heading

Combining a massive six heatpipe dual radiator design with an exquisite NF-P14/NF-P12 dual fan configuration, the NH-D14 is built for ultimate quiet cooling performance. Topped off with a tube of Noctua’s award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound as well as the new SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, the NH-D14 is an elite choice for the highest demands in premium quality quiet cooling.
Details
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 fan setup

Dual NF-P14/NF-P12 fan setup

The NH-D14 sports a premium quality dual 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.
Asymmetrical design for high compatibility

Asymmetrical design for high compatibility

An asymmetrical design that gives more clearance towards the RAM slots ensures good compatibility despite of the cooler's size. The NF-P12 fan can be moved upwards or left off in order to further improve compatibility.
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™ multi-socket mounting system

SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system

Noctua's enthusiast grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA775, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+) and meets the highest demands in safety, contact pressure and ease-of-use.
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
Cooler Specifications
Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA775, LGA2011 on request, Asus X-socket™ & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)
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
Application
see TDP guide
Fan compatibility
140x150x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 140x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 120x120x25
Scope of Delivery
  • 1x NF-P14 premium fan
  • 1x NF-P12 premium fan
  • 2x Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.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 Kits
  • Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty
6 Years
FAN Specification
Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1200 / 1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
900 / 900 RPM
Airflow
110,3 / 92,3 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A.
83,7 / 63,4 m³/h
Acoustical Noise
19,6 / 19,8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.
13,2 / 12,6 dB(A)
Input Power
1,2 / 1,08 W
Voltage Range
12 V
MTBF
> 150.000 h
NH-D14
22.03.2010 // Overclock3D.net
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

Now on to the reason why we are here, the Noctua. Even with the fans running at 12v immediately this cooler stands out from the crowd, or rather hides in the shadows, as it is so quiet I even checked to see if the centre fan was actually running. With the fans at 12v the hottest core on the CPU never went above 68 degrees. Yeah that’s right it never even got to 70 degrees! Something that was also very apparent was the sheer amount of heat pouring out the back of the heat sink, just placing your hand near the back of it you could feel the warm air, nothing unusual but the temperature and the amount of air being forced out the back at such an inaudible rate was a massive shock to me. So stage one went very well, but for some reason I didn’t hold out much hope for the fans being run at silent, especially not with our 4ghz over clock… right? Well put your cup of tea down, swallow that mouthful of sandwich because you about to spit it out or choke in shock. With the fans on low, which I might add is about as close to silent as you will ever get with 2x 140mm fans pushing over a heatsink, the CPU’s hottest core never went above 72c! A 4ghz overclock on an i7 920 on air, with silent fans at 72c! Not quite believing this I left the sytem running on the final test for the whole day, a total of 6 hours in the end running at 100% and still even after that it never went above 73c!
Test verdict: "I’m so amazed by this coolers low noise yet class leading performance I will not only recommend it and award it with our coveted gold ‘Best in Class’ award but most importantly for a reviewer I am actually going to continue using it in my own personal rig which is worth more than any award in the real world!" (Tom Logan, Overclock3D.net)
13.03.2010 // LiliReviews.com
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

Noctua NH-D14 13.03.10 Noctua NH-D14 5 Componente: Dissipador para CPU Plataforma: Intel/AMD Fabricante: Noctua Cedido por: Noctua Família: Refrigeração Data de Lançamento: 09 Novembro 2009 Preço: 70€ Conclusão Parece que chegamos à página final, queria deixar desde já um agradecimento à Noctua por nos ter feito chegar mais um dos seus dissipadores para review! O Noctua NH-D14 é um dissipador grande, pesado, robusto e completamente artilhado com ventoinhas de topo e um sistema de fixação excelente. Inicialmente podia pensar-se que por ter estas dimensões a instalação seria um bicho-de-sete-cabeças, como aconteceu no IFX-14 ou no Orochi mas com o Secure Firm 2, foi canja! Se conseguirem mete-lo na vossa caixa e se a vossa carteira aguentar, este dissipador é o investimento a fazer! No entanto, o preço recomendado pode fazer alguns clientes mudarem de ideias antes de finalizar a compra, ainda está na casa dos 70€ e com a especulação sobre a Euribor já estamos todos a poupar! A combinação da NF-P12 com a NF-P14 é o casamento perfeito para ter o melhor desempenho com o mínimo de ruído. Do valor que falei em cima cerca de metade corresponde ao preço de mercado destas duas ventoinhas. Nos testes o NH-D14 destacou-se, aguentando na perfeição todos os processadores testados mesmo com OC e altas voltagens!
Test verdict: "Temos então um novo número 1 no top dos dissipadores a ar e que provavelmente até se atreve a desafiar alguns kits de refrigeração a água!" (Marco André, LiliReviews.com)
10.02.2010 // LegitReviews.com
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

