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Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 5, 2011 2:01 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Noctua

Test System & Test Results

 

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With the fans at 750 RPM, the cooler is silent, but you can see the performance takes a bit of a hit, as the NH-C14 is outperformed by the original concept here.

 

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Shockingly, when the fans are ramped to near 1200 RPM, and the full load was applied, the NH-C14 springs to life and takes top place for anything Noctua I have tested thus far. Just in sheer size I can see it outperforming the NH-C12P SE14, but to overtake the D-14, now that is a surprise that is greatly appreciated.

 

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With a single fan operating, there is no change in the sound levels I get from Noctua. With the RPM near 750 you need to be right on top of this fan to even hear it.

 

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Both fans powered up and running full speed only produced a 51 dB noise level and is very acceptable. Once again Noctua proves you don't need a loud, obnoxious fan to get great results.

 

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