Summary: Final Thoughts
Noctua does it again! We have another great CPU cooler that performs great, is quiet, and is extremely easy to install. I think that if Noctua actually put out a bad product the whole world including myself would be shocked!
Pros: – Great Performance, – Easy installation, – Clearance for large memory modules and PCIExpress cards, – Fan can be installed on the top or bottom, – Extra fan clips included for a second fan
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: 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.
Conclusion: Once again Noctua proves that it knows the CPU Cooler business, the NH-C14 is an excellent performing cooler for sure. The NH-C14 might be large in size meaning that it might not fit in smaller cases, but if you’ve got the room then I can certainly recommend getting one to keep your CPU running cool...
Summary: High performance cooling has come a long way over the years and while most people associate aftermarket cooling options with overclocking that isn't always the case. Some coolers may be best suited as high capacity alternatives to the cheap and unattractive OEM designs.
Summary: The Noctua NH-C14 is a treat to install and use. As far as its design, packaging, and product presentation goes, the NH-C14 is top-notch. I couldn't have imagined any other cooler manufacturer take up top-flow design at this market segment, and then go on to win big time in terms of performance.
Pros: Awesome performance, Low overall height, Low-profile ready, Good clearance with components around the socket, Good packaging
Cons: Very heavy, Expensive, Loud at maximum speed, Some installation steps cumbersome, Fans lack PWM-based control
Summary: Final Thoughts
Looking at the performance numbers this CPU cooler performs very well. At the stock speed of our CPU the NH-C14 had idle and load temperatures of 21C and 37C respectively. This is a 12C difference during idle and 16C during load, which is very impressive.
Pros: – Great cooling performance, – Quiet operation, – Straight forward installation, – Very versatile (able to remove both fans)
Cons: – Might run into an issues with memory that has larger heatspreaders, – More expensive than many other CPU coolers
Summary: UPDATED with new support bracket details. The Noctua NH-C14 is a big heatsink for sure, but remarkably by orienting the fans and aluminum fin stack in a top-down direction, Noctua keep the heatsinks' height to just 130mm.