Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler Review



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It has been a long time coming, but finally the king has graced us with its presence! The Noctua NH-D14 was released back on November 2nd 2009 and it has been the benchmark for high performance air coolers ever since that day. Despite that we’ve never actually gotten around to producing a review of this amazing cooler. So I asked Noctua if they could provide us with one and they duly delivered. With us pushing forward and testing so many CPU coolers it is easy to get lost in the mountain of numbers but what easier way to make it through than with some Noctua NH-D14 results as a signpost.

You may be thinking, this review is a bit late, isn’t it kind of pointless? Well not really I’d say. Firstly we are reviewing the NH-D14 SE2011, or the “Special Edition”. This was released back on November 2nd 2011 – exactly two years after the original Noctua NH-D14 came to market making it around 18 months old. The changes are minimal but it brings LGA 2011 support and some improved fans. Nonetheless the NH-D14 has never been more relevant for high performance CPU cooling and to this day it still probably outsells every other dual tower CPU cooler on the market. That said I think you’ll agree that it’s about time we gave the Noctua NH-D14 a thorough going over to show you why most enthusiasts regard this as the best air CPU cooler on the market. And let’s face it with the NH-D14 selling by the boatload, with Noctua struggling to produce them fast enough, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it last for at least a few more years before a successor is introduced.

Furthermore if that hasn’t made you excited enough then we’ve also opted to add a third fan, an NF-F12, and see how the NH-D14 performs under triple fan testing!

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  • Matthew Humpherson

    When you say you cant find the product page for the NF-P14 you didn’t look very hard: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=33&lng=en Despite it saying it is discontinued you can still get them from loads of places including OCUK

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      That’s the NF-P14 FLX not NF-P14 PWM

      • Matthew Humpherson

        Yeah but it is the same fan with the same max rpm, airflow and dB-A ratings.

        • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

          It’s the same fan but different :P Where did you find them being sold? I can’t see them anywhere.

          AKA can you give me a link :P

          • Matthew Humpherson

            http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FG-008-NC&tool=3 its the non PWM version but as I said before its the same fan.

          • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

            thanks, i have added the info you provided to the review.

          • Matthew Humpherson

            No problem. By the way I think you are right in that they never released a separate PWM version of the fan but considering how quiet it is even on max PWM is not really needed.

  • Wayne

    I’ll say one thing about these Noctua boys, they certainly make the best computer fans known to man despite the colour of the wires:-) and the fans themselves.