Back in my teens, I was a huge fan of exploitation, shock and B-grade horror films. Films so bad that they became incredible comedies, regardless of the subject matter. Quentin Tarantino certainly took notice, as well, making his epic “Grindhouse” as an homage to these films and the theaters that regularly featured them, often referred to as “grindhouses.” Most of the time, the audience in the grindhouse was far more entertaining than the film itself. Loud, raucous crowds screaming direction to the characters on the screen, hurling popcorn and just having a party in the theater.
With movie attendance down these days, the grindhouses are pretty much a lost place. They used to line Times Square in NYC, with midnight showings of the latest slasher flicks made on budgets less than a serious gamer spends on his video cards. The entire genre has moved almost exclusively to direct to DVD releases. But grindhouses aren’t the only ones suffering. Almost all of the film industry has seen a shift to DVD and increased home viewing rather than theater viewing. As much as the grindhouses were a fun atmosphere, with the screams adding to the experience, that may not be so true at home. When you are nestled in your living room taking in your film of choice, you would probably rather do without the screaming, especially if that screaming is coming from the fans on your new HTPC.
Standing only 114mm with fan, the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 is a low profile cooler that does not sacrifice cooling capabilities to fit into a smaller space. The Noctua NH-C12P SE14 comes with all of the components you would expect to see in a larger tower cooler, including six heat pipes running through a nickel plated copper base, a near silent high cfm 140mm fan, and a large aluminum fin array. The sturdy fin array is assembled with side joints and actually joins the base to add even more stability to the structure. Included hardware allows the NH-C12P to be used with any current AMD or Intel socket including the latest Core i7 and AM3 processors.