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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.
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.
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.
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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