Summary: Alright so the story goes a little like this, the Noctua NH-D15S is pretty much similar to the NH-D15, lacks one fan is a teeny tiny bit less in performance yet was one of the most silent solutions we have ever tested.
Summary: The Noctua NH-D15S is a fantastic CPU cooler that improves on the already outstanding NH-D15. Overall, it usually stays within 1-2 °C of its sibling. With such fantastic performance on mainstream processors, the loss of a second fan does little to dampen its performance.
Pros: Class-leading performance, Very quiet, Memory clearance in single-fan mode, Easy to install, Exceptional build quality, Well-packaged, Excellent accessories bundle, Six year warranty
Cons: Expensive, Extra NF-A15 fan is expensive, Color theme not for everyone
Conclusion: Once again, Noctua has absolutely blown us away with their latest cooler. Delivering class-leading performance, this cooler ticks all the right boxes for anyone building a system. Not only is it one of the quietest coolers we’ve ever tested, it managed to stay quiet even when we dialed in some hefty...
Pros: Exceptional cooling performance, Extended compatibility vs the standard D15 model, Virtually silent fan – even when running an overclocked CPU, Easy to install, Stylish design, Class leading build quality, 6 year warranty
Conclusion: The NH-D14 was the King of the Hill for several years - it was the standard that other coolers were judged against. In logical progression comes the D15 and with all the improvements, it assumed the title from the D14 as the new King of the Hill.
Pros: Amazing cooling performance, Asymmetric design allows for superior memory and PCIe compatibility, 140mm PWM fan, Low noise with a lower noise option, Dual-fan capable, SecuFirm2 mounting, Vibration dampening, Attractive / Innovative design, Solid build quality, Six-year warranty
Conclusion: The brand new NH-D15S is basically a slightly modified NH-D15 (for use in small PC cases) without a second NF-A15 fan so our results were not unexpected in any way. Actually i did expect worse results but it seems that the “tweaks” Noctua placed improved the cooling efficiency of the heatsink even...
Pros: - Excellent Build Quality, - New Design (Zero Clearance Issues), - Superior Cooling Efficiency (One Of The Top CPU Air Coolers In Our Charts), - Tri-Fan Solution, - Noise Levels
Summary: Final Thoughts
Having a large CPU cooler can be an issue for many people. Not only is installation hard, but you have clearance issues. Noctua set out to solve those problems, but to also try and have similar performance to their award winning NH-D15 cooler. Were they able to succeed? I think so!
Pros: – Great performance, – Easy installation, – Very quiet, – Ability to add a second fan, – 6year warranty
Conclusion: When I first laid my eyes on the Noctua NH-D14 over five years ago, I literally laughed out loud. That cooler was so big, it was almost comical. Granted, it was one of the best air coolers at the time, and it was so successful, the company optimized it into the NH-D15 I reviewed last year.
Conclusion: I think the 411 or addendum here is that the Noctua NH-D15S can’t really do any wrong as a product; it caters for those with tall memory, large graphics cards and those who don’t want to sacrifice on quality.
Pros: - Excelling memory compatibility,
- Strong performance for a single fan cooler,
- Build quality and a 6-year warranty are something special,
- Best mounting kit in the industry!
Cons: - Beige is an acquired taste,
- Dual fan NH-D15 is a mere £5 more expensive which could be a better option for some
Conclusion: The NH-D15 is at the pinnacle of air-cooled heatsinks, with the dual-tower offering beating out several liquid-cooled solutions. It runs quiet, has an immense amount of cooling potential and is designed to be compatible with a wide variety of RAM modules.The NH-D15 is modeled after the NH-D14,...
Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review – The King of Air Coolers
9 April 2015
Summary: At the beginning of this report we said that few names carry as much weight in the PC cooling industry as Noctua, and after spending time with their latest flagship air cooler the NH-D15, we can say that statement will carry true for along time coming.