Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review – The Best CPU Cooler Ever?Wed, Feb 10, 2010 - 12:00 AM
The NF-P14 Fan
New to the Noctua lineup is the NF-P14 fan. The NF-P14 fan has all the features that made the NF-P12 fan popular: high static pressure, good CFM rating, and the best part, its dead silent operation. It also has the one thing that I think most enthusiasts wish they could change about a Noctua fan: the color. Just like you can hear a Delta fan from across the house, you can always spot a Noctua fan from across the room, nothing else like it color-wise.
The fan is a 9 blade design that also has the Vertex Control Notches, SSO Bearing, and Smooth Communication Drive like the NF-P12. They beefed up the NF-P14 with a brass reinforced motor hub and bearing shell to help the fan stay balanced for long-term stability.
The NF-P14 and NF-P12 on the NH-D14 both use new style spring clips. These are very beefy compared to most spring clips I have used in the past. They also attach to the fans differently as well. At first I didn’t like it, but after taking the fans off and on a couple times I like it. It really holds the fan tightly to the cooler, and is easier to put on and take off. With the clips captured in the pins there is no dropping them or misplacing them.