Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler
Posted by: Dan on: 09.03.2011 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Here we have a freshly unwrapped Noctua NH-C14, straight out of the box. Both fans come pre-installed, so if you’re leaving it in the stock configuration, there’s less work to be done during installation.
Here you can see the NF-D14 fan across the top of the cooler, it really does cover most of the cooler, so maximum airflow (and hopefully cooling) is achieved.
In profile-view of the cooler, it’s easy to see how the cooler is completely sandwiched by the fans. Note how they’re both resting on squares of rubber, so they won’t transfer vibration (and hence noise) through the cooler itself.
From the end on view, we can see how the fins are shaped and how the heatpipes are arranged. You’d think it would have been the most efficient to space the heatpipes evenly across the fins, and while it might, they’re laid out this way for two reasons. First, is so you can fit a screwdriver between the outer pipes to fasten the heatsink to the CPU, and second the middle heatpipes are so close together because there’s a large dead-spot in the middle of the fan where the motor is, meaning no air would get pushed over that bit of the heatpipe. As for the shapes and wavy bits of the fins, that’s all airflow voodoo to get the most turbulence and cooling out of the passing air.
And on the back we can see the heatpipe position and fin shape again. The new thing in the middle of this picture is actually a support bar, relieving quite a bit of the weight of the cooler from the heatpipes ensuring they don’t bend out of shape.
Looking at the base of the cooler we can see Noctua’s secufirm mount already attached, and the usual quality of finish on the base of the Noctua’s coolers.
Here’s another angle of the SecuFirm mount, and the support brace for the cooler.
Noctua include mounting gear for their various mounts, and even a decent screwdriver for installing the cooler to the SecuFirm mount. The common parts bag even goes so far as to include mounting hardware to allow you to use one of the 140mm NF-D14 fans as a case fan if you choose not to use it on the cooler. It’s a nice touch.
Included with the NH-C14 is an optional support bar that attaches to the existing SecuFirm mount holes (with longer screws), and supports the cooler through the bottom fan. It’s not needed for normal use, but if you’re moving your PC around a lot , it certainly will help keep the cooler in place securely.
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