Conclusion: The first thing that has to be said about the NH-C14 is that it’s stupidly huge, but i’m not saying that as a bad thing as it carries a heavy duty industrial feel to it, and we like that as it takes away any essence of the cooler being cheap or having a rough build quality. In actual fact it’s one of the most robust items we’ve ever had the pleasure of looking at, and in our books that is a fantastic acomplishment.
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. But performance aside, they have major downsides including high height and low base clearance which interferes with RAM with tall heatspreaders. Both the benefits and downfalls of the tower style of heatsink...
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. It is beautiful and huge, and most of all *quiet*.
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. Absolutely brilliant packaging, accessories, cooler construction, quality and performance, everything from the smallest to largest component is top-notch.
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. Equipped with two 140mm flex fans fitted with SSO bearings, it promises to offer quiet performance with a smaller form factor than competitive performing tower design heatsinks.
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. Poorly one might add. While the possibilities of this feature were once taken for granted, designs like the Noctua NH-C14 completely correct any short comings.
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. Premium coolers tend to come with premium price tags and the Noctuas aren't exactly cheap, either, but the quality fans and ease of use really make up for the price.
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. With idle temperatures of around 23 degrees Celsius, it's identical to their flagship NH-D14.