Turning up the heat a little with the system overclocked to 3.5GHz, the NH-D14 is really starting to shine beating the Cooler Master V10 by 2.25 degrees, and it is a massive 21.25 degrees ahead of the stock Intel cooler.
Test verdict: "With the Noctua NH-D14 beating out 18 other coolers on our overclocked Intel Core i7 920 processor we have to give it the Legit Reviews Editor's Choice award! [...] Noctua did what they set out to do: made a new cooler that performed better and was just as quiet. If you can shoe horn it in your case, it's well worth the money." (Shane Higgins, LegitReviews.com)
11.12.2009 // OverclockersClub.com
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

What I was able to achieve with the NH-D14 was prime stability at 4.2GHz with load temperatures that peaked at 70 degrees Celsius and ran most of the time in the mid to high 60's. I was not prepared for this result, but am now thoroughly impressed with the performance of the NH-D14. All that, with no noise. Absolutely sick! I went into the testing knowing that the performance of the NH-D14 was going to be good. I just did not realize how good. When I ran it through the testing, it was far and above superior to the comparison heatsinks. Of course, there is no reason for it not to be, simply based on the size and construction of the NH-D14. The surface area available to remove the heat is huge. It easily looks like the dual-fin arrays each encompass as much or more surface area than the previous top dog in Noctua's arsenal, the NH-U12P SE 1366. Add in an additional two heatpipes and you have a winning recipe. With load temperatures in the high 40's Celsius (49°C to be exact) when overclocked to 3.3GHz, I figured I would take a shot at some big numbers with an overclock up to 4.2GHz. My DO stepping 920 is not a bad clocker and could previously do 4.2GHz on air, but the temperatures would keep the processor just stable enough to only run this speed for short benchmark runs and did not offer any kind of stability. Something I needy when running a distributed computing project. Enter the Noctua NH-D14. I cranked up the bclock to 210 with a 20 multiplier for an even 4.2GHz, adjusted the vcore to 1.375v in the BIOS and crossed my fingers. Of course, hyperthreading is on. Temperatures at 4.2GHz with any of the other heatsinks in my possession would start pushing 80°C+ at this speed. Not so with the NH-D14. The highest temperature I saw was 71°C on two of the four cores, with the heatsink for the most part keeping the temperatures in the 65°C to 68°C range. Pretty spectacular results from this heatsink. It delivered results that averaged four degrees Celsius better under load both at stock and overclocked speeds. Four degrees Celsius does not seem like a big drop in temperatures, but it is when you are comparing top of the line heatsinks.
Test verdict: "All things considered, this is the best heatsink I have ever tested. You get a massive dual-tower, six-heatpipe design that incorporates both a 120mm and 140mm fan to deliver outstanding results that show larger gains as the thermal load increases. All that without the noise associated with high end air cooling. Hey, size really does matter, and yes, you can pay for performance!" (Frank Dimmick, OverclockersClub.com)
04.12.2009 // TweakTown.com
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

I was really surprised that the Noctua could keep such a low ambient temperature, but I ran the test three times and reapplied TIM every time looking for what I did wrong, but I couldn’t find anything odd. As for the load temperatures, all I can say is I have a huge smile on my face still.
Test verdict: "First off, I'd like to say wow! [...] The NH-D14 is the best air cooler I have used to date. Terrific performance and silent operation all in one larger than life cooler." (Chad Sebring, TweakTown.com)
26.11.2009 // X-bit labs
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

