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Product discontinued. Successor model: NH-D15

Having received more than 250 awards and recommendations from the international press, Noctua's NH-D14 has become a benchmark in premium quality quiet cooling. The SE2011 version is a special edition for Intel's Core i7-39xx/38xx (Sandy Bridge-E) high-end platform and comes equipped with the new SecuFirm2™ mounting system for LGA2011. Combined with the exquisite NF-P12/NF-P14 dual PWM fan configuration and topped off with Noctua's renowned NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-D14 SE2011 is an elite choice for an elite platform.
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Award-winning NH-D14 cooler

Award-winning NH-D14 cooler

Tens of thousands of enthusiast users all over the world swear by the NH-D14's quality and performance. Recommended by more than 250 international hardware websites and magazines, it is renowned to be one of the best high end coolers on the market.
6 heatpipe dual radiator design

6 heatpipe dual radiator design

Providing more surface area, better heat-distribution and superior airflow efficiency than conventional tower style heatsinks, the NH-D14's six heatpipe dual radiator design was developed to provide ultimate quiet cooling performance in dual fan mode.
Dual NF-P14/NF-P12 PWM fan setup

Dual NF-P14/NF-P12 PWM fan setup

The NH-D14 sports a premium quality dual PWM fan setup consisting of Noctua's award-winning NF-P12 (120mm) and NF-P14 (140mm) fans, both of which feature Vortex-Control Notches, SCD technology and SSO-Bearings in order to achieve a perfect balance of performance and quietness.
Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the NH-D14 SE2011's NF-P12 and NF-P14 fans use Noctua's novel, custom-designed NE-FD1 PWM IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology. By providing smoother torque impulses, SCD suppresses PWM switching noises and thus make the fans quieter at lower speeds.
Excellent component cooling

Excellent component cooling

Hanging out at the bottom of the fin-stacks, the NF-P14 fan doesn't only contribute to the NH-D14's superb CPU cooling capabilities but also provides massive airflow over surrounding motherboard components and heatsinks, thus ensuring excellent component cooling performance.
SecuFirm2™ mounting system for LGA2011

SecuFirm2™ mounting system for LGA2011

Noctua's enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ systems meet the highest demands in safety, contact pressure and ease-of-use. Tailor-made for LGA2011, the new NM-I2011 mounting brings the trusted SecuFirm2™ quality to Intel's new Core i7-39xx/38xx platform.
NT-H1 thermal compound

NT-H1 thermal compound

Noctua's much-acclaimed NT-H1 is a pro-grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease-of-use and outstanding reliability.
NH-D14 SE2011
Cooler Specification
Intel LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM)
Height (without fan)
160 mm
Width (without fan)
140 mm
Depth (without fan)
130 mm
Height (with fan)
160 mm
Width (with fan)
140 mm
Depth (with fan)
158 mm
Weight (without fan)
900 g
Weight (with fan/s)
1070/1240* g
Material
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Max. TDP
see TDP guide
Fan compatibility
150x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 140x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 120x120x25
Scope of delivery
  • 1x NF-P14 PWM premium fan
  • 1x NF-P12 PWM premium fan
  • 2x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • Y-Split Cable
  • 4x Vibration-Compensators (for using NF-P12 as case fan)
  • 4x Fan screws (for using NF-P12 as case fan)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit for LGA2011
  • Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty
6 Years
FAN Specification
Model
Noctua NF-P14 PWM & Noctua NF-P12 PWM
Bearing
Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1200 / 1300 RPM
Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
900 / 900 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%)
300 / 300 RPM
Max. Acoustical Noise
19,6 / 19,8 dB(A)
Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
13,2 / 12,6 dB(A)
Voltage Range
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
NH-D14 SE2011
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA2011 installation
11.11.2014 // Hardaily.com
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

Lo que más destaca de ambos modelos es su excelente relación entre el rendimiento, la sonoridad y el bajo consumo (elevada eficiencia energética, algo que carecía el veterano modelo NH-D14, por no incluir la tecnología PWM).
Test verdict: "Los disipadores Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 (más el kit de montaje Noctua NM-i115x) y Noctua NH-D15 están altamente recomendados por Hardaily para procesadores de alto rendimiento de Intel, preferentemente para torres grandes o semitorres anchas." (Raul Planelles, Hardaily.com)
29.11.2013 // Hardwaremax.net
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

