Noctua NH-D14 Heatsink Review



Heatsinks. Heatsinks everywhere. If you were to walk out your door and ask a passerby on the street what a heatsink is, half of them will look at you like you’re speaking French. Most of the people I know have no idea what a heatsink is. Meanwhile, I have dozens of them lying around my office. I’ve still got the very first ones I reviewed for this site back in 2008. I consider them a trophy for not getting canned from OCMS quite yet.


There’s no doubt that Noctua has some serious hardware up their sleeves.  They’ve been known to mold copper and aluminum into a weapon that will cool even the most savagely hot processor.  My only issue, aside from the colors (I swear, that’s it.  Not another word) is the size.  I think it’s overkill.  But before we go on and see how many parts I have to remove before I can install this thing, let’s have a look at the Noctua NH-D14 heatsink:

“Combining a massive six heatpipe dual radiator design with an exquisite NF-P14/NF-P12 dual fan configuration, the NH-D14 is built for ultimate quiet cooling performance. Topped off with a tube of Noctua’s award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound as well as the new SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, the NH-D14 is an elite choice for the highest demands in premium quality quiet cooling.” –Noctua




On the next page we take a look at the heatsink…