• Noctua Nh D14, Premium Cpu Cooler With Dual Nf P14 Pwm And Nf P12 Pwm Fans (Brown)
  • Noctua Nh D14, Premium Cpu Cooler With Dual Nf P14 Pwm And Nf P12 Pwm Fans (Brown)
Noctua Nh D14, Premium Cpu Cooler With Dual Nf P14 Pwm And Nf P12 Pwm Fans (Brown)
Noctua Nh D14, Premium Cpu Cooler With Dual Nf P14 Pwm And Nf P12 Pwm Fans (Brown)

Noctua Nh D14, Premium Cpu Cooler With Dual Nf P14 Pwm And Nf P12 Pwm Fans (Brown)

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  • Classic dual-tower design with 6 heatpipes and 2 fans provides excellent cooling performance for overclocking or near-silent systems
  • More than 350 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines
  • Premium-grade NF-P14 (140mmm) and NF-P12 (120mm) fans with Low-Noise Adaptors for ultra-quiet operation
  • Easy-to-install SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA775 & AMD AM2(+), AM3(+) FM1, FM2(+)
  • Includes award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound; Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer's warranty

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Very big. Very expensive. Worth it for me. UPDATE - November 13 2016 - So this cooler has been installed in my system since this review was written and I have had zero issues with it. I forget it's even there. It's just peace of mind. And that's exactly what I wanted.------------ORIGINAL REVIEWThis unit is installed and working in this system....Case - NZXT Source 210 (Side panel is REALLY tight. Scrapes heat pipes and maybe bulges a bit)Motherboard - Gigabyte G1 Sniper A88X (FM2+). Stock backplate works just fine for this cooler.APU - AMD A10 7860kRAM - Kingston HyperX Fury 2 X 4 GB 1866. This cooler does clear this RAM but just barely. If you have four sticks you might have to remove the cooler to uninstall.1 X Noctua 140mm exhaust fan at top. About an inch clearance there.------------------------------ OK. Right off the bat I have to say my needs were slightly different than probably almost everyone else who buys a cooler like this one. I'm not a gamer and I generally do not use my PC for anything heavy like video editing or anything like that. So it goes without saying I did not buy this with the idea that I was going to overclock my PC. So if you're looking for a full report from someone who bought this for that purpose, you probably won't get much useful info in this review (that's just to save you from reading it unless you want to).I bought this because the PWM fan speed controls in my BIOS for my motherboard don't work right on the CPU fan header. I cannot trust them to keep the fan RPMs fast enough to keep my CPU temps in check at all times with a run of the mill CPU cooler. I also can't seem to get accurate temperature readings on my AMD APU so that was always a worrying issue in the back of my mind. So that's why I bought this particular cooler. Since it is just about impossible to use PWM the way my fan header is, I had limited options. I could have bought a smart fan controller but those are not cheap and they add complexity and wires and other things I didn't want to deal with. I wanted a simple solution. The solution I chose was just to buy a huge heatsink with (relatively) quiet, reliable fans that run at the same speed all the time. No PWM nonsense. No guesswork. All that mattered was that my PC couldn't really dish out a thermal situation that this cooler can't easily handle at stock clock speed. Anyway, installing this Noctua cooler was remarkably painless on my FM2+ socket motherboard with the factory backplate (There is not an AMD backplate included in this kit at all but I guess they assume if you have an AMD motherboard, you already have a backplate. It's far easier than I expected. I don't know why. I expected it to be confusing and troublesome and it just wasn't. I also expected the sheer weight of this thing might be a problem considering it does have to be ultimately supported by a motherboard but that just isn't a problem. The factory backplate for FM2 is VERY solid and it's not going anywhere. I had one problem with my install. In my NZXT Source 210 case, the tips of some of the heatpipes just barely touched/scraped the side panel when I put it on. After a while I started noticing a faint, low-pitched droning sound. When I investigated, I found that the metal on metal contact between the pipes and the side panel was causing this unpleasant resonance in the case. Long story short is that this cooler is technically supposed to fit in my case but mine is just REALLY tight for some reason. I knew the dimensions were tight when I ordered it so I'm not blaming Noctua for that. At first I wasn't really sure how I was going to fix this. The noise wasn't really loud but it was just enough to be really annoying after a while. Eventually, I decided to try putting a piece of Gorilla Tape (Which is thick enough to be kind of squishy and provide some noise canceling) on the spot on the inside of the side panel where the pipes were touching. Amazingly, this actually worked. Although the heat pipes are still making contact, they are not vibrating against bare metal and it's much quieter. So just beware of that. If you happen to have this case, it WILL fit but it can be EXTREMELY tight and the heat pipes MIGHT touch the case. The side panel will fit but in my case, it seems to require some light force. The noise this makes (if it happens) isn't pleasant so you'll have to decide for yourself if rigging it up to silence that is worth it for you. If you have a case that is very close to the same dimensions as mine, obviously you might have the same issue. All I care about is functionality and having a cooler that is quiet and effective and just works. I am also using a 140mm Noctua exhaust fan at the top of my case. Long story short, it works and I do not have to worry about overheating at all, as my system and clock speeds are all stock. Conclusion - I know this is an older cooler and the fans are not PWM and there are probably (slightly) better air coolers but this thing was worth every cent for my needs. PWM wouldn't have been useful for me anyway. So again, for my needs, I think the price was reasonable. I could have tried to solve my particular problem several different ways but I really wouldn't have saved much money with any other method and this cooler just seemed to be the most straightforward way to make darn sure my system will never have a cooling problem regardless of whether or not I monitor the temps. 