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noctua NH-P1 Passive CPU Cooler

noctua NH-P1 Passive CPU Cooler

LGA115x & LGA1200

This manual will guide you through the installation process of the SecuFirm2+™ mounting system step by step.
Prior to installing the cooler, please consult the compatibility list on our website (www.noctua.at/compatibility) and verify that the cooler is fully compatible with your motherboard.
Please also make sure that your PC case offers sufficient clearance for the cooler and that there are no compatibility issues with any other components (e.g. tall RAM modules).
Double check that the heatsink and fan clips do not make contact with the VGA card or other PCIe cards.
Noctua cannot be held responsible for any damage or losses caused by compatibility issues. Should you encounter any difficulties, please check the FAQs on our website (www.noctua.at/faqs) and don’t hesitate to contact our support team at [email protected].
Multilingual versions of this manual are available on our website: www.noctua.at/manuals

Caution: In order to get optimal results when building passively cooled systems using the NH-P1, it is important to follow some general guidelines.
Please refer to the following page for detailed guidelines and recommendations on how to set up your system for best results: https://noctua.at/en/nh-p1-setup-guidelines
The NH-P1 strictly requires either a fan-less PC case with good natural convection, an open bench table type setup or a PC case with fans in order to achieve its full performance.
We offer a list of recommended cases for completely fan-less systems using the NH-P1: https://ncc.noctua.at/s/nh-p1-case-recommendations

While the NH-P1 provides first-rate performance for a passive cooler, it is not suitable for overclocking or CPUs that create high heat-loads. Please note that the TDP (Thermal Design Power) rating or amount of heat dissipation that the cooler can handle not only depends on the chassis and various other factors such as ambient temperature or other components inside the system, but also generally varies from CPU model to CPU model.
For this reason, we specify cooling performance using the Noctua Standardized Performance Rating (NSPR) instead of giving a general TDP specification. In addition, we refer to our CPU compatibility list where we indicate how well the cooler can be expected to work on a particular CPU in a fully optimized setup (see our setup guidelines): https://ncc.noctua.at/s/nh-p1-cpus
If necessary, Noctua recommends adding a near-inaudible 120mm fan like the NF-A12x25 LS-PWM to the heatsink for improved performance headroom.

Required Mounting Parts
  1. 1x NM-IBP2 backplate
    NM-IBP2 Backplate
  2. 2x NM-IMB2 mounting bars
    NM-IMB2 Mounting Bars
  3. 4x NM-IPS1 plastic spacers
    NM-IPS1 Plastic Spacers
  4. 4x NM-ITS1-TX thumb screws
    NM-ITS1-TX Thumb Screws
Removing the Motherboard

In case you want to use the cooler on an assembled system and your case doesn’t have a cut-out at the rear side of the mother-board tray, you first have to remove the motherboard from the case in order to be able to install the supplied backplate.

Attaching the Backplate

Attaching the Backplate 01

Caution: The supplied backplate will install over the mother-board’s stock backplate, so the motherboard’s stock backplate must not be taken off.
Place the backplate on the rear side of the motherboard so that the bolts stick through the mounting holes.
Caution: Please make sure that the three cut-outs in the supplied backplate align with the screws of the motherboard’s stock backplate.

Attaching the Backplate 02

Installing the Mounting Bars

First put the plastic spacers onto the bolts of the backplate, then add the NM-IMB2 mounting bars.
Installing the Mounting Bars 01

Caution: Choose the alignment of the mounting bars according to the desired final orientation of the cooler:

Installing the Mounting Bars 02

Caution: Make sure that the curved sides of the mounting bars are pointing outwards.

Installing the Mounting Bars 03

Fix the mounting bars using the 4 thumb screws.

Installing the Mounting Bars 04

Caution: Gently tighten the thumb screws until they stop, but do not use excessive force (max. torque 0.6 Nm).

Applying the Thermal Paste

If there are residual traces of thermal paste or thermal pads on your CPU, please clean them off first using the supplied NA-CW1 cleaning wipe. Then press a drop (3-4mm diameter) of NT-H2 onto the center of the heat-spreader.

Applying the Thermal Paste

Caution: Applying too much thermal paste will lower heat conductivity and cooling performance!

