Excerpt: WHEN WE REVIEWED the first-edition Noctua NH-D14 back in April 2010, we praised its quiet performance, but our then-current test bed didn’t put out enough heat to best showcase its cooling chops. Fortunately, our new one does.
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.
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: For those that air cool, Noctua is a name that strikes confidence into its users, and fear into heat. Their new entry into the heat taming market is the massive, fear enducing NH-D14. Does it tame the beast of heat? or is the new heatsink all bark and no bite? Read on…
Pros: Excellent thermal management, Silent, Mounting brackets for pretty much any modern CPU., Tube of Noctua’s excellent and highly respected TIM
Summary: The Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler is still one of the best coolers around. It has a copper baseplate, copper heatpipes, many aluminum fins and two fans, looks amazing, very well constructed and comes with a 6 year warranty. This is one incredible CPU cooler!
Summary: What can we say that you've no doubt already figured out on your own? The Noctua NH-D14 is indeed the best performing CPU cooler money can buy. It's even more impressive that the money isn't an amount that will cripple you.
Pros: Superb performance CPU cooler, Excellent performance with slower RPM fans, Extremely low noise, High quality materials and engineering
Cons: Large size may limit compatibility with some motherboards, Forward fan requires shorter RAM heatsinks to fit
Summary: Weighing in at 1240 grams, the 161mm tall, 140x156mm square Noctua NH-D14 processor heatsink is large no matter how you size it up. This heatsink currently ranks near the top of Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsinks chart, and since we're comparing it against nearly 280 heatsinks, that should tell you...
Conclusion: I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the cooling performance of the Noctua NH-D14. With idle temperatures of around 23 degrees Celsius, it's one of the lowest we've seen to date. Full load temperatures were even more impressive.