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: 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: 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?
Pros: Excellent thermal management, Silent, Mounting brackets for pretty much any modern CPU., Tube of Noctua’s excellent and highly respected TIM
Summary: Final Thoughts
After seeing how well Noctua’s NH-C14 performed I had really high expectations for the NH-D14 and they were exceeded! The NH-D14 performed even better than the NH-C14! If we compare it to the stock AMD cooler it was 14 degrees cooler during idle and 18 degrees cooler during load at stock speeds. When we overclocked the CPU to 3.8GHz it was 11 degrees cooler during idle and 20 degrees cooler during load. Those are very impressive numbers!
Pros: Great performance, Simple installation, Quiet operation
Cons: Very large, might run in to clearance issues, More expensive than many other CPU coolers
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: 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 something.
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. During our tests, we ran our test rig at full load for several hours, and our CPU temperature barely it 40 degrees Celsius.
Summary: Noctua's NH-D14 has proven to be a great cooler throughout our testing. From its great looks to its excellent performance Noctua has created an excellent product all around. With its durable nickle plated finish it looks stunning on almost any motherboard. Noctua is using a mounting system that is versatile and allows mounting the cooler on almost every current CPU socket.
Pros: Exceptional performance, Extremely quiet, Mounting hardware included for use with all modern CPU sockets, Multiple fan mounting configuration for best compatibility with other hardware, Excellent mounting design, Six heat pipe dual tower design, Provides cooling around the CPU socket to aid in cooling other near by components, Includes two high quality fans, Durable and attractive nickle plating, Thermal interface material included, Impressive accessory bundle
Cons: Price may be high for some potential buyers, Large design may not fit in smaller cases