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Noctua NH-D14 Heatsink Review
Author: Dennis Garcia
In this review we will be looking at a popular heatsink from Noctua that has created a perfect balance between performance and noise control and is called, the NH-D14. Noctua is a premier cooling company from Austria that has focused on creating the best, and quietest, cooling solutions on the market. They do this by looking at the source of noise and finding ways to reduce it to a minimum.
Noctua has included 2 fans with the NH-D14. The NF-P12 is located on the outside of the heatsink while the NF-P14 is located in the middle between the towers. Both fans feature SSO Bearings and Vortex Control Notches to reduce fan noise.
Both fans are mounted to the heatsink using the traditional wire clip method but feature noise isolators to reduce any vibration that may transfer to the heatsink towers. Removing the fans is extremely easy, unlike some of the other wire clip designs we have seen.
The heatsink base is machined flat and features a micro texture that we find does extremely well at removing excess air from the thermal paste and promotes good adhesion to the heatspreader. If your heatsinks don't require a little force to remove them then you didn't make good contact.