Mit der überarbeiteten Special Edition für den Sockel 2011 des NH-D14 zeigt Noctua wiedermal ein sehr gutes Produkt mit rundem Paket. Neben der erstklassigen Verarbeitungsqualität und Materialgüte, lassen die im Lieferumfang enthaltenen High-Quality Lüfter den derzeitigen Anschaffungspreis von ca. 69,-€ attraktiv wirken. Trotz seines voluminösen Erscheinungsbildes verfügt der Kühler über eine vorbildlich einfache Montage und zeigt sich im Gesamtpaket als Referenz. Darüber hinaus bietet Noctua wie gewohnt einen 6 Jahre langen Garantiezeitraum in dem Ersatzteile binnen kürzester Zeit geliefert werden.
Test verdict: "Wie zu erwarten stellt sich der NH-D14 SE2011 als Referenz auf." (Torsten Hasch, Hardwaremax.net)
15.08.2013 // eTeknix.com
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

As I always say with Noctua products you are paying a premium price but you get a premium product in return and the Noctua NH-D14 (SE2011) is certainly no exception to this rule. I never really like to critcise products and Noctua always make my job a lot easier by offering very little to criticise. As far as the NH-D14 (SE2011) goes there is very little to criticise. Sure its big and bulky and blocks loads of RAM slots as a result. However, that’s pretty obvious and any other dual tower heatsink would do the same. My only other critcisms come from an aesthetic point of view. I’d of liked to see the central fan as a matching 120mm fan to the side fan and I’d also of liked to see the fans sleeved with black cables all the way to the motor but this is something I’ve always said about Noctua products so I am sure there is some logistical reason as to why they don’t do it. It’s also worth noting you can’t really see the multi-coloured sleeved cables when the unit is installed and the only cables you can see are fully sleeved to a high quality. This is actually a somewhat emotional review for me as after a year as the eTeknix cooling reviewer I am now moving on to different things, namely reviewing others things. As a result this is my last CPU cooler review for now, maybe for ever or maybe not – who knows, and what better way to end than with perhaps the best air CPU cooler money can buy. The Noctua NH-D14 (SE2011) is certainly well respected and has almost legendary status and after testing it, it is easy to see why. So I go out with a bang and as a very “happy bunny” after seeing the best Noctua have to offer. The Noctua NH-D14 (SE2011) may have been out for a long time but our review has never been more relevant and timely because the NH-D14 (SE2011) is still a class leader and will be until Noctua replace it for something better.
Test verdict: "The NH-D14 is a name that’s synonymous with quality, performance and silence. After testing Noctua’s flagship nearly four year’s after its release we can confidently say the NH-D14 is still one of the best air coolers that money can buy. If you don’t mind sacrificing your high profile RAM then there is probably no better option than Noctua’s NH-D14. It pushes air cooling to its limits and does it will all the traditional hallmarks of the Noctua brand: Quality, Excellence, Silence and Ease-Of-Use. The NH-D14 will probably reign supreme for many years to come if this showing is anything to go by." (Ryan Martin, eTeknix.com)
13.08.2013 // PCLab.pl
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

Dwa pozostałe układy, czyli Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 oraz Thermalright Archon SB-E X2, spokojnie możemy omówić razem, ponieważ różnic między nimi nie ma wiele. Oba zapewniają czołowe osiągi i są to jedyne konstrukcje powietrzne, które wytrzymały jakikolwiek test obciążenia w czasie, kiedy taktowanie naszego Core i7-3970X wynosiło 4700 MHz. Oba montuje się przyjemnie, szybko i bezproblemowo. Dowolność w wyborze pamięci? Teoretycznie – również remis. W schładzaczu Noctua wystarczy lekko podnieść pierwszy wentylator, aby zmieściły się pod nim nawet tak wysokie moduły RAM jak Corsair Dominator GT. Jego przewagą jest to, że w sytuacji, gdy pojawia się nowe gniazdo z nowymi zapinkami, wystarczy skontaktować się z producentem, by ten wysłał za darmo komplet nowych mocowań.
Test verdict: "bardzo wysoką wydajność, która pozwoli poskromić nawet najbardziej energochłonne procesory" (Łukasz Marek, PCLab.pl)
14.05.2013 // IOPanel.net
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

