Conclusion: Noctua's arsenal of cooling solutions now adds the NH-U14S to the list of impressive air coolers. From the moment you open the box you know that you are in the world of high-end cooling. At $75.99 (NewEgg), the NH-U14S is indeed toward the upper range of what most people will spend on a cooling solution for their computer, but for that price you get a cooler that can trade punches with larger coolers like Noctua's D14, and even considerably more expensive AIO units,...
Summary: Final Thoughts
So did Noctua accomplish what they were setting out to do with the NH-U14S? I would say so! One problem many people have always had with aftermarket CPU coolers is getting them to fit with memory that has larger heatspreaders. Since most enthusiast memory comes with large heatspreaders this can be a problem. Well not with the NH-U14S. Even in our LGA 2011 system we had no issues fitting our RAM in, even with both fans installed on the NH-U14S.
Pros: Amazing performance, Easy installation, NTH1 thermal compound included, Quiet operation, Can add a second fan if you want
Excerpt: If the previously reviewed Noctua NH-U12S is good, then the NH-U14S must be good +2, right? Well it is a bit more than that. We now have more heatpipes, a more dense array of cooling fins obviously giving us more cooling surface area, and we also get the namesake of the NH-U14S; a 140mm x 25mm fan.
Summary: If the previously reviewed Noctua NH-U12S is good, then the NH-U14S must be good +2, right? Well it is a bit more than that. We now have more heatpipes, a more dense array of cooling fins obviously giving us more cooling surface area, and we also get the namesake of the NH-U14S; a 140mm x 25mm fan.
Summary: In this review Frostytech will be testing out Noctua's NH-U14S heatsink, a 170mm tall thermal solution built around six 6mm diameter heatpipes and featuring one 140x150mm fan called the NF-A15 PWM. The Noctua-branded NF-A15 fan features all kinds of fancy attributes designed to decrease noise, increase airflow, lengthen bearing life...
Summary: The Noctua NH-U14S is an excellent performer overall but when you also take into account its size, it's fairly impressive. That such a thin, single fan, single tower heatsink can rub shoulders with bigger, heavier, premium coolers is delightfully surprising. Perhaps more amazing is that Noctua continues to crank out successful coolers one after another with nary a misstep.
Summary: The NH-U12S and NH-U14S heatpipe tower coolers are clearly very similar and both are capable of providing excellent cooling performance and minimal noise. While the larger NH-U14S outperformed the NH-U12S, the margin of victory was slight and I would have liked to have seen more of a difference in performance in order to make choosing between the two coolers more interesting.
Pros: » Impressive performance, » Easy installation, » Exceptionally quiet, » Great bundle of accessories and mounting hardware
Cons: » Pricey, » Will obviously work on small form factor systems, but perhaps with some caveats
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Conclusion: Noctua released a couple of new additions to their NH-U series this year, that included the NH-U12S and NH-U14S . If you haven’t had a chance to read our Noctua NH-U12S review then be sure to read that here because it was a really awesome product. Now we have the second new addition in for review, the NH-U14S .
Pros: Premium Build Quality – fins do not bend, Excellent Acoustic Performance, Best In Class Cooling Performance (for a single fan tower cooler), Strong, Simple and Effective Mounting Kit, Quality Accessory Package – includes extra fan clips and thermal paste, Good RAM compatibility, Good price relative to what you get, Push-Pull scaling is strong, 6 Year Warranty, High Airflow NF-A15 PWM fan
Cons: “Marmite-style” (either love it or hate it) Noctua colour scheme, 165mm High – midtower compatibility will be hit and miss – check case compatibility before buying, Expensive to add another NF-A15 PWM fan
Summary: Austrian Cooler giant Noctua released a while back two new additions to their popular CPU cooling line-up. Two single slim design tower coolers in two different versions: the NH-U12S utilizing a 120mm fan and it's bigger brother the NH-U14S, sporting a bigger 140mm fan. Both coolers are designed for uncompromising performance, however not at the cost of mainboard and RAM compatibility.