The Noctua NH-P1 functions a absolutely fanless design, and even though there is no official statement on its TDP rating yet, we saw the concept cooler at Computex maintaining an Intel Core i9-9900K cooled down in a test system. The 9900K for reference has a PL1 rating of 95 W, and a PL2 rating of 210 W, so we know it has some significant cooling potential for a passive cooler.
As along with other Noctua CPU coolers, NH-P1 includes its SecuFirm2+ mounting system which is works with Intel’s LGA1200, LGA115x, and LGA1200xx sockets, and also allows support for AMD’s AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2, and FM2 sockets. The better essentials of the design are currently unclear, but Noctua does supply a tube of its latest NT-H2 thermal paste with it, as well as a limited six-year warranty. Noctua does not suggest overclocking due to the reasonably limited cooling properties of a passive design, but it can also be used with Noctua’s fans, with grooves that allow users to add fans with its retention brackets.
At the time of posting, Newegg has pulled the listing from its site, which means it could have jumped the gun, but we do expect the Noctua NH-P1 to be introduced imminently. The Newegg listing had the Noctua NH-P1 at $100, which implies it’s not going to be inexpensive, but it targets a niche marketplace.
Fanless cooling doesn’t only have the advantage of being completely silent: if you’re relying on natural convection only and don’t have case fans pushing air through a case, less dust will accumulate in filters or inside the system. Last but not least, with no moving parts such as fans or pumps that could possibly fail, the NH-P1 is as fail-proof as it can be. Photo: Noctua
Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and easy installation. Torx-based, the professional SecuFirm2+ version with its included screwdriver provides even better handling and durability. Socket support includes Intel LGA1200, LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156) and LGA20xx (LGA2066, LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3), as well as AMD AM4, AM3(+), AM2(+), FM2(+) and FM1.