What is there really left to say? Noctua took what was already an award winning and well liked flagship cooler, and made it that much more user friendly. Of course, not everyone will appreciate this sort of cooler, but as an Intel X99 user, trying to populate the first slot with the GPU, it takes something offset like this product to work well in that instance. Most other offerings either are much smaller and not as efficient, or they just don't care and they go ahead and block things off.
While Noctua took care of most of the memory issues the D14 had with the D15, without a front fan on the NH-D15S, there is nothing on the front of the cooler to need to sit lower to fit into a certain chassis, and since the fan sits in the middle, and can go down to rest on the mounting screws of the cooler, the heat is always the same, no matter what components are used.
This isn't a stroke of genius when it comes to cooler technology, but it sure proves that Noctua isn't one of those companies to sit on something and milk it till it is dead and too late to recover from it. They took the bull by the horns, and revamped it to be a much better cooler with compatibility first and foremost in the design. While performance isn't thrown to the wayside, in fact the NH-D15S does really well for a single fan cooler dual tower, and the lack of noise while doing so is also greatly appreciated, but this is one of those coolers that you can't really appreciate until you actually have issues and are looking for a cooler with these features. When you do have said issues though, knowing Noctua has your back and is obviously always looking to offer their customers the best of all worlds, it is then that you will fully appreciate all that the NH-D15S is.
Of course, there is also the group of readers out there that will ask why they should by this over the slightly cheaper NH-D15, but if you have to ask that, you really have not been paying attention, have you? However, for those in the know - builders, extremists, and even users sitting editing hours of video - and you are desiring silence, really good performance from an air cooler, and don't want to be bothered with compatibility options or which slots on your motherboard will be blocked, it is then that you will want to step up and find that the near on $100 price that Noctua wants for the NH-D15S is worth it.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Offering complete compatibility with the memory, motherboard, and video cards, the NH-D15S is the third most efficient air cooler we have tested and does so with virtually no noise! While it is a bit expensive, we have no issues recommending it.
PRICING: You can find the Noctua NH-D15S for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Noctua NH-D15S retails for $100 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Noctua NH-D15S retails for £83 at Amazon UK.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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