Excerpt: Taking a look at computer retailers online, and even our past CPU cooler review history, it's easy to see that the most popular style of heatsink right now follows the tower design. It's no surprise as towers with their heatpipes and large radiators perform well.
Conclusion: Here’s the condensed summary: Cooling performance on this heat sink is tangible and effortless. It will allow you to have a higher overclock, and may likely stabilize a bleeding edge overclock that you currently have if you are using inadequate CPU cooling.
Pros: Attractive fit and finish., Noctua fan loving., Inline fan resistors should you want quieter performance., Full coverage for modern CPU’s., Secondary cooling to the motherboard components., Included high performance TIM.
Cons: Size… 1000g can make a motherboard have nightmares., Potential problems with heat exchange efficiency if mounted improperly.
Noctua NH-C14 'C-Type Top Flow' Heatpipe CPU Cooler Long-Term Review
11 December 2011
Conclusion: Without a doubt, the Noctua NH-C14 is the best air cooler I have ever tested to date. The complete package when I look at it from afar is executed brilliantly and I have to give kudos to those who took the time to think everything through because it clearly shows.
Conclusion: Noctua always manages to amaze me. Every single one of their products performs on par with the best on the market while still being one of the quietest on the market. The level of detail they go into on every aspect of the design is obvious and the end result is a quality product that anyone can...
Excerpt: Introduction Noctua recently released the NH-C14, a curled over single tower-fin style heatsink with two 140mm fans. Designed to offer the most cooling capacity in a small space, it curls the heatpipes through 180 degrees to provide down draft air movement.
Summary: Standard horizontal CPU coolers aren't always the most efficient. Especially if it's a stock retail AMD or Intel cooler: they are mainly built to do the job as cheap as possible. They're typically too small and sit too close to the board to actually do anything other than cool the CPU.
Pros: Horizontal CPU design cools other components, Shortest high performance CPU cooler on the market, Great cooling performance, High quality construction and finish, One of the best mounting solutions we've seen, Comes with two 140mm 1200 RPM fans and Low-Noise adapters, Lifetime socket support for ...
Cons: Has a similar foot print to its monstrous NH-D14 brother, The beige and brown color scheme may not appeal to all tastes, Priced at the top of the range for CPU coolers
Conclusion: Noctua is known for the high quality of their cooling products and the current flagships of the range really aren't letting the reputation down. Both models are very nicely finished, come with good mounting hardware for all platforms and also a pair of good fans.
Conclusion: I have to say, I was extremely impressed with the cooling performance of the Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler. I wasn't expecting itat all ... I thought that the NH-C14 was just another standard CPU cooler that Noctua added to their catalogue, just to make up the numbers. But I was wrong.