Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler

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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.

 


 

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Specifications:

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All Specifications taken from Noctua.at

 

Features:

C-Type top-flow design

  • The NH-C14's six heatpipe c-type design allows for superb quiet cooling performance while maintaining a much lower profile than today's tower-style coolers and providing excellent airflow over RAM modules and near-socket mainboard components.

Dual NF-P14 FLX fans

  • The NH-C14 comes with two of Noctua's award-winning, premium quality NF-P14 140mm fans that can be fine-tuned according to the user's needs via the supplied Low-Noise (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors (U.L.N.A.).

Low Profile Mode

  • Run with a single NF-P14 fan underneath the fin stack and with the top fan removed, the NH-C14 measures only 105mm in height, which makes it ideal for use in smaller enclosures and HTPC applications.

High Clearance Mode

  • The lower NF-P14 fan can be removed in order to provide additional clearance for chipset coolers or RAM modules with tall heat-spreaders. Run with a single fan on top, the NH-C14 provides a full 65mm of clearance.

SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system

  • Noctua's enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.

Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound

  • Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.

 

Detailed Specifications:

Socket compatibility Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 (backplate required)
Height (without fan) 105 mm
Width (without fan) 140 mm
Depth (without fan) 166 mm
Height (with fan) 130 mm
Width (with fan) 140 mm
Depth (with fan) 166 mm
Weight (without fan) 700 g
Weight (with fan) 850/1000* g
Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility 140x140x25mm / 120x120x25mm
Scope of Delivery
  • 2x NF-P14 premium fan
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kits
  • Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty 6 Years


Fan specifications
 
Model Noctua NF-P14
Bearing SSO-Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 750 RPM
Airflow 110,3 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 83,7 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A. 71,2 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 19,6 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 13,2 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A. 10,1 dB(A)
Input Power 1,2 W
Voltage Range 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h

 

 


 

 

Testing and Installation:

While the NH-C14 is a pretty large cooler, installation is still a breeze thanks to some good engineering from Noctua. As you can see in the next set of pictures, by using the included screwdriver you can easily mount this cooler onto the mounting brackets in a short amount of time.

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Noctua NH-C14 - Mounting Heatsink
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Noctua NH-C14 - Mounting Heatsink
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Noctua NH-C14 - Mounting Brackets
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Noctua NH-C14 - Installed

 

In the next set of pictures (left) you can see that even with a dual-slot video card installed the Noctua NH-C14 still fits without any issues (you don't have an abundance of space, but nothing is touching).

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Noctua NH-C14 - Installed
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Noctua NH-C14 - Installed

There we go, installation complete, everything installed nice and easy and I have no complaints whatsoever in regards to installing the Noctua NH-C14.

 

 


 

Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste), We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.

 

Intel Test System:

 

For our testing of the Noctua NH-C14 we have tested the cooler using the highest speed (1200 RPM), as well as using the fan adapters to run both fans at 750 RPM. In all of our testing we used both fans (both fans are removable if you only want to run 1 fan).

 

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The results with running both fans running at slow speed is pretty decent. At the lowest speeds possible we are still seeing a 15+ degree temperature reduction over stock cooling. When running the fans at the lowest speed (750 RPM) there is virtually no noise, although even when running the fans at full speed (1200 RPM) the noise would be unnoticeable over other system noise thanks to these 140mm fans.

 

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In the next set we let the fans run at full speed (1200 RPM) and we saw a 2 degree performance increase. Thanks to the bigger fans it seems that even when running at low speed they are still able to move enough air to keep our 140 Watt processor nice and cool. The noise that these fans produce when running at full speed (1200 RPM) is still pretty quiet and chances are good you won't be able to hear them over other system noise.

 

 

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So there we go, the Noctua NH-C14 didn't set any performance records, but it was easily able to keep up with most of the other coolers we've tested on this Intel i7 test machine. Overall I was very impressed with the performance of the Noctua NH-C14 and when you consider how quiet this cooler is and how it can still perform with the other coolers we've tested it makes it pretty easy to like the Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler.

In the next section I'll provide my final thoughts and give the Noctua NH-C14 a final score.

 

 


 

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Final Thoughts:

The Noctua NH-C14 isn't really a "New" cooler from Noctua, more like an "Improved" version of the original. Seeing as the original scored very well in our testing I was quite certain that the NH-C14 would do the same. This cooler is a great design and if space inside your case is an issue this might be one of the best performing coolers money can buy. Most heatpipe coolers available today are much taller than the Noctua NH-C14, but as we saw in our testing the NH-C14 was able to keep up with them (and remain nice and quiet in the process)

 

Just like other Noctua coolers we've tested in the past, the Noctua NH-C14 is very sturdy and well built.

Installation was a breeze, Noctua has really made installation easy for their coolers (although you will have to remove your motherboard to install the bracket on the back of the motherboard). Thanks to Noctua's unique mounting system it is really easy to get your cooler installed and running in no time, every time I review a Noctua cooler I am reminded just how easy the whole process is.

I can't really think of any negatives to share in regards to the Noctua NH-C14. Probably the biggest drawback will be the price, however for a high quality cooler that can perform like the Noctua NH-C14 does the price tag is easily justified.

At the end of the day the Noctua NH-C14 scored very well in our testing thanks to its good performance and low noise. The NH-C14 is a nice choice if you don't have much room inside your case and when compared to other "lower profile" coolers the NH-C14 is easily one of the best. Thanks to the performance and low noise the Noctua NH-C14 has earned our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award. If you are in the market for a low profile cooler make sure to give the Noctua NH-C14 some serious consideration.

 

Pros:

  • Great Performance
  • High Quality Construction
  • Easy Installation
  • Lower Profile than other heatpipe coolers

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

 

 BCCRating
Gold 

 

I'd like to thank Noctua for sending us the NH-C14. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.