Noctua NH-C14S Overview
The Noctua NH-C14S is your typical C-Type cooler. So what does that mean? Well if you look at the photo below you can see we have the base of the cooler and heatpipes that come up from in in a “C” shape that go into the heatsink. Even though this CPU cooler is made for clearance it is still a pretty large cooler, the official dimensions are 142 mm x 140 mm x 163 mm (HxWxD).
The cooler comes already set up in low-profile mode with the fan mounted to the bottom on the main heatsink. Low profile is made for smaller form factor systems where you might have some height restrictions. With this configuration that overall height over the cooler is only 115 mm compared to the 142 mm when the fan is installed on the top.
The main heatsink sits on a horizontal plane pretty high above the actual base of the cooler. The heatsink is made up of aluminum fins. You can see the two holes in the top of the heatsink. These allow you to screw in the heatsink when you are doing your installation.
There are a total of seven nickel-plated copper heatpipes that come up from the base of the cooler and go into the heatsink fins.
All of the heatpipes except the center one extend all the way through the heatsink and come out the end. The center heatpipe goes a little past halfway through the heatsink. At the end of the heatsink there is also a Noctua logo.
Flipping the cooler over we can get a better look at the fan, which is Noctua’s own NF-A14 PWM fan. This fan has a max rotation speed of 1500 RPM, max airflow of 140.2 m³/h, and max acoustical noise of 24.6 dB(A). Keep in mind you can move the fan to the top of the heatsink if you want and Noctua includes a second set of fan clips if you wanted to install a second fan (one top, one bottom) on the cooler.
Six of the heatpipes come directly down into the base of the cooler. Taking a closer look at the base of the cooler it shows no evidence of machining marks or scratches. This means it is going to make good contact with your CPU.