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Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:48 am

Today we look at the new flagship cooler from Noctua, the NH-D14. Noctua had a chore on their hands improving on the old NH-U12P design and performance. The NH-D14 has a total of six heatpipes and dual radiators equipped with dual fans! With specifications like this it is no wonder that the Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler is regarded as one of the premier CPU coolers on the market today, if not the best.

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Noctua set out to improve on their previous design and they did, and it was a noticeable improvement. The NH-D14 is bigger and heavier than its predecessor, though. With both fans installed on the NH-D14 the cooler weighs in at a whopping 1.24kg so some may shy away from it just based on the weight, let alone its overall size, but there are those that will jump on this and not think twice about it. You can pick up a NH-D14 for $79.99 plus shipping. Now in a slow economy it may be hard to drop that much on a cooler. I can agree with that, but it is worth the money and falls into the old saying “you get what you pay for.” With the Noctua NH-D14 beating out 18 other coolers on our overclocked Intel Core i7 920 processor we have to give it the Legit Reviews Editor's Choice award!


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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby FZ1 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:23 am

What a monster
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby jnanster » Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:04 pm

Second the monster statement.
Wonder what "lapped" results would bring.
Imagine CPU's are all so different that the results might vary widely.
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby FeRaL » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:12 pm

I really like how you put in the review some H2O pumpers for comparison as well. Really adds some extra perspective to it. Really impressive results.
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby crowTrobot » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:32 am

There's an "imitation" of this beast already in the European market from Coolink, called Corator DS. I don't know which one came up first with the design though.
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby DMB2000uk » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:35 am

Noctua weren't the first to stick the fan in the middle of a cooler like this, but I think it's one of the biggest that's been out.

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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby GI-JOE » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:20 am

:shock: I don't even think that thing would fit in my case! :lol:
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby slugbug » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:52 pm

It looks like 2 coolers stuck together.
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby werty316 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:21 pm

That is one monster of a cooler and its price isn't all that bad considering it includes two fans.
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby FeRaL » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:00 pm

werty316 wrote:That is one monster of a cooler and its price isn't all that bad considering it includes two fans.


I was thinking the same thing. Was looking at other coolers that cost less but they all come without fans. Add in the price of two fans and they cost close to or as much as this and don't perform as good.
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby Christopher H » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:12 am

That thing is huge. I wonder how it compares to the Prolima Megahalems?
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby InspectahACE » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:56 pm

Mean cooler right there....V10 is still prettier :P
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby gwolfman » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:31 pm

That's a beast! I have a Noctua cooler and I'm very happy with it. Keep up the good work Noctua. Maybe try polishing the base? I'd pay a few dollars more if it helped.
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby stereo55 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:09 pm

Just what the doctor ordered for those HOT Calif summers .

Been eyeing Nuctua's 140mm fans since they released .... beautiful stuff .

Nice review LR , thx .
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Re: Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

Postby Jodox » Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:49 pm

Any idea when the IFX-14 Revision will be out? and if it will take back the performance crown?
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