Now, with results plainly visible, we can see that there are quite a few coolers that can outperform the Noctua NH-D14, but after five years of designs, implementations of various tricks of the trade, we find the originator to a whole new class of CPU coolers to still be very worthy of all the praise and awards it was given upon its release. Granted, there are a lot of things to consider when looking back at a five year old design, and trying to apply it to today's systems. However, the blunt reality is that if you already own the NH-D14, and are used to its memory clearance issue, there is no real reason to upgrade unless clocking for the stars on air cooling.
We also looked at these coolers as if they were side by side on the shelf. In this instance, even with the NH-D14 at a slightly cheaper price point, we would indeed opt to move onto the NH-D15. There is no denying it performs better; it is designed for better efficiency all the way around, and it did away with any issues regarding the memory clearance. On top of that, if you are going for something like a Noctua cooler in the first place, you want silence and performance if you are looking at coolers over the $50 to $60 price range anyways, so why not opt for the best of both world's?
We are glad we took the time to get into the way-back machine and give the Noctua NH-D14 another chance. We knew that Noctua was getting better and better with every release of a new design, but we would have assumed the gap to be a bit larger. While the NH-D15 definitely shows improvement, three degrees may not be enough for NH-D14 users to want to make the jump, and we don't blame them in any way. Even with the NH-D14 being a much older design, we can see that Noctua knew what they were doing, and even though many companies have designed similar coolers, the originator is still worth its salt in today's market. However, seeing that in the last five years, what was the top dog then is only bested by three degrees today, really is an eye opener.
We hope that our revisiting of the NH-D14 answered any lingering questions, and showed the NH-D14's relevance to all the new coolers on the market. We also hope that our revisiting of the NH-D14 has opened the eyes of everyone as to how little gains have been made in air coolers over the years with the way these newer processors apply thermal loads to them.
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.
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