Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S review -
Mounting the cooler is a very easy thing to do, the secufirm mounting kit is sturdy, handy and really easy to install. Though the motherboard needs to come out of the chassis unless you have a chassis with a backplate cutout. Now you first prepare and insert the back plate Socket 1155/1156 in our case. Just make sure the three gaps/holes are aligned with the motherboard socket screws.
Mind you that I still needed to clean up the TIM / Thermal paste here! It looks messy, I know. We mount the back plate and need to prep the cooler as some risers need to be inserted over the screws (the black pastic risers as shown above).
You should have already inserted your processor and apply thermal paste. Apply a drop or two, smear it out making sure you have a flat thin layer applied. We then install two retention clips on the plastic risers which we secure with thumb screws. The cooler is now ready to be seated.
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 ?