Here we should dwell on several interesting things. Firstly, Noctua NH-D14 is currently the only solution that can cool a CPU overclocked to 4 GHz running Linpack 64-bit with two fans at 600 RPM. Believe me, it is an unprecedented achievement! [...] As you see, the new Noctua flagship solution is one step ahead of Thermalright IFX-14 in all test modes. In quiet mode with one 140 mm fan NH-D14 is 3°C more efficient than the competitor, and in almost all other cases – 2°C more efficient. [...] I will be brief about the acoustic performance of Noctua NH-D14: up to 1000 RPM the cooler was extremely quiet and at maximum rotation speed the noise was moderate.
Test verdict: "No doubt, Noctua NH-D14 is an excellent cooler starting with secure packaging and highly informative official web-site and ending with superb manufacture quality, highest performance and low noise levels. Obviously Noctua engineers paid attention to every single detail, every little trifle, which paid back big: their true work of art became the indisputably best cooling solution out there. That is why we are proud to award it with our Editor's Choice title as the best CPU air-cooler in the today's market." (Sergey Lepilov, X-bit labs)
22.11.2009 // Computerbase.de
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

Selten verbauen Hersteller serienmäßig zwei unterschiedliche Lüftermodelle in gar zwei unterschiedlichen Formaten. Noctua hat diesen Schritt beim NH-D14 gewählt, um Kompatibilitätsproblemen aus dem Weg zu gehen, zum Teil aber dennoch den Vorteil der großvolumigen Belüftung zu genießen. Qualitativ hinterlassen beide Exemplare einen hervorragenden Eindruck. Die Lüfter wirken ungemein robust und exakt verarbeitet, Ungenauigkeiten und ein Spiel des Rotors sucht man vergebens. So verwundert es grundlegend auch nicht, dass beide Modelle über ihr gesamtes Drehzahlspektrum hinweg (NF-P12 von 400 bis 1300 U/min, NF-P14 von 400 bis 1200 U/min) praktisch ohne schleifende, klackernde oder ratternde Nebengeräusche auskommen. Selbst das Antriebsgeräusch des Rotors wird im Allgemeinen vom Luftumschlag verdeckt. [...] Serienbelüftet setzt der NH-D14 in Referenz zur angelgten Drehzahl die Messlatte ein ordentliches Stück nach oben. Sowohl im Einzellüftermodus mit zentralem NF-P14 als auch im Doppellüfter-Betrieb mit beiden mitgelieferten Ventilatoren wird die Konkurrenz zum Teil deutlich abgehängt.
Test verdict: "Mit dem NH-D14 katapultiert sich Noctua in imposanter Art und Weise an die Spitze aktueller Komplettkühlervergleiche. Dies geschieht mit einem gewohnt sehr gut abgestimmten Gesamtpaket aus Kühlkörper, Serienbelüftung, Montagesystem und Zugaben. [...] Insgesamt erhält man mit dem Noctua NH-D14 den wohl derzeit leistungsstärksten Prozessorkühler auf Luftbasis, der insbesondere bei niedrigen Drehzahlen und schwierigen Bedingungen seine Stärken ausspielt. Kombiniert wird die potente Doppeltower-Basis mit zwei sehr guten und bei Bedarf angenehm leisen Noctua-Lüftern sowie einer Spritze hochwertiger Wärmeleitpaste." (Martin Eckardt, Computerbase.de)
08.11.2009 // Vortez.co.uk
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

