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Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Cools 1.3V CPU 24/7 even at 700-900RPM silently , Noctua warranty , NT-H1 paste comes with it

Cons: Fan colors , lack of PWM for stock fans , pricey , huge

This is a great heatsink that until the Phanteks PH-TC14PE came along was the best on the market. It also helps that Noctua is extremely helpful in providing schematics, diagrams, and compatibility charts. Thermalright makes good heatsinks but compatibility charts are nowhere to be found, Silver Arrow SB-E fans are loud, takes up more vertical space, requires more effort to put on, and their overall package is lackluster.

I get 60°C temps on Core 2 and 53-55°C for the rest after running Rosetta@Home/ POEM@Home / Folding@Home 24/7 on offset voltage 1.3V for my i5 CPU and that's with fans on low noise.

The fans are SSO bearing, which are glorified/modified sleeve bearings, which also happen to lack PWM.

It comes with NT-H1 paste which is one of the best on the market besides Artic MX-4, so that's savings on money spent to buy paste. It also comes with a Phillips screwdriver. smile.gif

The only real downside is the size. If you run memory with tumors tall heatsinks on them you may not be able to fit the memory under the NF-P12 fan. thumb.gif

edit: At the time of writing NF-P12 goes for about $17 , NF-P14 FLX ~$20

Also with the release of the NF-A15 PWM fan, if you have clearance for 168mm height (8mm more than the fin stack on the NH-D14) you can have a PWM version of the Noctua NH-D14 without buying the Socket 2011 NH-D14


Pros: Mounting options, fans w/ sleeves, accessories, performance

Cons: Weight, fan mounting clips, size, weight

Let me first preface this review by admitting that I am terrible in seating cpu coolers. I always seem to make random mistakes, inevitably thinking whether the unfavorable result is due to my inability to have steady hands or just hardware shortcomings.

With NH-D14, I've gone for the broke to see whether I could finally expect to see the best that my strenuous experience with cpu cooling can muster. My previous cooler of choice, the budget darling Coolermaster Hyper 212+ in push/pull config, present for non-analytic comparison.

The cooler came in a very secure and honestly extraordinary package that contains all you need and then some to install it. All manner of mounting kits, two touted fans, and even a generous tube of their retail thermal compound are included. Checking the contents came a realization that the whole package is quite a bargain. Who knew a cpu cooler of all things could be an item of statement and envy in my computer, but it certainly looks the part save for the colour of the fans, which frankly coming from the veritable land of chocolates, is not amiss in that regard.

The base of the cooler had some blemishes, or what looks like a piece of lint probably got lodged in between the microscopic grooves when I was cleaning it for preparation. Bummer. But considering my record with making things worse by trying to even remotely address it, I didn't bother taking further action. Otherwise, the grooves had a certain look of uniformity to it, and appreciably flat from a cursory glance. The mounting, with the kit I've received at no cost since I had 2011 socket, was very simple as per the nicely illustrated instructions and required no effort. Just make sure to align the screws of cooler to the mount and go back and forth in screwing it down. I speak from experience here, once again.

After the cooler is installed, it's a cinch to add the fans using the clips. Be advised that plastic dampers inserted into the grooves of the cooler can get dislodged, the side of the piece facing away from the fan coated in some adhesive. Also, if the cooler is big enough to intrude upon the space of the highest situated expansion card, be sure to insulate the clip handles lest they contact the solder or circuit in contact. Noctua didn't provide for the situation here, but a thin strip of insulating tape could do the trick?

Now for the performance. My poor setup with the Hyper 212+ has been baking at upwards of high 80s on Prime with i7 3820 overclocked to 4.6 Ghz. I did live dangerously for a while. But I can relax now on a recliner with a glass of ice tea in my hand that the NH-D14 manages the burn at around balmy 65 degrees. Of course, the ambient temperature in which the tests were conducted was not constant, and there were some changes to the case configuration along the way, but the improvement is big enough to colour me impressed.

NH-D14 is literally an impressive presence now in the case. It is heavy and strikes up a turbulence inside. I can't hear the fans much and but the real boon is that I don't need to worry about CPU cooling, and instead fret over things like the colour of internal LED lighting. Or what to do with all the extra mounting kits that I don't need. Congratulations to Noctua for their great product and their service of providing me with a free 2011 mounting kit.


