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.
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
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
6 Years
FAN Specification
Noctua NF-P14 PWM & Noctua NF-P12 PWM
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
> 150.000 h
NH-D14 SE2011
23.02.2012 // Tom's Hardware

NH-D14 SE2011 Review

Noctua and Zalman are in a dead heat at the top of our CPU temperature chart
Test verdict: "If we trust that Noctua’s competitors put forth their best efforts for this comparison, two years of performance leadership make the NH-D14 deserving of our highest honor. But how valuable is this award, really? The NH-D14 just earned this editor’s very first “Best of Tom's Hardware” in the award's four-year history!" (Thomas Soderstrom, Tom's Hardware)
14.02.2012 // HotHardware.com

NH-D14 SE2011 Review

The DH-14 is the nicest high performance cooler we've ever tested, and it's the LGA 2011 cooler we'd choose for ourselves out of all the options offered here. [...] Noctua's website is stuffed with intricate product details, while the shipping documentation, how-tos, and included tools are first-rate. Unpacking the DH-14 gives one the impression that Noctua knows you just spent $89 on a cooler, and they've gone out of their way to recognize that fact. None of that would mean squat if the cooler's performance wasn't first rate—but it is.
Test verdict: "If you're looking for one of the best, and quietest air coolers money can buy, look no further." (Joel Hruska, HotHardware.com)
28.12.2011 // LegitReviews.com

NH-D14 SE2011 Review

The best performing air cooler was the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 with a temperature of 50.5*C at load. The best performing water cooler was the Corsair H100 with a temperature of 48.67*C, which was less than a half a degree cooler than the Corsair H80 and 2 degrees warmer than the Corsair H100. The Noctua NH-D14 is significantly quieter than the H80 or H100 at full speed and performs at roughly the same level, which is great to see for an air cooler.
Test verdict: "Based on temperature performance and the value analysis of the coolers the winner was the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011! [...] The Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 at $84.95 is the top air cooler when it comes to temperature performance and it should be as it's massive and built right. The NH-D14 SE2011 not only performed very well, but it was very quiet in the process." (Shane Higgins, LegitReviews.com)
14.03.2013 // Hardwareluxx.de

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)
05.10.2012 // Vortez.net

NH-D14 SE2011 Review

Since moving our CPU cooling test bench over to LGA2011 Noctua’s D14 was an obvious choice to include within our table of benchmark results. The D14 has been an overwhelming success for Noctua over the last few years and we were keen to investigate whether the SE2011 variant demonstrated the same prowess as it did in our previous review of the original cooler. NH-D14 SE2011 doesn’t disappoint. Noctua continue to give a strong bundle within the packaging; dual cooling fans, thermal paste, low noise adapters, secuFirm 2 and a helpful installation guide tout this as a packaging scheme for others to follow. We’ve been a fan of SecuFirm since the early days as it offers a simple, no-fuss method of installing the cooler to the motherboard. Further to this Noctua pre-attach the mounting screws to the cooler and fan clips to the cooling fans which results in a completely hassle-free installation. The results on the preceding pages demonstrate that the D14 SE2011 can handle Sandy Bridge-E with no questions asked. The thermal design of the heatsink on its own tackles the problem of heat clearly from the passive results. Let’s not forget Noctua were the first to bring to market the dual-radiator design and these guys know what they are doing.
Test verdict: "Priced at £65 the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 is a quite a pricey product but it’s important to analysis the included items and consider what you get from the whole package; dual fans - 120 + 140mm (at least £10 each), thermal paste (£8) and not to mention a heatsink which offers some of the best heat efficiency available it’s no wonder the NH-D14 SE2011 is an attractive buy." (David Mitchelson, Vortez.net)
23.04.2012 // OverClock Intelligence Agency

NH-D14 SE2011 Review

The design is unchanged from the original, which of course isn't a knock on this cooler. If you have a good thing going, why change it? Nocta simply adapted the mounting system to work with the high-output LGA2011 platform. It's really a testament to the original design that it can remain unchanged and still cool Intel's latest enthusiast system efficiently. As before, installation is a snap but with LGA2011, it's even easier as there is no backplate to install. The heatsink mounts directly to the CPU socket so you won't have to remove your motherboard to swap to the SE2011. I was able to get the sink mounted in under 10 minutes.
Test verdict: "Much like the original NH-D14, the SE2011 model left us thoroughly impressed at the end of the day. If a massive air cooler with silent fans if what you are after, look no further - Noctua has you covered." (Shawn Knight, OverClock Intelligence Agency)
06.01.2012 // FunkyKit.com

NH-D14 SE2011 Review

- Very good performance
- Good machined base
- Quiet fans
- Well-built
- Packaged to survive a tornado
- Simple and easy to use mounting
- Included thermal paste is great
Test verdict: "If you are looking for the best performing air heatsink on the market, this is it. The Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 has great cooling performance and is built like a tank." (Dexter Kelble, FunkyKit.com)
15.12.2011 // LanOC.org

NH-D14 SE2011 Review

We already know the NH-D14 is a great performing heatsink, my question is how well does it perform up against the Intel water cooling. Right from the beginning I knew that this solution would be quieter than Intel’s Water cooling but I wasn’t sure about the actual cooling performance. While using RealTemp to register temperatures on every core we let each sit for an hour to get our idle temperatures then ran prime95 for an hour for our load temps. We averaged each of the 6 cores temperatures together for our final scores. All of the testing was done at 69 degrees Fahrenheit ambient temperatures. Our results were surprising! The NH-D14 out performed in both idle and load testing by a considerable amount, all while running at a much lower noise level. The Intel Water Cooling does a good job considering the heat that the i7-3960X puts out, but the Noctua blew it out of the water, no pun intended.
Test verdict: "I know we have covered the NH-D14 before, but it still always amazes me both because of its size and its performance. Even when put up against the good performance of the Intel Water Cooling the NH-D14 still managed to look impressive. [...] This is a perfect heatsink for the enthusiast focused LGA2011 socket CPU’s." (Wes Compton, LanOC.org)
11.11.2014 // Hardaily.com

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

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)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

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.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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