Noctua NH-D14 Review
When the box first arrived for the NH-D14 I thought my luck was in and I had been sent two by mistake! On closer inspection I found that, to my amazement, it was just one unit. The box is huge for a heatsink, measuring in at W210mm, D195mm, H232mm. Normally when we are surprised with the size of packaging it turns out to be lots of empty boxes inside, but not with the Noctua at least 80% of it is the actual heatsink box!
The heatsink comes with all the fittings needed for 775,1165 and 1366 Intel sockets plus AM2, AM2+ and AM3 sockets as well, just for good measure there is a tube of the NT-H1 thermal paste and a pair of 'Ultra Low Noise Adapters' which is pretty much a fan cable with a in-line resistor.
It took a good 15 minutes after opening the heatsink box for me to recover my jaw from the floor. This thing is absolutely massive and is the biggest heatsink I've ever personally seen or used. Even with the massive size Noctua have managed to keep the weight down so much that even using it on a normal vertical motherboard configuration shouldn't have your prized motherboard warping under the weight. There are 6 heat pipes which are connected to both sides of the heatsink, the only way to describe it is it really does look like 2 775 heatsinks on one mounting plate linked by the 6 heatpipes.
Fans are listed as 1x120mm and 1x140mm, the circular design of the centre fan slightly protrudes from the main body of the heatsink, but this helps with airflow around the socket of the CPU to aid cooling, of the mosfets for example. Fitting the heatsink was very simple, you just push the back plate through the motherboard, mount the secondary retention brackets and then screw the main body of the heatsink into place. Yep that's it. All very simple but still feeling very secure.
One issue some of you may have is clearance with your RAM or North Bridge if you use oversized heatsinks as the Noctua covered the first 3 RAM slots on our Rampage 2 Extreme test motherboard. This wasn't an issue with our test set-up, but it is something that should be taken into account before making a purchase.
My long suffering other half assures me size doesn't matter, but lets head over to testing to see if our system approves of a bit of extra girth!