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|Review: Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Wednesday, 04 August 2010 00:03|
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Let me ask you this question ... how many of you actually use the stock CPU cooler that came with the processor? The answer is ... probably only a few. I, myself would definitely go for a more powerful CPU cooler, with quieter fans that's capable of cooling an overclocked CPU. And this is where Noctua comes in. They have been selling super quiet CPU coolers for quite some time now. And it is their special combination of large heatsinks cooled by their low noise fans, that make them a hit amongst mainstream users and enthusiast alike.
For those who are not familiar with Noctua products or the company itself ... here's a little blurb taken from their website.
In this review, we'll be taking a look at the Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler. It's designed for both AMD (AM2, AM2+, AM3) and Intel processors (LGA 775, 1156, 1366), and features dual radiator design and 6 heatpipes. It comes with 2 LNA cables (low noise adaptor) and 2 low noise fans, one measuring 120mm, while the other measures 140mm. The whole CPU cooler absolutely massive. Weighing in at an astonishing 1.2Kg and measuring 160x140x158mm, it's by far one of the largest CPU cooler we've seen to date. But does big mean better ... we're about to find out.
We'll be testing the Noctua NH-D14 on our test rig which consist of an Intel Core i5 - 650 @ 3.2Ghz, Gigabyte P55 USB3 motherboard, Geforce GTX 460 OC, 4Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer and a Silverpower 650w power supply. All-in-all, a decently spec'd computer system.
It'll be interesting to see if the Noctua NH-D14 can compete with other coolers we've got in our labs. But what I'm more concerned about is its size ... it's absolutely huge. Will it fit in most ATX cases?
Anyway, enough of the talk ... let's take a closer look at the specifications and features on the next page.