Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
After seeing the performance results, the best way to sum up the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 is that it is an outstanding cooler, second to none from what we’ve seen so far in our extensive testing over the years. Perhaps more shocking is the fact that it is rare to have a cooler that not only performs well but is also quiet. It’s been our experience that it’s extremely difficult to have low noise levels and top cooling performance; the two are inversely proportional, gain one and lose the other to an extent. However, this Noctua cooler is a rare exception, providing exceptional cooling performance at very low noise levels.
Not only is the NH-D14 SE2011 a beast in terms of performance, but also in design and sheer size. This cooler is by far one of the largest we’ve ever seen or tested. The heatpipes will most likely not interfere with memory modules that have tall heatspreaders so that’s not really a drawback anymore.
The NH-D14 SE2011 has slightly limited availability at online retailers, but can be found for about $90 USD, putting it at the very top of the price range for air coolers. That price is indeed high, but you do get an absolute beast of a cooler that will surely beat just about everything out there. And keep in mind that two premium fans are included as well. So the question becomes, "Are you willing to pay the price premium?" We can’t answer that for you, but when you consider how far it will allow overclocking your CPU, how cool it can run, and how quiet it will be, we have no hesitation with the price premium. That’s assuming, of course, your system build will accommodate this massive cooler.
The Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 is massive and expensive, but it is one of the very best performers out there. With the D14 and now D14 SE2011 in its arsenal, it looks like Noctua holds the crown of the very best CPU coolers on the market.