Noctua NH-C14 Dual Fan Top-down CPU Cooler

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Noctua NH-C14 Dual Fan Top-down CPU Cooler

December 26, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Noctua NH-C14
CPU Cooler
EUR 74.90 / USD 84.90

Counted among the top PC cooling manufacturers is a little Austrian company called Noctua. The strange thing is they have one of the smallest product catalogues you can imagine. They are known for their fans, which have only two basic designs, and their CPU heatsinks, of which they only carry five retail models. Despite this, their products are received exceedingly well so their apparent philosophy that quality is better than quantity has merit. Even their older products are still well-regarded, like the three year old Noctua NH-U12P which still holds a top five spot on our high performance CPU cooling chart.

The limited number of Noctua heatsinks makes a new release a fairly notable event, such was the case for the dual fan NH-D14. Utilizing a massive split heatsink design and a pair of fans (oddly of different sizes), it quickly established itself as one of the best air coolers money could buy. Noctua is hoping to do the same with the NH-C14, a larger version of the down-blowing NH-C12P with two 14 cm fans. The C12P and other top-down coolers do not fare well against their side-blowing competition, so a second fan may help tip the balance. Providing active airflow over the components surrounding the CPU can be beneficial, particularly to the power regulation circuitry, potentially increasing their efficiency and longevity.

The box.

The NH-C14's box has numerous layers.

It's a good sign that the most critical thing we have to say about the C14 is its unnecessarily large packaging. The box containing the actual cooler is in the center book-ended by two empty shells. Above and below are thinner boxes, one with accessories inside, while the other simply acts as a cushion. It's basically the world's most boring nesting doll.

Package contents.

Once all the boxes have been emptied, we found the contents to be neatly segregated into separate baggies for AMD hardware, Intel hardware, and communal parts. The C14 uses the same SecuFirm2 mounting system sold with the D14. It's very secure and practically idiot-proof.

The C14 is essentially a burger with two brown fan buns and a square heatsink patty.

Noctua NH-C14: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
C-Type top-flow design
The NH-C14’s six heatpipe c-type design allows for superb quiet cooling performance while maintaining a much lower profile than today’s tower-style coolers and providing excellent airflow over RAM modules and near-socket mainboard components.
Top-down coolers provide better cooling for the RAM and other components near the CPU socket than side-blowing towers. The C14 is also significantly shorter than most high-end heatsinks.
Dual NF-P14 FLX fans
The NH-C14 comes with two of Noctua’s award-winning, premium quality NF-P14 140mm fans that can be fine-tuned according to the user’s needs via the supplied Low-Noise (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors (U.L.N.A.).
The P14 is one of the best sounding 140 mm fans you can buy and the included adapters gives users the ability to undervolt easily.
Low Profile Mode
Run with a single NF-P14 fan underneath the fin stack and with the top fan removed, the NH-C14 measures only 105mm in height, which makes it ideal for use in smaller enclosures and HTPC applications.
The C14 can be made even shorter by using only one fan underneath the main fin-stack.
High Clearance Mode
The lower NF-P14 fan can be removed in order to provide additional clearance for chipset coolers or RAM modules with tall heat-spreaders. Run with a single fan on top, the NH-C14 provides a full 65mm of clearance.
Removing the bottom fan creates greater clearance for elaborate chipset heatsinks and tall memory sticks.
SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system
Noctua’s enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.
A solid, proven mounting system.
Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound
Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.

Noctua NH-C14: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Dimension: Socket compatibility Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 (backplate required)
Height (without fan) 105 mm
Width (without fan) 140 mm
Depth (without fan) 166 mm
Height (with fan) 130 mm
Width (with fan) 140 mm
Depth (with fan) 166 mm
Weight (without fan) 700 g
Weight (with fan) 850/1000* g
Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminum (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility 140x140x25mm / 120x120x25mm
Scope of Delivery * 2x NF-P14 premium fan
* Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
* Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
* NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
* SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kits
* Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty 6 Years
Warranty Model Noctua NF-P14
Bearing SSO-Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 750 RPM
Airflow 110,3 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 83,7 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A. 71,2 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 19,6 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 13,2 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A. 10,1 dB(A)
Input Power 1,2 W
Voltage Range 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h

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