Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-15-2011
Provided by: Noctua
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Introduction

As aftermarket CPU coolers continue a trend of "bigger is badder", manufacturers must constantly tweak their designs to ensure compatibility across multiple platforms. Perhaps no one knows this better than Austrian company Noctua. Within the last year we've reviewed three coolers from them, the NH-D14, the C12P SE14 and the U9B SE2, and two of those feature their signature NF-P14 140mm fan. If you thought finding room to put one 140mm fan on a CPU cooler wasn't challenging enough, today we take a look at Noctua's latest creation, the NH-C14, and see how they manage to squeeze two of them on there.


For the C14, Noctua uses their classic "C" shape cooler design, like the C12P SE14 we reviewed last year. Although both start with an all-copper base and six large heatpipes, the similarities pretty much end there. The C14 is taller, wider and longer than the C12, by about 15mm in every direction. Furthermore it completely separates the cooling surface from the base, utilizing the heatpipes and a support bar to help hold the weight of that immense swath of fins. Now attach a 140mm fan both above and below that, and what you've got is the biggest and only push/pull, top-down cooler design we've seen to date.

Join us as we take a closer look at the Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler.


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