Noctua NH-D15 Review

Up Close: Fin Stack, Contact plate and Heat Pipes

Noctua NH-D15 Review

Up Close:  Fin Stack, Contact plate and Heat Pipes

As we had to remove both fans before fitting the cooler we thought we'd show you it in all its naked glory.  Actually, although we say glory, to be honest we think bare Aluminium is starting to look a bit too dated.  That and the unfinished heat pipe terminations.  With the likes of bequiet and even Scythe going the extra mile and adding milled effect caps to theirs there's really little excuse for just leaving them au natural like this.  Just head over to the review of the bequiet Dark Rock Pro 3 if you want to see just how sexy the top of a cooler can look.

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Where Noctua have been innovative though is their inclusion of a step at either end of the fin stack.  This stepping of the stack allows maximum RAM height to be increased from 32mm to a maximum of 64mm.  This comes with the proviso that only the central fan is used, and as such performance will be affected.  We can also see that in true Noctua form the soldering and forming of the heat pipes are a work of art.

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The Copper contact plate is Nickel coated, but rather than having a mirror finish it is turned to a very fine milled finish.  We have every confidence that it is as flat as it's possible for a contact plate to be, even if it doesn't reflect our lens cap very well.

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Most Recent Comments

26-04-2014, 17:32:56

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, 17:49:57

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, 17:52:26

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, 18:45:36

I had 2 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 Review as always but did the Vid flicker only on my Screeen??Quote

26-04-2014, 19:15:33

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

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