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Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Easily Installed, Great Dimensions, Quality quiet fans, GREAT performance

Cons: Fins could be tighter, not much improvements from fan upgrades

All around great quality unit. I purchased it used and Noctua was kind enough to send me ULNA and Y-Splitter since it didn't come with one. They are also very informative actually got in a conversation about the new D-series they are unveiling soon. looks to be promising. A+ Support.

I had absolutely no trouble installing the cooler. Could probably have figured it out without instructions its pretty straight forward. The mount itself is a great design. Although the fan mounts seem fairly flimsy they install/uninstall pretty easily and seem to hold up well. I had to use a screwdriver to install the middle fan as the top clearance is very small, and this was much easier then I expected. You will want to measure your case thoroughly, also check here for posts about which cases fit (this will not apply to new D-series as its bigger):


Performance wise its been a trooper. I got the older NON-PWM fans but was still able to get solid stable at 4.7ghz on a FX-8350. It ran a little hot though so I backed it off a click for 24/7 use. Have not tested with ULNA adapters will post results when I do. Very decent though, as my motherboard (ga-990fxa-ud5 rev1.1) tends to run a little hotter then most. Would probably stable 4.7 easily with a fan upgrade. Although I have heard many have not seen much improvement from fan upgrades (although it probably would make 4.7 cool enough for 24/7)

***UPDATE*** After the thermal paste had some time to settle it seems my temps have improved. With some decent ambients may be able to push 4.7-4.8 without any upgrades. 4.6 stays cool:

The fans themselves are of great quality. Nothing too special as far as performance-wise but they are still good quality fans that i expect to last for years (will post if/when they die). Being non-pwm I may upgrade them someday but really see no reason to I think my build is great with this cooler at these clocks works great. If i do they will still become case fans smile.gif.

Overall theres really nothing bad to be said about the cooler. Gives great performance, Great ram clearance (able to clear my ram better then a hyper 212), Great mounting system that spreads paste evenly easily, Great support and I dont care what anyone says GO NOCTUA BROWN! The colors not perfect but really would look decent with a sabertooth build. Also it looks burgandy through my red window tongue.gif

Didn't give a full stress test, what I did was I dropped my cpu down to 4.5ghz became completely stable (without ULNA). Then I attached ULNA adapters and used heavy gaming and convertxtodvd to make sure my normal use didnt cause high temps. I already know its 100% stable so no reason to use p95 or IBT because all I did was change fan speed. Max temp was reached with convertxtodvd at 62.4 degrees after 15 minutes it peeked and hovered around 60. I plan to stay at this setting as my computer is now SILENT. 9 fans and you wouldn't even know it. Love this cooler, LOVE the ULNA adapters they give you another way to push the OC limit while being silent. normally with slow fans I would proabably have only got to 4.3-4.4ghz but because I could test high speed and set low I was able to push further while being STABLE.


Pros: Simple Installation

Cons: Large Size

The retail box is relatively simple and understated. Aside for the specifications list and a small picture of the unit, there isn't much to see here. I do however prefer this to some flashy box with tribal artwork designed to grab the attention of what a corporation thinks appeals to today's gamer. It is clear that this cooler is not marketed towards the teenage, bright LED crowd. Noctua certainly has a more mature, well educated audience as a target demographic.

Opening the NH-D14, I found the retail packaging to be well thought out and well organized. The top box includes all of the accessories in labeled, easy to read packages. I also want to note that each package is resealable. Today, I only required the AMD package for installation. I didn't require the included screw driver, but found it to be a nice touch. I also opted to use Tuniq TX-2 thermal compound, even though I have heard good things about Noctua's included TIM.

The inner box contains the actual unit itself. The NH-D14 is very well protected within a sturdy card board box. There is also a thicker, two piece system above and below the inner box to offer additional protection. Getting the cooler out of the packaging was also easy, as the inner box completely unfolds once a tab is pulled, exposing the unit. The fans are simple to remove using the metal clips. Once removed, notice the white vibration dampeners wedged into the heatsink itself. It appears Noctua has thought of everything.