When you see results showing new coolers outperforming previous crown holders by more than 4 degrees, impressive just doesn't cut it! The Noctua NH-D14, with and without the y-splitter is an outstanding 9.25 degrees better than the NH-U12P and is clearly in a different league to the Thermolab Baram and Tuniq Tower. Noctua have managed to create the ultimate cooler through a very efficient and well though design rather than relying on the brute force of a high RPM fan. The U.L.N.A is further proof of that, managing to stay ahead of the competition even with both fan spinning at a mere 900 RPM. At idle, where normally we see very little variation, Noctua disproves the convention and sets the benchmark once again. [...] It wouldn't be Noctua if it wasn't silent so there's really not much to say here apart that the fans are virtually inaudible. The Ultra Low Noise mode further quietens an already silent solution whilst maintaining similar cooling performance. The phrase "to have one's cake and eat it too" justifies what Noctua stand for, silence and performance.
Test verdict: "Today we see why Noctua have their name engraved at the very top and in the heart of the enthusiasts. Delivering unparalleled performance, it is unmatched in its cooling performance leaving others in its trail of dust, especially on an overclocked system." (Sahil Mannick, Vortez.co.uk)
23.08.2011 // ByTheWay.gr
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

Απλά κορυφή!. Η Noctua NH D14 δείχνει να κρατά γερά τα σκήπτρα της καλύτερης αερόψυκτης. Επίσης παρέδωσε χαμηλά επίπεδα θορύβου.
Test verdict: "Δεν υπάρχουν λόγια, για την Noctua NH-D14 , μια ψήκτρα με εξαιρετικές επιδόσεις, καθιστώντας την καλύτερη επιλογή στην αγορά για ψύκτρες αέρα. Η NH-D14 είναι ένα κόσμημα από την Αυστρία. Ο κατασκευαστής δημιούργησε την καλύτερη δυνατή αέρο ψήκτρα, και το έκανε, και έτσι η απόδοσή της είναι κοντά σε υγρά συστήματα ψύξης και με μικρότερο κόστος από αυτές." (Kourkoutakis Georgios, ByTheWay.gr)
24.11.2009 // Hardware Magazine
test.gif

NH-D14 Review

C’est prouvé, le NH-D14 est un monstre d’efficacité. Sur le Core i7 975, il permet de gagner jusqu’à 7° face à son ainé et distance l’IFX-14 de 4°. Son point fort : il fait mieux en mode ULNA (silence total) que les meilleurs rads 120 mm en 12 V.
Test verdict: "Alors, faut-il acheter le NH-D14 ? Pour overclocker un Core i5/i7, oui, sans hésiter." (Benjamin Bouix, Hardware Magazine)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

FAQs

Is the high weight dangerous for the CPU or socket?

Is it possible to cool my CPU without a fan (passive) using Noctua coolers?

Can I use Noctua fans on my fan controller?

My fan doesn’t spin when I start up the PC - is it faulty?

Can I run Noctua 3-pin fans on 4-pin PWM connectors and use my mainboard’s automatic fan controller?

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

Is the cooler compatible with LGA1366 mainboards for Xeon 5500?

My mainboard has more than one set of mounting holes. Which one should I use?

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

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

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

Can I install 3 fans?

Can I install 38mm depth fans?

The supplied y-cable is missing a wire at one of the two connectors, is it faulty?

The fan doesn’t start with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA)!

I get a CPU fan error despite the fan is running!

Is the mounting system compatible with LGA1155?

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

Is the cooler compatible with AMD AM3+ and FM1?

Is the cooler compatible with the Intel LGA2011 socket and Asus X-socket™?

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

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

Is the cooler compatible with AMD FM2+?

Which Noctua coolers are compatible with LGA1150?

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

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

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

I'm experiencing fan speed issues with my motherboard from Supermicro, what can I do?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

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

Why doesn't the base of Noctua coolers have a polished, mirror like finish?

How to remove the base protection cover?

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

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

Are there any concerns using Noctua CPU coolers on Intel Skylake (LGA1151) CPUs?

You specify airflow in m³/h, how can I convert to CFM?

Is the high weight dangerous for the CPU or socket?

No. Noctua coolers possess an extremely reliable SecuFirm™ mounting system. Thanks to the screw connection with the backplate on the rear side of the motherboard, the exceedance of the weight recommendations by Intel and AMD common among high-end coolers is completely unobjectionable.

Is it possible to cool my CPU without a fan (passive) using Noctua coolers?

Noctua coolers weren't originally designed for passive operation although the cooling performance is sufficient in many cases. Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to indicate whether a certain CPU can or cannot be cooled without a fan, as this depends on various factors such as case temperature, case ventilation or the orientation of the socket. Generally, we recommend using a fan in the first instance and then lowering RPM while constantly monitoring the temperature.

