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The Austrian Noctua Company doesn’t often roll out new solutions for overclocking fans. After launching two extremely efficient tower coolers back in 2005, NH-U9 and NH-U12, they haven’t really done anything that dramatically new over the past four years except modifying the retention kits for their coolers and fans. Looks like Noctua engineers believed that NH-U9 and NH-U12 solutions were sufficient for successful competition in this market that is why they haven’t designed anything new over such a long period of time.

However, there appeared a lot of air coolers for processors in the market since then. Some of them were more efficient than Noctua and cost less. Moreover, we have to admit that Noctua solutions have never really been on top of the food chain. At last the company decided to fix that and demonstrated their new Noctua NH-D14 solution at one of the trade shows that took place in early summer. This product was immediately named “the killer of Thermalright IFX-14”, which until today has been a performance etalon in the cooling solutions segment. So, did NH-D14 actually become one? Our today’s review will answer this question.

Package and Accessories

I can’t say anything about efficiency at this point, but in terms of package size, Noctua NH-D14 is definitely a winner:

According to the most conservative estimates, this box should easily fit eight (!) Thermalright IFX-14 heatsinks or four boxed Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards. Even the package of a gigantic Cooler Master V10 doesn’t come close to that of Noctua NH-D14.

There is a clear window on the front of the box revealing part of the heatsink and fan. All other sides bear the NH-D14 cooler specifications and description of its key features:


Inside everything is extremely secure and reliable: there are cardboard boxes on the sides and polyurethane foam on top and at the bottom, which hold the cooler securely in place:

These cardboard boxes not just hold the cooler, but are also used for included accessories, which are in fact quite numerous:

I have to say that I am truly impressed with Noctua’s extreme attention and neatness when it comes to packaging and accessorizing their cooling solutions. The retention kit for each processor socket type is sealed in an individual plastic bag and the installation instructions are designed as a notepad with two pockets containing two step-by-step descriptions of the cooler installation procedure.

Other accessories

Socket AM2(+)/AM3

LGA 775/1156/1366

I was a little surprised to see that there are four silicon mounts for the fans and four self-tapping screws included with the accessories: none of these are required for cooler installation on any of the supported platforms.

Noctua NH-D14 is made in Taiwan. The recommended price of the new cooler is set at $85. It comes with a 6-year warranty.

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