5It Cools way better than I expected! Running a Core I5 4690K (Socket 1150) OC'd from 3.5 to 4.2 Ghz (Stock Voltages). MSI Z97 Gaming 5 MB. MS-7917. 24GB G.Skill Ram in a NZXT S340 Case.Originally, I had a smaller cheap cooler ($35) with 3 copper heat pipes that made direct contact with the CPU for better cooling! The Temps were 34C Idling and could only handle OCCT small data set for 33 seconds before reaching critical temp (Which I have set at 85C). I even filed the bottom flat, because it did not make good contact with the CPU. It made about an 8C difference. But there were still gaps in between the heat pipes. Overall, not a good design. But I used it for like 5 years and then decided to get serious...Enter this Noctua NH-D14:Temps at idle are 20 to 22C. As I am typing this and browsing, 24C. Max I have seen on stress testing is 69C.Also that same OCCT data set that crippled that nameless cooler, can run indefinitely now without going over 69C!! What a difference!!It is quite large and heavy, barely clears my ram by 2mm and is only about 5mm away from the side of the NZXT S340 case...but it fits and it works hella good!The Cooler is packaged really well with clever packaging so no worries about damage in shipping.I recommend for sure. 5Cut my max load temperatures down by 30C vs stock 4790k!!! I bought this to replace the stock fan on my 4790k. I was having some semi-severe temperature issues when using TurboBoost (up to 4.4 ghz) and fully loading the processor to near 100% at 1.260V. I was reaching temperatures as high as 95C, to which I immediately ended the load to avoid severe damage. Needless to say, the stock cooler is NOT a practical solution for running clocks & voltages this high. I turned off TurboBoost in the BIOS, which caps the processor to 4.0 standard clock speeds, but also lowers the max voltage to about 1.15. This voltage decrease keeps the temperatures lower - But why have an unlocked powerhouse processor that I have to baby with the stock cooler?Enter the NH-D14. Installation wasn't 'easy', but it wasn't hard either. The instructions come in separate books for AMD/Intel. Per the instructions, I removed my motherboard, installed the backplate (fairly simple), and installed the new cooler mounting brackets on the opposite side. It does give you layouts for the final product in the instructions. I chose to have mine intake on the side closest to the drive bays, and exhaust on the opposite side, facing the rear case fan (both fans are moving air in the same direction, on opposite sides of the sinks). I believe this is going to be the most efficient way to install in 90% of applications.The absolute most difficult portion of installing this sink is finding the space for it. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS COOLER IF YOU'RE RUNNING ANYTHING SMALLER THAN ATX MOTHERBOARD, AND MID-ATX CASE. I am running a standard mid size atx, and standard atx board. I had enough room to get everything installed, but the high heat sinks on my Corsair Vengeance RAM posed an issue and I will be replacing the memory rather than voiding my warranty by removing the sinks. One last point of advice is do not try to install the cooler whilst your board is outside your case. I didn't try this, but I seriously doubt it will work. While it's harder to fit your hands into the nooks and crannies in the case, it will be best.The fans are both removable, and are adjustable vertically due to the neat brackets. You can even flip them rather than the sink, if you desire a different airflow configuration. If for whatever reason you prefer to have just one fan (or can only fit one) you can easily remove one and use it as a 140MM case fan. You may also remove and use your own fans if you don't like the look of these, but I'd imagine these are going to be quieter than most fans you'd get, and you may have a hard time with the bracket system.On to the fun stuff: My temperatures were DRASTICALLY improved. My idle temps pre install were 35C or so (with turbo boost & speedstep ON). Post install, my idle temps were often down as low as 22C (below my room temperature), but varied between 22-26C. Under load, with stock cooler and the above settings still on, as mentioned, I was seeing temperatures as high as 95C. With the new cooler installed, I'm able to sustain 4.4 GHZ @ 100% load for forever and the temps never go over 70, and typically sit between 60-65C. All of this testing was done in a home with an ambient temperature of 22.2C (72F). See pictures for my proof!This is not a paid review (see verified), but is an honest opinion on this product. I can't imagine there is anything better. I just wanted to inform everyone about how amazing this cooler is.If this review was helpful to you, please hit 'yes' below! 5Cool! Wow! Ugly as sin, the other reviews are right on, and covers half of the frigging motherboard (gotta remove it to access any of my RAM sticks..). If you have any fancy ram that is taller than the norm by even a hair good luck..Probably won't fit.However, I was having issues with my i7-860 on stock cooling idling near 50c and at load hitting 90c and throttling back. And when I say at load, I mean a simple COUNTIF() excel formula being applied to a few hundred thousand cells..Not even Prime95. My case temps were above normal as well. Three times I replaced the thermal compound because hey, I have a bunch of AS5 and I was out of practice, maybe I even screwed up twice somehow. But after the third reapplication resulting in the same high temps I called in the experts: Noctua. My options for this socket are a bit limited these days, however this unit supports a variety of socket types including my LGA 1156 and has top notch reviews. