Noctua NH-D15S and NH-C14S Review

Submitted by Jason Singh on Sun, 07/12/2015 - 09:33
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Noctua CPU coolers need no introduction as the moment their name comes to mind, one is reminded of quality, performance and reliability. They have a number of coolers varying, in size, shapes but all of them have one thing in common. They are all geared towards achieving the best cooling performance. The two products of concern for this review are the NH-D15S and NH-C14S. A lot of viewers may remember the NH-D15 and NH-C14. The NH-D15S stems from the NH-D15 and the NH-C14S stems from the NH-C14. We will go into details about this before proceeding with our showcasing of the coolers as well as the most awaited temperature testing which will determine the cooler's cooling capacity.

The NH-C14S is a C-type cooler that succeeds the NH-C14. However, it has a single fan as compared to the NH-C14 which has two fans. The NH-C14 has a deeper fin stack in order to make up for just having a single fan. This make things even more quiet while maintain the same cooling efficiency. This single fan can either be mounted on the top of the heat which would in that case allow for more Ram clearance which is always good when using high profile memory which usually has a very tall heastink attached to it. The fan can be mounted on the bottom of the cooler as well for a lower total height, increasing compatibility with narrower enclosures. The Fan shipped with the cooler is the NF-A14 PWM Fan which spins at a maximum of 1500 RPM. A low-noise adapter brings those numbers down to 1200 RPM and 19.2 dBA. Thanks to its PWM support, you can bring its speed down as low as 300 RPM. Even at this fan speed the cooler will still offer a more than good enough performance. 

The NH-D15S is the other new cooler released by Noctua. It isn't all that new because it stems from the NH-D15S just as the NH-C14S does from the NH-C14. The dual-tower fin stack design is shaped so that it clears the top PCI-Express port and leaves 65 mm clearance for RAM modules. An NF-A15 PWM is shipped along with the cooler. This fan however, spins at 1500 RPM unlike the retail ones which have a maximum speed of 1200 RPM. The NH-D15S is also being shipped with a single fan in the middle of the dual tower heatsink. Both of the coolers come with Noctua's excellent SecuFirm2 mounting system. They are also compatible with all mainstream CPU sockets from both Intel and AMD.

 

Features and Specifications

"Tailored to provide superior RAM and PCIe compatibility, the NH-D15S is an asymmetrical single fan version of Noctua’s award-winning flagship model, the NH-D15. Thanks to its asymmetrical design, the NH-D15S clears the top PCIe slot on most µATX and ATX motherboards. At the same time, the single fan setup and recessed lower fins guarantee 100% RAM compatibility with memory modules of up to 65mm height. Users who have sufficient room can also upgrade the cooler with either a 120mm or round 140mm fan on the front fin stack for further improved performance in dual fan mode. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-D15S forms a complete premium quality solution that combines dual tower efficiency with excellent compatibility and flexible upgrade options. "

 

"Successor to the award-winning NH-C14, the NH-C14S is an elite class top-flow CPU cooler that is extremely efficient, highly compatible and remarkably adjustable. Thanks to its deeper fin stack and the renowned NF-A14 PWM fan, the single fan NH-C14S provides similar quiet cooling performance to its dual fan predecessor while being even more versatile: With the fan installed on top of the fins, the cooler is compatible with RAM modules of up to 70mm height. With the fan installed underneath the fins, the total height of the cooler is only 115mm, making it suitable for use in many HTPC cases. At the same time, the new offset layout allows it to clear the top PCIe slot on most µATX and ATX motherboards. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-C14S is a premium quality top-flow solution for the highest demands. "

 

 

 NH-D15S

 NH-C14S

Socket compatibility

Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 (backplate required)

Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 (backplate required)

Dimensions (mm) Depth x width x height

 135 x 150 x 165

 163 x 115 x 115

Weight (only heatsink) 

 980g

 820g

Fans Included

 1

 1

Max # of fans

 3

 2

Scope of Delivery

1 x NF-A15 PWM premium fan
Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit
Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-A15 (optional)
Noctua Metal Case-Badge

1 x NF-A14 PWM premium fan
Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit
Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-A14 (optional)
Noctua Metal Case-Badge

Warranty

 6 Years

 6 Years

 

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