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Noctua NH-D14 140mm CPU Cooler - Test System & Testing Results

Noctua scales things up and offers extremists and ordinary users alike both silence and performance. Let's see how it holds up to our T.E.C.C. today.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 4, 2009 1:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: Noctua

Test System & Test Results

 

TweakTown uses a different method for testing CPU heatsinks which allows for an even playing field across all product tests. We feel that by using the same ambient temperature and strict lab-like testing procedures we are able to accurately compare one product to another. More information on our testing procedure can be found in the T.E.C.C. article here.

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I was really surprised that the Noctua could keep such a low ambient temperature, but I ran the test three times and reapplied TIM every time looking for what I did wrong, but I couldn't find anything odd. As for the load temperatures, all I can say is I have a huge smile on my face still. Within a degree of a three fin setup that uses a TEC, what more could a buyer ask for? That's right, how about no noise?

 

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How's that for little to no noise? At idle there was a bit more noise detected than a single 120mm produced in previous tests. At load, I believe every claim of the NH-P14. With it and the NH-P12 running, I measured no extra noise, so it is either the same or less as far as the sound level testing went.

 

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