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Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review

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Posted May 8, 2014 by Joe Kershner in Cooling

Overview

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Release Date: May 14th 2014
 
Price at time of Review: $99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great build design and quality, Low Noise Adapters included, design allows utlization of all RAM slots
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Removal of fan to mount, fan placement extremely close to GPU slot
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The NH-D15 is a remarkable air cooler that is capable of out-performing some AIO units while allowing for all RAM sockets to be used. It's another great addition to Noctua's NH cooling line.
by Joe Kershner
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Conclusion

Overall, Noctua did an exceptional job at constructing the NH-D15. We really appreciated the 12 heat pipes and unique design of the twin heatsinks. The only thing I can gripe about with the installation is the removal of the center fan, which is a minor issue.

The initial appearance of the cooler had me thinking it was going to be close with the performance of the Cryorig cooler, but it did an outstanding job outperforming and blowing it out of the water while utilizing 2 fans as opposed to the Cryorig’s 3 fan setup. While the NH-D15 is smaller then its competitors in its size class, it really showed that it is capable of performing and holding up to the high Noctua standards. What we really liked was the split level in the heatsinks allowing all RAM slots to be accessible when installed.

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At the time of the review, the Noctua NH-D15 is expected to be available near May 14th, 2014, and carry an MSRP of $99 USD. For most, this might be a bit steep in price, but if the MSRP is true, it’s only around $20 USD more then the NH-D14 found on sale at newegg.com for $78. However, if you’re not looking to take the risk of water cooling, or just want to keep it simple with an outrageously massive air cooler that performs well, then look no further. PureOverclock easily awards the Noctua NH-D15 with the PureOverclock Editor’s Choice Award!

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