Can I use Noctua fans on my fan controller?

Our fans are compatible with the vast majority of fan controllers on the market. However, there is a compatibility issue with a few models such as the Zalman ZM-MFC2 and Bitfenix Recon, which apply Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) on the 12V line and use an unfavourable PWM carrier frequency. This can create an oscillation when used with certain fans, which will result in the fan speeding up and down. We therefore recommend not using the Zalman ZM-MFC2 or Bitfenix Recon with our fans.

My fan doesn’t spin when I start up the PC - is it faulty?

If you've connected the fan directly (or using the supplied Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptors) to your mainboard, it's possible that the mainboard's automatic fan controller doesn't provide the required starting voltage due to the low CPU temperature. Please verify whether the fan starts spinning at higher CPU temperatures, remove any Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors, deactivate your mainboard's automatic fan controller in the BIOS or connect the fan directly to the power supply using the supplied 3:4-pin adaptor.

Can I run Noctua 3-pin fans on 4-pin PWM connectors and use my mainboard’s automatic fan controller?

You can simply connect our fan's 3-pin connector to the 4-pin PWM sockets of today's mainboards so that the fourth pin that transmits the PWM signal is left blank (due to the shape of the connector, there's no danger of reversing polarity). Some mainboards (e.g. current Gigabyte models) are capable of controlling fans not only via PWM, but also by adjusting the supplied voltage. In some cases, this may require you to change BIOS options like "Fan Control Mode" from "PWM" to "Voltage" or "Analog". Please consult your mainboard's manual in this regard. However, some mainboards use an "auto" setting by default that automatically chooses PWM or voltage based regulation according to the connected fan. Automatically controlling the fan speed may not possible on mainboards that pulse the power rather than lowering the fan voltage.

PWM PWM

How can I check whether my case is wide/high enough for the cooler?

Most case manufacturers provide specifications for maximum CPU cooler height/clearance. Please refer to these specifications in order to verify that the cooler will fit the case. If no specifications are available, please contact the case manufactuer or measure the distance from the motherboard tray to the side panel (tower cases) or top panel (desktop cases). If this distance is bigger than the height of the cooler + 15mm (mainboard spacers + mainboard + CPU), the height/width of your case should be sufficient.

Is the cooler compatible with LGA1366 mainboards for Xeon 5500?

Due to the custom NM-I3 backplate, the cooler can not be used on mainboards that have a backplate with screw threads for CPU cooler installation (such as the Intel reference backplate for Xeon 5500). Please choose our NH-U12DX 1366 for these mainboards.

1366 compatibility

My mainboard has more than one set of mounting holes. Which one should I use?

Please always use the standard set of mounting holes that's compliant with your socket type (e.g. 75mm LGA1156 hole spacing on LGA1156 sockets) and parallel to the sides of the socket. Don't use mounting holes which are rotated in relation to the socket.

1366 compatibility

I can't open the socket due to the mounting bars!

Please first loosen one of the two thumbscrews that hold the mounting bars in place. Then untighten the second screw so that you can swivel the mounting bar and open the socket. Depending on the position of the mounting bars, you may need to swivel both.

Open Socket

Open Socket

Does the package include a backplate for AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1/FM2(+)?

No. As most AMD mainboards come with a stock backplate preinstalled, the cooler doesn’t include an AMD backplate. If your mainboard doesn’t have a backplate, please contact our support team at support@noctua.at.

amd backplate

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.

The supplied y-cable is missing a wire at one of the two connectors, is it faulty?

No. As mainboards can process only one rpm-signal per fan header, it would cause problems if the cable transmitted rpm-signals of both fans. For this reason, one of the two connectors does not have an rpm wire and only the fan on the other connector will transmit an rpm signal. Automatic speed control of both fans will work independent from the second fan’s rpm signal.

The fan doesn’t start with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA)!

