Late march Noctua released new cooler NH-C14, meant to be an "upgrade" from NH-C12P with better adaptable. I was lucky to have one sample for a review. I usually write these reviews in finnish (to finnish site) but sometimes i have also writed little review in english also, so here it is, i hope you like!
Noctua NH-C14 package has same appearance that we have get used to.
From the inside of the package i found these.
Noctua NH-C14 Specifications:
Fan installation modes:
Cooler and Fans:
NH-C14 looks huge cooler, but it has many advantages against other coolers. You can either use both of the fans, or only use one of them. Using only fan at top gives more space for tall memory units, and using only fan at bottom gives more space for tight cases.
Sink it self has chanced a lot from the C12P, and now it looks like it's half of the NH-D14!
Comparison between NH-D14 and it's little brother NH-C12P. As you can see, NH-C14 is little shorther than C12P when top fan is removed.
Bottom of the NH-C14 has unique desing, which might slightly improve cooling ability.
Base of the C14 is very good work. There are some visible lines from the mechanize, but it's shiny and straight.
Noctua NH-C14 come with 2 Noctua's own desing/colored NF-P14-fans, which are lot better than average fans.
Installation-process might be the easiest i have seen, and NH-C14 come with very detailed guide how to istall cooler correctly.
This picture is just meant to demonstrate how easy installation is.
Like i said before, if you remove bottom fan from the cooler, it will give you more space for tall memory units. My Corsair Dominator GT's barely fit under the cooler!
Temperature measurement's was done with many different kind of combinations, with both fans, one fan on top and one fan under the cooler. I also used two different fan speed's, 1200 and 700 rpm. Idle temps are taken after 15 minutes idling after stress-testing, and stress temps are taken after 15 minutes stress with Prime95 largest FTT-size. I used NH-C12P for comparison.
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE @ stock clocks (Idle 1.325v, stress 1.38v)
Asus Crosshair IV Formula
Samsung F1 750Gb
Samsung DVD-RW USB2
Dimastech Bench/Test Table Hard V2.5 Inox
GeForce GTX 580
Pic of my test system.
Noctua NH-C14 continues Noctua's quality cooler lineup. It's unique transformability will give it advance agains other brands. It also cool's CPU very well, which will give you little space for overclocking.
There it was, i hope you liked! And sorry for my bad english..
Edited by Asmola - 12/26/10 at 9:25am