Noctua NH-U9, U12S, U14S TR4-SP3 Threadripper cooler review

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Product Showcase Noctua NH-U14S

Product Showcase Noctua NH-U14S

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For just ten bucks more you can get the 140mm cooling version and an extra heatpipe. hence we advise you this one; the Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3. Again, 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 best with this one.

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The bigger U14S cooler has dimensions of 165(H) x 150(W) x 52(D)mm without the fan included. It weighs 1030 g with a 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 in a drop-dead silent configuration.
 

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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. 
 

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Heatpipes a little more up-close, six of them making this product very effective. The fan used here is a the NF-A15 140mm fan with PWM support for fully automatic speed control. Please notice that the memory heat spreader is in front of the fan? The G.Skill Trident Z DIMMs have an angular (shark fin) shaped heat spreader. That actually created extra noise being so close to the fan.
 

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Once you move the fan upwards a bit the noise levels came down to normal. So yes, with all three cooler, full height DDR4 DIMM are a bit of a thing.  

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