Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Those of you who are not brand new to the market in CPU coolers may very well remember the NH-C14 that Noctua released some time ago now. The basic idea was to design a C-Style cooler that was up to snuff as far as Noctua coolers are concerned in build quality and efficiency, and sandwich a thick fin stack with a pair of 140mm fans with round frames. While we recall this being a very capable cooler, it took up as much room as a dual tower cooler, and with both fans in play, clearance could become an issue as well. For what it was, and the fact that it was a C-Style cooler that offers more airflow to the motherboard, we felt the NH-C14 was a very solid cooler without much if anything to change about it.
Noctua seems to have felt differently about this though; they felt if given a second chance at things, they could do things better this time. The main idea with this refresh was to take the airflow down a notch and sell this new version of the cooler with just a single fan this time. In order to keep a similar level of performance though, they needed something else as well to help boost performance, and to do that, they also reworked the fin stack, as well as increased the structural support that did seem thin for the amount of weight it had to handle.
So, where does this leave us then? Well, in this instance, it leaves us looking at the NH-C14S that follows along with another coolers naming we will soon see as well from Noctua. It has been a while since we took a spin with the original design, but the similarities are very hard to deny, but once they are set side by side, the similarities start to wane as you pick up on all the minor changes that allows Noctua to keep on offering the level of performance and durability we expect from their coolers, just this time doing it with just a bit less to suit more users than just those looking to fit the largest cooler money can buy into a build.
As for the specifications to this newly designed CPU cooler, Noctua holds nothing back in their chart. Starting with the cooler's compatibility, we find that it has full support for both versions of LGA2011, all 115X versions, and anything since AM2 on the AMD side of things, but with AMD you do need the stock back plate. The NH-C14S is 115mm to the top of the fins, it is 140mm from side to side, and from front to back, it is 163mm. If you opt to put the fan on the top, the height will then increase to 142mm overall, but the other dimensions stay the same. We are also told the cooler alone is 820 grams, and once you add in the fan, you are dealing with a cooler that weighs in at 1015 grams. As for what makes up the NH-C14S, we are dealing with six 6mm diameter heat pipes made of copper that are soldered into a copper base. Once that is together, it all gets plated in nickel, and it is then that the aluminum fins are slid onto the pipes and then soldered into place.
Of course, any 140mm fan with a square frame will mount to the NH-C14S, but we are sent the NF-A14 PWM fan to cool this fin array. This fan spins on an SSO2 bearing, with a maximum speed of 1500 RPM, but is also able to drop down to just 300 RPM on the low-end of the scale. The NF-A14 can also deliver 140.2 cubic meters of air per hour. Converting that, we find it is close to half the stated value when comparing to CFM, so near 70 give or take. It is nice to see that these fans will spin for up to 150,000 hours, but it is better to see that the entire cooler comes with a six-year warranty.
When the Noctua NH-C14S hit the news around the internet, we were lead to believe that there was going to be a direct Euro to US dollar conversion, as we saw the $74.90 pricing mentioned then. We know it is still early in the game for this cooler to hit a lot of stores on this side of the pond, but we were able to find one live listing with pricing to go along with it. It is through the Amazon, and we find that Noctua is the listed seller, and they are currently asking $99.95 with free shipping.
It could be a fluke, but with this being all we have to go on, and at $99.95, it better do amazing things. We do feel that the alluded to pricing of $74.99 suits this cooler much better though, and would suggest waiting a bit to see if pricing mellows as more of these coolers arrive on our shores.
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As far as pricing is concerned, the NH-C14S should be sold at our MSRP of USD 74.90. The initial demand has been higher than expected though and unfortunately, we couldn't make supply catch up with demand yet, so some resellers are asking excessive prices. We're working hard to ramp up production as quickly as possible so that the NH-C14S will soon be available at its intended price of USD 74.90.