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Noctua NH-D14 SE2011

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Posted February 22, 2012 by Jake in Cooling
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Introduction

The motherboards featuring the Intel X79 chipset and the LGA2011 socket has required heatsink manufacturers to tool-up for the new socket design and make available the refreshed mounting hardware which does not require a backplate as in the past. Some manufacturers are offering free hardware upgrades for products already in hand, and Noctua was the first to make this service available to its customers. Noctua has gone the extra step and is bringing us a special edition of their highly acclaimed D14 model for the high-end Sandy Bridge-E platform.

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 is certainly out of the question. But finding a heatsink that accomplishes both great cooling in a low noise setup is rather rare.

The Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 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 to date. We are thinking that the new version, the NH-D14 SE2011, might continue that trend as one of the very best.

Let’s take a closer look and find out if Noctua can produce another winner with the NH-D14 SE2011.

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