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for on some of these things. I think I did here.Well packed without any real possible damage aside from flattening the entire package with a truck. Tons of parts for AMD & Intel, each socket type, and very clear instructions. All tools included except alcohol wipe (would have been a nice touch), even dongles to slow the fans if noise is a concern for you. Warning: you will have to remove your motherboard to install the support bracket.High quality parts, never did I feel in danger of breaking anything or stripping screws. Everything fit together super well. It's rare these days you get anything mass produced, then shipped, and reshipped, and handled by a consumer, that still fits so well in the end. Not a single part had to be forced, twisted, adjusted. Fit like a glove!It did require some re-solutioning of my cable routing and stuff due to the massive size of this thing, but I elected to leave both fans on it and mount it going front to back to help pull air through my drive cage and leave the fans at full speed ratio (no dongles).First impression: dropped temps about 10c across the board from drives to mb to cpu cores. Not much noticeable noise, but I'm not very close to it and it faces away. I also have a very thick case (full tower/server) that helps isolate the sound I suppose. But OK..Load up that Excel doc again and recalcuate. Temps increase about 10c and we wait...and wait...and wait....ended up settling in at 49c full load no throttling. GPU, HDD, MB, all temps lower than before and full load barely raises even core temps now. What a difference.I read that the clips on the stock HSF can warp over time. I've had this installed for over 5 years now and the machine itself has been moved, and is moved, on a regular basis. It gets a lot of bumps and stuff. It never was a great cooler but I didn't expect this much of a change. I'll probably overclock it now to help support my Vive games and keep up with this GTX 1080.Good times, thanks Noctua! 5Quiet, quiet, QUIET! Love this! Yup, totally worth the money! I had to go with the NH-D14 as the NH-D15 would not fit in my case. The NH-D14 is 5mm smaller! LOL! Anyway, this product fits in my Phanteks P400S Eclipse case just perfectly.I host a Plex server, and I sometimes will have 4-5 people streaming at once and someone will be converting video files which will use 100% CPU. I had the Cooler Master Evo 212 installed and that thing would roar and the fan would speed up where I could hear it across the living room under full load. However, with this Noctua NH-D14 under full load, I can barely hear it! I have to put my ear up to the computer tower under the desk to notice.This thing is awesome! 5Big and efficient satisfied with my choice since i was going with closed loop water coolers but that thought about water leaking couldn't leave my mind since this is my first build i could not take a risk ,with the NH-D14 i'm getting average temperature with i7.7700k no OC idling around 28 to 30and load around 60 to 65my ambient room is 23i got to mention how quiet the cooler isyou have to understand this is realy big cooler so it's going to limit your Rams choices and Motherboards so for the ram i went with Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB it fit with asus maximus ix codeso i recommend checking their website for your parts compatibility they have long list for Mobos and ram so good luck 5Totally Worth It If you're on the fence about buying this for aesthetic reasons, let me tell you it's definitely worth it. I was extremely close to buying an AIO water cooler, but the question of reliability really bothered me. The size and ugly fan colors initially turned me away from this, but after much research I decided to give it a shot. This thing really is huge and the fans are pretty darn ugly, but it is absolutely worth it for the performance. After getting it installed, there really is just something sexy about it.Anyway, before this I had a CM 212 Evo paired with my i7-6700k processor. I'm not sure if I applied too much thermal paste, but my idle temps were around 34C (which isn't terrible), but my load temps were around 79C. My PC isn't in the best room as far as ambient temperature, but it just seemed like those temps were too high. I ended up reapplying thermal paste on the Evo and still got similar results.Initially, I wasn't expecting that much of an improvement with this Noctua, but WOW!!! My idle temps dropped to around 24C, and load temps fell to around 58-60C! Keep in mind that the fans run at full speed all the time on this as it doesn't come with PWM fans, but these things are near silent. While coolers like the Evo or AIO setups will rev up the fans relatively loudly to increase cooling, the D14 barely makes a peep. If you're gaming, your GPU fans will absolutely drown out any sound this thing makes.Again, this thing is pretty big, so make sure it fits in your case before ordering. I have it in a Corsair Obsidian 450d and there are a few mm of clearance between the top of the 140mm fan and the window. Also, mine came with the fans installed backwards, where the "Noctua" stamping on the top of each heatsink would have been upside down. This wouldn't have been a big deal, but one heatsink extends a bit further than the other, so if I kept it upside down the longer side would have extended more into my RAM slots. I have some low-profile Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM so it wouldn't really have been an issue, but I reversed the fans and moved the anti-vibration bumpers into the correct position (with the "Noctua" stamping facing the correct direction.Overall, if you can get over the size and the brown color scheme, this is probably the best air cooler on the market. 