When it comes to CPU coolers, the first name pops up without any doubt is the Noctua. As being the cooling solution manufacturer, it has gained tremendous amount of popularity, especially with legendary Noctua NH-D14 is, no doubt, one of the best cooler of all time, had a fierce performance and remained forefront for years. However, the RAM incompatibilities came along as well, which was worked out on later coolers. Besides performance, Noctua has been recognized as the best quality manufacturers, the construction of coolers have always been promising and relentlessly maintained at all cost. The product line of Noctua includes CPU Coolers, Cooling fans and accessories.
Today, I am taking a look at the Noctua NH-U14S Single Tower CPU Cooler. It is 140mm tower heatsink cooler accompanied with single NF-A14 140mm fan, which runs at 1500 RPM at +/- 20. The NH-U14S is meant to zero compatibility issue since the single tower remove the possible influence. Having 6 heat pipes for effective heat dissipation system. The cooler is retailing at $79 on Amazon.com.
Let’s find out the product.
The cooler shipped in a traditional Noctua packaging as it has been seen on any other noctua cpu cooler. Cooler model, features and logo printed on top of the box. The box has a base color scheme of white and brown. The other side contains significant features, and other information related to cooler
Inside the box, I have a couple of Noctua signatured informative stickers and below to it, the installation kits in three different boxes. All boxes contains numerous amount of components that would help users to install the cooler on motherboard.
By removing the installation kit from top, I can see the heatsink inside has already installed fan facing top. The packing seems very substantial.
The installation kits are categorized in three different formats. One box has the intel support components, while another and same size box has AMD socket components for installation. besides, the long size box has the thermal paste, screw driver, fan’s rubber pads,a noctua sticker, 4 pin PWM connector, and some fan clips. So overall, I have a very detailed installation kit with lot of Adds-On.
A Closer Look
The cooling fan comes with it, is NF-A15 PWM, having brown and cream as base color scheme. The rated speed on this fan is 1500 RPM with DC 12V, consumes 1.56 Wattage on 0.13A. The fan has SS02 bearing system which allows much better life and overall performance.
Looking at the Noctua NH-U14S heatsink, It;s a good looking silver heatsink. The top side has a plate, has a Noctua logo engraved on it and heatpipes ends on top. the top fin however is a fingerprint material, that means, your fingerprints will left on it once you touch it.
The side is also silver, and fins nicely connected with each other.
The bottom is one beautiful showcase. To control the heat, 6 heatpipes are in place which are going through the silver, well polished base plate. The heatpipes are connected to the fins well with rarely any gap.
Installation & Final Look
This is my first ever Noctua Cooler, so my experience with the installation is also new, so, I take the backplate and mount it at the back of the motherboard under the socket orientation. the screws of backplate are comes pre-mounted so it feels very simple to me. On front I slide in the black washers. Then I install the brackets, one at left and other at right side, to grip the backplate with the motherboard. Applied the thermal paste on the chip.
Finally, I landed the heatsink on the chip with being screw down the pre-mounted screws on the base plate.
Now, I have installed the Noctua A14 140mm fan that comes with it by using steel clips. Installation has done. Finishing look is very impressive. The slim tower doesn’t seemed to be obstructing the DIMMs by any mean.
Test Setup & Results
- ASUS Maximus VI HERO
- Intel Core i5 4670K 3.5GHz
- Kingston Value 2x4GB 1333mhz Memory
- Cooling Fans 4x 140mm – 1200 RPM
- 2TB Seagate Hard Drive
- Enhance 600W PSU
- Temperature test run Prime95 and AIDA64 CPU stress Tests
- All the test run long for about 10 minutes
- Overclocking beyond 4.2GHz taken into consideration
- Ambient Temperature between 34C
- AI Suite III
- Prime 95 25.11v Stress Test
- AIDA64 Extreme 4.7.
- Slim Tower
- Fully compatible
- Ultra-Low Noise
- Excellent performance
- Future socket support
- 6 Years Warranty
- Price needs to be lower a bit
Noctua has done a beautiful job in designing this cooler, especially considering the compatibility prospect. The NH-U14S is not only looking great in the rig, but the obstruction towards DRAM and PCIe is almost none. The socket support, on the other hand, is also portraying the similar scenario, as Noctua NH-U14S is compatible with all the future sockets. And in case, any new development in advancement on sockets, Noctua is generous enough to send you the compatible installation kit for free. That’s where Noctua shines with extremely favorable customer support.
Looking at the Performance, Noctua thermal performance is very good. Under high ambient, it produces a fair celsius numbers that i can’t complain. Noctua NH-U14S manages to restrict the temperatures at 58C on 4.2GHz overclocked, which seems impressive, especially under warm conditions. With ultra-low noise, one won’t be able to hear any noise inside the rig even when the case is open. Performance and ultra low noise is great, but I still believe, the price needs to lower a bit because it is almost $80 and we already have the D15 in the market. Besides, the other air cooler with competitive performance at much lower price. On the other hand, the All-in-One liquid coolers, yes the trendy cooling solution for new builds, but I would say, it is not all about the thermal performance, but overall cooling experience matters to much extent. Fans are nearly inaudible when running on high load, is extremely impressive and really worth the spendings. I would definitely recommend this cooler to all PC builders.
You can get Noctua NH-U14S from Amazon.com at $79.