Conclusion: While I currently the trend has been to go with water cooling, most people don’t seem to believe that air cooling can compete. This obviously isn’t true, a lot of great heatsinks will still out perform the 120mm water cooling kits that most people are picking up. Even when you step up to 240mm kits the biggest heatsinks like the NH-D15 tested today are still out performing them in most situations.
Excerpt: Noctua sent its NH-D15 CPU cooler, and like its coolers that I’ve tested so far, they usually stand apart from most CPU air cooler manufacturers, something that other manufacturer would agree. I am a fan of their bolt through kits- simple, effective and strong. The built quality of the CPU coolers is always respected- from the heat fins to the heat base. NH-D15 CPU cooler is the successor of NH-D14.
Summary: Final Thoughts
If you have not heard of Noctua by now you really should. In my opinion they have the best air coolers on the market, period! Not only in terms of performance, but when it comes to ease of installation, quality and extras they provide. If anyone is in the market for a new air cooler they first thing I tell them is get a Noctua you won’t be disappointed.
As I said in this review this is a massive cooler!
Pros: – Amazing cooling performance, – Easy installation, – Quality made, – Fan can be installed in the front or back, – Quite quiet for a large cooler
Cons: – Could run into RAM clearance issues, – Blocks the first PCIExpress slot, – Price
Conclusion: Here at APH Networks, we are always excited to get our hands on products from Noctua. It is exciting in a sense that, they are kind of company where you can always depend on to deliver consistently excellent products year after year; never ceasing to improve upon previous iterations, with just enough innovation to convince you their engineers are, indeed, hard at work.
Conclusion: The Noctua NH-D15 is a long overdue upgrade of the NH-D14, no doubt that it is hard to create a better product overall. The NH-D15 featured new designs and bigger fans that yielded better cooling and quieter operations along with the enhanced RAM compatibility which will be very appealing for the PC enthusiast and power users alike.
Summary: The Noctua NH-D15 is truly outstanding. It rises above all competitors and takes the air-cooling crown while giving even loud AIO liquid coolers a run for their money. Simply put, Noctua's new flagship cooler offers class-leading cooling performance. Not only that, it does so while being very quiet. Although not as quiet as be quiet!'s Dark Rock Pro 3, it still offers a near-silent operation, which holds especially true if you use Noctua's low-noise adapters.
Pros: Class-leading performance, Very quiet, Memory clearance in single-fan mode, Easy to install, Exceptional build quality, Well-packaged, Excellent accessories bundle
Cons: Expensive, Blocks first motherboard-expansion slot, Lack of memory clearance in dual-fan mode, Color theme not for everyone
Summary: The Noctua NH-D15 held a few surprises and also met our high expectations for a Noctua cooler. It met our expectations when it comes to silent operation. The fans are tuned beautifully for performance and silence which Noctua shows us time and again need not be mutually exclusive. When it came to the overall performance it was surprising to see the difference between its stock performance and overclocking performance.
Summary: The Noctua NH-D15 is firmly footed in the excellent performance of the NH-D14 model. The NH-D15 is not a "new" air cooling technology but rather an evolution of the old. The new claim to fame with this heatsink unit is that it has an expanded heatpipe layout, plus some other bells and whistles that Noctua hopes make it king of the hill.