Back at Computex 2019, when we visited Noctua at its trade fair, we saw a concept CPU heat sink, a monolith with a passive design. In many circles, including fans of quiet and passively cooled systems, this is a long-awaited announcement, and although there is nothing official from Noctua yet, the new NH-P1 has been discovered on a list on Newegg by FanlessTech.
Noctua NH-P1 has a completely fanless design, and although there is still no official word on the TDP classification, we saw the concept cooler on Computex 2019 with an Intel Core i9-9900K cooled 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 that it has some serious cooling potential for a passive cooler.
Noctua Concept Fanless CPU Cooler on Computex 2019
As with other Noctua CPU coolers, it includes the SecuFirm2 + mounting system that is compatible with Intel’s LGA1200, LGA115x and LGA1200xx sockets, and also provides support for AMD’s AM4, AM3 +, AM3, AM2 and FM2 sockets. The finer details of the design are currently unclear, but Noctua supplies a tube with the latest NT-H2 thermal paste with it, as well as a limited six-year warranty. Noctua does not recommend overclocking due to the limited cooling properties of a passive design, but it can also be used with Noctua fans, with grooves that allow users to add fans with their mounting brackets.
At the time of writing, Newegg has withdrawn the listing from its website, which means it could have jumped the gun, but we expect the Noctua NH-P1 to be announced immediately. The Newegg listing had the $ 100 Noctua NH-P1, which means it’s not going to be cheap, but it’s targeting a niche market.