With the LGA1156 Core i5 and i7 platform proving to be quite impressive, more consumers are jumping on the bandwagon, and with the new socket comes new cooling opportunities and product lineups from manufacturers. Some companies are releasing entirely new products, some are releasing new mounting brackets to work with existing designs already in the marketplace.
Noctua is one company in both categories, but today we’re looking at one of their brand new coolers that makes big cooling promises. The NH-D14 is an absolute behemoth in just about every facet, particularly in terms of sheer size; it is the largest air cooler we’ve ever tested. But the question remains: Can this translate into top cooling performance?
You may be shocked at the results, so let’s find out.
Thanks go to our friends at Noctua for supplying the review sample.
"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."