במצב ברירת המחדל (ה H100i וה HE01 על מצב שקט) – ה NH-D14 מציג את הטמפרטורה הנמוכה ביותר בשעת מנוחה, כשה H100i מציגה את הטמפרטורה הנמוכה ביותר בשעת מאמץ. עוברים למצב ביצועים ב H100i וב HE01, והתמונה משתנה מעט, כשבמצב מנוחה אין הבדל כלל בין פתרונות הקירור, אך במצב מאמץ ה HE01 מפתיע ועוקף את ה NH-D14, כש H100i שומרת על המקום הראשון שלה, אך חשוב לציין שהיא עושה זאת ברעש מחריש אוזניים, ולא כזה שיאפשר למשתמשים לעבוד איתו לאורך זמן רב. כשאנו ממהירים את מערכת המחשב שלנו, אנו רואים כי במצב מנוחה יש יתרון קל לפתרונות הקירור מבוססי האוויר על פני ה H100i, כשה NH-D14 עדיין במקום הראשון. התוצאות זהות גם במצב המהרה – ה NH-D14 במקום הראשון, ה HE01 במקום השני המפתיע, וה H100i במקום השלישי. מעבירים את ה HE01 ואת ה H100i למצב ביצועים, והתמונה משתנה מעט – ה NH-D14 עדיין שומר על המקום הראשון מבין קירורי האוויר, אבל ה H100i עוקפת אותו, אבל שוב פעם, מדובר ברעש מחריש מכיוון המאווררים, כך שלא ניתן לעבוד איתו לאורך זמן.
Test verdict: "ה NH-D14 הוותיק והטוב ממשיך להראות את יכולות הקירור המעולות שלו גם עם מעבדי ה LGA2011, כשהוא מתמודד היטב עם פליטת החום שלהם ועושה זאת תוך פעולה חרישית ושקטה, כך שאם אתם מחפשים גוף קירור שקט במיוחד אך עם ביצועים גבוהים במיוחד, ה NH-D14 הוא אחד מפתרונות הקירור המומלצים ביותר – ממש כמו שהוא עושה במשך שנים." (ליאור רזלי, IOPanel.net)
14.03.2013 // Hardwareluxx.de
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

Gemessen mit der Konkurrenz ist der Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 sicherlich der kompletteste Kühler in diesem Round-up. Der positive Ersteindruck beginnt schon bei der Verpackung und dem umfangreichen Lieferumfang. Aber nicht nur der Kühler selbst, sondern auch das Montagekit und das sonstige Zubehör sind sehr wertig verarbeitet und der Konkurrenz qualitativ überlegen. [...] Die beiden Lüfter des NH-D14 SE 2011 sind auf dem von Noctua gewohnt sehr hohem Niveau und überzeugen mit guter Leistung und einem gleichzeitig angenehmen Geräuschcharakter. Störende Nebengeräusche sind hier komplett Fehlanzeige. Die Montage ist spielend leicht und hat uns von den drei getesteten Lösungen eindeutig am besten gefallen und war auch am schnellsten zu bewältigen. Darüber hinaus bietet Noctua mit sechs Jahren Garantie für den NH-D14 SE 2011 einen langen Garantiezeitraum. Innerhalb dieses Zeitraums werden Ersatzteile, falls nötig, wie bei Noctua üblich meist innerhalb weniger Tage geliefert.
Test verdict: " Aufgrund dieses absolut runden und in sich stimmigen Gesamtpakets, erhält der Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 unseren Excellent Hardware Award." (Ralf Hähnlein, Hardwareluxx.de)
14.03.2013 // AnandTech.com
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

SilverStone's Heligon HE01 can hit the same performance levels, but it produces much higher noise in the process. You'll pay a pretty penny for the NH-D14, but it definitely feels like a quality cooler. Installation is sturdy, and performance and acoustics are very good.
Test verdict: "The Noctua NH-D14 performed admirably, and if for whatever reason a closed loop cooler isn't on your list, the D14 is about as good as it gets" (Dustin Sklavos, AnandTech.com)
26.01.2013 // Maximum PC
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

[T]he NH-D14 achieved the lowest CPU burn temps of any air cooler in our roundup, at just over 72 C. When we added the resistor cables, the temperature increased to 76 C, but fan noise became almost imperceptible—certainly quieter than the case fans.
Test verdict: "Of the air coolers we’ve tested on LGA2011 thus far, the NH-D14 takes the crown." (Nathan Edwards, MaximumPC.com)
31.12.2012 // Tom’s Hardware
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