5Massive heatsink that gets the job done. Great value. First of all, my stock heatsink died on me while I was playing games. My PC thermal throttled and shut down. Pretty scary night. I read several reviews and ordered this Noctua heatsink as soon as I could. Amazon had it on my doorstep 8 hours later! Absolutely insane. Thank you Amazon for saving me that day, as I use my PC mostly for work related tasks and needed it up and running asap.This heatsink is truly a beast. I would HIGHLY reccomend that anyone interested in purchasing it, first measure their case because this thing sits about 1mm away from the case door. It also completely covers the components on the motherboard.The performance is fantastic. I refuse to use watercooling in my PC because heatsinks like this exist. It's cheaper and it provides the same thermal solution without the risk. My CPU idles at 21C and doesn't go above 36C under load. Perfectly acceptable temperatures for my i5-4590 I think.As far as noise goes, it's an air cooler. And if your fan curves are on the aggressive side, maybe because you live in a warm area, you will hear this thing. It's not too bad though compared to some other ones that I have heard. Luckily I live in a cooler state and my PC is in the basement so my fan curves are very conservative and the noise really is not an issue for me.Installation was on par with anything else. They provide you with their own set of tools which are perfect. The provided thermal compound is plenty good enough as well. Took me about 20 minutes to do do the whole project of replacing my dead heatsink.Some people will be put off by the aesthetics of this cooler. RGB and black is all the rage these days. Sure it's not gorgeous but I would MUCH rather have this than anything else that glows in the dark any day of the week because the price to cooling ratio is unbeatable and that's what matters to me. However if you simply must have some sort of color coordination or LED's, you will probably end up looking else where.Overall, love this product. If it broke tomorrow, which I can assure you, it won't, I would get another one in a heart beat. 5Easy installation is customizable for fan options, and responsive customer support This is my first Noctua cooler installation. I installed this on a Supermicro X11SCH-LN4F motherboard in a Fractal Node 804, and it's a perfect fit that doesn't touch the standard height RAM cards nor does it extend over the PCIe slots.When I first unpacked it I noticed some of the tops of the tubes were not closed with the cone-shaped caps but were more blunt with a little side opening. So with six tubes terminated on the top plate, half would have cone-shape terminals and half would be blunt-semi-open. I sent a photo to Noctua support and they reponded in one day that it was normal.The written instructions were clear and easily followed. When installing the cooler over the base, it helps to look directly down from over the top of the cooler to align the screws properly to the base posts, otherwise if looking from an angle you may end up fishing around to match them.The fans that come with this unit are fixed speed 3-pin configurations. My system allows for 4-pin PWM types as well, so I wanted to upgrade my cooler fans to the PWM types. I contacted Noctua support again, and again they responded same day with very helpful information. To enable re-use of the existing metal fasterner clips the following fans could be obtained. Front fan substitution: NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM ; Middle fan substitution: NF-P14r redux-1500 PWM. I ordered these fans from Amazon and they are on the way.Previous to ordering the PWM redux fans above I had already ordered what I 'assumed' should work for PWM fan replacements: Middle fan, Noctua NF-A14 PWM ; End fan, Noctua NF-A12x15 PWM. This was without being familiar with whether the existing fasteners clips would work. From correspondence with Noctua support they don't have clips for those fans to match the NH-D14. While waiting for the PWM reduxs to arrive (I can use the existing clips with the reduxs) I figured I would attempt a rigging of the NF-A fans: The A14 fits in the middle but being square-shaped and large it has to sit higher to clear the standard-hight ram cards (which are about 32mm) but it still covers the cooler well. I used thin copper wire to 'lace' the A14 to the cooler and it's a secure attachment. For the A12 I used the same scheme - copper wire laced to the fins - tight. For the A12 I see that I could also use the same metal fastener clip that came with the original P12 but only after removing some plastic in the way with a dremel or file. Because the copper wire worked well same as for the A14 I did not resort to the plastic-mod. To use the existing clip on the A12 all I would have to do is notch out a space for one hook-end of the clip at one end (do for both clips) and it seems obvious it would have worked.Some reviews have commented on how tricky it was to use wire to connect the bottom end of the fan due to restricted space to manipulate the wire. I avoided this by cutting one continuous length of wire and lacing the wire through the lower holes of the fan then up through the upper holes, leaving a wide loop on each side to clear the cooker fins while positioning it - do this before positioing the fan. The wire will loop up along the inset of the side-edge of the coller fins. Then pull the wire close to the fins and make tight, ending by looping the two ends of the wire to their respective holes at the top fan corners - done. Almost like tieing your sneakers.I haven't started up the system yet so I can't comment on performance. This review is on installation and upgradability, and the responsive/helpful customer support. I don't mind having extra fans (if I don't end up using the reduxs) because I'll use them for another build or as spares/case-fans. Or, if my copper-wire rigging does not stay tight I would then install the reduxs using the original metal clips (but according to other commenters the metal-wire technique should prove ok....time will tell).One more comment I'll put here, and also as a response to another post where someone is negatively commenting on the fact that the A14 is made in China instead of Taiwan like the others: doesn't matter per gamersnexus folks (google them for report on Noctua made-in-taiwan vs made-in-china. The performance is the same and the only variation is with a slight difference in the color pigment and other inconsequential cosmetics. 5Effective, durable, enormous, ugly as hell, and slow to get or altogether unavailable for AM4 (Ryzen) release. Great cooler if you don't mind a big ugly hunk of metal and brown fans in the middle of your build. If you are buying this for AMD Ryzen you will need the mounting kit (Noctua NM-AM4 Mounting Kit for Noctua CPU coolers on AMD AM4 platforms) this is not available anywhere on the internet including Amazon as of 3/3/2017 except from Noctua themselves. It is sent out for free but it takes 14 FREAKING BUSINESS days to get, and that is if it is not backordered. I suggest watercooling if you want something more immediate. The Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling. 280mm comes to mind or the EVGA CLC 280 Liquid / Water CPU Cooler, 400-HY-CL28-V1, 280mm, RGB, if you can find one. 5
