Noctua NH-D14 Review

Conclusion

Conclusion

Ill start by affirming my love for water cooling right here and now before I start this. Proper water cooling that is, not the £100 cheap 120mm kits that are available which need to be given a very wide birth, but before the emails start flooding my inbox I'll explain why.

The Noctua NH-D14 is the first heat sink that’s actually made me question the point for a CPU only water loop. The water loop is not only more expensive, but is quite daunting to install for a first timer, and it also has more chance to go wrong with failing pumps, and if it leaks it can actually kill your whole system.

If you were to buy the Noctua not only would you save money, not have the worry anything  other than the fans can go wrong but I’m also willing to put money on the fact that there would only be a couple of degree’s in temperature difference and I openly invite any water cooling shop to send me a 120mm kit for around £100 and prove me wrong.

With the ease of use, silence and the water cooling like temperatures all for £69.99 the only problem I can see with the NH-D14 is its size, so please do look at your system carefully, north bridge heat sinks and ram sizes are the particular issues I can see for most users. If none of these look like they will be an issue then I’d have to say this is the best cooler we have tested to date.

I’m so amazed by this coolers low noise yet class leading performance I will not only recommend it and award it with our coveted gold ‘Best in Class’ award but most importantly for a reviewer I am actually going to continue using it in my own personal rig which is worth more than any award in the real world!

So that’s it. The gauntlet has been laid down guys. This is the cooler to beat. If any manufacturer thinks they can beat these temperatures and be this quiet at the same time then you can contact me through the usual channels.

Good
- Awesome Cooling
- Near silent
- Even tamed a 4ghz i7

Mediocre
- Size - its not the smallest sink in the world is it!
- have to remove centre fan to mount

Bad
- They didnt make this before!

 

Thanks to Noctua for the sample today, you can discuss this in our forums

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22-03-2010, 07:22:44

thestepster
wow that is a beast of a cooler, when i eventually get an i7 i think this is going to be a definite purchase as im still not sure about the fuss of watercoolinQuote

22-03-2010, 07:26:06

tinytomlogan
Its a no brainer tbh dude, its shocked me how good it is tbh.Quote

22-03-2010, 07:28:55

thestepster
yeah i could tell! id even consider it just now for my 775 set up cause this will destroy my true but i would need to buy new ram as this flex II is pretty beast like ram and i dunno if i have near £130-140 to replace both at the moment Quote

22-03-2010, 07:31:29

tinytomlogan
if you look carefully on my RE2 the ram will go between the fan tbh, really depends on the mobo though. Deffo worth it for the cool cpu and easy instalation though. On a 775 it would rock tbh.Quote

22-03-2010, 07:38:25

thestepster
im gettin 60 load temps on my q6600 now since its settled down and put 2 new sharkoon silent eagle 2000's on there, but its the thickness of the ram thats my problem its this stuff i have, its about 1cm thick

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr2_pc2_9200_flex_ii_4gb_seriesQuote
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