Fastening the Heatsink to the CPU

Caution: Please first take off the protection cover at the bottom side of the heatsink.
Then put the heatsink onto the CPU and screw it to the screw threads of the mounting bars.
Perform 2-3 turns on each screw, then repeat until both are fully tightened.

Fastening the Heatsink to the CPU

Caution: Gently tighten the screws until they stop, but do not use excessive force (max. torque 0.6 Nm).

Fan Setup

While the NH-P1 has been designed for passive operation, its cooling performance can be significantly improved by adding a near-silent low-speed fan such as the NF-A12x25 LS-PWM. In order to install the fan using the supplied fan mounting clips, please first decide on which side of the cooler you would like to install the fan and identify the correct hole set (1/2/3):

Fan Setup 01

 

Fan Setup 02

 

Fan Setup 03

Then insert the tips of the fan clips into the correct hole set.

Fan Setup 04

Place the fan on the heatsink and pull the clips over the fan to hold it in place.

Fan Setup 05

 

Fan Setup 06

Connect the fan to one of the fan headers of your motherboard.

Warranty, Support and FAQs

Even with high-grade products and strict quality control, the possibility of defects cannot be eliminated entirely. Therefore, we aim at providing the highest possible level of reliability and convenience by offering a warranty period of 6 years and direct, fast and straightforward RMA service.
Should you encounter any problems with your NH-P1, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team ([email protected]).
Please also consult the FAQ section on our website: www.noctua.at/faqs

LGA20xx

Required Mounting Parts
  1. 2x NM-IMB2 mounting bars
    NM-IMB2 Mounting Bars 02
  2. 4x NM-IBT2 bolts
    NM-IBT2 Bolts
  3. 4x NM-ITS1-TX thumb screws
    NM-ITS1-TX Thumb Screws 02
Installing the Mounting Bars

First screw the NM-IBT2 bolts into the screw threads of the LGA20xx socket frame.

Installing the Mounting Bars 05

Then put the NM-IMB2 mounting bars onto the bolts.

Installing the Mounting Bars 06

Caution: Choose the alignment of the mounting bars according to the desired final orientation of the cooler:

Installing the Mounting Bars 07

Caution: Make sure that the curved sides of the mounting bars are pointing outwards.

Installing the Mounting Bars 08

Fix the mounting bars using the 4 thumb screws.

Installing the Mounting Bars 09

Caution: Gently tighten the thumb screws until they stop, but do not use excessive force (max. torque 0.6 Nm).

Applying the Thermal Paste

If there are residual traces of thermal paste or thermal pads on your CPU, please clean them off first using the supplied NA-CW1 cleaning wipe. Then press 4 small dots (~2mm diameter) near the corners plus 1 dot (~3-4mm diameter) of NT-H2 onto the center of the heatspreader.

Applying the Thermal Paste 02

Caution: Applying too much thermal paste will lower heat conductivity and cooling performance!

Fastening the Heatsink to the CPU

Caution: Please first take off the protection cover at the bottom side of the heatsink.
Then put the heatsink onto the CPU and screw it to the screw threads of the mounting bars. Perform 2-3 turns on each screw, then repeat until both are fully tightened.

Fastening the heatsink to the CPU 02

Caution: Gently tighten the screws until they stop, but do not use excessive force (max. torque 0.6 Nm).

Fan Setup

While the NH-P1 has been designed for passive operation, its cooling performance can be significantly improved by adding a near-silent low-speed fan such as the NF-A12x25 LS-PWM. In order to install the fan using the supplied fan mounting clips, please first decide on which side of the cooler you would like to install the fan and identify the correct hole set (1/2/3):

Fan Setup 07

 

Fan Setup 08

 

Fan Setup 09

Then insert the tips of the fan clips into the correct hole set.

Fan Setup 10

Place the fan on the heatsink and pull the clips over the fan to hold it in place.

Fan Setup 11

Fan Setup 12

Connect the fan to one of the fan headers of your motherboard.

