Noctua NH-D15 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Noctua NH-D15 Review


Having resolved to write the introduction to this review before the results of the testing were known we now find ourselves sitting typing and genuinely wondering whether the refinements Noctua have made to the all conquering NH-D14 will be sufficient to lift the new "Elite Class" NH-D15 above pretty much any other air cooler on the planet.  It's certainly been a long time coming as Noctua CEO Roland Mossig explains  

"In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we're not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we're proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14."

We think it fairly safe to say then that Noctua themselves at least are certain that the new D15 has what it takes to relieve the D14 of its crown.  To give us a bit more of an idea about how it plans to do this, let's take a look at the Technical Specifications.


Technical Specification

Intel1156, 1155, 1150, 2011
AMDAM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+
Dimensions Without  fans165x150x135mm (HxWxD) 
Dimensions With fans165x450x161
Weight Without fans1000g
Weight with fans1320g
MaterialCopper base and heat pipes, Aluminium cooling fins, Soldered joints and Nickel plating
Fans2xNoctua NF-A15 PWM
Max rotational speed150RPM
Max rotational Speed with LNA1200 RPM
Max. Airflow140,2 m³/h
Max. Airflow with L.N.A.115,5 m³/h
Max. Acoustical Noise24,6 dB(A)
Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.19,2 dB(A)
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Most Recent Comments

26-04-2014, 17:32:56

Very fair conclusion. I feel Noctua does have to start making slightly "better looking" fans even if it takes away from the Noctu-esk aesthetic. I know however that noctua still doesn't look bad and even good in blue, cream and white builds. Let's hope they have a turn around!Quote

26-04-2014, 17:49:57

Phanteks do the differing color schemes. They're incredibly sexy for air coolers and pretty much on par with the DH-14.

I've always admired the top end air coolers as they're really, stupidly quiet yet powerful (they can cool a 9590 without sounding like a jet!). I prefer pretty RAM for now so I'm sticking with AIOs.

As you said, the king is dead, long live the king.Quote

26-04-2014, 17:52:26

Agree with the color scheme. I'm glad my Define R4 / R3 doesn't have windows.

BTW: Think this would fit in an R3 with Corsair Vengeance Pro memory sticks and both fans?Quote

26-04-2014, 18:45:36

I had 2 for the AMD and one for the Intel System...and i rather have RAM Issues then PCI-E Issues....some Mainboards require the first Slot for the Graphiks Review as always but did the Vid flicker only on my Screeen??Quote

26-04-2014, 19:15:33

Josh Weston
Meh, disagree with the award but it's nice to see Noctua keeping the crown.Quote

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