Conclusion: Just as i mentioned before in this review the performance levels of the NH-D14 are not something new and so right from the moment i started recording the temperatures for this review i roughly knew what to expect. Now when i say roughly that is because although i knew how well the NH-D14 performed with my previous Core i7-920 systems i had no idea on how exactly the two extra cores of the i7-3930k would affect the results.
Pros: - Cooling Performance, - Build Quality, - Noise Levels, - Easy Installation, - Ability To Add An 3rd Fan (All 3 Can Be 140mm Ones)
Excerpt: Noctua is a well known name in the enthusiast world for its high-end CPU cooler products. Their flagship cooler, the NH-D14, features a nickel-plated copper base with dual radiator towers actively cooled by low noise 120mm and 140mm fans. The NH-D14 can be used with all current Intel and AMD CPU offerings. The cooler was put to the test against other similarly classed air and water-based cooling systems to see just how well Noctua's design would hold up.
Summary: But once that was accomplished, the NH-D14 achieved the lowest CPU burn temps of any air cooler in our roundup, at just over 72 C. When we added the resistor cables, the temperature increased to 76 C, but fan noise became almost imperceptible—certainly quieter than the case fans. Of the air coolers we’ve tested on LGA2011 thus far, the NH-D14 takes the crown. If it weren’t quite so massive, it’d be even easier to recommend, but it still garners our firm approval.
Summary: Much like the original NH-D14, the SE2011 model left us thoroughly impressed at the end of the day. If a massive air cooler with silent fans is what you are after, look no further - Noctua has you covered.
The design is unchanged from the original, which of course isn't a knock on this cooler. If you have a good thing going, why change it? Nocta simply adapted the mounting system to work with the high-output LGA2011 platform.
Conclusion: Like its predecessor the NH-D14 SE2011 performs brilliantly. It produces results that are the best among the tested products. The owners of the previous generation of NH-D14 can simply acquire the 2011 upgrade kit and they will be good to go as well. Noctua includes everything in the box including a Philips head screw-driver. The price of the product is well justified considering its stellar performance and the goodies that Noctua provides with it.
Summary: The NH-D14 is a highly impressive product then, but where it will fall down for some customers is its hefty price tag. At £70 it’s more than double the price of the Thermolab Trinity and even pricier than the Zalman CNPS9500-LED. Granted the build and fan quality is superlative, but the advantage of a couple of degrees means that this a cooler for those clients with deep pockets, or simply those who enjoy the finer things in life.
Pros: - Great, secure mounting, - Build quality is simply amazing, - Great performance, - Quiet with resistors
Cons: - Expensive, - PWM controllable fans would be better., - Standard version should come with socket 2011 clips.
Excerpt: Massive. That's the word I would use to describe my first impression of the cooler that's the subject of this review. I've reviewed many CPU coolers in the past, and this was the first one which stood out enough for my wife to ask me while I was testing, "What is that thing?