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Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler (Page 6)

Chad Sebring | Jan 5, 2011 at 8:01 am CST - 1 min, 9 secs time to read this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Noctua

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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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Chad Sebring


After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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