Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler
While going by the fan direction, this would be the front, and we see that the fin count and shape is the same as in the D-15. However, when you look below the fins, you can see that the pipes are offset allowing more of the cooler to be shifted away from the PCI-e slot.
While we will eventually flip the fan from its stock location, we do see that the fan is supported with wire fan clips that lock in just before the fin supports are found on each tower. Also, since the fan now offers rubber corner pads, the Teflon strips are no longer used.
Technically this would be a front view of the cooler once it is installed properly on a motherboard, and it is much easier to see how the offset of the pipes running through the tower moves the D15S much further away from video cards.
On this side, we see more of the fin supports closing off the sides, and of course the fan is hanging there too. What we wanted to point out is that the 165mm is a hard minimum height with the fan, as we have it against the mounting screw now, and ours stands 166mm in height.
Looking at the top of the cooler, comparing this side by side to the D15, this new D15S keeps the same exact fin shape, and with the Noctua name readably oriented inside of the chassis, it is easy to tell the fan would be blowing the wrong way.
At the other end of the cooler, we take a look at the gentle sweeping curves used in these six heat pipes. Of course, it has all been nickel plated, but as each fin is placed on the stack it is soldered, visible remains can be seen at the base, and in the fin holes.
As for the base of this monster, Noctua sticks with what they do best, and that is offering a cooler with visible milling marks left in the base, as they believe that the more surface area you create, the more heat can be transferred out of the IHS; and believe it or not, it has worked for them for many years.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
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