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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!

Package content:

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:

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:

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.

Test system:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE @ stock clocks (Idle 1.325v, stress 1.38v)
Asus Crosshair IV Formula
Corsair HX1000W
Samsung F1 750Gb
Samsung DVD-RW USB2
Dimastech Bench/Test Table Hard V2.5 Inox
BenQ G2411HD
Windows 7
GeForce GTX 580

Noctua NH-C14
Noctua NH-C12

Pic of my test system.


Result's:



Final words:

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
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post #2 of 11
Good review, but temps with an overclock could've been interesting for those of us who OC.
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Nice review, love the pics. That's a very interesting cooler since it defies the traditional front-to-back airflow layout. I wonder if you put that in a case with side fan as intake (HAF 932, HAF X, etc), would it help improve the temp a lot? Just wondering.
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After 15 minutes Prime95 with largest FTT-size temps with 4GHz/1.375v where 58°C, so there are little headroom for overclocking! I didn't include those results on that diagram cause NH-C12P failed those test's. And i didnt see any reason why to show you how much it will overclock with almost stock volts.. But 4GHz is easily doable with any current high-end cpu's with this cooler, that's for sure!
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Well, you could've just done a quick comparison between the NH-C14 at stock clocks and OC'ed just to show what the cooler can do with an OC'ed CPU. You wouldn't need the NH-C12 results.

BTW is that the VF3000N?
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Well, you could've just done a quick comparison between the NH-C14 at stock clocks and OC'ed just to show what the cooler can do with an OC'ed CPU. You wouldn't need the NH-C12 results.

BTW is that the VF3000N?
I might do little diagram from those oc'd results.

And no, it's modded VF3000F GTX 480-version on GTX 580. Little review can be found from here:
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia-cool...gtx-580-a.html
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After 15 minutes Prime95 with largest FTT-size temps with 4GHz/1.375v where 58°C, so there are little headroom for overclocking! I didn't include those results on that diagram cause NH-C12P failed those test's. And i didnt see any reason why to show you how much it will overclock with almost stock volts.. But 4GHz is easily doable with any current high-end cpu's with this cooler, that's for sure!
Sorry, i remembered those oc'd temps wrongly.. That 58°C was with just one fan on top @ 1200 rpm. With both fan's 1200 temps were 55°C, volt's were 1.43v under stress.
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Hello! I was thinking about getting the C-14 CPU cooler. I'm going to buy a ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard, a I7 2600K CPU and Vengeance RAM Modules. The problem is the clearance between the bottom of the cpu cooler and the top of the ram modules.
How could you mount both the two fans (I mean even the bottom one) and have enough clearance to mount dominators RAM modules??? Noctua web site says the clearance below the cooler (with the lower fan installed) is 38 mm. Corsair web site says that a dominator module is 54 mm tall. How is it possible? I wish I could get this nice cooler with both the fans and, at the same time, use 12 GB of Vengeance 1800MHZ @1.5v ram memory, but I thought it was impossible...
Can you please please help me


By the way: I've read that at the highest speed (more than 900 RPM)there can be strong vibrations. So intense that Noctua has developed a support bar in order to fix the problem. Anyone knows if it really works?
Edited by Stabum - 6/7/11 at 11:01am
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Well you can take the heatsinks off the dominator's and they will fit then.
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=f...d=34&lng=en#14
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yes, of course, but in the last picture Asmola is using BOTH the fans, and obviously I'd like to do the same!
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