overkill, huge, expensive, great service, but my fans were noisy
C Boyle, Amazon
4 February 2015
Summary: mine came with noisy fans; they make a grindy sound unless on very lowest voltage/speed. Noctua customer service nicely and promptly offered to exchange them, but frankly the time and cost and hassle to ship is more than simply picking up replacement fans. The cooler is truly massive, but cleared my dram and left *just* enough space on my no-name gateway mobo for a discrete gpu.
Summary: This thing just reeks "old." The fins are not reinforced in any way like modern Phanteks, Cryorig or even current Noctuas. Therefore they are super easy to bend. The fans are ancient 3 pin P14's and the entire accessory package has remained the same since 2011. This heatsink performs like a $25 Hyper 212 but at 130mm height.
Pros: -Great packaging and accessories. -Straight forward and simple installation. -NF-P14's are quiet
Cons: -Honestly this is a really outdated Heatsink, many single fan and even slim single fan solutions offer the same performance. -Uses the older Secufirm mounting system instead of the updated one. -Uses the old style splitters and noise adapters that have exposed wire and aren't fully sleeved. -The support bracket that was later added is laughable. -Fans are not PWM, at this price makes no sense.
Summary: mobo : ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K 1 fan on top, facing right covering the ram, low noise resistor cables. Obviously going for silence over performance with Prime 95 it will go up to 70 celsius in my hot CA room with but easily cools down instantly once the load is off for each core. to 34 ish. After gaming for couple hours hits around 60 degrees. mobo temp is always around 35 ish. shaking problem is really a let down though.
Pros: 1) quiet 2) Performance is great (I used 1 fan low noise) 3) cools your motherboard as well 4) cools you memory depending on the orientation 5) Manual is easy to follow 6) packaging, makes it simple to follow. 7) accessories, includes stuff to use 1 of the fan as case fan, long L screwdriver for installation 8) resistor cables, Ultra low noise / low noise 9) great fan 10) installation options, (2 fan, 1 fan top, 1 fan bottom) + orientation (left, right, down) 11) nice...
Cons: 1) depending on your components some installation options are not possible. 2) For my setup, this will shake if you do not put a resistor cable. Not sure if the mobo, the orientation or whatever at fault. (double checked manual + re tightened mounts) 3) Huge
Summary: Due to the fan aiming at the board orientation, it seems top case fans are more useful than rear ones. Boards used are the Asus Crosshair III Formula for AMD setup and the MSI XPower Big Bang for the Intel setup. Was too lazy to tone down the Intel setup to see what the temp delta is between the two coolers at similar heat loads, I may try the NH-D14 on the AMD setup to see how much better that does compared to it though.
Pros: Compared to the stock AMD Phenom II 1090T heatsink, this thing is quieter on maximum fan speed vs the stock cooler on "Quiet" profile on my Asus' motherboard's fan setting. Only with the fan on deafening max speed with the stock cooler was it able to keep the system around 56-58C with Linx or Intel Burn Test on stock system settings, the NH-C14 keeps it ~6C degrees cooler and much quieter with the low noise adaptors installed (roughly 900RPM). The design helps cools s...
Cons: After getting used to the cooling performance of Noctua's flagship NH-D14, this is a bit of a letdown though not unexpected considering it has one less cooling tower (but higher fin density). Doesn't have nearly the same cooling potential as it's big brother, which cools my Intel i7 950 OC'ed to 4.2GHz at ~73C under Linx/IBT load with dual Scythe Kaze Maru 2 fans running at 1000rpm on a fan controller (the Scythe pair cools better and is quieter than the stock fans fr...
Excerpt: Compared to the stock AMD Phenom II 1090T heatsink, this point is quieter on maximum fan speed vs the stock cooler on "Quiet" profile on my Asus' motherboard's fan setting. Only with the fan on deafening max speed with the stock cooler was it able to hold the system around 56-58C with Linx or Intel Burn Test on stock technique settings, the NH-C14 keeps it ӲC degrees cooler and considerably quieter with the low noise adaptors installed (roughly 900RPM).
Summary: Potente, silencioso y con instrucciones muy claras para el montaje. La web de Noctua contiene bastante información adicional que es muy recomendable leerse, posiblemente incluso antes de comprarlo. Una vez está metido en la caja todo es disfrutar, el problema es que la instalación me ha resultado bastante difícil, pues el propio tamaño del disipador no deja ver lo que estás haciendo y hay que acertar con el último par de tornillos poco menos que a ciegas.