Noctua Announces New Flagship NH-D15 Heatsink

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After years of supremacy atop the air cooling world, the Noctua NH-D14 will finally be replaced with a new flagship heatsink, the NH-D15 of course. This dual tower CPU cooler was announced just a few days ago and should be available within the next few weeks.

The NH-D15 sports a widened fin-stack and more spacious heatpipe placement, which Noctua claims will improve performance. Also included will be Noctua’s patented SecuFirm2 mounting system and NF-A15 PWN fans. Detailed specifications are already available on the NH-D15 product page on the Noctua website.

Here are some photos from Noctua:

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For more information check out the full press release from Noctua:

Vienna, April 8th 2014 – Noctua today introduced its new flagship-model NH-D15. Built on the basis of the legendary NH-D14 and carrying on its quest for ultimate quiet cooling performance, the NH-D15 is an elite-class dual tower cooler for the highest demands.

“Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heatsinks”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. “In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we’re not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we’re proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14.”

Noctua’s NH-D14 has received more than 350 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines, making it one of the most successful premium heatsinks ever built. With its expanded layout and dual NF-A15 fans, the NH-D15 further improves the D14’s much acclaimed quiet cooling performance.

Compared to the NH-D14, the NH-D15’s fin-stack has been widened from 140 to 150mm and its heatpipes are now spaced further apart, which allows for a more uniform heat distribution over a larger surface area and thus contributes to the NH-D15’s superior efficiency. Thanks to its recessed lower fins, the NH-D15 provides 64mm clearance for tall memory heatsinks in single fan mode, making it compatible with most high end RAM modules on the market.

The NF-A15 premium fans supplied with the NH-D15 support PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.

Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-D15 forms a complete premium quality solution that represents a deluxe choice for overclockers and silent-enthusiasts alike.

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If the previous generation heatsinks are any indication of future performance, we can’t wait to check out the NH-D15 heatsink. Stay tuned for the full review.

Matt Ring (mdcomp)

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  1. ATMINSIDE
    Looks like the D15 actually pulls ahead on the higher heat loads from the Phanteks, pretty nice review though.


    With the fans it has compared to the old PH-F140TS It should pull ahead. :p

    Switch the fans and my guess is Phanteks will pull farther ahead of D15 than D15 did of Phanteks. :D

    I'm waiting on more reviews before making a decision.
    doyll
    Here isthe first review of NH-D15 I've seen.

    http://www.modders-inc.com/noctua-nh-d15-dual-tower-cpu-cooler-review/

    Very similar performance to PH-TC14PE even though NH-D15 uses 1500rpm 82.52cfm NF-A15 Premium fans compared to first generation PH-TC14PE using 1300rpm 78.1cfm PH-F140TS fans. Current PH-TC14PE coolers come with 1300rpm 88.6cfm PH-F140HP fans. Assuming this review is accurate, with improved PH-F140HP fans now used on PH-TC14PE, it should easily be equal to, maybe even slightly better than NH-D15.


    Looks like the D15 actually pulls ahead on the higher heat loads from the Phanteks, pretty nice review though.
    Here isthe first review of NH-D15 I've seen.

    http://www.modders-inc.com/noctua-nh-d15-dual-tower-cpu-cooler-review/

    Very similar performance to PH-TC14PE even though NH-D15 uses 1500rpm 82.52cfm NF-A15 Premium fans compared to first generation PH-TC14PE using 1300rpm 78.1cfm PH-F140TS fans. Current PH-TC14PE coolers come with 1300rpm 88.6cfm PH-F140HP fans. Assuming this review is accurate, with improved PH-F140HP fans now used on PH-TC14PE, it should easily be equal to, maybe even slightly better than NH-D15.
    VenX is 63mm deep,31.5 from center of CPU to front

    NH-D15 notched fins are 95mm deep. 47.5mm from center of CPU to front.

    True Spirit 140 Power with 8mm pipes is 53mm deep, 27.5mm from center of CPU to front and cools as well as NH-D14 SE2011.
    wingman99
    I like the room they left for the memory height.


    That may actually be a decent selling point. With my VenX, even though the Kingston blu line has standard height headspreaders instead of oversized heatsinks, I still couldn't get a stick in slot one. Even though I probably won't need it for a while, it sucks knowing I can't install 32gb with this heatsink.
    As fin count is the same I have to wonder how much the cooling is compromised by cutting out part of the bottom 6 fins on each fin pack.
    My guess is that it's more cost-effective to have all the fins the same size - fewer stages in the manufacturing process, easier assembly etc. And with all things considered, would it improve performance at all? Not likely. :)