Installation on the AMD platform is very straight forward thanks to the detailed instructions. After removing the stock am3+ retention brackets, the included hardware mounts to the motherboard's original backplate. After applying the thermal compound, the NH-D14 easily sits on the mounting hardware and is secured using two attached screws. I had no clearance issues on the memory side as I use naked ram modules. The NH-D14 also cleared the vrm heatsinks without issue, something I struggled with when using the Corsair A50 air cooler on this same motherboard. This was by far the easiest after-market cooler installation I have done and these are the best instructions I have ever come across. Most other companies should take note.

Now what you all came for... the benchmarks. I used HWmonitor to check temperatures at both idle and load using Prime 95. I chose not to include the idle temperatures, as they registered below ambient and are not accurate. After 15 minutes of Prime 95, small FFt's, the maximum core temperature was recorded. For this test, ambient temperature was 21c (71 F). Included is the AMD stock heatsink and fan @3.2 Ghz, the Noctua NH-D14 @3.2 Ghz and 4.2 Ghz, the Corsair H60 in Push/Pull at 4.2 Ghz.

FX 8320e
MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard
Asus r9 280 TOP
16 GB ddr3 memory
Seasonic S12G 750 watt PSU

Conclusion: Performance compared to my old Corsair H60 in push/pull was significant. I knew there would be an improvement by moving to the NH-D14, but the difference was more than I expected. This doesn't mean I am any less satisfied with the H60, as it always did a good job while it lasted. Unfortunately, the grinding of the pump told me the end was near. I also want to note that when looking at the graph, the H60 may look close to the AMD stock cooler, but be sure to note the clock speeds for each cooler when comparing.


Pros: Quiet, Superior Cooling, Solid

Cons: Ram Clearance issues, Middle fan can be a pain to install

Stop nitpicking on price and buy this thing!

Thats my review, nice and short.

Only problem you MAY encounter is reinstalling the middle fan, it's so tight in between the towers it took me 10mins just to get it installed after I had to take it off to screw down the heatsink.

Other than that, I'm really happy.


Pros: Huge cooling, quiet fans, build quality

Cons: Huge Size

It's big, it's awesome. If it will fit your case it will cool your chip.
There isn't anything noticeably better.
There are a ton of copies, which is I suppose the most sincere form of flattery after all.
Noctua makes higher than average quality products, I have this cooler and bought two additional
120mm PWM fans for it, and it was all extremely well packaged and made.
The cost is justified in this case.


Pros: Easy to install, cools like a champ, quiet

Cons: Its huge but thats expected

3770k OCed 4.7 and its 72° with Prime95
Includes everything you need to install it, even a screw driver and good thermal paste. Pretty easy to install, clear instructions.
Packaging is nicely designed, I am a sucker for good design.
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

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. Type: Fan & Heatsinks RPM: Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1200 RPM (NF-P14) / 1300 RPM (NF-P12) Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 900 RPM (NF-P14) / 900 RPM (NF-P12) Air Flow: Airflow: 64.96 CFM (NF-P14) / 54.36 CFM (NF-P12) Airflow with U.L.N.A.: 49.29 CFM (NF-P14) / 37.34 CFM (NF-P12) Noise Level: Acoustical Noise: 19.6 dB(A)(NF-P14)/ 19.8 dB(A) (NF-P12) Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.: 13.2 dB(A) (NF-P14) / 12.6 dB(A) (NF-P12) Heatsink Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating Compatibility: Intel LGA1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775 AMD Socket AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / AM3+ (backplate required) Fan Dimensions: 140 x 140 x 25mm 120 x 120 x 25mm Heatsink Dimensions: 160 x 140 x 158mm

Model NumberNH-D14
ClassificationCPU Cooling
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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