Conclusion: First thing’s first, the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 is a pretty big CPU cooler, as in 160mm tall and 158mm wide, so make sure your motherboard supports the girth. Once you ensure that the area around the NH-D14 SE2011 is adequate, you need to ensure that the ram modules you’re planning to put aren’t more than 44mm. Height specifications are something you can easily check on a manufacturer’s page before buying the ram you’re interested in.
Conclusion: Worries about its size aside, let’s see the NH-D14 in more detail. The base and fins are all made of copper, while the cooling fins are created from aluminum. Two fans provide the actual cooling, with one 120mm fan attached on the outside of the heatsink, and one 140mm fan in the middle of the two heatsinks.
Summary: Once on, the NH-D14 performed to within a few degrees Celsius of our champion air cooler, the cheaper, smaller, and lighter Cooler Master Hyper 212+. And there’s the rub. The NH-D14 is a great cooler, with massive airflow and great construction, but it can’t take the top slot from a cooler that is half its size and a third its price.
Conclusion: Back in the days, when AMD's Athlon 64 ruled the enthusiast market and single core processors were still the norm, South Korean-based computer cooling manufacturer Zalman manufactured some of the most popular CPU heatsink/fans around. Their signature flower design, in conjunction with a very generous use of copper, demonstrated groundbreaking performance across the board at every review website.