Legit Cooling Reviews
Intel LGA2011 CPU Cooler Roundup For Sandy Bridge-E Processors
|Date:||Wed, Dec 28, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
The biggest cooler in our roundup today is the Noctua NH-D14. I first reviewed the NH-D14 back in the first part of 2010, and it has served me nicely and without issue. The NH-D14 is considered one of the best air coolers available today. It is a solid performing cooler that is extremely quiet for an actively cooled cooler. The NH-D14 is a twin tower cooler with dual fans, 120mm front and 140mm center mounted.
The NH-D14 is not a small cooler. It weighs in at 1,240g and stands 160mm tall, 140mm wide, and 158mm front to back.
The NH-D14 comes with SecuFirm2 mounting system that allows the cooler to mount to all the Intel LGA sockets and AMD sockets. Since this particular NH-D14 is the same cooler I reviewed back in 2010 we got an updated set of mounts for the LGA2011 socket that any Noctua end user can get for free from Noctua.
Features of the Noctua ND-14
- 6 heatpipe dual radiator design: Providing more surface area, better heat-distribution and superior airflow efficiency than conventional tower style heatsinks, the NH-D14’s six heatpipe dual radiator design was developed to provide ultimate quiet cooling performance in dual fan mode.
- Dual NF-P14/NF-P12 fan setup: The NH-D14 sports a premium quality dual fan setup consisting of Noctua’s award-winning NF-P12 (120mm) and NF-P14 (140mm) fans, both of which feature Vortex-Control Notches, SCD technology and SSO-Bearings in order to achieve a perfect balance of performance and quietness.
- Asymmetrical design for high compatibility: An asymmetrical design that gives more clearance towards the RAM slots ensures good compatibility despite the cooler’s size. The NF-P12 fan can be moved upward or left off in order to further improve compatibility.
- Excellent component cooling: Hanging out at the bottom of the fin-stacks, the NF-P14 fan doesn’t only contribute to the NH-D14’s superb CPU cooling capabilities but also provides massive airflow over surrounding motherboard components and heatsinks, thus ensuring excellent component cooling performance.
- SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system: Noctua’s enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1) and meets the highest demands in safety, contact pressure and ease-of-use.
- NT-H1 thermal compound: Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.
- Socket compatibility
- Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, LGA2011 on request
- Asus X-socket
- AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 (backplate required)
- Height (without fan): 160 mm
- Width (without fan): 140 mm
- Depth (without fan): 130 mm
- Height (with fan): 160 mm
- Width (with fan): 140 mm
- Depth (with fan): 158 mm
- Weight (without fan): 900 g
- Weight (with fan): 1240 g
- Material: Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminum (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
- Fan compatibility: 140x140x25 & 120x120x25mm
- Scope of Delivery
- 1x NF-P14 premium fan
- 1x NF-P12 premium fan
- 2x Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
- Y-Split Cable
- 4x Vibration-Compensators (for using NF-P12 as case fan)
- 4x Fan screws (for using NF-P12 as case fan)
- NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
- SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kits
- Noctua Metal Case-Badge
- Warranty: 6 Years
- Model: Noctua NF-P14 & Noctua NF-P12
- Bearing: SSO-Bearing
- Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1200 / 1300 RPM
- Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 900 / 900 RPM
- Airflow: 110.3 / 92.3 m3/h
- Airflow with U.L.N.A.: 83.7 / 63.4 m3/h
- Acoustical Noise: 19.6 / 19.8 dB(A)
- Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.: 13.2 / 12.6 dB(A)
- Input Power: 1.2 / 1.08 W
- Voltage Range: 12 V
- MTBF: > 150.000 h
Being so large the NH-D14 covers a very large amount of the motherboard.
The fins of the NH-D14 cover the first RAM slot on either side of the socket. With the 120mm fan installed all the RAM slots on the front of the motherboard are covered.
The fan body gets very close to the 24pin main connector. This puts the fan very close to the edge of the board. So, with the NH-D14 on an X79 board in a shallow depth case you could have space issues.
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Page 2 - Coolink Corator DS LGA2011
Page 3 - Corsair Hydro Series H80
Page 4 - Corsair Hydro Series H100
Page 5 - Intel RTS2011LC Water Cooler
Page 6 - Noctua NH-D14
Page 7 - Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
Page 8 - NZXT HAVIK 120
Page 9 - Zalman CNPS 11X Performa
Page 10 - Zalman CNPS 12X
Page 11 - Legit Reviews Intel Core i7-3960X Test System
Page 12 - Temperature Testing Results
Page 13 - Price Versus Performance Ratio
Page 14 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion