When people ask me what is a good air CPU cooler Noctua is always a name that comes to mind. They are known for their great cooling solutions, both big and small. When it comes to air coolers one of the biggest problems is compatibility. Many performance and high-end memory modules are large heatspreaders and they can get in the way. Noctua of course knows this and has made an effort to come out with CPU coolers that will be compatible in all situations. The NH-U14S is one such cooler. It is designed with a 52mm thin heatsink stack that allows for full RAM compatibility on socket 2011 as well as other platforms. Normally we see these massive heatsinks from Noctua so will the NH-U14S still be able to perform up to the standards we know Noctua for? Read on as we find out!
The NH-U14S comes in Noctua’s typical retail packaging, which is loaded with information on all sides.
Opening up the box Noctua has nicely separated all of the accessories and mounting hardware into labeled boxes. Getting everything out you have the NH-U14S with fan attached, mounting systems for both Intel and AMD, NT-H1 thermal compound, extra fan vibration dampeners, low noise adapter, extra fan mounts, and a Noctua case sticker.