It isn't like Noctua has to do much to impress me; I for one am sold on the heavy-duty "feel" of their coolers, and the silence I get in my room while I type this to you. Taking a NH-C12P SE14 and dosing it with steroids has resulted with them impressing me even more than I already am. Now, the NH-C14 is going to take a large amount of room in any case, and with the design offering a dual fan setup, a high clearance setup if you remove the bottom fan, and a low clearance configuration if you remove the top fan, it does offer a bit of flexibility. As usual you are going to get great performance with silence, and not every company has found such a great mix of both as did Noctua.
I mentioned Noctua recommends that this cooler not be installed in a way that leaves the heat pipes at the top of the cooler once it is installed. Rumor has it that gravity has little to no effect on heat pipes, but with this advice from Noctua, there has to be some effect. Maybe the benefit to the test results is that our testing is done with the processor lying vertical, so when I tested the cooler isn't hanging in a chassis, and this too may affect the results a touch for this style of cooler. Gravity or not, the cooler mounts very securely on both our test rig and my motherboards and makes you notice the 1000 gram weight very little.
Tower coolers will have the benefit of the potential for a bit lower temperatures than what the NH-C14 offers, but they don't take care of the motherboard as does this cooler. Noctua offers the best of all worlds with the NH-C14; great cooling of the CPU, additional cooling to the surrounding components, silence during even the most stressful use, and a bit of flexibility to go in larger cases. Stock hasn't quite hit retailers' shelves everywhere just yet, but there is a bright light on the horizon. They are starting to list for some e-tailers' that are just awaiting stock. One of them is Newegg.com with a $89.99 asking price, and there is an additional amount to ship it. I know this is a near $100 cooler, but if you want the best of cooling with the utmost in silence, look no further.
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