The NH-U14S TR4-SP3 is another strong product from Noctua, set to target the hardcore enthusiast audience wanting to cool one of AMD’s high performance Threadripper coolers.
Just as with the smaller NH-U12S TR4 the installation was super easy, as the cooler is basically set up and ready to go with all the required mounting hardware pre-installed, but as you would expect performance is better thanks to the increased physical heatsink size and larger fan. The NH-U14S TR4-SP3 did a great job cooling the AMD TR 1950X both at stock and overclocked, but as with the NH-U12S, it’s not the best option if you are planning on overclocking heavily.
The NH-U14S TR4-SP3 is good cooler, and it is better value for money than the smaller NH-U12S model. It is currently only £1 more at Overclockers UK and you can expect better thermal performance with lower audible noise. Really the only reason to consider the NH-U12S over the NH-U14S TR4-SP3 would be because of space restrictions.
The Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 is currently available from Overclockers UK for £74.99 inc. VAT HERE.
- Great cooling performance, with a little flexibility to overclock.
- Installation is very simple with only four screws to tighten.
- Low noise adapter and extra mounting for a fan included.
- Only compatible with the TR4 socket.
- Really only supports low profile memory.
KitGuru says: If space in your system isn’t a limitation there really is no reason not to pick up the NH-U14S TR4-SP3 over the NH-U12S. Even when compared to larger dual fan coolers like the Dark Rock Pro 4 it still performs great, but with a much simpler configuration and mounting.