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Noctua NH-C14S C-Style CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 11, 2015 2:18 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Noctua

Final Thoughts

 

Refreshing the NH-C14 into this new NH-C14S may have seemed like a lot to do about nothing in the beginning, but by now, you have to be seeing the benefits this cooler brings to the table. I mean, look back at those charts; the NH-C14S is as efficient as the NH-D14. Opting to go with just one fan is a ballsy move in our minds, as we all know that a second fan can greatly increase the cooler's efficiency and drop temperatures, but even so, Noctua pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

 

Taking what was a very decent cooler originally, rethinking it from top to bottom by restructuring and bracing it, a new fin design and density, and with only one fan shipped with this version, you have the choice of how you want to cool your system, and it also offers a cooler that can go from full-tower cases down into Micro-ATX towers and even some SFF designs.

 

 

The NH-C14S is super solid, built like a tank, and by offering a product like that, it is easy for Noctua to feel comfortable offering a six-year warranty against anything on the cooler that may go wrong during normal usage. We know that the original NH-C14 could not overtake the NH-D14 on the 2600K, but when it came around to this time, the revised NH-C14 with much less fin area to work with, and also down a fan in comparison, was still able to go blow to blow with it, and didn't do badly against the masses of others on the chart as well. What really takes the cake for a cooler such as this is that on top of the top tier performance levels, on top of the new much beefier cooler design, it only produces 32db of noise; in most instances, your PSU and GPU at load will be noisier.

 

The only thing that drags the NH-C14S down a peg is the current pricing. The truth is though that at the $74.90 MSRP or even if we saw it listed for $80 somewhere, we would feel much more comfortable recommending this cooler. As it is, however, with the only listing we can find being sold at $99.95 at Amazon, that is a bit too much for this cooler.

 

If it had two fans, maybe, but with their flagship cooler the NH-D15 only costing $93, paying more for the NH-C14, which is near three degrees less efficient, just doesn't make economical sense. The one thing that helps this out in the end though is that many of the coolers listed that performed better are much taller or are an AIO, which may not fit in all the same places that the NH-C14S will.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance93%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging97%
Value for Money74%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: Noctua's NH-C14S is better in every way to the original! It is more efficient, noise is of little concern, and the changes made by solidifying the design and reworking the fins makes for a much better cooler. We just wish pricing was closer to the MSRP, as at $99.95, the asking price is too high.

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    Response:
    As far as pricing is concerned, the NH-C14S should be sold at our MSRP of USD 74.90. The initial demand has been higher than expected though and unfortunately, we couldn't make supply catch up with demand yet, so some resellers are asking excessive prices. We're working hard to ramp up production as quickly as possible so that the NH-C14S will soon be available at its intended price of USD 74.90.

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