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Noctua NH-D15

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Noctua NH-D15

Price:  £70.00

Technical Specification

Dimensions165x150x161mm (HxWxD)
CPUIntel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes6x6mm copper pipes
Fins45
MaterialsAluminium fins, copper base
Fan Speed2x140mm fan @1500
Noise LevelMax 24.6dB(A)
Air Flow82.5CFM 
Air PressureNot given
Weight1320g

 

Up Close

If you've read our previous Noctua reviews you'll know how much we love the way they present the contents of the main box to you.  Everything is neatly laid out, with component parts in their individual boxes.  Just have a look at how many accessories boxes you get with the NH-D15!

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So we arrive at the cream of the Noctua crop, the flagship NH-D15.  It is of course based on the legendary NH-D14, but has a wider 150mm fin stack to it so it's a perfect match for the 150mm wide framed 140mm tall NF-A15 fans.

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The NH-D15 can be run in single fan mode with its stepped fin stack design allowing the use of RAM up to 64mm tall.  With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.  As with most Noctua heat sinks, the heat pipes are distributed evenly within the fin stack, and it's this we think that gives Noctua part of its edge over a good many other manufacturers who seem intent on placing their pipes towards the outer margins.

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It may be the flagship model, but the NH-D15 is still as bland in the looks department as all the other Noctua coolers.  Yes we appreciate that the natural Aluminium fin stack combined with diarrhea brown and prosthetic limb beige fans are a Noctua trademark, but would it kill them to produce some coolers that have at least a small chance of coordinating with the average case interior.

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The way it looks in our test rig just serves to illustrate our point.  It might be impressive, perhaps even intimidating, it might perform wonderfully and be super quite, but to be frank it sticks out like a turd in a punch bowl.  C'mon Noctua, combine the stella quality and stunning performance with some drop dead looks and you'll be the first manufacturer ever to get a perfect score in the CPU cooler Holy Trinity that is looks, performance and silence.  For the meantime you'll just have to console yourself with the fact that you make the best performing Air Cooler on the planet.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

shambles1980
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, 14:36:41

PixxHD
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.

Quote:
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, 14:52:00

Spiderz
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, 14:53:46

Helix
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, 15:08:21

The_Governour
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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