CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Noctua NH-U14S

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Noctua NH-U14S

Price:  £49.99

Technical Specification

Dimensions165x150x78mm (HxWxD)
CPUIntel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes6x6mm copper pipes
MaterialsAluminium fins, copper base
Fan Speed1x140mm fan @1500
Noise LevelMax 24.6dB(A)
Air Flow82.5CFM 
Air PressureNot given


Up Close

We thought we'd treat you to a peak inside the accessories box this time.  With separate boxes for Intel and AMD the accessories box contains all the parts that are common to both.  Inside you'll find a screwdriver, a bag of rubber isolation fan dampeners, Additional spring clips, LNB, syringe of TIM and a Noctua adhesive case badge.

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At 165mm in height the NH-U14S is quite tall, but not overly so considering it's got a 140mm fan attached to it.  It is though still very slim at just 78mm which mitigates and RAM clearance issues, even for 2011.

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The 6x6mm heat pipes are spread pretty evenly within the stack, with only the very centre of the stack being devoid of pipes.  This sort of layout does seem to work better than having all the pipes running up the outer edges.

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As usual, Noctua haven't capped the pipe terminations with anything to make them look pretty, they're really more of a function over form sort of company.

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"Hey, look how well the fan on the front of the NH-U14S matches the rest of the kit in my case", said no-one ever.  That said, you siply can't argue with the blistering performance, as it comes 4th in the charts overall.  Yes, 4th!

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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