The Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler has been around for quite some time and garnered a lot of press attention and awards from review sites as a low-noise heatsink with good cooling abilities. Over the years the cooler has gotten updates in the form of additional mounting brackets to keep up with motherboard socket changes and has also gone from a single fan to a dual fan configuration.
So what do you do to further improve on an already successful design? Noctua went back to the drawing board and came up with the NH-D14 premium CPU cooler that uses a six heatpipe dual radiator design to improve both cooling performance and noise levels. Interestingly Noctua has eschewed the direct touch heatpipe design so common these days for a more traditional approach.
What isn't so traditional though is the dual radiator asymmetrical design that gives more clearance over the RAM slots while more surface area and greater heat distribution. The fins are cooled by supplied NF-P14 (140mm) and NF-P12 (120mm) fans rated at 19.6 and 19.8 dB(A) respectively.
"Our NH-U12P coolers are widely regarded as one of the best solutions on the market, so it makes us especially proud that we can offer a further substantial improvement in quiet cooling performance with the new NH-D14", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "The NH-D14 in Ultra-Low-Noise mode actually outperforms the NH-U12P at full fan speed, so we're confident that this cooler will appeal to overclockers and silent enthusiasts alike."
The NH-D14 comes with the SecuFirm2 mounting system for use on LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3 boards and should be available mid-November at a MSRP of EUR 74.90 / USD 84.90.