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Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review

When Noctua release a cooler, we get excited for a very good reason! Renowned for their superb performance at inaudible sound levels, you can’t blame us. After the initial sucess of the Noctua NH-U12P, Noctua have always been a brand at the front of our minds when choosing a new CPU cooler. However, they have faced a lot of tough competition from the likes of Thermalright, Tuniq and Coolermaster. To beat and outperform them, they needed to move on to a new, ground shattering design. To put it bluntly, the NH-D14 is one of, if not the, biggest CPU coolers we have ever seen.

For those of you who don’t know much about the pioneers in silent cooling, here’s a small extract about them:

Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than ten years of experience in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took the international silent enthusiasts’ hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service and class leading quiet cooling performance.

Scientific know-how pooling and state-of-the-art simulation environments allow for advanced, highly optimised products that set new benchmarks for performance to noise efficiency. Over the years, Noctua has put itself on the forefront of quiet cooling innovations with its unique, psycho-acoustically optimised impeller designs as well as new bearing and drive technologies such as the SSO-Bearing (Self-Stabilising Oil Pressure Bearing) or the Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) system. Thanks to advanced aerodynamic design measures like Vortex-Control Notches and Bevelled Blade Tips, Noctua’s products are renowned for pushing the envelope in axial fan technology.

Let’s see if the NH-D14 can keep up with the latest offerings from it’s competitors and re-gain the lead!

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