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Description
  • Classic dual-tower design with 6 heatpipes and 2 fans provides excellent cooling performance for overclocking or near-silent systems
  • More than 350 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines
  • Premium-grade NF-P14 (140mmm) and NF-P12 (120mm) fans with Low-Noise Adaptors for ultra-quiet operation
  • Easy-to-install SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA775 & AMD AM2(+), AM3(+) FM1, FM2(+)
  • Includes award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound; Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer's warranty
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Customer Reviews

Very big. Very expensive. Worth it for me. UPDATE - November 13 2016 - So this cooler has been installed in my system since this review was written and I have had zero issues with it. I forget it's even there. It's just peace of mind. And that's exactly what I wanted.------------ORIGINAL REVIEWThis unit is installed and working in this system....Case - NZXT Source 210 (Side panel is REALLY tight. Scrapes heat pipes and maybe bulges a bit)Motherboard - Gigabyte G1 Sniper A88X (FM2+). Stock backplate works just fine for this cooler.APU - AMD A10 7860kRAM - Kingston HyperX Fury 2 X 4 GB 1866. This cooler does clear this RAM but just barely. If you have four sticks you might have to remove the cooler to uninstall.1 X Noctua 140mm exhaust fan at top. About an inch clearance there.------------------------------ OK. Right off the bat I have to say my needs were slightly different than probably almost everyone else who buys a cooler like this one. I'm not a gamer and I generally do not use my PC for anything heavy like video editing or anything like that. So it goes without saying I did not buy this with the idea that I was going to overclock my PC. So if you're looking for a full report from someone who bought this for that purpose, you probably won't get much useful info in this review (that's just to save you from reading it unless you want to).I bought this because the PWM fan speed controls in my BIOS for my motherboard don't work right on the CPU fan header. I cannot trust them to keep the fan RPMs fast enough to keep my CPU temps in check at all times with a run of the mill CPU cooler. I also can't seem to get accurate temperature readings on my AMD APU so that was always a worrying issue in the back of my mind. So that's why I bought this particular cooler. Since it is just about impossible to use PWM the way my fan header is, I had limited options. I could have bought a smart fan controller but those are not cheap and they add complexity and wires and other things I didn't want to deal with. I wanted a simple solution. The solution I chose was just to buy a huge heatsink with (relatively) quiet, reliable fans that run at the same speed all the time. No PWM nonsense. No guesswork. All that mattered was that my PC couldn't really dish out a thermal situation that this cooler can't easily handle at stock clock speed. Anyway, installing this Noctua cooler was remarkably painless on my FM2+ socket motherboard with the factory backplate (There is not an AMD backplate included in this kit at all but I guess they assume if you have an AMD motherboard, you already have a backplate. It's far easier than I expected. I don't know why. I expected it to be confusing and troublesome and it just wasn't. I also expected the sheer weight of this thing might be a problem considering it does have to be ultimately supported by a motherboard but that just isn't a problem. The factory backplate for FM2 is VERY solid and it's not going anywhere. I had one problem with my install. In my NZXT Source 210 case, the tips of some of the heatpipes just barely touched/scraped the side panel when I put it on. After a while I started noticing a faint, low-pitched droning sound. When I investigated, I found that the metal on metal contact between the pipes and the side panel was causing this unpleasant resonance in the case. Long story short is that this cooler is technically supposed to fit in my case but mine is just REALLY tight for some reason. I knew the dimensions were tight when I ordered it so I'm not blaming Noctua for that. At first I wasn't really sure how I was going to fix this. The noise wasn't really loud but it was just enough to be really annoying after a while. Eventually, I decided to try putting a piece of Gorilla Tape (Which is thick enough to be kind of squishy and provide some noise canceling) on the spot on the inside of the side panel where the pipes were touching. Amazingly, this actually worked. Although the heat pipes are still making contact, they are not vibrating against bare metal and it's much quieter. So just beware of that. If you happen to have this case, it WILL fit but it can be EXTREMELY tight and the heat pipes MIGHT touch the case. The side panel will fit but in my case, it seems to require some light force. The noise this makes (if it happens) isn't pleasant so you'll have to decide for yourself if rigging it up to silence that is worth it for you. If you have a case that is very close to the same dimensions as mine, obviously you might have the same issue. All I care about is functionality and having a cooler that is quiet and effective and just works. I am also using a 140mm Noctua exhaust fan at the top of my case. Long story short, it works and I do not have to worry about overheating at all, as my system and clock speeds are all stock. Conclusion - I know this is an older cooler and the fans are not PWM and there are probably (slightly) better air coolers but this thing was worth every cent for my needs. PWM wouldn't have been useful for me anyway. So again, for my needs, I think the price was reasonable. I could have tried to solve my particular problem several different ways but I really wouldn't have saved much money with any other method and this cooler just seemed to be the most straightforward way to make darn sure my system will never have a cooling problem regardless of whether or not I monitor the temps. 