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Noctua NH-C14S Review: An Engineering Marvel

Author: HP   Date:  Manufacture: Noctua   Product Name: NH-C14S   Price: $74.99   Warranty: 6 Years


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From Noctua's website about the NH-C14S:

Successor to the award-winning NH-C14, the NH-C14S is an elite class top-flow CPU cooler that is extremely efficient, highly compatible and remarkably adjustable. Thanks to its deeper fin stack and the renowned NF-A14 PWM fan, the single fan NH-C14S provides similar quiet cooling performance to its dual fan predecessor while being even more versatile: With the fan installed on top of the fins, the cooler is compatible with RAM modules of up to 70mm height. With the fan installed underneath the fins, the total height of the cooler is only 115mm, making it suitable for use in many HTPC cases. At the same time, the new offset layout allows it to clear the top PCIe slot on most µATX and ATX motherboards. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-C14S is a premium quality top-flow solution for the highest demands.

Noctua NH-C14S cpu cooler

The original NH-C14 was released back in 2011 and it received a lot of positive feedback from the community but now Noctua has released the updated version called NH-C14S. The NH-C14S is the successor to the NH-C14 which is a top-flow design cooler that is designed to be compatible with mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards. The improved top-flow design of the NH-C14S allows for a much lower profile than today's 140mm tower-style coolers and it also ensures good airflow over RAM modules and near-socket motherboard components.

With one fan installed underneath the fin stack, the NH-C14S stands 115mm tall and allows it to fit many desktop style or HTPC cases. If you decide to install the NF-A14 fan on top, the NH-C14S provides extended clearance underneath the fin stack for RAM modules with heat-spreaders of up to 70mm height. The layout of the NH-C14S has been offset in two axis which will clear the top PCIe slot. Noctua offers a six year warranty on their products and has an excellent customer service. If your fans every stop working or if you need a new mounting kit, they will send you a new one free of charge.

Noctua NH-C14S cpu cooler front

Noctua ships the NH-C14S with SecuFirm 2 mounting kit that makes the installation process a breeze. The NH-C14S comes with one 140mm NF-A14 PWM fan but Noctua has sent us an extra NF-A14 PWM fan to test with both one and two fan configuration. The original NH-C14 had six 6mm heatpipes while the NH-C14S has seven 6mm heatpipes. The NH-C14S is constructed with a copper base, heatpipes, aluminum fins, soldered joints and nickel plating and weighs 820 g without the fan and 1015 g with one fan installed. The nickel plated copper base plate measures 40 x 38 mm in size and the copper base plate measures 4.5mm thick and has a nickel-plated finish.

The NH-C14S has 68 aluminum fins and each fin measures 0.38 mm thick and are approximately spaced 1.5 mm from the next. The dimensions come in at 115 mm x 140 mm x 163 mm (H x W x L). The biggest change with the NH-C14S, design-wise, is the additional heatpipe in the middle of the heatsink. The original NH-C14 had a steel support column in the center that was used to help protect the heatpipes from bending but the NH-C14S has replaced that with one 6mm heatpipe.

Noctua NH-C14S copper plate

Another change that will make a big difference in cooling performance is the NF-A14 PWM fan. Noctua's NF-A14 PWM fan is much better and more efficient than the NF-P14 fan that shipped with the NH-C14 so you can expect better cooling performance while being much quieter.

Technical Specifications

Heatsink Specifications
Socket Support:Intel LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM)
LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150
AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+,
FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)
Material:Copper (base and heat-pipes)
Aluminium (cooling fins)
Soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan Compatibility:140x140x25mm (with square frame)
Heatsink:Dimensions: 115 mm x 140 mm x 163 mm (w/o Fan)
Heatpipes: 6pcs
Weight: 820 g (w/o Fan) 1015 g (w/ Fan)
Scope of Delivery:1x NF-A14 PWM premium fan
Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
Fan clips for second fan
NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit
Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty:6 Years

Fan Specifications
Model:1x Noctua NF-A14 PWM
Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%):1500 RPM
Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%):1200 RPM
Max. Airflow:140,2 m³/h
Max. Airflow with L.N.A:115,5 m³/h
Max. Acoustical Noise:24,6 dB(A)
Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A:19,2 dB(A)
Input Power:1,56 W
Voltage Range:12 V
MTBF:> 150.000 h

Packaging & Accessories

Noctua NH-C14S accessories and packaging

Here's the NH-C14S along with the NF-A14 PWM 140mm fan that Noctua sent me. Both products are packaged very well inside and you can definitely tell that these are premium products just from the packaging alone. Noctua utilizes their traditional color scheme on their packaging which we all have become used to.

Noctua NH-C14S accessories and packaging

The front of the box lists some of the features such as C-Type Top-Flow Design, Low Profile Mode, High Clearance Mode, Offset design for PCIe clearance, NF-A14 140mm Premium Fan, PWM support and low-noise adapter, SecuFirm 2 Mounting System, compatibility with past and future sockets. On the left side you will find a short paragraph with details of the cooler and some of its features in multiple languages. Each of the features are detailed on the back of the box and the right side shows the specifications of the cooler and fan.

Noctua NH-C14S fans

Noctua's packaging has always been top-notch and this time it's no exception. The accessories and mounting hardware are in separate boxes while the heatsink and fan are in another. You will notice that Noctua uses internal cardboard boxes to protect the heatsink, fan and all the included accessories.

Noctua NH-C14S fin stack design

Inside you will find Noctua's NT-H1 thermal compound, one Low-Noise-Adapters (L.N.A) which can be used to reduce the fan speed, one 140mm NF-A14 PWM fan, brackets that hold the fans onto the cooler, fan clips for second fan, a Phillips screw driver that you can use during the installation, AMD and Intel SecuFirm2 mounting hardware, Noctua metal case badge and a manual.


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