The so-called top air coolers with a horizontal heatsink and airflow directed towards the mainboard PCB surface are usually less efficient than tower-coolers. I am afraid I can’t recall any other cooler since the times of the legendary Thermaltake Big Typhoon that cool pose a serious threat to the tower-coolers. The reasons for that are fairly simple: it is impossible to fit large horizontal heatsinks with proper heatpipes layout into the systems. However, top-coolers have at least one significant advantage over the tower-shaped solutions: the airflow from their fan also cools the around-the-socket area on the mainboard PCB, which guarantees stability during overclocking experiments and ensures that mainboard electronic components last long enough.
The Austrian Noctua Company, famous for their technologically advanced heatsinks, has recently released a cooler like that. Its model name is traditionally simple – NH-C14. We are going to discuss this particular solution in our today’s review.
Packaging and Accessories
The new cooler comes in a huge cardboard box with the cooler image on the front and the specifications list on the top:
The sides of the box also bear a lot of information about the cooler in multiple languages:
The cooler itself is secured very reliably inside the box, so it will survive all possible transportation mishaps, probably with the only exception of flood or fire. The cooler is secured with two sturdy cardboard inserts at the top and bottom. There is a smaller flat box with bundled accessories that sits above the cooler:
Among the included accessories you get two retention kits for Intel and AMD platforms, an L-shaped phillips screwdriver, an envelope with two installation sheets, and a set of additional accessories:
Noctua NH-C14 is made in Taiwan, is priced at $85 MSRP and comes with a 6-year warranty.