In the upcoming pages we'll talk you through the products with the help of photos. We used an nForce 590 SLI for Intel reference mainboard and as promised earlier in this article, we'll cool down an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor.
As you understand by now, we are testing the Noctual NH-U12 and U9 today. Each cooler we'll test passively yet also with a low and high-performance fan.
This is the top model NH0U12. Quite a beast in size to be honest.
Looking at the base of the cooler, you can see the heatpipes and the cooling block are made out of solid copper. You can also see two little holes on each of the sides. This is where you will put screws through for two mounting brackets.
The NH-U9 is in front of the NH-U12. These coolers are indistinguishable in every way, except for the size.
Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S review 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 ?