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Noctua Reveals New Flagship CPU Cooler NH-D15

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 30 comments

Noctua has introduced the successor to the NH-D14: the NH-D15.

After many years of good service, Noctua has finally updated its legendary NH-D14 cooler. The NH-D14 didn't actually need updating in our opinion, but that hasn't stopped Noctua from trying to do so anyway.

The new model is called the NH-D15, and as you might have thought, it is now indeed a little bigger. Rather than having a fin stack that's 140 mm wide, it is now 150 mm wide. Also, the heat pipes have been distributed differently, which should have the heat spread across the fin stack more evenly.

"Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heatsinks," explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we're not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we're proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14."

The fans on the unit are the NF-A15 fans, which have PWM support and can spin at speeds of up to 1500 RPM, or 1200 RPM using a low-noise adapter.

Pricing for the unit is set at $99.90 with availability set for mid-April.

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    patrick47018 , April 9, 2014 5:17 PM
    Well here we go again, aio liquid coolers prepare to meet your air cooled maker yet again!
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    ozchoz , April 9, 2014 7:40 PM
    No the colour scheme is perfect. When people look into your side window and say, "Looks good mate, apart from that naff fan on your CPU cooler."

    You respond, "Thats the Noctua. You don't need to blend in with the rest when you perform that well."
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    patrick47018 , April 9, 2014 5:17 PM
    Well here we go again, aio liquid coolers prepare to meet your air cooled maker yet again!
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    bgunner , April 9, 2014 5:36 PM
    Really would like to see how this stacks up against the rest of the coolers. Also being bigger this means it will have even harder of a time fitting in many mid tower cases.
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    10tacle , April 9, 2014 5:53 PM
    Yep, my D14 barely, and I do mean barely, fits in my Antec 900 case. The fan cowlings are touching the side panel window. People without full towers are definitely going to need to take measurements on this. I'm curious to know what difference the larger fans and redesigned heat pipe layout of the D15 does for performance over the D14 (and retail box closed-loop water coolers of course). It is disappointing to see Noctua is still going with that nappy color combination that ruins the case aesthetics (for those who care about that anyway like me, who painted the fan cowlings on mine black).
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    JackNaylorPE , April 9, 2014 5:57 PM
    They really had no choice given all the "Top Tier CPU Cooler Shootouts" ya can find on Youtube, Vortez and other sites which relegated the venerable Noc to 2nd or 3rd behind the Phanteks PH-TC14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow. Anxious to see how it stands up also and hoping that the "substantial improvement in efficiency" results from something besides the rpm increase.

    In reference to the 1st comment, I have to agree.....given the presence of these 3 coolers, I fail to see a "raison d'ĂȘtre" for AIO / CLC's other than:

    a) I oft put my PC in the hands of FedEx gorillas
    b) My miniITX case doesn't give me many options

    I was so hoping we'd see something better in the aesthetics department .... the color scheme while excellent for a "desert theme" build, is the usual first response I get when recommending the user pick from the aforementioned 3 coolers.
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    Shankovich , April 9, 2014 6:01 PM
    Mother of God...can't wait to see some benchmarks!
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    edogawa , April 9, 2014 7:12 PM
    Great air cooler, and hopefully the increase in size makes a sizable difference, that thing is a a hell of a huge thing to fit into some cases. I wish they had some different colour schemes for those fans since most cases have a red, blue, or green theme.

    In regards to the first comment too, closed loops are still good options since there is barely any weight on the socket, you can cool mini-itx cases easily, they look better, have extra features on some(H100i), and don't take up a huge portion of the interior of the case. Even if a closed loop performs 5C worse, or even 10c, and hitting a limit of 50c your processor will still last 6 to 10 years. I think the biggest plus is the UPS/FEDEX issue like Jack mentioned above, those gorillas can bring you your PC like it was just out of a blender.

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    ozchoz , April 9, 2014 7:40 PM
    No the colour scheme is perfect. When people look into your side window and say, "Looks good mate, apart from that naff fan on your CPU cooler."

    You respond, "Thats the Noctua. You don't need to blend in with the rest when you perform that well."
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    jhanschu , April 9, 2014 7:45 PM
    Quote:
    Well here we go again, aio liquid coolers prepare to meet your air cooled maker yet again!


    It's been shown time again that the cooling prowess of massive air coolers can, in fact, match that of decent AIO coolers. The difference is that AIO's don't have a large mass of metal hanging from the motherboard socket. Not that has really ever been an issue, but is something to consider when transporting a LAN rig for example.
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    anonymous_user , April 9, 2014 7:56 PM
    Now that it has two large-sized fans, I wonder if it will affect motherboard and memory heatsink compatibility.
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    IInuyasha74 , April 9, 2014 8:11 PM
    I would like to see if it is able to best Phanteks.
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    pills161 , April 9, 2014 9:28 PM
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    You respond, "Thats the Noctua. You don't need to blend in with the rest when you perform that well.
    lol omg tell me you wouldn't actually say that in seriousness as it's border line cringe worthy.
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    JOSHSKORN , April 9, 2014 9:42 PM
    Really happy with my NH-U14S.
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    anathema_forever , April 9, 2014 10:02 PM
    I like the noctua color scheme honestly don't any of u get bored of black themes?
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    ozchoz , April 9, 2014 10:25 PM

    Quote:
    lol omg tell me you wouldn't actually say that in seriousness as it's border line cringe worthy.


    Nah I'd probably say, "Beige is the new black."
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    KaiserPhantasma , April 10, 2014 2:23 AM
    From what you can see from the video it is compatible with high RAM sticks though only at a single fan configuration so I'd say that's one of the "notable" improvements
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    Blazer1985 , April 10, 2014 4:35 AM
    Am I the last person in this world not caring about internal "good lookingness" of my pc? I mean.. the action is on the screen, if you are looking at my case there's something wrong :-D
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    c123456 , April 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    It's one thing to just not have spent to much time giving your product a unique look. Its another thing to intentionally color it poop brown. Complete disregard for their customer in order to create brand recognition.

    No thanks.
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    Zepid , April 10, 2014 6:06 AM
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    I would like to see if it is able to best Phanteks.


    Same here, especially in sound to thermals, since Phanteks dethroned Noctua for quiet high CFM fans late last year in a huge way. And I hadn't heard of the brand at all until then. I'd like to see Phanteks, Noctua and some AIO coolers from the likes of Corsair pitted against each other. Between the 75 and 125USD price range.
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    sea monkey , April 10, 2014 7:20 AM
    My NH-D14 keeps my Phenom II X4 965 at 52C under load. My overclock is limited most likely by the IMC on the processor rather than temperature, as I had to switch from 4x4GB to 2x8GB to move past 3.7GHz, and even now I can't push my base clock past 214. I don't intend to build a new system until my 965 is on the fourth tier of the Tom's Gaming CPU Hierarchy Chart, but I'll certainly have my eye on this if I encounter a temperature-limited overclock.
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    Vlad Rose , April 10, 2014 7:26 AM
    I do agree that Noctua should offer more traditional colors with their fans as I ended up going with Corsairs for my RVZ01 case fans as the Noctua's would clash really bad. However, for CPU fans, the color really isn't that big of an issue.
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