5It Cools way better than I expected! Running a Core I5 4690K (Socket 1150) OC'd from 3.5 to 4.2 Ghz (Stock Voltages). MSI Z97 Gaming 5 MB. MS-7917. 24GB G.Skill Ram in a NZXT S340 Case.Originally, I had a smaller cheap cooler ($35) with 3 copper heat pipes that made direct contact with the CPU for better cooling! The Temps were 34C Idling and could only handle OCCT small data set for 33 seconds before reaching critical temp (Which I have set at 85C). I even filed the bottom flat, because it did not make good contact with the CPU. It made about an 8C difference. But there were still gaps in between the heat pipes. Overall, not a good design. But I used it for like 5 years and then decided to get serious...Enter this Noctua NH-D14:Temps at idle are 20 to 22C. As I am typing this and browsing, 24C. Max I have seen on stress testing is 69C.Also that same OCCT data set that crippled that nameless cooler, can run indefinitely now without going over 69C!! What a difference!!It is quite large and heavy, barely clears my ram by 2mm and is only about 5mm away from the side of the NZXT S340 case...but it fits and it works hella good!The Cooler is packaged really well with clever packaging so no worries about damage in shipping.I recommend for sure. 5Cut my max load temperatures down by 30C vs stock 4790k!!! I bought this to replace the stock fan on my 4790k. I was having some semi-severe temperature issues when using TurboBoost (up to 4.4 ghz) and fully loading the processor to near 100% at 1.260V. I was reaching temperatures as high as 95C, to which I immediately ended the load to avoid severe damage. Needless to say, the stock cooler is NOT a practical solution for running clocks & voltages this high. I turned off TurboBoost in the BIOS, which caps the processor to 4.0 standard clock speeds, but also lowers the max voltage to about 1.15. This voltage decrease keeps the temperatures lower - But why have an unlocked powerhouse processor that I have to baby with the stock cooler?Enter the NH-D14. Installation wasn't 'easy', but it wasn't hard either. The instructions come in separate books for AMD/Intel. Per the instructions, I removed my motherboard, installed the backplate (fairly simple), and installed the new cooler mounting brackets on the opposite side. It does give you layouts for the final product in the instructions. I chose to have mine intake on the side closest to the drive bays, and exhaust on the opposite side, facing the rear case fan (both fans are moving air in the same direction, on opposite sides of the sinks). I believe this is going to be the most efficient way to install in 90% of applications.The absolute most difficult portion of installing this sink is finding the space for it. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS COOLER IF YOU'RE RUNNING ANYTHING SMALLER THAN ATX MOTHERBOARD, AND MID-ATX CASE. I am running a standard mid size atx, and standard atx board. I had enough room to get everything installed, but the high heat sinks on my Corsair Vengeance RAM posed an issue and I will be replacing the memory rather than voiding my warranty by removing the sinks. One last point of advice is do not try to install the cooler whilst your board is outside your case. I didn't try this, but I seriously doubt it will work. While it's harder to fit your hands into the nooks and crannies in the case, it will be best.The fans are both removable, and are adjustable vertically due to the neat brackets. You can even flip them rather than the sink, if you desire a different airflow configuration. If for whatever reason you prefer to have just one fan (or can only fit one) you can easily remove one and use it as a 140MM case fan. You may also remove and use your own fans if you don't like the look of these, but I'd imagine these are going to be quieter than most fans you'd get, and you may have a hard time with the bracket system.On to the fun stuff: My temperatures were DRASTICALLY improved. My idle temps pre install were 35C or so (with turbo boost & speedstep ON). Post install, my idle temps were often down as low as 22C (below my room temperature), but varied between 22-26C. Under load, with stock cooler and the above settings still on, as mentioned, I was seeing temperatures as high as 95C. With the new cooler installed, I'm able to sustain 4.4 GHZ @ 100% load for forever and the temps never go over 70, and typically sit between 60-65C. All of this testing was done in a home with an ambient temperature of 22.2C (72F). See pictures for my proof!This is not a paid review (see verified), but is an honest opinion on this product. I can't imagine there is anything better. I just wanted to inform everyone about how amazing this cooler is.If this review was helpful to you, please hit 'yes' below! 5Cool! Wow! Ugly as sin, the other reviews are right on, and covers half of the frigging motherboard (gotta remove it to access any of my RAM sticks..). If you have any fancy ram that is taller than the norm by even a hair good luck..Probably won't fit.However, I was having issues with my i7-860 on stock cooling idling near 50c and at load hitting 90c and throttling back. And when I say at load, I mean a simple COUNTIF() excel formula being applied to a few hundred thousand cells..Not even Prime95. My case temps were above normal as well. Three times I replaced the thermal compound because hey, I have a bunch of AS5 and I was out of practice, maybe I even screwed up twice somehow. But after the third reapplication resulting in the same high temps I called in the experts: Noctua. My options for this socket are a bit limited these days, however this unit supports a variety of socket types including my LGA 1156 and has top notch reviews. