Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler

Article Index
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
NH-D14 Installation
Test Setup and Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Product(s): Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
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Price: ~$89.99 Online



Today we've got the newest, latest and greatest (and largest) cooler from Noctua, the new NH-D14 CPU Cooler. This cooler features a 140mm NF-P14 fan (reviewed here) as well as a NF-P12 120mm fan (reviewed here) so lack of airflow shouldn't be a problem. This cooler features a 6 heatpipe dual radiator design and looks to achieve good performance with low noise (which Noctua has become famous for).

Ok, before we start let's make mention of the fact that this is a big cooler, probably the biggest air cooler we've tested so far and to help describe this cooler I've decided to use my trusty (and dusty) thesaurus to help describe this cooler:


Definition: big, abundant.

Synonyms: ample, barn door, blimp, booming, broad, bulky, capacious, colossal, comprehensive, considerable, copious, enormous, excessive, exorbitant, extensive, extravagant, full, generous, giant, gigantic, goodly, grand, grandiose, great, gross, hefty, huge, humongous, immeasurable, immense, jumbo, liberal, massive, monumental, mountainous, plentiful, populous, roomy, sizable, spacious, stupendous, substantial, super, sweeping, thumping, tidy, vast, voluminous, whopping, wide

There we go, now I have a whole list of words to describe the large size of this cooler and will hopefully spice up this review, let's take a closer look at this cooler from Noctua.


First Impressions:

Yup, this is an enormous cooler; even the box is pretty sizable. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but as you can see, this cooler is of considerable size.


Noctua NH-D14 - Side View
Noctua NH-D14 - Bottom View (No Fans Installed)


In the picture below you can get a little better idea of what the NH-D14 is all about. The fan on the outside of the cooler is the 120mm fan and the fan in the middle is the 140mm fan. Both of these fans come with adapters to lower their speed to 900 RPM. At full speeds the 140mm fan runs at 1200 RPM and the 120mm fan runs at 1300 RPM.

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Noctua NH-D14 - Side View
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Noctua NH-D14 - Side View


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Noctua NH-D14 - Rear View
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Noctua NH-D14 - Bottom View


Ok, so from the pictures so far you've probably figured out this cooler is large, but it's not until we put it up beside the Zalman CNPS10X Flex heatsink we just tested (full review here) that you can really see just how ample this cooler really is.

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Noctua NH-D14 - Top View
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Noctua NH-D14 - Zalman CNPS10X Flex Comparison


As usual Noctua has a very nice way of packaging all the accessories for their coolers and you won't have to sort through a pile of pieces to figure out what you need for your CPU (Intel and AMD are packaged separately). Noctua also provides individual instruction manuals for both AMD and Intel. The fine Noctua folks have also included a screwdriver to help you get your cooler installed, so technically you will need no tools of your own to get this cooler installed and rolling.


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Noctua NH-D14 - Accessories


There we go, now that we've got a closer look let's move to the next section of this review.