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Noctua NH-D14 Lower Noise Heatsink Review
Noctua NH-D14 Lower Noise Heatsink Review
Overall Rating:   90%
Abstract: Weighing in at 1240 grams, the 161mm tall, 140x156mm square Noctua NH-D14 processor heatsink is large no matter how you size it up. This heatsink currently ranks near the top of Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsinks chart, and since we're comparing it against nearly 280 heatsinks, that should tell you something.

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FrostyTech Mk.II Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
AMD Phenom I/II, Athlon64 / FX / X2, Sempron class heatsinks
Results based on readings from a 38x38mm copper interface die with 125W heat load on the K8 version of the Mk.II Test Platform. Temperature results listed for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperatures at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket 939/940/754 & AM2/AM2+/AM3 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: *Fan Speed: 125W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)

Spire Thermax Eclipse II 10.7 51.3
Thermaltake Frio high 11.1 62.6
Noctua NH-D14 high 11.2 48.1
3Rsystem iceage 120 Boss II high 11.2 49.9
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme high 12.0 58.2
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme high 12.3 43.5
Thermalright Ultra-120 12.4 53.7
Noctua NH-D14 low 12.6 30.8
Zaward Vapor 120 high 12.6 51.6
Prolimatech Megahalems (80CFM) high 12.7 53.0
Zalman CNPS10X Flex (80CFM) 12.7 51.2
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet high 12.9 46.8
Spire Thermax II (SP67951) high 12.9 57.8
Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer high 13.2 51.3
Coolermaster V8 high 13.4 52.6
DeepCool Ice Blade Pro high 13.7 46.1
Xigmatek DK-S1283 high 13.8 49.6
Titan TTC-NK85TZ high 14.0 58.6
Thermolab BARAM 14.0 53.0
Thermolab BARAM 2010 (80CFM) high 14.0 51.3
SilenX iXtrema IXC-120HA2 high 14.1 52.9
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 high 14.2 50.7
Thermaltake Contac 29 high 14.4 48.2
Prolimatech Megahalems (50CFM) high 14.4 45.1
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus high 14.4 50.1
Xigmatek HDT-S1284EE high 14.4 44.2
Danamics LMX Extreme high 14.6 55.4
Zalman CNPS10X Flex (50CFM) 14.6 45.4
Evercool HPJ-12025 Transformer 4 14.7 38.9
Kingwin XT-1264 high 14.7 45.5
CoolIT Domino ALC high 14.7 60.2
DeepCool Killer Whale Premium high 14.9 52.5
Thermolab BADA high 15.0 54.0
Akasa Nero AK967 high 15.0 39.3
Scythe KAMA Angle high 15.1 43.3
Coolermaster Hyper Z600 15.1 47.7
Coolink Silentator high 15.2 41.2
DeepCool Killer Whale high 15.3 53.5
Vantec VAF-1225 Aeroflow FX 120 high 15.3 54.2
Scythe Mugen 15.3 46.0
Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro high 15.4 59.7
Coolage X120TF 15.5 53.0
Zerotherm FZ120 high 15.5 47.6
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 15.5 44.5
OCZ Vendetta 2 high 15.7 41.9
AVC Black Samurai high 15.9 56.7
Xigmatek HDT-S983 high 15.9 52.7
Xigmatek S1284 Achilles high 16.0 42.7
Gelid Tranquillo high 16.1 41.3
3Rsystem Iceage 120 high 16.1 47.9
EKL GroB Clock'ner Blue Ed. high 16.2 42.4
Xigmatek HDT-SD964 high 16.3 57.2
Corsair Hydro H50 high 16.5 45.6
EKL GroB Clock'ner 16.5 40.6
Zalman CNPS9700 LED high 16.5 56.5
nPowerTek Hurricane NPH-105 (NB Fan) high 16.6 47.7
Zalman CNPS9700NT high 16.6 52.2
Xigmatek Thors Hammer S126384 16.7 46.4
Cooler Master Hyper Z600 Black Label high 16.7 49.2
Scythe Infinity SCINF-1000 16.7 37.8
Thermaltake SpinQ VT high 16.8 50.1
Tuniq Tower 120 high 16.9 51.6
Ibuypower IBP-Z001 high 16.9 61.7
Glacialtech F101 PWM high 17.1 47.5
OCZ Gladiator Max high 17.1 42.9
Nexus HOC-9000 high 17.0 43.0
AVC Z7U7414001 (stock AM2) high 17.0 63.0
Coolermaster Hyper 212 17.2 45.9
Noctua NH-U12P high 17.3 40.7
Zalman CNPS9900 LED high 17.5 57.5
Noctua NH-U12 17.5 45.4
Gigabyte GH-PCU23-VE high 17.5 65.6
Scythe Grand Kama Cross high 17.6 45.9
Thermaltake V1 high 17.6 59.6
Thermaltake MaxOrb high 17.7 57.4
XtremeGear HP-1216B high 17.8 54.0
Dynatron Genius high 17.9 47.2
Vantec VAF-9225 Aeroflow FX92 high 17.9 57.9
Thermalright Ultra-90 high 18.2 56.2
Coolermaster GeminII S high 18.3 49.6
OCZ Vendetta high 18.4 52.8
Thermaltake MaxOrb EX high 18.6 56.5
Gigabyte G-Power Pro high 18.6 71.9
Enzotech Ultra-X high 18.7 59.1
Noctua NH-U9 18.8 58.4
Zerotherm Nirvana NV 120 PWM high 18.9 44.9
Noctua NH-C12P high 19.2 40.4
Thermaltake ISGC-300 high 19.3 44.0
Zalman CNPS8700 LED high 19.5 48.1
Evercool Buffalo HPEA-10025 19.5 50.2
Coolermaster Vortex Plus high 19.6 54.6