Unfortunately, many Gigabyte mainboards use a special control circuit that can lead to start-up problems in conjunction with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA). This control circuit remains active even when automatic fan control is disabled in the BIOS. In these cases, please use the fan without the ULNA or connect it directly to the power supply (or an external fan controller) in order to ensure reliable operation with the ULNA.

I get a CPU fan error despite the fan is running!

Some mainboards display a CPU fan error when the fan speed falls below a certain threshold, e.g. 900rpm. If you want to run the fan below this speed (e.g. using the supplied U.L.N.A.), please adjust the threshold in the BIOS or disable CPU fan error warning.

Is the mounting system compatible with LGA1155?

Yes. LGA1155 uses the same hole spacing as LGA1156, so the same SecuFirm2™ mounting system can be used.

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

The SecuFirm2™ mounting system requires a standard AMD backplate (either plastic or metal) with screw threads as shown on the pictures below. These backplates are pre-installed on the rear side of most AMD mainboards (see first picture below) and fixed to the retention module with four screws (see second picture below). If your retention module is fixed with plastic bolts instead of metal screws, please contact support@noctua.at in order to obtain an appropriate backplate.

In order to proceed with the installation of your Noctua cooler, please remove the four screws and the retention module but keep the backplate in place so that you can see the screw threads from the top side of the motherboard (see third picture below). You can then proceed with the installation of the SecuFirm2™ mounting kit as described in the manual (see fourth picture below).

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate



Is the cooler compatible with AMD AM3+ and FM1?

As the hole spacing for CPU cooler installation on AM3+ and FM1 is the same as on AM2, AM2+ and AM3, the cooler is fully compatible with AM3+ and FM1 out of the box and doesn’t require any modifications or upgrades.

Is the cooler compatible with the Intel LGA2011 socket and Asus X-socket™?

The cooler doesn’t come with LGA2011 mounting hardware out of the box, but it can be upgraded to support LGA2011 via the NM-I2011 mounting kit.

Please also note that the cooler is fully compatible with Asus Rampage IV series LGA2011 motherboards that feature Asus X-socket™. Asus X-socket™ models use an interchangeable backplate that makes it possible to install LGA1366 heatsinks, so the cooler is fully compatible with these mainboards out of the box and does not require any upgrades to be installed.

Asus X-socket

In order to install the cooler on Asus X-socket™ mainboards, please first remove the mainboard’s LGA2011 backplate and install the LGA1366 backplate supplied with the mainboard instead (see the mainboard manual for detailed instructions). Then install the Noctua cooler as described in the supplied installation manual for LGA1366. In case you’ve lost the printed installation manual, you can download it here.

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. 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.

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.

Is the cooler compatible with AMD FM2+?

As the hole spacing for CPU cooler installation on FM2+ is the same as on AM2, AM2, AM3(+), FM1 and FM2, the cooler is fully compatible with FM2+ out of the box and doesn’t require any modifications or upgrades.

Which Noctua coolers are compatible with LGA1150?

The mounting is identical on all LGA115x sockets (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156). The following coolers are thus compatible with LGA1150 out of the box and don’t require any upgrades in order to be used on this platform: NH-C12P SE14, NH-C14, NH-D15, NH-D14, NH-L12, NH-L9i, NH-U14S, NH-U12S, NH-U12P SE2, NH-U9B SE2. In addition, all older models which have been upgraded with the NM-I3 kit can also be used on LGA1150 without any further upgrades.

The following coolers can be made compatible to LGA1150 using the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit and are eligible for Noctua’s free mounting kit offer: NH-C12P, NH-U12, NH-U12F, NH-U12P, NH-U12P SE1366, NH-U9, NH-U9F, NH-U9B.

The following coolers can be made compatible to LGA1150 using the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit but are not eligible for Noctua’s free mounting kit offer: DX-Series Xeon coolers, NH-D14 SE2011.

The following coolers are mechanically incompatible with the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit and can not be made compatible with LGA1150: DO-Series AMD Opteron coolers, NH-L9a.

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Please kindly note that the NT-H1 thermal compound supplied with our coolers is a consumable item so our manufacturer’s warranty does not include providing additional thermal compound. You can purchase NT-H1 from our resellers.

