So, what is the NH-D14 and why should you be looking into spending your hard earned cashola on this heat siphon? Let’s step over the company facts on this device, shall we? Below is quoted off of the company website, as well as the side of the box. Below each entry are some of my thoughts on each point.
6 heatpipe dual radiator design
-6 heat pipes folks. This thing is a beast!
Dual NF-P14/NF-P12 fan setup
-120mm (outer) and 140mm (middle) fan. Each of these fans is *whisper* quiet, while whipping out copious amounts of airflow.
Asymmetrical design for high compatibility
-Further info can be gained looking at the following diagram:
Excellent component cooling
– The 140mm fan definitely adds to the cross airflow under the CPU. As such, if the heatsink is oriented in a “front to back” orientation, chances are you would be putting that additional airflow over the voltage regulators and their heatsinks. If you go for a top/bottom orientation, then you may be helping to cool your nearby chipset component heatsinks. Either of these mounts have benefit, and it is nice that the fans blades on the 140mm center fan can offer that benefit due to the design of the heatsink.
SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system
– If your motherboard has been made in the last few years, then this heatsink will fit on it! How is that for compatibility! 4 generations of Intel CPU’s and 3 generations of AMD
– Noctua’s TIM (thermal Interface material) is a highly regarded substance that has proven impressive thermal conduction properties, as well as not being electrically conductive. Also, there is no “burn in” time.
So, what do you get from all of this? Without opening the box, and going off of what you read here, you are getting a 6 pipe, dual fan CPU heatsink that has exceptional CPU mounting compatibility and can be mounted on either Intel or AMD current CPU’s as well as several generations of older CPU’s . You are getting a heatsink that quite probably will not interfere with your memory slots. You are getting a tube of their highly regarded CPU TIM, and you are getting whisper quiet fans. On the surface, what is not to like?
The “owl” has been busy…..