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Noctua NH-D14 SE2011

Although the Austrian Noctua Company has recently announced new cooler models, they still have only one tower super-cooler in their product range - Noctua NH-D14 SE2011, which now also supports LGA 2011 platform. This is the cooler that will participate in our comparative testing today.

There are absolutely no constructive differences between this model and the original Noctua NH-D14:


The only thing I would like to point out at this point is that the cooler fans now support PWM rotation speed control function and can automatically adjust their rotation speed in 300-900 RPM or 300-1300 (1200) RPM intervals.

The well thought-through retention with very secure hold guaranteed impeccable contact with the processor. This is one of the today’s best thermal paste imprints:


This is what the new Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 looks like inside the system case with new configuration:

The old-new Noctua cooler is priced at $89.99. Note that SE2011 version is only compatible with the LGA 2011 platform.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE

Relatively new Phanteks PH-TC14PE super-cooler has recently been reviewed on our web-site. It demonstrated remarkable efficiency and defeated all previous leaders without exceptions. Massive dual-array heatsink on five 8-mm heatpipes and two 140-mm fans with uniquely shaped blades combined with a very reliable and smart retention mechanism didn’t leave any chance for competitors.


Will Phanteks PH-TC14PE be able to shine in our today’s test session, too? Well, we are about to find out shortly. So far the contact between the cooler base and the processor heat-spreader turned out to be not only pretty far from ideal, but also far not the best among the today’ testing participants:


However, these imprints are definitely not the worst either.

All the coolers are positioned a little bit differently on the new platform, because of the processor socket placement the coolers have been moved away from the back of the system case and closer to the center of the PCB. Phanteks PH-TC14PE is no exception:

We would like to remind you that the silver Phanteks PH-TC14PE is priced at $89. The price of other three color modifications is about $10 higher.

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