Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler

Article Index
Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler
Specifications
Installation
Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Product(s): Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler
Provided By: Noctua

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Introduction: 

Today we've got one of Noctua's newest coolers on our test machine, the new and improved Noctua NH-C14. A few years ago we looked at the Noctua NH-C12P which was the original version of the particular style of cooler from Noctua which originally featured a 120mm fan (our full review of the Noctua NH-C12P can be found here). Earlier this year we took a look at the "improved" version of the NH-C12P cooler, the new NH-C12P SE14 (our full review can be found here) which was identical to the NH-C12P except with a 140mm fan instead of the original 120mm fan.

Today we are look at the "New" NH-C14 comes with 2 of Noctua's larger 140mm fans which should help increase airflow (you can read our original review of the Noctua 140mm fan here). From what we saw of the original NH-C12P and NH-C12P SE14 coolers the addition of a 2nd 140mm fan should be a good combination which should lead to slightly lower temperatures.

Since we've essentially reviewed this product in the past we won't be going into too much detail in some section since you can read our original reviews if you want more "in-depth" details.

 

Closer Look:

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Noctua NH-C14 - Packaging
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Noctua NH-C14 - Packaging

 

One of the key features of the NH-C14 is that it has 2 140mm fans mounted on the heatsink. The nice thing about this design is that you can remove either fan to get more clearance underneath the cooler or you can make the whole heatsink not as tall by removing the top fan. Of course if you leave both fans installed you should be getting better performance (which I assume most people are looking for).

 
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Noctua NH-C14 - Side View
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Noctua NH-C14 - Bottom View
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Noctua NH-C14 - Side View
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Noctua NH-C14 - Side View

 

Not really too much to note with the Noctua NH-C14, it's a 6 heatpipe design and while it's a bit cooler with a ton of surface area, its still a "low profile" cooler and should be able to fit into cases where taller heatpipe coolers might not be able to.

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Noctua NH-C14 - Top View
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Noctua NH-C14 - Bottom View

 

In the last set of pictures (right) you can see the accessories that come with the Noctua NH-C14. As always with Noctua, they've separately bagged the AMD and Intel hardware so you won't have a bunch of pieces kicking around. Also you can see that they've even included a screwdriver to help you easily mount the Noctua NH-C14 to the motherboard without having to search for a screwdriver long enough to reach through the heatsink to the mounting brackets. In the installation section we've got pictures of how the heatsink attaches to the mounting brackets and why that screwdriver comes in nice and handy.

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Noctua NH-C14 - Side View
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Noctua NH-C14 - Accessories

 

So that's about it, if you've checked out our other Noctua reviews of the NH-C12P (full review can be found here) or the NH-C12P SE14 (our full review can be found here) you will have no doubt noticed that all 3 of these coolers are somewhat similar, but thanks to the 2nd fan added to the NH-C14 we should be able to get a little better performance in our testing section.