On a hot day in July, we decided to take another look at the venerable Noctua NH-D14 cooler. People may be wondering why are we looking at this heatsink again, its End of Life (EOL). A lot of enthusiasts purchased this when it was new back in 2009 and likely still have it and would like to use it on modern platforms. In fact, the device can still be purchased new today Noctua says because people still buy it. The focus on the mini-review here is to see how the old school CPU heatsink compares with a couple of new Noctua fans and see how that affects its performance. Read on to see what improvements were found.
Noctua is famous for its tandem twin-tower heatsinks, starting with the NH-D14 and proceeding to the wider NH-D15. But now Noctua has brought a single-tower heatsink, the NH-U14S, to the 140 mm market. It keeps the fans clear of installed random access memory. Can a single-tower heatsink compare with the big dual-tower offerings? Let’s put the NH-U14S to the test and see how it measures up. Read on.
When Noctua announced they had released 24-volt fans, I ignored it, asking, “What does that have to do with me?” I had tried 24-volt fans from other manufacturers with unhappy results. But the Noctua rep told me “They actually run nice and quiet in 12V PC environments!” It was at that point I had to test these fans to see how well they do. Do they really run quietly at 12 volts? And how strong are they? Immediately thereafter, Noctua announced their Chromax line of accessories. From having these two releases coming so close together, this combined review was born.