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Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler

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Posted January 5, 2011 by Jake in Cooling
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Introduction

There is an abundance of CPU coolers on the market, something for just about every need or want, to suit just about any budget. Big coolers, loud cooler, tall coolers, small coolers. It’s like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.

One interesting combination to find is cool and quiet. We’ve seen a few dominant heatsinks on the market but they typically come with high output, loud fans that help achieve those impressive thermal performance results.We’ve also seen some very quiet heatsinks, but they tend to offer mediocre thermal performance, and overclocking with those are certainly out of the question. But finding a heatsink that accomplish both great cooling in a low noise setup is rather rare.

The Noctua NH-C14 is one such CPU cooler that claims to offer a successful combination of strong performance while maintaining low noise levels. We know that Noctua has an excellent track record in producing successful heatsinks, as the tower-style D14 has been the best CPU air cooler we’ve ever tested. We’re hoping Noctua is up to the task with the C14 that offers a different cooling orientation but the same dual 140mm fans.

Let’s take a closer look and find out if Noctua can produce another winner with the NH-C14.

"Noctua arises from a cooperation between the Austrian Rascom Computer distribution Ges.m.b.H and the Taiwanese Kolink International Corporation and entertains a development partnership with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV). These connections form the key to the achievement of our goal: The partnership with the ÖIWV permits the application of scientific measurement instrumentation, methods of calculation and simulation technology in the R&D process. Rascom’s long, customer-oriented experience in developing and distributing sound-optimised high-end products ensures a clear focus on the users’ needs. The use of Kolink’s advanced manufacturing technology and ultra-modern production plants allows us to efficiently implement our technical edge and provide solutions of the highest standard in quality and performance."

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