October 14, 2013
NOCTUA NH-U14S CPU Cooler Review
Designed in Austria, Noctua’s premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 3000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua’s fans and heatsinks are chosen by more than a hundred thousand satisfied customers around the globe.Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than ten years of experience in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took the international silent enthusiasts’ hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products.
About the Product
Today we are going to have a look at another great cpu cooler from Noctua which is NH-U14S , The NH-U14S is the 14cm top model of Noctua’s classic U-series single tower CPU coolers, which have received more than 400 awards and recommendations from the international press. While the large, six heatpipe design and the NF-A15 140mm fan with PWM support for fully automatic speed control allow the cooler to best the renowned quiet cooling performance of all other U-series coolers, its 52mm slim shape still guarantees full compatibility with tall RAM modules on LGA2011. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U14S is a complete premium quality solution that combines superb performance, high compatibility and quiet operation.
The general Specifications of the U14S are below ,
Packaging and Unboxing
NH-U14S in medium sized box .. You can see that on the left side the model of the Cooler is mentioned which in this case is NH-U14S . Also some of the features of the cooler are mentioned on the front side , including Full ram compatibility , 6 years warranty and much more .
Similarly , on the back side there are some more of the features mentioned in detail.
Once you open the box you would find , some box including the mounting stuff for different chipset .
Also you would find some of the other accessories provided with the cooler which are , NT-H1 high quality thermal compound , Noctua Badge , L Shaped Screw Driver , Fan Clips and some manuals .
Last but not least , you can see the cooler itself , it comes with the pre-installed one 140MM Noctua premium fan for better performance .
Closer look at NH-U14S
NH-U14S is a great quality cpu cooler . The design is very awesome and its compatible with all chipset and also provides sufficient place to other components such as RAM modules . Also you can in the below picture that the fins of the cooler are very dense , which provides more cooling effect when air passes through it , Also note that the heat pipes are passing through them so this would definitely help you keep your CPU cooler .
On the top side , of the cooler you can see the Noctua Badge embossed .. Also note that the heat pipes coming from down show up on the top and there are 6 heat pipes on each side of the cooler
In the below picture you can see that , the fan is attached to the cooler with the help of the two fan clips . you can attach another 120mm or 140mm to the other side with the help of the clips provided in the accessories .
The base of every cooler should be of great quality , and i must say that noctua have done great job with this . The base is very milled and there is no rough surface so the thermal conductivity should be very good . Also note that the all heat pipes are directly attached to base for efficient heat transfer .
Benchmarking and Testing
The rig we used for testing comprises of following hardwares,
- Intel Corei5 3570k 3.4GHz ( OC @ 4.7GHz)
- MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard
- ADATA XPG 16GB 2400MHz RAM
- GTX 760 Graphic Card
- Antec 1000 watt power supply
The testing methodology we will use , is to check the temperature on stock clock speed when process is idle and when it is on full load . Same with the OC clock speeds.
The load program we will be using is our old PRIME95 .
The results are below ,
In the End ( Verdict/Conclusion )
NOCTUA NH-U14S is one of the best cpu coolers of Noctua cooling line . From design to performance everything is great . The packaging they have done and all the accessories they have provided along with cooler is certainly to provide premiumship feeling to the consumers .
Also the design of the cpu cooler is great , the dense fins really helps to cool the air which then take away the heat from the heat pipes , The design to support multiple chipsets and thus providing the space to memory modules and other motherboard components . Also the option to install other 120 or 140mm fan is plus point . In the benchmarks we saw that the cooler performed very well , not at stock speeds but also on at OC speeds as well . Moreover , one thing to mention that the cooler is very quite in functioning when it was being testing on full load at 4.7GHz so its another great thing about it .
In the end all we have to say ,
We are pleased to announce that NOCTUA NH-U14S CPU Cooler receives best buyer award at TechTipsnReview for its amazing performance .