Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler Review

By on December 15, 2011
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Powerful, cool, and most importantly, quiet.

Good: Extremely quiet; Performance as good as liquid cooling while overclocked; Great airflow for surrounding components
Bad: Huge size; Low fan speeds may post error in some motherboards during startup
Price: AED 350
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The first time I installed the NH-D14 SE2011 it took me just under 6 minutes to get the job done. Subsequent installations on different motherboards dropped the time down to just over 2 minutes. So I guess the average installation time of 5 to 6 minutes isn’t bad at all. And since there’s no rear plate, you can actually install the NH-D14 SE2011 on your motherboard even if it’s in the case.

So all you need to do is screw in the 4 bolts on each corner of the LGA2011 socket, keep the 2 mounting bars in the direction you want the NH-D14 SE2011 to be in (taking into account the direction of airflow) and finally screw in the 4 thumbscrews on top to secure the base in place.

With that done, apply an adequate amount of thermal paste on the CPU. The supplied NT-H1 is most suitable for the job, but I used the Arctic MX-4 since I’ve used that on all other heatsinks. After that you simply screw in the tower radiator onto the mounting bars, plug in the middle NF-P14 fan and then connect the two fans to your motherboard. You can use the Ultra Low Noise Adapters if you want, to further limit the maximum speeds. All of this in less than 6 minutes isn’t bad at all.

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