Titan Cool Idol TTC-NK75TZ high 19.6 56.3
Apack Zerotherm BTF92 OC Ed high 19.7 53.6
Cooljag Falcon 92-AL high 19.8 52.1
DeepCool IceWing 5 Pro high 19.9 53.2
Thermaltake ISGC-400 high 20.0 45.4
Akasa AK-876 high 20.0 48.2
Xigmatek HDT-S963 high 20.1 50.2
Akasa AK-920 high 20.2 52.9
Evercool Transformer 6 high 20.3 51.6
Thermaltake SpinQ high 20.4 50.9
Scythe Mine Rev.B 20.4 36.8
Cooljag Falcon 92-Cu high 20.4 52.8
Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 high 20.5 49.2
Apack Zerotherm BTF90 20.5 52.1
Coolermaster Hyper6 high 20.5 54.7
Scythe Zipang 2 20.8 37.7
Gelid Silent Spirit high 20.8 48.5
Asus Arctic Square high 20.9 38.3
Coolermaster Hyper N520 21.2 49.0
Apack Zerotherm BTF80 21.3 51.9
Scythe Andy Samuri Master SCASM-1000 21.5 38.4
Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer 92mm Ed. high 21.5 50.2
Asus Silent Knight 2 high 21.7 46.2
Asus Silent Square EVO high 21.7 42.8
Thermaltake Venus 12 high 21.7 68.1
Zaward Gyre ZCJ010 high 21.8 52.7
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 PWM high 21.9 52.3
Coolermaster Hyper TX3 high 22.0 56.0
Thermalright SI-128SE 22.0 44.5
Cooljag SFO-Q high 22.2 60.6
Zalman CNPS9300AT high 22.5 55.5
ASUS Triton 77 high 22.7 41.2
Noctua NH-U9B high 22.8 41.9
ASUS Starice high 22.8 67.4
Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 high 23.0 53.2
Asus Lionsquare high 23.1 44.7
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro 23.2 50.9
Coolermaster Aquagate Mini R80 high 23.2 59.2
Scythe Zipang 23.3 33.1
Thermaltake Polo 735 high 23.4 68.0
Asus Triton 79 Amazing 23.5 44.3
Cooljag SFO-H high 23.6 60.6
Alpha PAL-8150 23.7 58.9
Zalman CNPS9500 LED high 23.8 50.3
Thermaltake ISGC-200 high 23.9 48.7
3Rsystem Iceage 90 24.2 47.2
Verax Helado 24.3 36.3
Glacialtech Igloo 5710 Silent 24.4 43.4
Auras SLC-747 high 24.6 52.2
AVC Z7U3301001 (stock 939) high 24.6 59.9
Zalman CNPS8000 high 24.8 57.4
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra high 24.8 63.0
Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED high 25.0 50.9
Scythe Kama Cross 25.1 40.0
Coolage Frozen Orb 2924HDC high 25.3 56.0
Thermaltake DuOrb 25.6 49.5
nPowertek TTIC NPH1000 25.8 47.5
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent 26.0 35.5
OCZ Tempest 26.0 51.6
Scythe Shogun high 26.0 45.9
Scythe Big Shuriken high 26.2 39.6
Scythe Orochi SCORC-1000 26.2 27.8
Coolermaster Hyper TX2 26.3 53.7
Rosewill RCX-Z2-EX high 26.3 45.9
EKL V8 high 26.3 57.5
Rosewill RCX-Z3 high 26.5 58.6
Auras CTC-868 (closed) 26.6 48.7
Thermalfly F1-IACSHA high 26.6 60.4
Zalman FS-C77 26.7 56.5
Gigabyte 3D Rocket-Pro high 26.9 56.7
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu high 27.0 50.7
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Pro high 27.0 62.5
nPowerTek NPH-Big K8 27.8 54.0
Auras LPT-709 27.9 43.9
Akasa AK-922 (EVObue) high 27.9 60.3
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu LED high 28.1 49.8
Akasa AK-873 high 28.2 59.2
Scythe Katana II 28.3 37.9
Spire SP601B3 28.3 48.9
Cooljag JYC 8A03A high 28.5 50.6
Scythe Ninja Mini 28.5 41.7
Glacialtech UFO V51 Silent 28.7 42.4
Ajigo MF064-074 high 28.8 60.3
Gigabyte 3D-Rocket 28.9 50.7
Vantec Mach1 high 29.2 56.9
Gigabyte Volar GH-PSV21-FB high 29.4 56.1
Thermalright SLK-948U 29.4 58.8
CoolJag SFO-D(18SC) 29.6 64.0
Akasa Revo (horizontal) high 30.1 44.5
Antazone AS-C1000 30.2 57.6
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 30.5 43.9
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu high 30.3 45.2
Dynatron SK-V24 30.3 56.4
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro high 30.6 46.4
Verax Quattro 1 high 30.7 55.4
Xigmatek AIO-S80DP high 30.7 55.0
Zalman CNPS7000-Cu high 31.0 45.2
Coolermaster Hyper48 31.7 43.6
Rosewill RCX-Z1 high 31.9 54.1
Scythe Kama SCKK1000 31.9 47.5
Scythe Shuriken high 32.0 38.2
Scythe Samurai SCSM1000 high 32.1 51.6
Zalman CNPS7000B-CU high 32.3 44.9
Thermaltake Silentboost K8 32.3 49.7
3Rsystem Iceage 80 Prima Mini 33.1 35.4
Jetart JAX801 33.2 53.5
Dynatron A22 34.5 44.5
nPowertek NPH K8-1 34.6 52.2
Ajigo MF043-044 (stock 754) 35.0 45.4
Glacialtech Igloo 7321 Silent E 35.7 41.0
Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra TC 37.5 55.5
Thermaltake ISGC-100 high 37.7 45.5
Gigabyte NeonCooler 8-BL 37.7 42.0
Spire Fourier IV SP607B3-C 38.4 60.2
Asus Triton 75 38.6 49.6
Glacialtech Igloo 7312 Silent E 38.7 41.1
Titan TTC-K8ATB/825/SC 38.7 63.1
Glacialtech Igloo 7311 Silent 39.4 36.5
Akasa AK-860SF 39.4 45.2
Asus Triton 85 high 41.5 41.1
Evercool K802-715 42.1 51.5
AMA Serac 770 42.3 42.1
Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent 42.6 38.0
Spire SP741B3 43.2

