Noctua NH D14 Cooler review – The ‘Austrian Sandwich’

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Noctua are an Austrian company well known in enthusiast circles for producing some of the finest fans on the market. I will hold my hand up – all of my systems at home incorporate their 120mm fans (NF12′s) on one level or another, simply because they are class leading products. Fantastic CFM performance with minimum noise – making them not only ideal for media centers, but for hot running gaming rigs.

Today we are looking at their NH D14 cooler which is quite honestly one of the largest coolers I have ever seen. Noctua have designed this product to have not one, but two rows of aluminum cooling fins rising from the coolers base. Each of these has a dedicated fan to keep them cool – with probably one of the most intelligent airflow designs we have seen in recent years. Each of these cooling banks is created from 42 individual fins and although they are relatively wide in regards to spacing, the surface area is massive which should more than compensate.

Noctua have always made top quality products so we have high hopes that this cooler really will deliver the goods.

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Noctua NH D14 Cooler review - The 'Austrian Sandwich', 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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  • Tim Jordanson
    May 21, 2010
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    Damn, wicked review, thank you. that is one mega cooler. hugeeeeeeeeee

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  • Death Dealer
    May 21, 2010
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    Holy shit, how did I miss this before? its been out a while. that is crazy performance.

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  • Luke K
    May 21, 2010
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    Surely that puts a lot of strain on a motherboard – its well over 1kg?! I remember when 700g+ was considered heavy.

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  • Lucy Lickable
    May 21, 2010
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    Lovely colours ! yum

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  • Dave F.
    May 21, 2010
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    I wouldnt be too concerned with the weight – some of the dual cpu socket motherboard have handled 1kg colours on each socket. its still well within safety. I just would make sure the boards are well attached to the chassis and that you dont lean on them !

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  • Tom Roundidlo
    May 21, 2010
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    Noctua are a quality company and I have loved everything they have produced. for such a small outfit they produce constantly great products.

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  • Francis
    May 21, 2010
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    Thanks for including the watercoolers and overclocked settings, first good review of this I have read. Great cooler, need to order one soon.

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  • Tom Roberts
    May 21, 2010
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    It is an interesting concept to be able to rotate the cooler on Intel for different fitting positions. Shame you cant do it with AMD.

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  • SO low
    May 21, 2010
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    Nice nice heatsink. shame its so big as I dont think ti would work in my case.

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  • Nightmare after christmas
    May 21, 2010
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    It is very expensive, you can get the Corsair H50 for the same price, almost. I think. right?

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  • Matthew Harding
    May 21, 2010
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    This is actually better than the true? thats amazing, I shall order one when im paid, I like the look of it and the fitting is neat.

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  • 5/21/2010 Daily Hardware Reviews « Hardware « Tech news combined!
    May 21, 2010
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    [...] ECO A.L.C @ OverclockersThermaltake Contac twenty-nine @ FrostytechNoctua NH D14 @ KitGuruProlimatech Armageddon @ Legit [...]

  • Asus EAH5750 Formula Radeon HD 5750 review | KitGuru
    May 25, 2010
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    [...] Noctua NH D14 Cooler… Filed under: Cooling, Highlights 2 [...]

  • Intel Core i7 875k: Worth the wait as we hit 4.8 | KitGuru
    May 28, 2010
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    [...] bench test setup used the Austrian sandwich cooler from Noctua as well as some specially selected memory from Crucial’s Ballistics team (lovely Tracer modules). [...]

  • Noctua show Kitguru new coolers at Computex | KitGuru
    June 3, 2010
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    [...] KitGuru recently hit 4.8ghz on air with a Core i7 875k with their monster Austrian Sandwich the NH D14 – which you can see over here. We even managed to hit 5ghz, although it wasn’t stable … [...]

  • Overclocking team hit 5.4ghz with Noctua’s NH-D14 | KitGuru
    June 18, 2010
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    [...] readers of KitGuru will already be aware how highly we rate the ND-D14 ‘Austrian Sandwich’ cooler from Noctua. We managed to hit 4.8ghz with both 655k and a 875k processors from Intel. We actually [...]

  • Zalman CNPS9900 Max – does anyone remember Zalman? | KitGuru
    June 19, 2010
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    [...] says: The market is now pretty well defined with the Noctua NH-D14, Corsair H50 and CoolIT Eco products taking the £60+ market and the Titan Fenrir at £29, then [...]

  • Rex
    March 20, 2011
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    This is called NH-C14 not NH-D14, that aside, good review

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  • Zardon
    March 20, 2011
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    This is the d14. We have reviewed the c14, it’s smaller.

    There is even a picture of the box on page 2 with the product name on it

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  • Spongy
    October 4, 2011
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    I hope this is compatible with Asrock Fatal1ty Professional (MoBo), CM 690 II Advanced (Case), and G.Skills Ripjaws (Memory). Anyone can confirm this? Thanks.

    I love the review. 5ghz? Really! Wow..

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