Excerpt: Noctua aims at establishing a new level of quality and performance "Designed in Austria" through paying attention to the users' needs in a market burdened with all kinds of frills and furbelows and providing sound-optimized premium components, which serve their purpose in a smart, precise and reliable manner.
Pros: Quiet, Low profile, Quality construction, Included accessories
Conclusion: The cooler's price could be lower since there are other solutions that will cost you less than $80 that can do the job of cooling 200 watts of heat from a CPU and most importantly, with less noise.
Conclusion: Overall this cooler did very well. It gives you excellent cooling performance and the option to create more space under or above the cooler by removing a fan for people without a lot of case space. Even with both the fans installed this cooler isn’t quite as tall as some other high-end air coolers. Everything in this package is high quality, down to the thermal paste, the cooler itself, the cables etc.
Pros: Fantastic performance, 3 mode design, Quiet, Easy to install
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × Regular readers of KitGuru will already know that the Noctua NH D14 is always at the center of our high end system builds, especially when it comes to overclocking articles. Today we are looking at the NH C14, a dramatic design combining two 140mm fans, in a stack based air flow system, demanding a height clearance of just 130mm.
Excerpt: Taking a look at computer retailers online, and even our past CPU cooler review history, it's easy to see that the most popular style of heatsink right now follows the tower design. It's no surprise as towers with their heatpipes and large radiators perform well. But performance aside, they have major downsides including high height and low base clearance which interferes with RAM with tall heatspreaders.
Conclusion: Here’s the condensed summary: Cooling performance on this heat sink is tangible and effortless. It will allow you to have a higher overclock, and may likely stabilize a bleeding edge overclock that you currently have if you are using inadequate CPU cooling. It is beautiful and huge, and most of all *quiet*.
Pros: Attractive fit and finish., Noctua fan loving., Inline fan resistors should you want quieter performance., Full coverage for modern CPU’s., Secondary cooling to the motherboard components., Included high performance TIM.
Cons: Size… 1000g can make a motherboard have nightmares., Potential problems with heat exchange efficiency if mounted improperly.
Noctua NH-C14 'C-Type Top Flow' Heatpipe CPU Cooler Long-Term Review
11 December 2011
Conclusion: Without a doubt, the Noctua NH-C14 is the best air cooler I have ever tested to date. The complete package when I look at it from afar is executed brilliantly and I have to give kudos to those who took the time to think everything through because it clearly shows. Absolutely brilliant packaging, accessories, cooler construction, quality and performance, everything from the smallest to largest component is top-notch.
Excerpt: Introduction Noctua recently released the NH-C14, a curled over single tower-fin style heatsink with two 140mm fans. Designed to offer the most cooling capacity in a small space, it curls the heatpipes through 180 degrees to provide down draft air movement. Equipped with two 140mm flex fans fitted with SSO bearings, it promises to offer quiet performance with a smaller form factor than competitive performing tower design heatsinks.
Summary: Standard horizontal CPU coolers aren’t always the most efficient. Especially if it’s a stock retail AMD or Intel cooler: they are mainly built to do the job as cheap as possible. They’re typically too small and sit too close to the board to actually do anything other than cool the CPU. Poorly one might add. While the possibilities of this feature were once taken for granted, designs like the Noctua NH-C14 completely correct any short comings.