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Noctua NH-U14S 140mm SSO2-Bearing (Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing) CPU Cooler

  • 52mm slim design tailor-made for LGA2011, full compatibility with tall memory modules
  • 165mm tall, short enough to fit most modern high-end cases
  • Premium quality quiet for 140mm fan

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With superb performance, high compatibility and quiet operation, the Noctua NH-U14S is a critically acclaimed, award-winning CPU cooler great for overclockers and DIY professionals. It features single tower design with six heatpipes, and NF-A15 140mm fan with PWM support for fully automatic speed control, delivering the best renowned quiet cooling performance of all other U-series coolers. Its 52mm slim shape guarantees full compatibility with tall RAM modules, and 150mm width means the cooler won't protrude too much thus you can install VGA card on the first PCIe slot hassle-free. The included NT-H1 thermal grease is also professional grade with maximum heat conductivity and ease of application. Plus, the SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system is compatible with both AMD and Intel platforms, of previous, current and even future generation, making it a solid investment that can live on till your next two or three builds.

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Award-winning NH-U Series

General information

The NH-U14S is the first 140mm model in Noctua’s award-winning NH-U series. First introduced in 2005, the NH-U series has become a standard choice for premium quality quiet CPU coolers and won more than 400 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines.

Full RAM Compatibility on LGA2011

General information

With its 52mm slim design tailor-made for LGA2011, the NH-U14S will not overhang the RAM slots on this platform, thus guaranteeing full compatibility with tall memory modules. On some LGA115x and AMD motherboards, the front fan may overhang the first RAM slot, so standard height RAM (up to 32mm) should be chosen when using the first slot.*

Reasonable Size for Better Overall Compatibility

General information

Standing 165mm tall, the NH-U14S is short enough to fit most modern high-end cases. Measuring 150mm wide (including fan and fan clips), the NH-U14S provides better compatibility with SLI and CrossFire setups as compared to tower coolers that are wider than 150mm or use fans wider than 150mm.

NF-A15 140mm PWM Fan

General information

The NF-A15 is a premium quality quiet 140mm fan with a round frame that complies with Noctua’s AAO standard. Featuring sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A15 further improves the renowned quiet cooling performance of the award-winning NF-P14.

PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor

General information

The NF-A15 140mm fan supplied with the NH-U14S supports PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.

Anti-vibration Pads and Fan-clips for Second NF-A15 (optional)

General information

For users who want to achieve even better performance by adding a second, optional NF-A15 fan to create a push/pull setup, the NH-U14S includes fan clips and an extra set of custom-designed anti-vibration pads that allow to off-set the rear fan by 5mm* to improve acoustics in dual-fan mode.*

SecuFirm2 Mounting System

General information

Noctua’s SecuFirm2 mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and ease of use. Supporting Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011 and AMD (AM3+, AM2+, FM1, FM2, FM2+), the SecuFirm2 mounting included with the NH-U14S guarantees perfect contact pressure and maximum convenience on all current sockets.

Compatibility with Past and Future Sockets

General information

Complying with the open SecuFirm standard, the NH-U14S can be made compatible with the older LGA1366 and LGA775 sockets using the optional NM-I3 mounting kit, which is provided by Noctua free of charge. If technically possible, Noctua will also provide upgrade kits for future sockets.

NT-H1 Thermal Compound

General information

Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from hardware journalists around the world, Noctua’s NT-H1 is a proven professional grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease of use and outstanding reliability.

*On LGA2011, using the 5mm anti-vibration pads will make the rear fan overhang the RAM slots on the left side of the socket, so please use standard height RAM (<32mm) for this configuration.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years
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  • Jacek L.
  • 5/1/2016 11:26:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEven better than expected

Pros: - Quiet, even while working hard
- Easy install, for me i had to take my mobo out, but cooler went on quickly with great instructions
- Keeps my overclocked 3770k around 5-10 C cooler than my old 120mm closed loop water cooler
- Fit nicely inside my ATX case

Cons: - none yet

Other Thoughts: - I wanted to upgrade my water cooler to something quieter without sacrificing performance, this wasn't any compromise. Well worth the money.
- I was surprised how big it looked coming out of the box; make sure it fits of course!
- The color wasn't a big selling point, but it looks great inside the case. The odd color fan doesn't really stand out once installed.

