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About five years ago the Austrian firm Noctua released its super-cooler NH-D14. It turned out to be extremely good and took a leading position among the best of CPU coolers. Even today, periodically acquiring new fastening mechanisms to support the latest PC platforms, it can easily beat many new products, including comparably priced ready-made liquid cooling systems. But nothing is permanent, especially super-coolers.

So now the NH-D14 is going to be replaced by the NH-D15 model announced a month ago. The newer version is not a dramatic overhaul, yet features certain optimizations for higher performance and better compatibility. It's got larger and faster fans, too. In this review we're going to take a closer look at Noctua’s latest product.

Specifications and Recommended Price

The Noctua NH-D15 specs are listed in the following table in comparison with its predecessor NH-D14.

Packaging and Accessories

The cardboard packaging with the new cooler has become larger, yet the overall design is the same as with the previous model. The box is mostly brown with an addition of some white.

There’s a lot of information on the box about the cooler’s specs, key features, supported platforms, etc.


The product is protected well on its way to the customer. The cooler’s heatsink and fan are packed into a cardboard wrap amidst sheets of foam rubber.

We guess there should be no problems during transportation. That’s quite important, by the way. We’ve seen a lot of damaged boxes with coolers, sometimes even with crumpled heatsinks inside.

There are additional small boxes with accessories and fasteners for AMD and Intel platforms.

The accessories haven’t changed much since the Noctua NH-D14 except for the improved fasteners and back-plate.

The cooler comes with high-efficiency Noctua NT-H1 thermal grease, which is expected to last for 15 applications.

The Noctua NH-D15 is manufactured in Taiwan and comes with a 6-year warranty. It costs $90, which is $5 higher than the recommended price of the NH-D14 model.

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