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Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler Review

Manufacturer: Noctua

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Noctua is an established player in the CPU cooler space, offering high quality solutions that cool your processors without killing your eardrums. Their U-series coolers combine unrivaled cooling performance with an innovative design to ensure quiet operation and motherboard compatibility. The flagship product of this line, the NH-U14S, is composed of a single aluminum-finned radiator with six embedded, nickel-plated copper heat pipes running through a copper base plate. For performance testing of the NH-U14S cooler, we put it up against other high-performance liquid and air-based coolers. With a retail MSRP of $75.99, the NH-U14S CPU cooler has a premium price to match its premium size and cooling potential.

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Continue reading our review of the Noctua NH-U14S CPU air cooler!

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Noctua built the NH-U14S cooler to transfer as much heat as possible from the processor to its massive 150mm wide radiator. They integrated six heat pipes into the copper base plate, terminating on opposite side of the aluminum-finned radiator for optimal transfer of heat from the copper heat pipes to the air medium. To facilitate this transfer, Noctua paired the NH-U14S with their NF-A15 140mm, 1500RPM fan. The fan features rubber cover plates on all four corners to minimize fan vibration and vibration transfer to the radiator, further reducing fan noise. The CPU base plate is seamless and polished to a mirror finish, ensuring an optimal mating surface.

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SecureFirm2™ LGA115x mount kit
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Noctua bundles SecureFirm2™ mounting kits for using the NH-U14S with any current AMD and Intel socket motherboard. Also included are the Noctua-branded NF-A15 150mm 1500RPM fan, NT-H1 thermal paste, a PWM power splitter cable, and two sets of fan mounts (four mounts total) for use with up to two fans with the unit.

Technical Specifications (taken from the Noctua website)

NH-U14S Cooler Specifications

Socket compatibility

Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)

Height (without fan)

165 mm

Width (without fan)

150 mm

Depth (without fan)

52 mm

Height (with fan)

165 mm

Width (with fan)

150 mm

Depth (with fan)

78 mm

Weight (without fan)

770 g

Weight (with fan)

935 g

Material

Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating

Fan compatibility

140x150x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 140x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 120x120x25

Scope of Delivery

NF-A15 PWM premium fan
Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit
Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-A15 (optional)
Noctua Metal Case-Badge

Warranty

6 Years

Fan specifications

Model

Noctua NF-A15 PWM

Bearing

SSO2

Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)

1500 RPM

Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)

1200 RPM

Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%)

300 RPM

Max. Airflow

140.2 m³/h

Max. Airflow with L.N.A.

115.5 m³/h

Max. Acoustical Noise

24.6 dB(A)

Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.

19.2 dB(A)

Input Power

1.56 W

Voltage Range

12 V

MTBF

> 150,000 h
April 25, 2014 | 08:53 AM - Posted by Edkiefer (not verified)

I assume this cooler being 150mm width wouldn't fit Intel MB that have graphic slot at top , instead of many that have PCI-E 16lane down one slot .

cheap price ,54$
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=82802&vpn=NH-U14S&manufacture=Noctua

April 25, 2014 | 01:27 PM - Posted by Feikz (not verified)

Another horrible testing/review from PCPer. Good job!

April 25, 2014 | 03:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What about it is so horrible? Care to make some constructive criticism?

April 25, 2014 | 06:58 PM - Posted by Paws (not verified)

People are idiots. Great job PCPer as always, and Go Big Blue!

April 25, 2014 | 06:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks for the review, any plans with the D15?

Rather than testing two CPUs which both produce relatively little heat but use lackluster heatspreaders, I think it would be more useful to test one of those and a high power, soldered CPU (LGA2011 or AMD).

April 25, 2014 | 09:41 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

D15 review will be coming sometime in the next few months.

Thanks...

April 25, 2014 | 11:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The 'continue reading our review...' link on the front page for this article links to pcper.com, not the article.

April 26, 2014 | 08:57 AM - Posted by AnonymousAndy (not verified)

Any idea if you can buy a second low noise adapter and use it for a dual fan set=up? I get that it should make the dual fan set-up quieter but run hotter, but how much cooler or how much hotter?

My first guess would be it would run very similarly to the single fan configuration without the LNA.

April 28, 2014 | 04:23 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Your best bet would be to contact Noctua support to see if they can either send you one or sell you one (an LNA adapter that is).  If you buy a second Noctua branded fan, they normally package them with the LNA adapter as well.  You could also make one yourself if your technically savvy enough - its just a power cord with an in-line resister to dampen the fan voltage.

As far as performance goes, you'd probably see an increase of 1-2C over full speed with the Noctua fans so most likely equal to single fan operation or sitting in between single fan full speed and LNA operation.

April 27, 2014 | 02:07 PM - Posted by Justin (not verified)

The 'continue reading our review...' link on the front page for this article links to pcper.com, not the article. i

April 28, 2014 | 05:38 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Fixed.  Thank you...

April 28, 2014 | 04:20 PM - Posted by TheGlasman (not verified)

" I get that it should make the dual fan set-up quieter but run hotter, but how much cooler or how much hotter?"

Minor increase in noise, minor increase in performance.

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