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The stock CPU heat sink is often maligned for being inadequate for the task of removing the heat from our processors while they are running well outside the boundaries AMD and Intel set for the designs. What's a person to do but try and find the best cooling solution for their needs! That can include everything from a simple improvement over the stock design all the way up to phase change and liquid nitrogen, albeit the latter is more for the the true hardcore benchmarking enthusiast. The selection process often has as much to do with looks, reputation, on line buzz, price and personal experience as it does with actual performance and noise characteristics. One man's trash is another man's treasure they say. What I have to look at today is another offering from Noctua with their NH-C14 C style CPU cooler. I have looked at more than a few of Noctua's offerings including the NH-U12P SE 1366 , NH-D14 and the heat sink that compares most closely to the NH-C14, the NH-C12P SE 14. As a successor to the NH-C12P design, the NH-C14 is bigger and equipped with a pair of Noctua's NF-P14 FLX fans that offer high airflow, static pressure and a low noise signature.
Noctua, which is based in Austria, has always been on the forefront of coolers, case fans, and CPU fans. They have always been innovative with their products, and their newest Noctua NH-C14 is no different: twin 140 mm fans adorn each side of this cooler. The entire cooler is made of superior cooling materials (which will be touched on later) and is designed for all the modern CPU socket sets to date. This is one of Noctua's higher-end coolers and retails for $90. This is a seriously large heatsink, but has been designed in such a way to be able to accommodate most motherboards. It can be set up in three possible configurations (which opens up all the options for most cases). Both fans come pre-installed and ready for action. However, users do have the option of just using one fan on top (for clearance of tall components on the bottom such as memory), or using one fan on the bottom (making the heatsink very short, appropriate for HTPC's or similar small cases). Included in the parts package is a multitude of adapters to hook up the main fans. Users can use the default connector, plugging both fans into 3 pin power; or connect both fans individually to power with either the standard line noise reductor (13 dB(A)) or the ultra line noise reductor (10 dB(A)). Note, however, that users cannot use the noise reductor with the Y-splitter.
While Noctua may not be the first name that comes to mind when discussing the subject of PC cooling products, this Austrian company has a huge following in Europe. I've had the opportunity to look at a few of their products in the past and have always come away very impressed. Recently, Noctua has come out with a couple of new coolers and I jumped at the chance to get them in the lab for evaluation. The NH-C14 that we're going to look at this time out has what Noctua calls a C design (hence the name) and features down-facing 140mm fans to cool the motherboard components as well as the CPU. With a few configuration options to offer, Noctua claims that this cooler can do some things that others can't. Let's take a closer look at this new cooler and see. NOCTUA CORPORATE PROFILE 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-optimised premium components, which serve their purpose in a smart, precise and reliable manner.
Noctua is a company that many enthusiast know about, but consumers may not. Noctua is based out of Austria and they makes some of the best performing and highest quality CPU coolers that we have seen. The interesting thing about their coolers is that they run very quiet. Today we will be taking a look at their new NH-C14 cooler. It features a C-shape top down design, 2 140mm fans, 6 copper heatpipes, aluminum fins, and a nickel plated copper base. Let’s take a look at the NH-C14 and see how well it performs. Special thanks to Noctua for providing us with the NH-C14 CPU Cooler to review. C-Type top-flow design - The NH-C14’s six heatpipe c-type design allows for superb quiet cooling performance while maintaining a much lower profile than today’s tower-style coolers and providing excellent airflow over RAM modules and near-socket mainboard components. Dual NF-P14 FLX fans - The NH-C14 comes with two of Noctua’s award-winning, premium quality NF-P14 140mm fans that can be fine-tuned according to the user’s needs via the supplied Low-Noise (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors (U.L.N.A.).
Noctua has wowed us before with its coolers: Both the NH-U12P and NH-D14 impressed us with top-tier performance. The NH-C14, which features a perpendicular cooling-fin stack and two fans, is larger than the former but smaller than the 2 pounds, 12 ounces of the latter. The NH-C14’s six heat pipes go into a stack of heating fins oriented perpendicularly to the motherboard, like a normal skyscraper stack turned 90 degrees; 14cm Noctua fans in their trademark peach-and-brown are clipped to each side of the stack, for a push-pull configuration that brings air straight down onto the motherboard. You can run the NH-C14 with both fans, just one, or none. The perpendicular configuration enables it to be used in cases with as little as 4.5 inches of clearance with only the bottom fan, or 5.5 inches for both fans. Like previous Noctua models, the cooler ships with low- and ultra-low-noise adapter cables, too. The NH-C14 uses the same Intel mounting bracket as the NH-D14 we reviewed in April 2010—a backplate, bolts, risers, and crossbars. Because the heat fins are directly above the mount point, the only way to install the cooler is to stick an (included) extra-long screwdriver into two holes cut into the heatsink directly above the screws, like a WWII prop fighter shooting bullets right between the propeller blades.
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