Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
For quite some time now, there have been many comments on our cooler reviews from users wanting to know just how well the NH-D14 would do today. This could be basic trolling, but there is the possibility they own a NH-D14 and want to know if they should upgrade, or even the possibility people believe there is no better cooler than the originator to dual-tower cooling. No matter the reasoning behind all of the comments, we got together with Noctua and asked for another D-14 to run through the testing we showcase today, so we can put all the questions about this cooler to rest.
Close to five years ago we tested this cooler, and in that day we were using the TEC system in a hotbox, which was more of the industry standard for that time, as many manufacturers were using similar methods to design and test their coolers. Even while the rankings of coolers stay very similar, that system was built to mimic the Q6700. Today we use more real-world testing, and allow the system to run in a much cooler ambient temperature. We have even found that audio testing offers lower results now, without the noise echoing and bouncing around inside of that hotbox. These are all things that could slightly alter a user's perspective of a cooler, and now we can put the NH-D14 on a level playing field so that the charts offered in this article will reveal the truth about where the NH-D14 stands in today's market.
This also will not be a full blown review of the cooler, as we did that once already, and that review can be found here. What we are going to show today is, of course, the Noctua NH-D14, but we will also be showing off changes that were made, side by side, with the NH-D15 as well. We will be providing full thermal and noise level charts, but there will not be an award. With a revisit, we plan to cover all the aspects of what made the NH-D14 so good back then. We will also explore why so many users are interested in how well it can hang with all the other coolers we have tested to see if it really is time for an upgrade, or if the D-14 has stood the test of time, and is still the champion today that everyone touted it as so many years ago.
We added the chart as just a refresher so that readers are fully aware of what the NH-D14 has to offer. If you would like to read the complete rundown of how it is assembled, and what it is constructed of, again, please see our link back to the original review.
We took a look around to see if the Noctua NH-D14 is still widely available, and even after almost five years of being on the market, we can see its relevance hasn't faded in today's market. The NH-D14 is ready to be purchased from just about every location we could think of. Originally, most retailers were asking near to $90 U.S. dollars for this cooler; however, we found that both versions, the original NH-D14 and the LGA2011 edition of the cooler, can be found for just under $75 U.S. these days. This information is just to put things into a better perspective for those who don't already own this cooler. Those that do own it have likely had many great years of CPU cooling, and just want to know if it is time to move on from this beast of a cooler; or they may just want to gather bragging rights to how well their cooler does, even after five years of advancements and improvements made in the CPU cooling game.
PRICING: You can find the NOCTUA NH-D14 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
Canada: The NOCTUA NH-D14 retails for CDN$89.98 at Amazon Canada.