Noctua NH-C14 Cooler review



Product: Noctua NH-C14
Author: James Prior
Editor: Pete Vagiakos
Date: July 29th, 2011

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. Noctua's trademark color and stlying resound throughout the package and product, for a high performance heatsink with a few interesting options for cooling and mounting.

Noctua NH-C14

Specifications

The Specifications of the Noctua NH-C14 are:

  • Six large heatpipes in C-type design
  • Dual NF-P14 FLX fans (140mm, 750-1200rpm, 10dBA - 20dBA, 42CFM - 65CFM)
  • Copper Base with soldered heatpipe joints
  • 750g (without fan; 850g with 1 fan; 1000g with 2 fans)
  • 105mm x 140mm x 166mm (h/w/d without fan; 130mm x 140mm x 166mm with fans)
  • SecuFirm 2 mounting bracket compatible with AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1 and LGA1366/LGA1156/LGA1155
  • Low Noise Adapter and Ultra Low Noise Adapter (1 ea)
  • 6 year warranty
  • NT-H1 thermal paste included

Noctua NH-C14

Our evaluation and analysis today will use AMD's popular 890FX platform as well as Intel's new hot-shot Cougar Point P67/LGA1155. Does the Noctua NH-C14 have what it takes to quietly cool expensive enthusiast CPU's while looking good in a small form factor?