Test System Setup
To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article for that information.
While 53 degrees is way down the chart, keep in mind the best cooler we have tested is only six and a half degrees better than this cooler. As far as fan placement, at this level of testing, there were no dependable changes to the CPU temperature or the motherboards VRMs.
As we got to the overclocked testing, we find a slight increase in the gap to first nearer to eight degrees now, but still a good showing for a C-Style cooler with a single fan cooling it. 72.58 degrees is still well within the comfort zone, and well away from throttling. Flipping the fan was of little benefit here either. While the CPU results were about half a degree better on average, the VRMs seemed to like it though as they were 3 degrees cooler with the fan blowing down onto the motherboard.
Noise Level Results
Now we didn't see speeds as low as 300 RPM with PWM control, we were seeing speeds of 985 in our stock testing, and it was with these speeds that we took the 24 dB reading of this fan. Great results, and up with the best of the best when it comes to silent computing outside of passive cooling.
What we really liked hearing, or rather not hearing, was the fan at full speed. Reading speeds of 1440RPM in AIDA64, we again set the meter a foot away from the cooler and found it only to be reading 32dB at this time.
PRICING: You can find the Noctua NH-C14S for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Noctua NH-C14S retails for $100 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Noctua NH-C14S retails for £79 at Amazon UK.
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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.