45.6

Nexus VCT-9000 high 45.1 42.9
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 LP 45.3 42.6
Glacialtech Igloo 7223 Light E 45.5 42.3
Glacialtech Igloo 7222 Light 46.6 37.7
Evercool Magic Cooler 46.6 55.5
Silverstone NT07-AM2 high 51.0 45.6
Glacialtech Igloo 5710 Plus Silent 62.4 39.3
125W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 125W Thermal Test results column (rise over ambient temp.). Low temperatures with low noise levels are considered best. For reference heatsinks with variable-speed fans, only the high speed (12V) fan test result is included in the comparison sheet; more detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

With a 125W heat load applied by the AMD K8 version of the FrostyTech synthetic thermal test platform, the Noctua NH-D14 heatsink yields an excellent rise above ambient temperature at full fan speed of 11.2°C over ambient with 48.1 dBA noise. With both the 120mm and 140mm Noctua fans rotating at 900RPM, the Noctua NH-D14 held test temperatures at an equally low 12.6°C over ambient (30.8dBA noise).

So far, so good.

The results for this heatsink on the Intel LGA775 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform are up next. We'll hold off on our conclusions until they're in.

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Article Contents:
 Page 1:  Noctua NH-D14 Lower Noise Heatsink Review
 Page 2:  360° View - Noctua NH-D14 Heatsink
 Page 3:  Acoustic Sample and Heatsink Sound Levels
 Page 4:  — AMD Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 Page 5:  Intel Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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