Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S review -
Product Showcase Noctua NH-U14S
Product Showcase Noctua NH-U14S
Next in line is the Noctua NH-U14S. This 140mm FAN model comes with an extra heat-pipe. More fan surface and a superb NF-A15 PWM fan. Armed with six heatpipes, one radiator and one of the best fans available on the market, the Noctua formula works out well.
The bigger U14S cooler has dimensions of 165(H) x 150(W) x 52(D)mm without the fan included. It weighs 935g with fan. The fan can be used in PWM mode controlled by your motherboard. Should you not have that option and if you can only feed it with 100% power, then included are little resistor wires to keep fan RPM at a drop-dead silent configuration.
Here again I need to mention that a second fan can be installed easily, so if you like to go for a push-pull configuration and perhaps shave off another few degrees of your CPU core temperature. As our tests will show, even with two fans the setup remains really silent.
When we flip the unit it around we see the heatpipes a little more up-close. Six of them making this product very efficient. The fan used here is a the NF-A15 140mm fan with PWM support for fully automatic speed control. Again VERY silent if you connect it to your motherboard FAN header, with a normal cooling profile you just won't hear it as it only has a maximum of 1200 RPM.
On the next page we'll start installation and show the SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting kit. BTW Noctua gives these products 6 years manufacturer’s warranty and I really want to mention this, their after-sales is great. Even when you purchase a new CPU that requires a new mounting socket, almost every time Noctua hands out upgrade mounting kits for free. That's expensive after-sales on their part, but hugely popular amongst you guys.
We test and review the Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU coolers. Both coolers have recently been introduced into the channel with kicks performance and versus some really nice airflow OWM controlled fans that are drop-dead silent. Hey, it's Noctua .. so you know it's good, let's check out the review shall we ?
Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler review
In the long line of Noctua CPU coolers they introduced another CPU cooler, tagged with the name NH-C14, the heatpipes bent in a C shape and armed with not one, but two Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm fans this product is bound to keep any CPU released to date nicely cooled and chilled.
Noctua NH-D14 review
It is called the Noctua NH-D14 premium cooler -- but as I like to call it ... the Big Ben. Noctua had to go back to the drawing board and came up with the NH-D14 premium CPU cooler. It is a six heatpipe dual radiator design to improve both cooling performance and noise levels. Obviously what catches the eyes is that dual radiator uneven design with a 140mm fan sitting smack down in the middle of the cooler.
Noctua NH-U9 and NH-U12 heatpipe coolers
A new trend that started over the past two years is heatpipe based cooling. Several advantages directly come to mind as the principle is quite simple. You move heat towards another spot other than the source. That way you can get rid of that heat not directly away from that source, yet effectively can cool it down optimally on location B. This means less resources and effort is needed at the original point of heat. The less resources I'm talking about is a direct active form of heat dissipation e.g. loud fans. More cooling these days equals more noise, and don't we all hate it ?