We didn’t really know about the new monster that Noctua had in the oven, and is that the company, in addition to showing off several prototypes, kept the final development, name and price under wraps. At least until today, since we suddenly know everything it takes to get an idea of a more than expected product in an increasingly minority sector and just as interesting.
Will the most anticipated Noctua NH-P1 be up to par in terms of performance and price?
The Kraken is already among us and according to its first images, it is very scary. The best without a doubt is that, filtered through a retailer, we have a lot of their features and while they aren’t all of them, it gives us a glimpse of what we can expect in general terms.
The specific name has been NH-P1, and as can be seen in the image, it will be a giant that will have two aluminum bodies connected vertically by 6 heat pipes, which will pass through each fin with a fairly considerable internal spacing.
The interior of it is perforated with very particular shapes, all based on horizontal rectangles that cross the body of the radiator from side to side. The lower part of it is made up of the cold plate which also serves as a heat sink due to 5 fins which are found there and which are also crossed longitudinally.
Noctua assures that since it is a totally passive radiator, the cooling of the CPU takes place by natural convection, but this is by no means the only way to achieve excellent results, as it also guarantees that we can semi-passively use an NF -A12x25 LS-PWM, a fan classified as practically inaudible.
Full RAM compatibility on Intel and AMD
One of the peculiarities of this heat sink is that it will be fully compatible with AM4 and LGA 1200 or 115X as far as RAM memories are concerned, and that is that it will have sufficient height to save even the tallest modules. .
Of course and as usual in the brand, we will have the professional SecuFrim2 assembly and maintenance with Torx for the following compatible sockets:
- Intelligence LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA1200, LGA20xx (LGA2066, LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3)
- AMD AM4, AM3 (+), AM2 (+), FM2 (+), FM1
But what about the amount of heat it can dissipate? There is the kit of the question and for this reason we are going to quote what Noctua himself says, because he explains it very well:
While the NH-P1 offers top notch performance for a passive cooler, it is not suitable for overclocking or processors that create high thermal loads. Please note that the Thermal Design Power (TDP) rating or the amount of heat dissipation the cooler can handle not only depends on the chassis and other factors like ambient temperature or other system components, but also varies usually from one processor to another. model to another. For this reason, we do not give a general TDP specification, but rather refer to our CPU compatibility list where we indicate what thermal load the cooler can withstand on a particular CPU in a fully optimized configuration (see our settings guidelines for more. details). Also note that the NH-P1 strictly requires a fanless PC case with good natural convection, an open workbench type configuration, or a PC case with fans to achieve its maximum performance. We provide a list of recommended chassis for fully fanless systems that properly use the NH-P1.
As you can imagine, these lists are not yet activated, so we’ll have to wait, but as a preview we saw a few specific processor models: Intel 9900K, 9700K o AMD Ryzen 2700X, 3950X 3700X, 3400G, etc.
Anyway, we will have to wait until the ads are accessible if we want to buy this NH-P1, because as we can see Noctua is very specific about it. Regarding the price, it is quoted at $ 100, which in exchange and with taxes should be around 100 dollars, not bad if we take into account the type of heatsink we’re talking about.