One of the liquid coolers in today’s comparison looks like it runs extra cool, while another model operates very quietly. In order to compare cooling to noise, we first take mathematical averages of the CPU temperature delta for all coolers and the noise level for all coolers. Changing to a percentage scale, we reflect higher thermal performance for lower temperatures (an inverse scale) by dividing the group average by each cooler’s actual temperature. Larger denominators produce smaller percentages (one-eighth is half as much as one-fourth), so we put noise on a direct scale by dividing each cooler’s installed noise by the group’s average. Dividing the first calculation by the second produces an easy-to-read cooling-to-noise chart. Nothing is more than 100% efficient, so we change the 100% baseline to 0% by subtracting 100% from each calculation. We see, for example, that Noctua’s NH-D14 is 22% more efficient than the average for today’s cooling contenders, while Cooler Master's Seidon 240M is 7% less efficient than the group average.
Test verdict: "Can Air Cooling Win A Round-Up Of Liquid Coolers? Yielding CPU temperatures just a few degrees warmer than Corsair's top-performing H100i, generating less noise than the extra-quiet Enermax ELC240, and selling for less than any of the closer-loop liquid coolers in today's story, Noctua’s NH-D14 looks like the surprise winner in our analysis of value." (Thomas Soderstrom, Tom's Hardware)
23.11.2012 // Hardware.Info 6/2012
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NH-D14 SE2011 Review

Wie gaat overklokken zal de allerbeste koelcapaciteit wensen, ongeacht de geluidsproductie. Met de Ivy Bridge CPU-simulator op 125 W en de koeler op hoge snelheid wint de Noctua NH-D14 het op dit punt, meen een temperatuur van 37,9 ºC. De NH-C14 van hetzelfde merk doet het met 38,3 ºC maar marginaal minder goed. [...] Kijken we naar Socket 2011 met 160 W dan vinden we opnieuw de Noctua NH-D14 op de eerste plek met 40,5 ºC, gevolgd door de DeepCool Neptwin en de Noctua NH-C14.
Test verdict: "De immense Noctua NH-D14 is de koeler met de beste koelprestaties en is de ultieme keuze voor overklokkers." (Koen Crijns & Tonny Groot, Hardware.Info 6/2012)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

FAQs

How much clearance for RAM or chipset coolers does the NH-D14 provide?

The NH-D14 provides 44mm clearance for near-socket components:

Vibration Compensators Installation

Can I use Corair Dominator RAM with the NH-D14?

The NH-D14 is a large cooler that extends over the RAM slots on most mainboards. While DDR2 Corsair Dominator don't fit underneath the cooler, DDR3 Corsair Dominator do fit when the removable top heatsink is taken off as shown below. Please also note that the NF-P12 fan can be moved upwards or taken off in order to improve RAM compatibility as shown here.

DDR3

Can I install 3 fans?

The cooler doesn’t include mounting hardware for a third fan as most setups will have a chassis fan right behind the cooler. In this case, adding a third fan to the heatsink doesn’t offer a measurable performance benefit and can lead to acoustic disadvantages.

Can I install 38mm depth fans?

As the distance between the two radiators is only about 28mm, you can’t install fans with more than 25mm depth. It’s possible to install such fans on the front side of the cooler though.

Can I get a free LGA115x or AMD mounting kit for the NH-D14 SE2011?

Please note that the NH-D14 SE2011 is a special edition cooler for LGA2011, so we can not offer mounting kits for other sockets free of charge. If you want to use this cooler on LGA115x, please consider buying an NM-I3 or NM-i115x kit from a local reseller. There is no AMD mounting kit for the NH-D14 SE2011.

Can I install a 140mm fan with a square frame (e.g. NF-A14)?

No. Square 140mm fans like the NF-A14 would cause compatibility issues in many configurations and use a hole spacing of 124.5mm. The cooler's fan clips are designed for 105mm hole spacing as used by round 140/150mm and square 120mm fans.

Is it a problem that the CPU heatspreader is not covered completely by the heatsinkbase on LGA2011-3?

No. Depending on the orientation of the cooler, 1-2mm at the outer edge of the heatspreader may not be covered by the heatsink base. As the heat is concentrated at the center of the CPU and the outermost parts are irrelevant for heat-transfer, this is no problem at all.

My unlocked Intel CPU is running too hot although my heatsink supports the specified TDP, what's the problem?

Intel's unlocked CPUs (K, X and C suffix) can dissipate more heat than indicated by the TDP specification if
  1. the TDP limits are extended or disabled in the motherboards' BIOS.
  2. the motherboard applies automatic overclocking by default, e.g. by raising the supply voltage of the CPU and using higher Turbo-Mode multipliers.
  3. some software creates untypical loads, e.g. Prime95 with AVX2 support and a) and/or b) apply.

This can lead to temperature issues, especially when using smaller coolers or compact cases.