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for on some of these things. I think I did here.Well packed without any real possible damage aside from flattening the entire package with a truck. Tons of parts for AMD & Intel, each socket type, and very clear instructions. All tools included except alcohol wipe (would have been a nice touch), even dongles to slow the fans if noise is a concern for you. Warning: you will have to remove your motherboard to install the support bracket.High quality parts, never did I feel in danger of breaking anything or stripping screws. Everything fit together super well. It's rare these days you get anything mass produced, then shipped, and reshipped, and handled by a consumer, that still fits so well in the end. Not a single part had to be forced, twisted, adjusted. Fit like a glove!It did require some re-solutioning of my cable routing and stuff due to the massive size of this thing, but I elected to leave both fans on it and mount it going front to back to help pull air through my drive cage and leave the fans at full speed ratio (no dongles).First impression: dropped temps about 10c across the board from drives to mb to cpu cores. Not much noticeable noise, but I'm not very close to it and it faces away. I also have a very thick case (full tower/server) that helps isolate the sound I suppose. But OK..Load up that Excel doc again and recalcuate. Temps increase about 10c and we wait...and wait...and wait....ended up settling in at 49c full load no throttling. GPU, HDD, MB, all temps lower than before and full load barely raises even core temps now. What a difference.I read that the clips on the stock HSF can warp over time. I've had this installed for over 5 years now and the machine itself has been moved, and is moved, on a regular basis. It gets a lot of bumps and stuff. It never was a great cooler but I didn't expect this much of a change. I'll probably overclock it now to help support my Vive games and keep up with this GTX 1080.Good times, thanks Noctua! 5Quiet, quiet, QUIET! Love this! Yup, totally worth the money! I had to go with the NH-D14 as the NH-D15 would not fit in my case. The NH-D14 is 5mm smaller! LOL! Anyway, this product fits in my Phanteks P400S Eclipse case just perfectly.I host a Plex server, and I sometimes will have 4-5 people streaming at once and someone will be converting video files which will use 100% CPU. I had the Cooler Master Evo 212 installed and that thing would roar and the fan would speed up where I could hear it across the living room under full load. However, with this Noctua NH-D14 under full load, I can barely hear it! I have to put my ear up to the computer tower under the desk to notice.This thing is awesome! 5Big and efficient satisfied with my choice since i was going with closed loop water coolers but that thought about water leaking couldn't leave my mind since this is my first build i could not take a risk ,with the NH-D14 i'm getting average temperature with i7.7700k no OC idling around 28 to 30and load around 60 to 65my ambient room is 23i got to mention how quiet the cooler isyou have to understand this is realy big cooler so it's going to limit your Rams choices and Motherboards so for the ram i went with Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB it fit with asus maximus ix codeso i recommend checking their website for your parts compatibility they have long list for Mobos and ram so good luck 5Totally Worth It If you're on the fence about buying this for aesthetic reasons, let me tell you it's definitely worth it. I was extremely close to buying an AIO water cooler, but the question of reliability really bothered me. The size and ugly fan colors initially turned me away from this, but after much research I decided to give it a shot. This thing really is huge and the fans are pretty darn ugly, but it is absolutely worth it for the performance. After getting it installed, there really is just something sexy about it.Anyway, before this I had a CM 212 Evo paired with my i7-6700k processor. I'm not sure if I applied too much thermal paste, but my idle temps were around 34C (which isn't terrible), but my load temps were around 79C. My PC isn't in the best room as far as ambient temperature, but it just seemed like those temps were too high. I ended up reapplying thermal paste on the Evo and still got similar results.Initially, I wasn't expecting that much of an improvement with this Noctua, but WOW!!! My idle temps dropped to around 24C, and load temps fell to around 58-60C! Keep in mind that the fans run at full speed all the time on this as it doesn't come with PWM fans, but these things are near silent. While coolers like the Evo or AIO setups will rev up the fans relatively loudly to increase cooling, the D14 barely makes a peep. If you're gaming, your GPU fans will absolutely drown out any sound this thing makes.Again, this thing is pretty big, so make sure it fits in your case before ordering. I have it in a Corsair Obsidian 450d and there are a few mm of clearance between the top of the 140mm fan and the window. Also, mine came with the fans installed backwards, where the "Noctua" stamping on the top of each heatsink would have been upside down. This wouldn't have been a big deal, but one heatsink extends a bit further than the other, so if I kept it upside down the longer side would have extended more into my RAM slots. I have some low-profile Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM so it wouldn't really have been an issue, but I reversed the fans and moved the anti-vibration bumpers into the correct position (with the "Noctua" stamping facing the correct direction.Overall, if you can get over the size and the brown color scheme, this is probably the best air cooler on the market. 5Massive heatsink that gets the job done. Great value. First of all, my stock heatsink died on me while I was playing games. My PC thermal throttled and shut down. Pretty scary night. I read several reviews and ordered this Noctua heatsink as soon as I could. Amazon had it on my doorstep 8 hours later! Absolutely insane. Thank you Amazon for saving me that day, as I use my PC mostly for work related tasks and needed it up and running asap.This heatsink is truly a beast. I would HIGHLY reccomend that anyone interested in purchasing it, first measure their case because this thing sits about 1mm away from the case door. It also completely covers the components on the motherboard.The performance is fantastic. I refuse to use watercooling in my PC because heatsinks like this exist. It's cheaper and it provides the same thermal solution without the risk. My CPU idles at 21C and doesn't go above 36C under load. Perfectly acceptable temperatures for my i5-4590 I think.As far as noise goes, it's an air cooler. And if your fan curves are on the aggressive side, maybe because you live in a warm area, you