So did Noctua accomplish what they were setting out to do with the NH-U14S? I would say so! One problem many people have always had with aftermarket CPU coolers is getting them to fit with memory that has larger heatspreaders. Since most enthusiast memory comes with large heatspreaders this can be a problem. Well not with the NH-U14S. Even in our LGA 2011 system we had no issues fitting our RAM in, even with both fans installed on the NH-U14S.
Having a CPU cooler that has room for RAM is great, but if it does not perform then what is the point? Well you don’t have to worry about that with the NH-U14S. It is the best performing air CPU cooler that we have tested in 2013! With temperatures that rival many entry-level all-in-one liquid cooling systems you really cannot go wrong with this cooler. Also the fans are whisper quiet.
Another really important thing when it comes to CPU coolers is how easy they are to install. No one wants to be trying to install a CPU cooler for a long time. Like many previous Noctua CPU coolers the NH-U14S is extremely easy to install. It took us about 7 minutes to get it completely installed. Not that bad at all right? The SecuFirm2 mounting system that Noctua uses is one of the best in the business and just makes things easier, even for first time builders.
Right now the Noctua NH-U14S is selling for $78, which makes it one of the more expensive air coolers out there. Looking at the price thats about the same as many liquid CPU coolers and this air cooler performs up to par with those, is easier to install and the fans are quieter. Also when you are purchasing a Noctua it is quality and has the accessories to match. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler a 10 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!
- Amazing performance
- Easy installation
- NT-H1 thermal compound included
- Quiet operation
- Can add a second fan if you want
- None that I found