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  • Colin G.
  • 4/26/2016 11:24:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks beautifully!

Pros: Quiet! I have a lab with seven Xeon e3's cooled with Noctua fans and overall noise (while still noticeable) is actually less than a single Cisco Catalyst switch!
Solid mounting bracket that won't allow the large cooler to fall off under any normal use pattern (a problem with the stock cooler in my specific case.)
Unlike the larger Noctua coolers, this one actually works on all my motherboards. I do not know about other boards, but many socket 1150 boards (even full ATX-sized ones) can have the RAM slots quite close to the CPU. This prevents using the largest Noctua heatsinks. I currently have one lying fallow for that reason. :(

Cons: Cost. :( Not given freely.
Had to remove the motherboard from case in order to install backing plate.
If you have to remove RAM from slots closest to CPU, you'll have to remove the fan. That really isn't a big deal though...
The noise spectrum spreading design makes multiple Noctua fans' noise hum together into a chorus. This isn't a magic; there are always tradeoffs.

Other Thoughts: I got all my computers kitted out with Noctua fans because they'd be running constant compile/HPC jobs. You may be okay with the stock model if short on cash and not running constantly. If you have a single system like most users Noctua will make the computer in your room unnoticeable (unless your video card/PSU is grinding hard, of course.)

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  • Jason P.
  • 4/26/2016 6:32:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnoctua nh-u14s

Pros: well put together
everything you could need comes with it

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: it's size is a little big but if you don't want the hassle of water cooler it is the way to go

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2016 1:43:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's HUGE

Pros: -It's nearly silent comes with own thermal paste that appears to be better the artic silver 5
-Comes with mounts for both AMD and Intel
-Have an i7 4790k and keeps it at 30C
-The heatsink is high up and usually allows for some degree of putting in your ram modules that are kind of large with there heat shields.
-Has the option to add a second fan to the heatsink later on if you so desire.

Cons: -This thing is huge, the picture does not give it justice. So large I was afraid it was not going to fit next to my video card. It's more to the size of a PSU then a normal CPU cooler.

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  • Denis H.
  • 4/16/2016 6:45:52 AM

5 out of 5 eggsQualité irréprochable,,,,Performance Impressionnante-----Completement inaudible

Pros: Du Noctua!!!!..En ouvrant la boite , on se rends vite compte qu'on a affaire a une compagnie qui dans une classe a part....Ca respire la qualite de haut niveau.....Performance egale au NH-D14 ( que j'ai aussi testé..) mais en format plus compact....je le qualifierais de petit NH-D15!!!!! Performance hallucinante et extremement silencieux , meme a 1500 RPM.....le ventilateur est PWM, installation ridiculement facile ( 10 min environ )...inclus i set d'attaches supplementaire pour un 2eme ventilo...adapteur LNA pour baisser le RPM a 1200

Cons: euh.......franchement, je ne trouve rien a redire de ce refroidisseur!!!!!!!! sauf peut etre qu'il ne m'aide pas dans les taches menageres!!!!!!!

Other Thoughts: Ca vaut chaque $$$$ investis.....installé sur une Asus Maximus VII Hero LGA 1150---I7 4790k--16 gb GSkill 1600 Mhz--PSU Antec Curent Gamer 850 watts -- Sappire R9 390x--Case Thermaltake Commander G42 : temperature au repos a 25 degres celsius et de 59 degres celsius avec Prime 95 Small FFT pendant 1.30 hre avec le CPU a 4.4 Ghz... 65 degres celcius avec un OC a 4.6 Ghz....et tout ca dans un silence mortuaire!!!! Certainement que la couleur du ventilateur est , disons........spéciale.... mais quand je regarde les performances de cette bete, je m'en fiche completement de la couleur.....Ce ventirad est tout simplement HALLUCINANT....en amour completement avec ce produit!!!!!!!!!! et avec Noctua.......il y a Noctua tout en haut du podium et il y a les autres...... 10 sur 10 comme note !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Rafal D.
  • 4/15/2016 6:37:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReplaced my stock fan

Pros: Works wonderfully. Took my i7-3770k and overclocked it from 3.5ghz to 4.2ghz. Keeping it around 60c maximum load.
The install was very easy. My case had an opening behind the motherboard for the backplate (did have to modify it a bit to fit). Took the fan off, put a dot of thermal paste that came with it, installed the heatsink, clipped the fan back on and was ready to go.
This CPU cooler can be oriented anyway you want which is a nice bonus.
The thermal paste that came with this cooler is premium quality.