will hear this thing. It's not too bad though compared to some other ones that I have heard. Luckily I live in a cooler state and my PC is in the basement so my fan curves are very conservative and the noise really is not an issue for me.Installation was on par with anything else. They provide you with their own set of tools which are perfect. The provided thermal compound is plenty good enough as well. Took me about 20 minutes to do do the whole project of replacing my dead heatsink.Some people will be put off by the aesthetics of this cooler. RGB and black is all the rage these days. Sure it's not gorgeous but I would MUCH rather have this than anything else that glows in the dark any day of the week because the price to cooling ratio is unbeatable and that's what matters to me. However if you simply must have some sort of color coordination or LED's, you will probably end up looking else where.Overall, love this product. If it broke tomorrow, which I can assure you, it won't, I would get another one in a heart beat. 5Easy installation is customizable for fan options, and responsive customer support This is my first Noctua cooler installation. I installed this on a Supermicro X11SCH-LN4F motherboard in a Fractal Node 804, and it's a perfect fit that doesn't touch the standard height RAM cards nor does it extend over the PCIe slots.When I first unpacked it I noticed some of the tops of the tubes were not closed with the cone-shaped caps but were more blunt with a little side opening. So with six tubes terminated on the top plate, half would have cone-shape terminals and half would be blunt-semi-open. I sent a photo to Noctua support and they reponded in one day that it was normal.The written instructions were clear and easily followed. When installing the cooler over the base, it helps to look directly down from over the top of the cooler to align the screws properly to the base posts, otherwise if looking from an angle you may end up fishing around to match them.The fans that come with this unit are fixed speed 3-pin configurations. My system allows for 4-pin PWM types as well, so I wanted to upgrade my cooler fans to the PWM types. I contacted Noctua support again, and again they responded same day with very helpful information. To enable re-use of the existing metal fasterner clips the following fans could be obtained. Front fan substitution: NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM ; Middle fan substitution: NF-P14r redux-1500 PWM. I ordered these fans from Amazon and they are on the way.Previous to ordering the PWM redux fans above I had already ordered what I 'assumed' should work for PWM fan replacements: Middle fan, Noctua NF-A14 PWM ; End fan, Noctua NF-A12x15 PWM. This was without being familiar with whether the existing fasteners clips would work. From correspondence with Noctua support they don't have clips for those fans to match the NH-D14. While waiting for the PWM reduxs to arrive (I can use the existing clips with the reduxs) I figured I would attempt a rigging of the NF-A fans: The A14 fits in the middle but being square-shaped and large it has to sit higher to clear the standard-hight ram cards (which are about 32mm) but it still covers the cooler well. I used thin copper wire to 'lace' the A14 to the cooler and it's a secure attachment. For the A12 I used the same scheme - copper wire laced to the fins - tight. For the A12 I see that I could also use the same metal fastener clip that came with the original P12 but only after removing some plastic in the way with a dremel or file. Because the copper wire worked well same as for the A14 I did not resort to the plastic-mod. To use the existing clip on the A12 all I would have to do is notch out a space for one hook-end of the clip at one end (do for both clips) and it seems obvious it would have worked.Some reviews have commented on how tricky it was to use wire to connect the bottom end of the fan due to restricted space to manipulate the wire. I avoided this by cutting one continuous length of wire and lacing the wire through the lower holes of the fan then up through the upper holes, leaving a wide loop on each side to clear the cooker fins while positioning it - do this before positioing the fan. The wire will loop up along the inset of the side-edge of the coller fins. Then pull the wire close to the fins and make tight, ending by looping the two ends of the wire to their respective holes at the top fan corners - done. Almost like tieing your sneakers.I haven't started up the system yet so I can't comment on performance. This review is on installation and upgradability, and the responsive/helpful customer support. I don't mind having extra fans (if I don't end up using the reduxs) because I'll use them for another build or as spares/case-fans. Or, if my copper-wire rigging does not stay tight I would then install the reduxs using the original metal clips (but according to other commenters the metal-wire technique should prove ok....time will tell).One more comment I'll put here, and also as a response to another post where someone is negatively commenting on the fact that the A14 is made in China instead of Taiwan like the others: doesn't matter per gamersnexus folks (google them for report on Noctua made-in-taiwan vs made-in-china. The performance is the same and the only variation is with a slight difference in the color pigment and other inconsequential cosmetics. 5Effective, durable, enormous, ugly as hell, and slow to get or altogether unavailable for AM4 (Ryzen) release. Great cooler if you don't mind a big ugly hunk of metal and brown fans in the middle of your build. If you are buying this for AMD Ryzen you will need the mounting kit (Noctua NM-AM4 Mounting Kit for Noctua CPU coolers on AMD AM4 platforms) this is not available anywhere on the internet including Amazon as of 3/3/2017 except from Noctua themselves. It is sent out for free but it takes 14 FREAKING BUSINESS days to get, and that is if it is not backordered. I suggest watercooling if you want something more immediate. The Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling. 280mm comes to mind or the EVGA CLC 280 Liquid / Water CPU Cooler, 400-HY-CL28-V1, 280mm, RGB, if you can find one. 5
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