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Noctua NH-U14S & NH-U12S
- Hög prestanda, - Bra pris till prestandaförhållande, - Utmärkt byggkvalité, - Gott om tillbehör
- Något hög ljudnivå vid höga fläktvarv i Push-pull
Sedan har vi självklart också storebrodern av de båda. Noctua NH-U14S gjorde oss absolut inte besvikna. Byggkvalitén är lika god som syskonenheten, företaget skickar med gott om tillbehör och ljudnivån på låga varv är så gott som ohörbar. Det är just vi höga fläktvarv eller när kylaren utrustas med dubbla fläktar som ljudnivån börjar bli ett ?problem?. För den kräsne, som vanligt räcker det i detta fall mer än väl med en fläkt och vi tror inte att en högre presterande processor eller relativt högt överklockad sådan kommer att lida av några större värmeproblem med NH-U14S. Men för den nervöse, är det inga problem att peta på en extra NF-A15 PWM fläkt och njuta av den utmärkta prestandan som kylaren levererar. Det skall dock tas i beaktning att med två av dessa fläktar på 1500 RPM, är det helt klart bekvämast att koppla in ett headset när det ska spelas intensiva, koncentrationskrävande Starcraft matcher eller kollas på film.
- Extremely quiet
- Great performance for its size
- Easy to install
- Exceptional build quality
- Anti-vibration fan mounts
- Can mount a second fan
- Memory clearance on LGA2011
- May block top expansion slot
- Memory clearance on sockets other than LGA2011
- Lacks second fan
- Colors not for everyone
- Cost of adding a second NF-A15 PWM fan
ConclusionThe NH-U14S from Noctua is an amazing cooler. Its performance has it take on some of the best-performing air coolers in the industry. Let us start with noise levels, or should I say lack thereof? This cooler is quiet, topping out at 42 dBA in its default, single-fan configuration to place second on our sound-level charts when at full fan speed. When using two NF-A15 PWM fans, the noise level climbs by 3 dBA for 45 dBA at full fan speeds. Cooling performance is exceptional for a single-tower design. It manages to keep up with the much larger Phanteks PH-TC14PE, which is the best-performing air cooler I have tested so far. The NH-U14S's performance proves that a smaller heatsink can go toe to toe with heavyweight coolers--without high RPM fans. The easy install is also a huge plus. I say that about most Noctua coolers, but the SecuFirm 2 mounting system really is exceptional, and the heatsink's design makes it even easier to work with now. Build quality is as always with Noctua's coolers absolutely fantastic--no gaps on the heatpipes and no bent fins; the entire heatsink's overall quality confirms that the NH-U14S is a premium CPU cooler. Noctua has also included some rubber anti-vibration pads with their NF-A15 PWM fans. While not a deal maker, this simple inclusion does cut down on noise and is one of those extras that shows they care about giving the end user a great experience with their products. The option to mount a second fan also lets users improve the overall performance of the NH-U14S; however, it does come at a greater cost. Finally, the warranty of six years is also one of the best warranties available. With a proof of purchase, Noctua will even provide updated mounting hardware throughout its span. This goes far beyond what most of their competition offers. Its not all sunshine and rainbows, however. The fact the NH-U14S may block the top expansion slot in some situations is frustrating. It won't affect many users, but some situations may have a GPU with a backplate cause problems. Granted, this can be avoided by changing the cooler's orientation on Intel systems, but that also nullifies its memory-clearance benefits on the Intel X79 platform. Then I am of course faced with the fact that on sockets other than LGA2011, users will have to stick to standard memory if using all four DIMM slots. The cooler's performance with a second fan, while not massively improved, does make it a serious contender; however, a second fan is not included. Users will of course also have to get used to the Noctua color scheme. While it does make their products stand out, the beige and dark brown colors are not to everyone's liking. My only other thoughts on the Noctua NH-U14S are fairly straight forward. The cooler is great; however, anyone thinking about running a second fan should pause for a moment to weigh their options. The cost of a second NF-A15 fan comes to around $26.99 on Newegg, increasing total cost to nearly $100. The Noctua NH-D14 looks like the more promising choice at that price. However, the NH-U14S will maintain exceptional memory clearance on LGA2011 with dual fans, and top-tier performance for an air cooler without sacrificing memory clearance is nearly unheard of.
Inget betygNoctua NH-U14S Slim 140mm Tower Cooler
ConclusionThe Noctua NH-U14S is an excellent performer overall but when you also take into account its size, it's fairly impressive. That such a thin, single fan, single tower heatsink can rub shoulders with bigger, heavier, premium coolers is delightfully surprising. Perhaps more amazing is that Noctua continues to crank out successful coolers one after another with nary a misstep. The NH-U14S is just another in a long line of solidly built, easy to install, and highly competent heatsinks. Noctua made sure to maximize the NH-U14S' compatibility with regard to memory interference but its 165 mm height makes it less than perfect. It may be a bit tall for some of the slimmer tower cases on the market. Our other complaint is the fan, but only because of the standard Noctua set for itself with the NF-P14. The NF-A15 PWM is not quite as smooth with an odd flutter at medium speeds, but it's still better than what most manufacturer's are offering. The only really big issue with the NH-U14S has nothing to do with the cooler itself but with the hefty price-tag. Considering the amount of materials that go into producing this thin cooler, the US$75 street price is substantial. At some retailers, you can find the larger dual fan Noctua NH-D14 for a bit less. It's nice that the NH-U14S is slim and avoids memory interference problems but the off-center design of the Thermalright HR-02 and Scythe Ashura accomplishes something similar, and they, along with the Scythe Mugen 4 and a few others, offer better value overall.
Inget betygNoctua NH-U14S Review
ConclusionNoctua's arsenal of cooling solutions now adds the NH-U14S to the list of impressive air coolers. From the moment you open the box you know that you are in the world of high-end cooling. At $75.99 (NewEgg), the NH-U14S is indeed toward the upper range of what most people will spend on a cooling solution for their computer, but for that price you get a cooler that can trade punches with larger coolers like Noctua's D14, and even