Final Thoughts about the Noctua NH-U14S
Standing in stark contrast to the imposing titan that is the NH-D14, the NH-U14S is a picture of refinement and tempered stature. The nickel finished heatpipe count remains the same but the distribution is concentrated on a smaller space complimented by a radiator stack that channels airflow across purposefully. Much of the brute force now relies heavily on the bundled NF-A15 fans running up to 1500 RPM (300 RPM faster than the retail equivalent) pushing 140.2 m³/h of air at full 12V operation able to offload heat faster than rapper can spend money at a strip club. Staying true to their mantra of “sound optimized” however, this powerful fan stays reasonably quiet through a combination of several technological innovations developed and improved through years of research.
Naturally, all of this comes with a premium price tag so the NH-U14S can be had for $76 USD which puts it in the high-end category. This cost may sound high for some but for users looking for a powerful air-cooling alternative to a dual-tower design, the NH-U14S is a good option to have. Like all Noctua products, the NH-U14S also comes with a 6-year warranty, longer than any CPU cooler in the market which further justifies the value aside from all the tangible goodies and extras out of the packaging. For a competitive performance against dual-tower coolers and top of the line build quality, the Noctua NH-U14S earns the Modders-Inc “Must Have” award.