The actual power draw of the processor can be monitored with software provided by the motherboard vendor or with 3rd party tools like HWInfo or HWMonitor.

If you encounter temperature issues (>90°C) and notice a higher than specified power draw, please ensure that no automatic overclocking is applied and limit the TDP to the specified value by choosing appropriate BIOS settings.

For Kaby Lake CPUs, it may also help to lower the CPU clock speed for applications that heavily use the AVX instruction set, which can lead to higher loads and power draw. This option is usually referred to as “AVX offset” and makes it possible to lower the multiplier specifically for AVX based applications without reducing performance when using other instruction sets. Depending on the quality of the CPU and the programs being used, a reduction of 2-3 steps usually gives very good results.

Please contact your motherboard vendor for details if you have trouble finding the appropriate settings in the BIOS.

All our TDP recommendations are based on thorough testing with the default values specified by Intel using popular applications such as Asus Realbench and prime95. Please note, however, that prime95 creates a particularly high load that goes beyond typical application scenarios and this leads to elevated temperatures. We thus recommend using other programs such as Realbench for checking the stability and temperatures of the CPU in realistic scenarios.

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

Dust: Fans and heatsinks inside computer cases tend to accumulate dust over longer periods of usage. In order to maintain maximum performance, please clean your fan and heatsink regularly. For cleaning, please first remove the fan from the heatsink and clean it using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please do not use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan and do not put the fan under running water as water residues inside the motor may lead to short circuits. Please also note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty. Before reinstalling the fan, clean the heatsink itself with a duster or vacuum cleaner. Do not use water to clean the cooler. Finally put the fan back on and connect it to your motherboard fan header or fan controller.
Thermal paste residues: Whenever you take off the heatsink from the CPU, we recommend to clean the CPU as well as the base of the cooler before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler. You can either just wipe the base and the CPU clean with a dry, lint-free tissue or, for more thorough cleaning, use a lint-free tissue moistened with either a mild solution of washing-up liquid or isopropyl alcohol. Do not put the cooler or CPU under running water. Note that both the base of the heatsink and the CPU should be dry, free from residues of thermal compound and free from grease before re-applying thermal paste and re-installing the cooler.

What Thermal Design Power (TDP) is this cooler recommended for and how much Watt (W) of heat can it dissipate?

Please refer to our TDP guide for information on maximum recommended TDP and heat dissipation.

My case supports CPU coolers of up to XXXmm height, which model should I choose?

Please refer to our TDP guide in order to select the cooler that offers the best cooling performance at a given height.

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

Please refer to the installation manual and our video installation guides for detailed instructions on how to install the cooler.

Can I keep using the backplate / mounting system of my previous Noctua cooler for my new one?

Most Noctua SecuFirm™ mounting parts are cross-compatible, so if you’re replacing one Noctua cooler with another, it is usually possible to keep the original backplate and/or mounting system in place in order to re-use it for the new cooler. If you had your previous Noctua cooler installed on an Intel LGA115x (LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150), LGA2011 (LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3) or LGA1366 system and replace it with an NH-U14S, NH-U12S or NH-U9S, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the NM-IMB3 ones supplied with the new cooler. For all other models, you can keep the entire mounting system in place on the aforementioned Intel sockets. On AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+, you only need to replace the original mounting bars with the ones supplied with the new cooler.

How much torque should be applied when tightening the screws of a Noctua CPU cooler?

All screws should be tightened gently until they stop without using excessive force. Please do not exceed the following values for maximum tightening torque:
Screw typeMax. torque
NM-SSC1 screws for fixing the fastening brackets to the base of the heatsink0.5 Nm
NM-ITS1 thumb screws for fixing Intel mounting bars0.5 Nm
NM-ALS1 screws for fixing AMD mounting bars0.6 Nm
Spring-loaded screws for fixing the heatsink to the mounting bars0.6 Nm

How can I determine if the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS is overclocking my processor by default and deactivate this automatic overclocking?

Most motherboard vendors allow their overclocking-enabled products (e.g. those with Intels X- or Z-series chipsets) to run the processor at increased clock speeds by default, without requiring any user action at all. Since TDP (Thermal Design Power) limits are usually also disabled by default, this leads to the CPU exceeding the rated TDP to a varying degree, depending on the used applications and their workloads. Due to the increased heat output of the CPU, you may see higher CPU temperatures than expected.

