CPU Air Cooler Mega Test
Published: 10th August 2016 | Source: Various | Price: do not click here |
|CPU||Intel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011/v3. AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+|
|Heat pipes||6x6mm copper pipes|
|Materials||Aluminium fins, copper base|
|Fan Speed||2x140mm fan @1500|
|Noise Level||Max 24.6dB(A)|
|Air Pressure||Not given|
If you've read our previous Noctua reviews you'll know how much we love the way they present the contents of the main box to you. Everything is neatly laid out, with component parts in their individual boxes. Just have a look at how many accessories boxes you get with the NH-D15!
So we arrive at the cream of the Noctua crop, the flagship NH-D15. It is of course based on the legendary NH-D14, but has a wider 150mm fin stack to it so it's a perfect match for the 150mm wide framed 140mm tall NF-A15 fans.
The NH-D15 can be run in single fan mode with its stepped fin stack design allowing the use of RAM up to 64mm tall. With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM. As with most Noctua heat sinks, the heat pipes are distributed evenly within the fin stack, and it's this we think that gives Noctua part of its edge over a good many other manufacturers who seem intent on placing their pipes towards the outer margins.
It may be the flagship model, but the NH-D15 is still as bland in the looks department as all the other Noctua coolers. Yes we appreciate that the natural Aluminium fin stack combined with diarrhea brown and prosthetic limb beige fans are a Noctua trademark, but would it kill them to produce some coolers that have at least a small chance of coordinating with the average case interior.
The way it looks in our test rig just serves to illustrate our point. It might be impressive, perhaps even intimidating, it might perform wonderfully and be super quite, but to be frank it sticks out like a turd in a punch bowl. C'mon Noctua, combine the stella quality and stunning performance with some drop dead looks and you'll be the first manufacturer ever to get a perfect score in the CPU cooler Holy Trinity that is looks, performance and silence. For the meantime you'll just have to console yourself with the fact that you make the best performing Air Cooler on the planet.