CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Noctua NH-C14S

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Noctua NH-C14S

Price:  £58.99

Technical Specification

Dimensions115/142x140x163mm (HxWxD)
CPUIntel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes6x6mm copper pipes
Fins66 (might be 65, I lost count)
MaterialsAluminium fins, copper base
Fan Speed1x140mm fan @1500
Noise LevelMax 24.6dB(A)
Air Flow82.5CFM 
Air PressureNot given


Up Close

Whilst the un-boxing of a Noctua product is undeniably a wonderful experience, I sometimes think i'd do better with a degree in cardboard origami reverse engineering.  The two pictures below show the stage we're at after we've opened the outer box, removed the 3 fittings boxes, removed the card spacer and then removed the inner box from the outer box, and we're still not at the actual cooler yet.

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As you can see the NH-C14S is a top down cooler, offering either a low profile solution at just 115mm, or a high clearance option at 142mm.  If you opt for the high clearance solution then you'll be able to use RAM with a max height of 70mm.  Of course being a top down cooler it will also offer cooling to near socket components as well as the RAM itself.

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The colours maybe uninspiring, but there's no denying the quality.  Oh, and if you're wondering why we've said there are six heat pipes when you can see seven, it's because the central one isn't a heat pipe, it's a support strut in disguise.

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We're only using standard height RAM, but as you can see there's stacks of room underneath.  The large frontage area does though mean it gets' awfully close to the first PCI socket.  Surprisingly for Noctua, the C14S doesn't do as well as other Noctuas have, missing out on the Top flow top spot to the SilverStone NT06 Pro, albeit by only .25 of a degree though.  When you consider that the SilverStone also costs nearly£10 less and has a black fan the decision becomes and easy one to make.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 18:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 19:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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