The low-height yet SILENT one
We review the Noctua NH-C14S Low Profile CPU cooler. These CPU coolers offer massive cooling performance albeit being low profile configurable with the single fan it uses, that fan can be placed below the cooler radiator area. That makes the NH-C14S are relatively low, deadly silent and a more than powerful enough product that can take on the even a Core i7 4790K as you can even overclock a bit as well.
You know, there really aren't bad performing coolers produced anymore. You can find something for every segment and budget. The market stabilized and within the entire range and scope of heatpipe based coolers there's a certain comfort zone with a corresponding product available. As a result, most of these coolers available on the market are all adequate at the very least. There are always exceptions to this, there's a handful of manufacturers out there that offer the really interesting stuff, the kit and gear that really stand out from the cooling crowd, the hardware you and me crave and need so badly... that is in the enthusiast domain of gaming hardware. And that's where we need to make a stop at Noctua as they tick all those boxes.
In their long line of CPU coolers, Noctua introduced the C14-type coolers, especially made for those that require a proper cooler with a relatively low height that is silent. The Noctua NH-C14S CPU cooler is bound to deliver on all front as this unit will be able to keep any CPU released to date cooled including even the most high-end Haswell and Skylake SKUs.
Have a peek at the model tested, it might look a bit weird with the fan mounted like that, but trust me when I say that this is a very effective. In fact at default processor clock frequencies, this cooler is even the most silent one we have ever tested, it's the S in the SKU name I tell ya!
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