REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Looking back at one of our more intensive reviews of a Noctua CPU Cooler, the NH-D9L, which is a smaller design that saw massive performance increase from adding a second fan. We continued this trend, and while not displayed int he graph above, we found the decrease in temperature of about 8C. The NH-C14S is a great performer, but we definitely recommend adding the second NF-A14 PWM fan. While not tested, the noise levels of the NH-C14S appeared to be a bit louder than we would have liked, as even through the glass case of our In Win 805, we could hear the NF-A14 PWM fans motoring away.
We were slightly discouraged by the rough install. We were distraught to try to remove fans, insert the screwdriver at various angles and force/bend our way to the mounting screw. It would be easier if we are able to remove the lower fan (closer to the CPU), screw in the base, then add in the fans. However, due to our build, getting our hands in to remount that fan is nearly impossible. Once, installed though, this is one heck of a CPU cooler!
For the question of the day, why buy a air CPU cooler over a AIO liquid CPU cooler? Well, we have one very important word for you that should make all the difference … Performance. we had a spare AIO CPU cooler kicking around that we decided to through on for kicks and giggles, and as it turns out, it exceeded the 54C temperature that the Noctua NH-C14S was able to maintain. While it exceeded by a slim margin, it still exceeded.
For the above reasons and more, we proudly award Noctua, the NF-A14 and the NH-C14S with our Gold Seal of Approval!