Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S review -
Once we seat the cooler in position you need to align it with the two screw threads. With the help of the supplied screwdriver we can secure the screws, just align the fan blades a little and you can secure the cooler real fast. At the front-side, you need to pop off the fan for this, but it is easily reinstalled.
Once seated you can now connect the two fan power cable to either your motherboard CPU FAN headers or a FAN controller. So yeah, once the motherboard is out, 10 minutes work maximum, we positioned the cooler and are ready for the first test run. It is totally up to you how you want to install the cooler, blowing air from or to the PCI card slots, or turn it 90 degrees facing the rear fan exit of the chassis.
We deliberately installed it this way so that hot air will exit on the top of a chassis. We also did this to show that the high-profile memory DIMMS are not being blocked by the cooler radiator fins. So yes that's all folks. The NH-U14S looks a little bulky, somewhat big and always the brown/beige colors are the Noctua trademark. Like the looks or not, these are amongst the best coolers available in the globe. But let me demonstrate that and put these coolers through our test suite.
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 ?