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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
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Noctua

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The NH-C14 comes built from a copper base and an aluminum pre-cooler that sandwiches in six 6mm heat pipes that are made from copper. The base and the pipes are coated with nickel plating as to give the cooler continuity in the look of the materials while protecting the copper from oxidizing at the same time. These six pipes then make a gentle bend upwards, along with a steel support bracket to keep the weight of the fins and fans from crushing these pipes under the 1000 grams of weight with both fans mounted to the sixty-eight aluminum fins. The measurements listed are close, but not exactly reality. I took my set of calipers to the NH-C14; I not only grabbed the actual sizes, but grabbed a couple others you may need as well.


The NH-C14 stands 135mm tall with the top fan left in place. With it removed for the low profile setup, the cooler stands only 110mm tall. If you just want to use one fan on top and remove the bottom fan for clearance, it will allow 67mm of space for heat spreaders or chipset coolers. The widest point of the body is from the outer edges of the fan clips and they are 151mm apart when the fans are mounted correctly. That leaves us with the measurement from the bend of the heat pipes to their tips protruding on the other side; this comes to 170mm in length.


To cool the NH-C14 Noctua sends not one, but a pair of NF-P14 fans to keep the temperatures at bay. Where the NH-C12 SE14 had a stack of fin material under the fan, the bulk of that is removed here to allow plenty of room for a push/pull configuration of fans blowing down at the motherboard. These fans left to their own PWM functionality will top out at near 1200 RPM producing 110 m³/h, or just a touch more than 60 CFM per fan. As with all the other Noctua coolers, you will receive both the Ultra Low Noise adapters, Low Noise Adapters, and even a splitter so both fans can be powered from one motherboard header.


At the time of writing (late December), the NH-C14 was soon to release into the New Year, so finding one listed anywhere at this time was slim pickings. I was able, with no help from Google, to actually find a listing online. Where I was able to locate the NH-C14, it showed as currently out of stock, but there was a proposed date of January 3rd as being the date when they expected to be able to sell them. As you will be reading this review beyond this date, you should hopefully be able to pick one up now.


Listing the NH-C14 early was, asking $89.99 with a charge of $8.50 to ship this large cooler. I suggest you save up the gift money from the holidays, as this might just be a great investment to make with your spare funds.


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