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Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler Review

Manufacturer: Noctua

Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

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To verify that the cooler kit operates up to specs, the Noctua NH-U14S CPU cooler was tested with the CPU running in both stock and at a known stable overclocking speed using both Z77-based and Z87-based motherboards, so that comparative results could be provided for both Ivy Bridge and Haswell-based systems. The results are presented for the cooling kit under review as well as the XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 water cooling kit, Corsair H100i water cooler, and the Thermalright SilverArrow SB-E air cooler for performance comparison purposes. The benchmark tests used should give you a good understanding of the Koolance kit's capabilities so that you, the reader, can make a more informed purchasing decision. The comparison coolers were selected based on their superior performance capabilities.

Test System Setup

CPU

Intel Z77-based system
Intel Core i5-3570K
Stock - 3.4GHz, 34 x 100MHz Base Clock
Overclocked - 4.4GHz, 42 x 105MHz Base Clock

Intel Z87-based system
Intel Core i7-4770K
Stock - 3.5GHz, 35 x 100MHz Base Clock
Overclocked - 4.68GHz, 28 x 167MHz Base Clock

Motherboard

MSI Z77 MPOWER
MSI Z87 MPOWER

Memory

Intel Z77-based system
G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 modules
Stock - 1600MHz, 11-11-11-30-1T
Overclocked - 1960MHz, 11-11-11-30-1T

Intel Z87-based system
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 modules
Stock - 1600MHz, 9-10-9-27-1T
Overclocked - 1780MHz, 9-10-9-27-1T

Hard Drive

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
Intel 520 240GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD

Sound Card

On-board sound

Video Card

Intel Z77-based system
MSI R7870 Hawk 2GB

Intel Z87-based system
NVIDIA GTX 570 1.25GB

CPU Cooling

Noctua NH-U14S CPU cooler
Thermalright SilverArrow SB-E CPU Air Cooler
XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 water cooling kit
Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i Extreme Performance CPU Cooler

Video Drivers

AMD ATI Catalyst 12.8
NVIDIA 320.18

Power Supply

Corsair 650
Corsair HX750

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thermal Paste

MG Chemicals 860-60G Silicone Heat Transfer Compound

Coolant

XSPC kit
1 liter Distilled water
3 capfuls Redline Water Wetter
1 capful Iodine (10% solution)
1 drop PT Nuke

The 64-bit Windows 7 based test bench used for LGA1155 board testing includes an Intel Core i5-3570K CPU, 8GB of DDR3-2133 memory, an MSI R7870 Hawk 2GB video card, and an Intel 520 240GB SSD drive. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the cooling system's capabilities rather than that of the system components.

The 64-bit Windows 7 based test bench used for Intel Z87 LGA1150 board testing includes an Intel Core i5-4770K CPU, 16GB of DDR3-1866 memory, an NVIDIA GTX 570 1.25GB video card, and a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD drive. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the cooling system's capabilities rather than that of the system components.

Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:

  • LinX Intel Linpack Benchmark v0.6.4 (Intel Z77-based testing)
  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition v3.00 (Intel Z87-based testing)
  • Geeks3D FurMark v1.10.2
April 25, 2014 | 11:53 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 | 04:27 PM - Posted by Feikz (not verified)

Another horrible testing/review from PCPer. Good job!

April 25, 2014 | 06:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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

April 25, 2014 | 09:58 PM - Posted by Paws (not verified)

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

April 25, 2014 | 09:02 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 26, 2014 | 12:41 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

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

Thanks...

April 26, 2014 | 02:34 AM - 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 | 11:57 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 | 07:23 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 | 05:07 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 | 08:38 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Fixed.  Thank you...

April 28, 2014 | 07:20 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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