Pros: Whisper Quiet Great cooling performance

Cons: Cons: It is very big and takes up a lot of room

The D14 is the best air cooler I have ever owned. I can barely even hear it in my computer with the fans running at max RPM. It offers great cooling performance at an affordable price and keeps my processor cool when I am overclocking.

Overall: a very good product and a recommended buy.

This cooler is amazing. Had a Cooler Master geminii S before, and the difference was unbelievable, and the CM was an excellent cooler. The cooler is really quiet for the performance, and if you own fan controllers, it is a no brainer.
The cooler's performance kicks in when you overclock. I did benchmarks with the CM and the difference in load all stock was 2-3C. Once Overclocked 600Mhz on an AMD, the difference in load was 11-12C. The setup is easy, fast and the thermal paste that comes with it is ranked one of the highest pastes, up there with the AS 5!
The good thing I like about Noctua, is how you can remove the fans, and adjust height whenever. Or even add a third fan on the other side giving about 1-3C drops.

Overall very good cooler for the price. If you are a heavy overclocker, you need this!


Pros: Excellent performance, easy to mount

Cons: none!

Awesome performance. My i7-2600K @ 4.8 GHz idles at 26 C and never goes above ~58 C under load. The mounting system makes the D14 very easy to install, and also allows removal of the cooler without needing to take out the motherboard. Overall I could not be happier with the NH-D14!


Pros: Large cooling surface area, Silent operation, 6 heat pipes, 140/120mm fans

Cons: Can your case handle the size?

By far the best investment for the performance air cooled overclocker. Noctua has proved to be a manufacturer of high quality cooling. I am able to run a 1090T with max temps of 50 degrees at 4.0Ghz 24/7 in CM 690 case. Clears my G.SKill Ripjaw series ram just fine. The the second best feature of this cooler is the near silent fan operation provided by tow Noctua ball bearing fans. Noctua TIM proves to be a reliable temperature solution for all my components as well. Website support, customer service is a plus with Noctua!


Pros: Good cooler

Cons: Price.

This is a great cooler and will blow any closed loop system (EXCEPT the h100) out of the water. the stock fans i moved to the rear exhaust an put 2 120mm Scythe Slipstreams (100+cfm 1900rpm) that reduced my temps by over 3c as when i owned the nh-u9b it preformed worse with higher speed fans.

Some large cons are that this cooler will not fit in some cases it barely fit in mine :/

The weight of the cooler strains my mobo's AMD backplate.

though for the cost of this cooler and over all i think the Scythe Mine 2 would be a much better choice for the money. thumb.gif
Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail

Combining a massive six heatpipe dual radiator design with an exquisite NF-P14/NF-P12 dual fan configuration, the NH-D14 is built for ultimate quiet cooling performance. Topped off with a tube of Noctua’s award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound as well as the new SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, the NH-D14 is an elite choice for the highest demands in premium quality quiet cooling. 6 Heatpipe Dual Radiator Design Providing more surface area, better heat-distribution and superior airflow efficiency than conventional tower style heatsinks, the NH-D14’s six heatpipe dual radiator design was developed to provide ultimate quiet cooling performance in dual fan mode. Dual NF-P14/NF-P12 Fan Setup The NH-D14 sports a premium quality dual fan setup consisting of Noctua’s award-winning NF-P12 (120mm) and NF-P14 (140mm) fans, both of which feature Vortex-Control Notches, SCD technology and SSO-Bearings in order to achieve a perfect balance of performance and quietness. Asymmetrical Design for High Compatibility An asymmetrical design that gives more clearance towards the RAM slots ensures good compatibility despite of the cooler’s size. The NF-P12 fan can be moved upwards or left off in order to further improve compatibility. Excellent Component Cooling Hanging out at the bottom of the fin-stacks, the NF-P14 fan doesn’t only contribute to the NH-D14’s superb CPU cooling capabilities but also provides massive airflow over surrounding motherboard components and heatsinks, thus ensuring excellent component cooling performance. SecuFirm2 Multi-socket Mounting System Noctua’s enthusiast grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3) and meets the highest demands in safety, contact pressure and ease-of-use.

BindingPersonal Computers
FeatureSecuFirm 2 multi-socket mounting System and High-end Thermal Compound ( NT-H1 ).
Height6.3 inches
Length6.22 inches
Weight1.98 pounds
Width5.5 inches
List Price$95.12
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
TitleNoctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail
Warranty1yr/Parts & Labor
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