Author: Bob Buskirk
Noctua NH-C14 Overview
As I said the NH-C14 has a C-shape top down design. The first thing I noticed about the cooler was how large it was. It has to be one of the larger coolers I’ve reviewed in a while. Even though this cooler is large its height is only 130mm, this is relatively small compared to tower coolers that are around 140-150mm tall.
The cooling power comes from 2 Noctua NF-P14 140mm fans. On is positioned on top of the heatsink and the other is on the bottom. Each fan is attached to the heatsink with spring clips and they sit on top of silicon blocks. This will keep noise to a minimum. Each of the fans can be removed, so you have 3 possible orientations with this cooler: Dual fan mode (both fans installed), high clearance mode (1 fan installed on top) and low profile mode (1 fan installed on the bottom). In low profile mode the CPU cooler is only 105mm.
The heatsink is made up of aluminum fins and 6 copper heatpipes. These heatpipes come down and meet at the base. Noctua uses a support bracket to sturdy the entire heatsink.
The base of the heatsink is made of copper and has a nickel plated covering. It is 40x38mm in size and around 3mm thick. It does have a mirror-like finish as you can see below.