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Noctua are a mainstay in the cooling segment and are highly regarded as cooling specialists in their field. Having already reviewed many of their products we are already accustomed to the quality that are associated to the brand name. Today however, we are looking at a new product to join the U-Series.

The NH-U14S is a step-up from the notorious NH-U12P. The U14S utilises a single tower design which has been engineered for maximum memory clearance and is the first cooler within the U-Series to feature a 140mm cooling fan. It’s been a while since we have seen a new addition to this series and so we are enthusiastic to what lies ahead.


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I'm still using my good old NH-U12P. I'm very happy with the support I've gotten from Noctua. When I made the jump from Socket 775 to Socket 1156, they sent me the new bracket for free. They've also sent me replacement fan clips for free. Whenever I decide it's time to buy a new rig, I'm going with another Noctua cooler for sure. thumb.gif
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Anand did a round-up review with the u12s and u14s. They concluded that the u14s isn't really worth it since it takes up more space while being only a couple degrees cooler. The better buy would be the u12s, which is smaller, cheaper and pretty much offers d14 performance.
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What surprised me was just how well the two new Noctua coolers performed. The NH-U12S is basically at least as good as the stalwart NH-D14, but it's smaller and it's cheaper. Meanwhile, the big brother NH-U14S puts in a solid performance of its own, but losing that top PCI Express port for just a couple more degrees of performance is a major drag. These are both excellent air coolers in their own right, but if you're looking to spend premium cash on an air cooler, I'd go with the NH-U12S and then probably tack a second NF-F12 PWM fan on to the order.

http://anandtech.com/show/6916/cooler-master-seidon-240m-and-12-more-coolers-the-retest-and-megaroundup/9

the new u12s and u14s are not supposed to be a direct d14 successor from my understanding.
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Anand did a round-up review with the u12s and u14s. They concluded that the u14s isn't really worth it since it takes up more space while being only a couple degrees cooler. The better buy would be the u12s, which is smaller, cheaper and pretty much offers d14 performance.
http://anandtech.com/show/6916/cooler-master-seidon-240m-and-12-more-coolers-the-retest-and-megaroundup/9

the new u12s and u14s are not supposed to be a direct d14 successor from my understanding.

That round-up review just doesn't make sense. A single tower like that can't beat a dual. This review seems more accurate:
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That round-up review just doesn't make sense. A single tower like that can't beat a dual. This review seems more accurate:

The graph you linked shows the u14s beating the d14. Which clearly shows a single beating a dual. Your graph contradicts your claims.

That graph also shows the u14s beating the d14 by only 1 degree while the dh14 beating the u12s by 3 degrees. The difference between the u14s and u12s according to that graph is 4 degrees. The d14 is much larger than the u14s and and the u14s being a bit larger than the u12s. The u12s is also the cheaper out of the three.
Edited by ABeta - 5/17/13 at 10:08am
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Vortez reviews are the only which are accurate showing u14s performance
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The graph you linked shows the u14s beating the d14. Which clearly shows a single beating a dual. Your graph contradicts your claims.

That graph also shows the u14s beating the d14 by only 1 degree while the dh14 beating the u12s by 3 degrees. The difference between the u14s and u12s according to that graph is 4 degrees. The d14 is much larger than the u14s and and the u14s being a bit larger than the u12s. The u12s is also the cheaper out of the three.

he linked to the idle temp. load temp is very different.

i7-3770k overclocked 4.6GHz @1.3v Load Temp

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/noctua_nh_u12s_u14s_review,11.html


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he linked to the idle temp. load temp is very different.

i7-3770k overclocked 4.6GHz @1.3v Load Temp

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/noctua_nh_u12s_u14s_review,11.html


i7-3770k overclocked 4.6GHz @1.2v Load Temp

Wow yeah, load temps are a major difference.
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Yeah oops grabbed the wrong graph. Thanks Heuchler!
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