Warranty, Support and FAQs

Even with high-grade products and strict quality control, the possibility of defects cannot be eliminated entirely. Therefore, we aim at providing the highest possible level of reliability and convenience by offering a warranty period of 6 years and direct, fast and straightforward RMA service.
Should you encounter any problems with your NH-P1, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team ([email protected]).
Please also consult the FAQ section on our website: www.noctua.at/faqs

AMD

Required Mounting Parts
  1. AMD stock backplate (included with the motherboard)
    Required Mounting Parts 01
  2. 2x NM-AMB8 mounting bars
    NM-AMB8 Mounting Bars
  3. 4x NM-APS4 plastic spacers for AM4
    NM-APS4 Plastic Spacers for AM4
  4. 4x NM-APS5 plastic spacers for AM2(+)/AM3(+) FM1/FM2(+)
    NM-APS5 Plastic Spacers for AM2(+) or AM3(+) FM1 or FM2(+)
  5. 4x NM-ALS1-TX long screws
    NM-ALS1-TX Long Screws
Removing the Stock Retention Module – Putting the Backplate in Place

If your motherboard comes with a pre-installed CPU cooler retention module, please first remove it by unscrewing it from the backplate. The SecuFirm2+™ mounting system will install directly to the stock backplate, so please keep it in place.

Removing the Stock Retention Module - Putting the Backplate in Place 01

If your motherboard does not come with a pre-installed CPU cooler retention module, the AMD stock backplate should be included with the motherboard accessories. Please put the backplate on the rear side of the motherboard so that the screw threads of the backplate stick through the mounting holes of the motherboard as shown below. If your motherboard does not include a stock backplate, please contact Noctua customer support at [email protected].

Removing the Stock Retention Module - Putting the Backplate in Place 02

Attaching the Mounting Bars

Please first choose the correct set of plastic spacers and the correct set of holes on the mounting bars depending on whether you are using a socket AM4 or a socket AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+) motherboard:

  • NM-APS4 (Grey)
    NM-APS4 (Grey)
  • NM-APS5 (White)
    NM-APS5 (White)

Use the grey NM-APS4 plastic spacers for AM4 and the white NM-APS5 plastic spacers for AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+).
Use the set of holes marked with “4” for AM4 and the set of holes marked with “3” for AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+).

Removing the Stock Retention Module - Putting the Backplate in Place 03

First put the plastic spacers onto the screw threads of the backplate, then fix the mounting bars using the four long screws.

Removing the Stock Retention Module - Putting the Backplate in Place 04

Make sure that the curved sides of the mounting bars are pointing inwards.

Removing the Stock Retention Module - Putting the Backplate in Place 05

Applying the Thermal Paste

If there are residual traces of thermal paste or thermal pads on your CPU, please clean them off first using the supplied NA-CW1 cleaning wipe. Then press 4 small dots (~2mm diameter) near the corners plus 1 dot (~3-4mm diameter) of NT-H2 onto the center of the heatspreader.

Applying the Thermal Paste 03

Caution: Applying too much thermal paste will lower heat conductivity and cooling performance!

Fastening the Heatsink to the CPU

Caution: Please first take off the protection cover at the bottom side of the heatsink.
Then put the heatsink onto the CPU and screw it to the screw threads of the mounting bars.
Perform 2-3 turns on each screw, then repeat until both are fully tightened.

Fastening the Heatsink to the CPU 03

Caution: Gently tighten the screws until they stop, but do not use excessive force (max. torque 0.6 Nm).

Fan Setup

While the NH-P1 has been designed for passive operation, its cooling performance can be significantly improved by adding a near-silent low-speed fan such as the NF-A12x25 LS-PWM. In order to install the fan using the supplied fan mounting clips, please first decide on which side of the cooler you would like to install the fan and identify the correct hole set (1/2/3):

Fan Setup 13

 

Fan Setup 14

 

Fan Setup 15

Then insert the tips of the fan clips into the correct hole set.

Fan Setup 16

Place the fan on the heatsink and pull the clips over the fan to hold it in place.

Fan Setup 17

 

Fan Setup 18

Connect the fan to one of the fan headers of your motherboard.

Warranty, Support and FAQs

Even with high-grade products and strict quality control, the possibility of defects cannot be eliminated entirely. Therefore, we aim at providing the highest possible level of reliability and convenience by offering a warranty period of 6 years and direct, fast and straightforward RMA service.
Should you encounter any problems with your NH-P1, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team ([email protected]).
Please also consult the FAQ section on our website: www.noctua.at/faqs

Documents / Resources

noctua NH-P1 Passive CPU Cooler [pdf] Installation Guide
NH-P1, Passive CPU Cooler

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