Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review

Noctua is a company that many enthusiast know about, but consumers may not.  Noctua is based out of Austria and they makes some of the best performing and highest quality CPU coolers that we have seen.  The interesting thing about their coolers is that they run very quiet.  Today we will be taking a look at their new NH-C14 cooler.  It features a C-shape top down design, 2 140mm fans, 6 copper heatpipes, aluminum fins, and a nickel plated copper base.  Let’s take a look at the NH-C14 and see how well it performs.

Special thanks to Noctua for providing us with the NH-C14 CPU Cooler to review.

C-Type top-flow design – The NH-C14’s six heatpipe c-type design allows for superb quiet cooling performance while maintaining a much lower profile than today’s tower-style coolers and providing excellent airflow over RAM modules and near-socket mainboard components.

Dual NF-P14 FLX fans – The NH-C14 comes with two of Noctua’s award-winning, premium quality NF-P14 140mm fans that can be fine-tuned according to the user’s needs via the supplied Low-Noise (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors (U.L.N.A.).

Low Profile Mode – Run with a single NF-P14 fan underneath the fin stack and with the top fan removed, the NH-C14 measures only 105mm in height, which makes it ideal for use in smaller enclosures and HTPC applications.

High Clearance Mode – The lower NF-P14 fan can be removed in order to provide additional clearance for chipset coolers or RAM modules with tall heat-spreaders. Run with a single fan on top, the NH-C14 provides a full 65mm of clearance.

SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system – Noctua’s enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.

Noctua NT-H1 high-end thermal compound – Noctua’s much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a well proven pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.


Socket compatibility Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 (backplate required)
Height (without fan) 105 mm
Width (without fan) 140 mm
Depth (without fan) 166 mm
Height (with fan) 130 mm
Width (with fan) 140 mm
Depth (with fan) 166 mm
Weight (without fan) 700 g
Weight (with fan) 850/1000* g
Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility 140x140x25mm / 120x120x25mm
Scope of Delivery 2x NF-P14 premium fan
Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kits
Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty 6 Years
Fan specifications
Model Noctua NF-P14
Bearing SSO-Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 750 RPM
Airflow 110,3 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 83,7 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A. 71,2 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 19,6 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 13,2 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A. 10,1 dB(A)
Input Power 1,2 W
Voltage Range 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h

The NH-C14 comes in Notcua’s retail packaging, which is very colorful and informative.  All around the packaging is information about the NH-C14.

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Opening up the box everything is nicely packed inside and separated in to boxes.  Getting everything out you have the following items: The NH-C14 CPU Cooler, Intel mounting hardware, AMD mounting hardware, fan connectors, thermal compound, and other small accessories.

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler

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