with past and future sockets
NT-H2 next-gen thermal compound
Soldered interface between heatpipes and fins
6-year manufacturer’s warranty