Noctua NH-D15 Review

Up Close: The Cooler

Noctua NH-D15 Review

Up Close:  The Cooler

Big isn't it.  But then we didn't really expect it to be small did we.  It is in fact only 165mm tall without it's fan, and the same again according to the Noctua stats once the fan has been added.  For our part however we can't help thinking it looks quite a bit taller with the fans prodruding above the top layer of the fin stack.  Exactly how high depends on where you place those fans, but having placed ours at the same height with the front fan mimicking the height of the already attached middle fan we would say the height is closer to 175mm.

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The extra 10mm of width over the D14 has permitted Noctua to space the heat pipes out that little bit more.  In practical terms this should mean more even heat transfer and distribution into the fin stack

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When viewed from the side you get a real idea of the true width of this beast.  With both of the NF-A15 fans attached the cooler will straddle an amazing 165mm of motherboard, certainly bringing it waaaaay into the ATX no go zone.  Exactly to what extent it ignores this zone we will see when we come to fitting.  We've also dropped the fans down a bit on these images but found we had to raise them again to get them to fit over our quite modest RAM.

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26-04-2014, 13:32:56

GregPalos
Very fair conclusion. I feel Noctua does have to start making slightly "better looking" fans even if it takes away from the Noctu-esk aesthetic. I know however that noctua still doesn't look bad and even good in blue, cream and white builds. Let's hope they have a turn around!Quote

26-04-2014, 13:49:57

barnsley
Phanteks do the differing color schemes. They're incredibly sexy for air coolers and pretty much on par with the DH-14.

I've always admired the top end air coolers as they're really, stupidly quiet yet powerful (they can cool a 9590 without sounding like a jet!). I prefer pretty RAM for now so I'm sticking with AIOs.

As you said, the king is dead, long live the king.Quote

26-04-2014, 13:52:26

ander01se
Agree with the color scheme. I'm glad my Define R4 / R3 doesn't have windows.

BTW: Think this would fit in an R3 with Corsair Vengeance Pro memory sticks and both fans?Quote

26-04-2014, 14:45:36

Morgenmuffel
I had 2 NH-D14....one for the AMD and one for the Intel System...and i rather have RAM Issues then PCI-E Issues....some Mainboards require the first Slot for the Graphiks Card....so...great Review as always but did the Vid flicker only on my Screeen??Quote

26-04-2014, 15:15:33

Josh Weston
Meh, disagree with the award but it's nice to see Noctua keeping the crown.Quote
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