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May 22, 2012

Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review



Today we are going to review Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review from Austrian company Noctua .

Noctua is an Austrian manufacturer that has consistently delivered on all of their products. They’ve single-handedly shaped the market of PC cooling by offering high-quality and high performance products that all work silently. Before starting the review i would like to thank  Jakob from Noctua for sending me the sample .

General Specifications


Below is the general specifications of the Noctua NH-D14  , which are taken from noctua website ” “


Socket compatibility Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, LGA2011 on request, Asus X-socket™ & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 (backplate required)
Height (without fan) 160 mm
Width (without fan) 140 mm
Depth (without fan) 130 mm
Height (with fan) 160 mm
Width (with fan) 140 mm
Depth (with fan) 158 mm
Weight (without fan) 900 g
Weight (with fan) 1070/1240* g
Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility 140x140x25 & 120x120x25mm
Scope of Delivery
  • 1x NF-P14 premium fan
  • 1x NF-P12 premium fan
  • 2x Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • Y-Split Cable
  • 4x Vibration-Compensators (for using NF-P12 as case fan)
  • 4x Fan screws (for using NF-P12 as case fan)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kits
  • Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty 6 Years
Model ( Fans ) Noctua NF-P14 & Noctua NF-P12
Bearing SSO-Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1200 / 1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 / 900 RPM
Airflow 110,3 / 92,3 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A. 83,7 / 63,4 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 19,6 / 19,8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A. 13,2 / 12,6 dB(A)
Input Power 1,2 / 1,08 W
Voltage Range 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h


Packaging and Unboxing


Noctua NH-D14 comes in a pretty big box , with all the specifications mentioned on the box itself . The Packaging itself is very secured and clean and all the accessories are included in one big box .


At the back of the box , every feature is detailed explained .

After opening the box and retrieving the accessories , There are many things included in the box , You will find following things .

  • 1x NF-P14 premium fan
  • 1x NF-P12 premium fan
  • 2x Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • Y-Split Cable
  • 4x Vibration-Compensators (for using NF-P12 as case fan)
  • 4x Fan screws (for using NF-P12 as case fan)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2 Mounting Kits
  • Noctua Metal Case-Badge



Intel Mounting Set for LGA 775 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155


AMD Mounting Set for AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1


2 U.LN.A ( Ultra Low Noise Adapters , Nocuta Metal Case Badge , 4 Metal Screws , 4 Rubber Mounting , Y-Connecter , NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound



Closer look at the Noctua NH-D14



From the picture below , you can clearly see that is not the cooler you see everyday . It is one of biggest CPU Cooler in Market and also best in performance . The Design of sandwich 120mm fan and a 140mm fan makes it perform well even in full load condition .


Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler has densely fins there to absorb heat from the base as much as they can . and after that the fans can push out the heat . You can also see the 6 heat pipes coming all over to the top from bottom .

The base of Noctua NH-D14 is not made of copper as you have many of CPU Coolers having copper base . But this one has more like nickel metal base but the base if pretty finished up for the conductivity of heat . Also you can see the heat pipes which are going to the fins from both left and right side .

Benchmark and Testing


The system we will be using to test this rig , is our standard but this time with some high end overclocking .


  • Intel Core i5 2600K CPU @ 4.6 Ghz
  • ASUS P8Z68 V PRO
  • 8GB Patriot Memory RAM
  • Kingston HyperX 3K 90 GB SSD ( OS )


The temperatures we got were very amazing and mind blowing, Although CPU was overclocked at very high end . But the Noctua NH-D14 did its best job .

Note that we did not the U.L.N.A which makes the speed of the fan slow for quiter use .



Idle @ 25% Load

Load  @ 100 % Use











The results above are the mind blowing even the voltage of CPU were  1.40volts but still the Noctua NH-D14 did not let the CPU overheat and with the maximum high temperature is 62C .

Kindly note that it also depend on the other air flow of the chassis if you have a poor air flow of the chassis , there is the chance that these reading might not matches yours .


In the end ( Conclusion )



Well in the end , there are somethings which need to be cleared .
First of all , this is not the cheap cooler . So dont think that  you would get this is low price . But the price for the performance is worth it .
Secondly , The looks of the Noctua NH-D14 is plain and is not like attracting one . If you want the performance and give priority to performance over look then go ahead .
Third , Before buying the Noctua NH-D14 keep in mind that whether it would be easily fitted in your computer chassis without blocking or touching other parts like RAM or north bridge heat sink .

But all above , this is one of the best after market CPU cooler which can do job for your overclocked CPU if you are big fan of air cooling .


We are pleased to announce that Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler receives award at TechTipsnReview , for the extra ordinary performance and overall quality and working .



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