|Socket compatibility||Intel LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)|
|Height (without fan)||115 mm|
|Width (without fan)||140 mm|
|Depth (without fan)||163 mm|
|Height (with fan)||115 / 142 mm|
|Width (with fan)||140 mm|
|Depth (with fan)||163 mm|
|Weight (without fan)||820 g|
|Weight (with fan)||1015 g|
|Material||Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating|
|Max. TDP||see TDP guide|
|Fan compatibility||140x140x25mm (with square frame)|
|Scope of Delivery||
The multi-lingual product description on one side.
Highlighted features on the back, already noted the new SecureFirm2 mounting mechanism.
And the specs of the NH-C14s is also here on the packaging
Packaging never dissapoints when it comes to Noctua, this is also a change from the white-cardboard box-sandwich on the original NH-C14. Youll have 3 small boxes that neatly segregated the Intel and AMD mounting systems with the accessories bundled.
First thing we see is the baseplate?? I guess it makes sense to have the heavier part of the heatsink at the bottom.
Out of the box, the Nh-C14s looks beefier than the original one, gone is the deep middle groove and the rubber strips on the cooler, note that the fan is also a different one. Noctua has included a single NF-A14 this time around compared to the dual NF-P14.
You can still see the 6 heatpipes from the front.
Make sure you use the correct Secufirm2 mounting system, since we’re using an Intel system, we’ll be using the Intel mounting system. If you’re using an AMD system, bear in mind that you will need to re-use the backplate of your AMD motherboard as it is not provided with the NH-C14s.
Place the backplate behind the motherboard with the screws protruding out from the corners of the CPU area.
Place the plastic spacers through each of the screws.
The mounting brackets comes next. Ensure that the holes are for your socket, Socket 1155 is the one in the middle in this case.
The brackets are then secured Note the placement of the brackets will determine the orientation of your cooler so do check first before securing them.
Apply the Thermal Paste, Noctua always provide their superb NT-H1 but you could use your own Thermal paste if you want.
The heatsink is placed on top of the whole assembly.
Secure the heatsink to the mounting brackets, Noctua even provided an L-shaped screwdriver for the job. Just make sure you tighten the screws evenly each time.
Mount the fan to the cooler using the provided clips and plug in the 4-pin PWM fan to the fan header and you’re done!
Having the fan on the top gives you the clearance to use tall RAM modules
With the fan at the bottom or “push-pull” configurations, we’d recommend sticking to low-profile RAMs instead
The final step is not to be missed, step back and admire your work…. yeah yeah.. okay results time…
Testing & Results
Well done indeed to Noctua’s R&D team! Not too sure how, but Noctua seemed to have done it again with an improvement of 6 degrees C over the original NH-C14, on top of that, only a single fan is mounted on the new NH-C14s as opposed to two.
So again, the Noctua NH-C14s did not deliver the best cooling potential ever, but the improvement in the load temperature is quite an achievement. It is however, slightly taller and heavier than the original but it is too little to notice unless you have both the coolers weighed in front of you. Not that you’d be able to get the original one now that it is phased out.
No news when this cooler will be available in Malaysia but if you’re ever in need of a C-type cooler, this is one that should never be left out of your consideration.
- Improved cooling performance over the predecessor
- Updated mounting mechanism
- 6 years warranty
- Only 1 fan is bundled this time
- New heatsink is a little heavier