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.