Which sockets are supported or can be supported using upgrade kits?

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

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.

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

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

Even in case the cooler is mechanically compatible and can be instaled, 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 can often not be resolved.

Due to the large number of possible issues with systems from Dell, HP and Lenovo, which can't be resolved with different mounting parts alone, Noctua does not officially support such machines.

I'm experiencing fan speed issues with my motherboard from Supermicro, what can I do?

The BIOS of many motherboard models from Supermicro expects a certain minimum fan speed (usually 700rpm), which is higher than the minimum fan speed that can be achieved with Noctua's PWM fan models. The BIOS may interpret the low minimum RPM of Noctua fans as a fan error and thus try to run the fan at 100% for a short period before going back to automatic control.. This can result in oscillating fan speeds and fan speed warnings in the BIOS or the fan management console.

Unfortunately there is usually no option to set a lower minimum value that would suit the low minimum speed of Noctua PWM fans.The issue can thus only be resolved by either disabling automatic fan speed control in BIOS, which will cause the fans to run at a constant speed, or by requesting a modified BIOS file from Supermicro, which takes the minimum fan speed of Noctua fans into account (charges might apply).

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

Yes. Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155 and LGA1156, the cooler also supports LGA1151.

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.

Why doesn't the base of Noctua coolers have a polished, mirror like finish?

As most of today's PC enthusiasts use high-viscosity thermal compounds, the contact surface of Noctua coolers is optimised for use with this type of pastes. The micro-grooves at the contact surface ensure that high-viscosity thermal compounds are dispersed to a uniform thin layer across the whole contact area and that no air pockets remain between the cooler and the CPU. With a polished, mirror like surface, the risk of uneven dispersion is much higher. As too thick layers of thermal paste and air pockets drastically deteriorate heat transmission, the micro-grooves are is of vital importance to the overall cooling performance of Noctua coolers when used with today's high-viscosity thermal pastes.

How to remove the base protection cover?

Noctua CPU coolers are shipped with a plastic protection cover at the bottom side of the cooler, which protects the contact surface against scratches and other damage.

The base of Noctua CPU coolers is made from hard-wearing nickel plated copper, so there's nothing to worry about if you buy a Noctua cooler from second hand or if your cooler didn't come with a protection cover. Please proceed with the installation as explained in the manual.

You can simply remove the cover as shown below:

Base Protection Cover

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.

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

As it is not possible to reliably calculate or control the forces that act upon a system during transport (e.g. in shipping), we generally recommend, due to safety reasons, to take off the cooler. Noctua cannot be held responsible for any damage that may arise due to excessive stress during transport if you keep the heatsink installed.

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.

Are there any concerns using Noctua CPU coolers on Intel Skylake (LGA1151) CPUs?

Our SecuFirm2™ mounting systems undergo comprehensive compatibility tests before being approved for new platforms. We have neither detected any problem with regard to the Intel LGA1151 platform (“Skylake”) during these tests nor have we received any reports from our customers, sales partners and system integrators that would indicate any possible issue. Our SecuFirm2™ mounting systems (with the exception of some compact L-type models) rely on coil springs to create the required contact pressure, which gives a certain flexibility both with regards to tolerances in stackup height and shocks or other forces. Compared to spring-less mounting systems, which exclusively rely on the bending of the mounting brackets in order to create contact pressure, this allows to reduce the mechanical stress on CPU, socket and motherboard and thus helps to prevent possible damage from excessive forces. However, as it is not possible to reliably calculate or control the forces that act upon a system during transport (e.g. in shipping), we generally recommend, due to safety reasons, to take off coolers with a total weight of more than 700g (incl. fan).

You specify airflow in m³/h, how can I convert to CFM?

In accordance to the International System of Units (SI system), Noctua specifies volumetric flow rate (airflow) using the SI unit of cubic metres per hour (m³/h). The SI unit can easily be converted to cubic feet per minute (CFM): One m³/h is ~0.589 CFM and one CFM is ~1.699 m³/h. For convenient conversion, online tools such as www.convertunits.com can be used.

Do you have a question concerning one of our products? Please use this form to pose a question!