Noctua NH-C14

  • Noctua NH-C14
89
Based on 39 scores, 95 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    29
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    2
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Looks amazing.
  • Highly effective.
  • Very quiet.

Cons:

  • Installation requires replacing back-plate.
  • Removal of motherboard is likely required for initial installation.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSpot on -

The Intel Core i7-2600K makes a perfect case scenario of a processor that can really benefit from an upgraded cooler. Despite being a more expensive unlocked processor, Intel bundles the Core i7-2600K with the same low profile heatsink that comes...

By The Best Case Scenario on -

If you recall the original review of the Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler, back in June of 2011, all of the testing was carried out on a relatively modest AMD Athlon II X2 250 CPU running at 3.0Ghz. Like most of us, the upgrade bug has bitten me and my main...

By The Best Case Scenario on -

I can't find a single issue or fault with this cooler, other than the need to purchase a backplate if you have one of a VERY small list of motherboards. To be honest, if you're going to be buying a super-budget board, you aren't likely to be...

By Gamers Daily News on 65

Style (look/feel)The NH-C14 looks good, but the tan and brown fans will turn some people off. Especially since one will be directly visible through the side...

By ModSynergy on -

Without a doubt, the Noctua NH-C14 is the best air cooler I have ever tested to date. The complete package when I look at it from afar is executed brilliantly and I have to give kudos to those who took the time to think everything through because it...

By LanOC Reviews on 90

Noctua always manages to amaze me. Every single one of their products performs on par with the best on the market while still being one of the quietest on the market. The level of detail they go into on every aspect of the design is obvious and the...

By BeHardware on -

At the end of this roundup, two models stand out:- The Thermalright Silver Arrow- The Noctua NH-U12P SE2Let’s start with the Silver Arrow, the highest performance solution among those we’ve looked at here. Though this cooler does cool very...

By FutureLooks on 90

Standard horizontal CPU coolers aren’t always the most efficient. Especially if it’s a stock retail AMD or Intel cooler: they are mainly built to do the job as cheap as possible. They’re typically too small and sit too close to the...

By APC Magazine on 80

Noctua is not new to the market but it has started to make big waves with Australians in the past 12 months. Another addition to its already strong collection of heatsinks is the NH-C14, targeted at the HTPC market but offering much more.The C14 is a...

By VR-Zone on 80

The Noctua NH-C14 performs well when faced with a default, non-overclocked setup. Performance is significantly worse in low profile mode than in high clearance mode, especially when the fan speed is decreased to 750RPM using the included adapter....

By HardwareHeaven on 100

The end result is a cooler which is incredibly quick and simple to install and this mixed with the ability to remove/change fans and vary noise levels...

By Top Review Shop on 90

InstallationInstallation went smoothly, and the instructions provided were very clear. Unfortunately, the stock mounting hardware must be removed. In many cases this requires completely removing the motherboard. Fortunately, my case features an...

By DragonSteelMods on 90

Once again Noctua proves that it knows the CPU Cooler business, the NH-C14 is an excellent performing cooler for sure. The NH-C14 might be large in size meaning that it might not fit in smaller cases, but if you’ve got the room then I can...

By Ninjalane on 100

High performance cooling has come a long way over the years and while most people associate aftermarket cooling options with overclocking that isn't always the case. Some coolers may be best suited as high capacity alternatives to the cheap and...

By TechReaction.net on -

The NH-C14 is, all-around, quite an amazing heatsink. Admittedly, the installation method for the NH-C14 is somewhat cumbersome if not performed exactly as instructed. If aftermarket fans are in the picture, it is important to make sure the fan...

By Tbreak.com on 100

The Noctua NH-D14 I reviewed a few weeks back was a beast of a heatsink; not only in terms of its size, but also performance. Of course, a price tag was also beastly, coming in at a cool $90. Today I’ll be looking at a similarly sized and priced...

By techPowerUp! on 92

The Noctua NH-C14 is a treat to install and use. As far as its design, packaging, and product presentation goes, the NH-C14 is top-notch. I couldn't have imagined any other cooler manufacturer take up top-flow design at this market segment, and then...

By iXBT Labs on -

The conclusion will be brief. According to test results, Noctua NH-C14 is a perfect choice for an HTPC rig. It's efficient, ergonomic and technological. Just remember that it's quite large and might not fit into every HTPC enclosure there is....

By Ocaholic on -

According to its price this cooler mainly targets enthusiasts as well as overclockers. Never the less we recommend this product to a wider group of buyers. The reason that there are a lot of accessories as well as the fact as it comes with two high...

By CDRinfo on -

Noctua NH-C14 is a high-quality top-cooler with high cooling efficiency for the cooling solutions of its type. The cooler appeals due to two ultra-quiet 140 mm fans that can be installed in a variety of combinations in order to fit into your PC case....