Cons: Not really a con but it is huge. Highly suggest for folks that are thinking of buying it to make sure you read the measurements correctly. Between the fan and the side of the case, I have only about 3mm space.
It's not as quiet as the stock fan.

Other Thoughts: Works great for me. I needed to get a new CPU cooler because the stock one that came with my Intel CPU started to fail. So I figured I'd get something to overclock my system.

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  • Gerald C.
  • 4/10/2016 8:06:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt may be ugly but there's simply no better air cooler than Noctua.

Pros: -Nearly silent, except when under the heaviest loads.
-Compatible with tight mainboard/RAM configurations.
-Relatively easily to install on both AMD and Intel CPUs.
-Clear, easy to follow instructions.
-Comes with all accessories you could need, including thermal paste and a low-noise resistor adapter.

Cons: -I am not at all a fan of Noctua's brown and beige colour scheme.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for a new Core i7-6700K overclocked build. I originally bought the NH-D15 but discovered that my Corsair Dominator RAM was too tall for it to fit so I swapped it for this one. Indeed, this fits my tight mainboard configuration perfectly and even with my heavily overclocked CPU, still does an incredible job for a liquid cooler. Even under full 100% load, the CPU never goes above 80C and it idles around 30C and usually hangs around 60C for normal loads like gaming. The noise from the fan is barely audible unless you have it ramped up to full speed but the heat sink is so large that I found I was able to tell my mainboard to keep the fan on a low speed cycle unless the CPU went over 80C, meaning it almost never needs to spin up and still keeps things quiet. Noctua fans are second to none in terms of noise. The package comes with every accessory you need to install it on either an AMD or Intel CPU and also have a Low Noise Adapter, essentially a resistor cable that will prevent the fan from spinning up too high if you don't need it to. If your mainboard layout supports it, a second fan can also be added for extra push-pull cooling.

I am not a fan of Noctua's colour scheme and if you're build for aesthetics, this may be an issue. For me personally, I have a windowed case but the fan faces the rear anyway so I don't even see it. It was critical for me for this machine to be as quiet as possible, hence why I decided to avoid closed loop coolers which tend to have louder fans and pump noise. This will never cool as well as a closed loop or full on liquid cooler will but it still does an exceptional job, even on an overclocked system and the lack of noise can't be beat. I'm extremely happy.

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  • Derek G.
  • 4/8/2016 6:05:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat HSF

Pros: -low temps
-improved install

Cons: -heavy

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  • John J.
  • 2/23/2016 7:59:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes a great job, but massive in size.

Pros: A heat sink that is darn near silent while running under continuous heavy load and a CPU that stays nice and cold. No joke, I've been running folding@home continuously for days and the cores stay around 45-50C.

Cons: I didn't do enough research on this before I bought it, because they probably recommend that you do not attempt to fit this in a micro-ATX case. Regardless, I still managed to fit this baby in a micro-ATX case but it required much cursing and an extremely unorthodox placement of my two hard drives: one is zip-tied into one of the CD-ROM bays and the other is in the auxiliary hard drive bracket at the bottom of the case. I had to actually remove the standard RAID hard drive bracket that comes with the case, and then I taped my solid state drive onto the bottom hard drive bracket with electrical tape. Copious numbers of velcro ties were needed to keep the cabling away from the heat sink. Suffice it to say, this thing is massive and it WILL occupy most of the space inside your case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/20/2016 12:48:09 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Dead silent, low rpm capable, SUPER high quality packaging, instructions and product.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Wish it was all black or black and white. Brown? Really?

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