In order to find out if your motherboard is overclocking your processor by default, please enter the UEFI BIOS and select the “advanced” or “overclocking” menu. There you should be able to find options such as “MultiCore Enhancement” (options: enabled/disabled), “CPU Ratio Apply Mode” (options: all/per core) or similar. To disable the automatic overclocking, adjust the settings either to “disabled” or “per core” and make sure that the individual multipliers match the original specifications.

In doubt, please contact your motherboard vendor for detailed instructions on how to disable this feature.

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011 and LGA2066, Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 also support Intel’s upcoming ‘Basin Falls’ X299 HEDT (High End Desktop) platform for ‘Skylake-X’ and ‘Kaby Lake-X’ processors. Most current Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 and can thus be used on LGA2066 motherboards without any upgrades or modifications.

The following models include a mounting-kit for socket LGA2011/2066 and are thus compatible out of the box:

NH-C14S
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15
NH-D15S
NH-D9L
NH-L12
NH-L9x65
NH-U12S
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U14S
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9S

The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets free of charge using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit:

NH-C12P
NH-C12P SE14
NH-C14
NH-D14
NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-U12
NH-U12F
NH-U12P
NH-U12P SE1366
NH-U12P SE2
NH-U9
NH-U9B
NH-U9B SE2
NH-U9F

The following models can be made compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets using the NM-I2011 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers:

NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)
NH-U12DX
NH-U12DX 1366
NH-U9DX 1366
NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)

The following models are not compatible with the LGA2011/LGA2066 sockets and can not be upgraded:

NH-L9a
NH-L9i
NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9DO A3

Can I install a Noctua cooler in my system from Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo?

Systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands often use motherboards which differ slightly from the specifications issued by Intel and AMD. While those changes are usually subtle, they can lead to compatibility issues with coolers that where built to comply with these specifications.

Even in case the cooler is mechanically compatible and can be installed, other issues can occur, e.g. proprietary fan connectors, BIOS errors due to a low fan speed, shutdowns, etc. Some of these problems can be avoided with some technical knowledge, but especially BIOS related issues can often not be resolved.

Due to the large number of possible issues that cannot be resolved with different mounting parts alone, Noctua does not officially support systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands.

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM4 (Ryzen)?

The following models include a mounting-kit for socket AM4 and are thus compatible out of the box:

NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-L12S
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-L9a-AM4

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit:

NH-C12P
NH-C12P SE14
NH-C14
NH-C14S
NH-D14
NH-D14 SE2011
NH-D15
NH-D15S
NH-D9L
NH-L12
NH-L9x65
NH-U12
NH-U12F
NH-U12P
NH-U12P SE1366
NH-U12P SE2
NH-U9
NH-U9B
NH-U9B SE2
NH-U9F

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-UxS upgrade-kit:

NH-U14S
NH-U12S
NH-U9S

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket free of charge using the NM-AM4-L9aL9i upgrade-kit:

NH-L9a
NH-L9i

The following models can be made compatible with the AM4 socket using the NM-AM4 upgrade-kit but are not eligible for Noctua‘s free mounting offer, so users have to purchase the kit at local resellers:

NH-U12DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)
NH-U12DX
NH-U12DX 1366
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9DX 1366
NH-U9DO (Note that the A3 version is not compatible!)

The following models are not compatible with the AM4 socket and can not be upgraded:

NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9 DO A3

Can I upgrade my existing Noctua cooler to socket TR4 or SP3?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to upgrade existing Noctua heatsinks to support the AMD TR4 and SP3 sockets for Ryzen Threadripper (X399) and Epyc CPUs. TR4/SP3 CPUs have much bigger heatspreaders (as compared to e.g. LGA2066 or AM4 processors) and the contact surfaces of standard Noctua heatsinks would cover only about half of these heatspreaders, which would result in insufficient cooling performance. On top of that, the heatpipes of bigger cooler models like the NH-D15 or NH-D15S would completely block the RAM slots on many TR4/SP3 motherboards. For this reason, Noctua has introduced the new NH-U14S TR4-SP3, NH-U12S TR4-SP3 and NH-U9 TR4-SP3 cooler models that feature bigger contact surfaces and have been tailored to fit TR4 and SP3 systems. Please choose these models for AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Epyc systems.

Can use the NF-A15 fan on my Noctua CPU cooler?

The NF-A15 is fully compatible with the NH-U12P, NH-C12P and NH-C12P SE14. On the NH-D14 and NH-C14, the NF-A15 fan can only be installed using optional fan clips. For this, please contact our customer service.

Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model?

Not sure which Noctua product to buy? Our detailed buying guides for fans and CPU coolers help you to choose the model that works best for you.

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