Product discontinued. Successor model: NH-D15

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.
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.
Cooler Specification
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
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
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
6 Years
FAN Specification
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1200 / 1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
900 / 900 RPM
110,3 / 92,3 m³/h
Acoustical Noise
19,6 / 19,8 dB(A)
Voltage Range
12 V
> 150.000 h
15.05.2015 // ComputerBase.de

NH-D14 Review

Durch die höhere thermische Last beim Übertakten des Prozessors trennt sich die Spreu vom Weizen. Der NH-D15 kann seinen Vorsprung relativ gesehen noch stärker ausbauen. Auch der etwas betagte NH-D14 kann unter erhöhten Anforderungen aufblühen und sichert sich den zweiten Platz in Prime95.
Test verdict: "Der Noctua NH-D14 zeigt beeindruckend, dass er immer noch spielend leicht mit neueren Kühlern mithalten kann. Die Kühlleistung ist im gesamten Testparcours sehr gut. (Robert McHardy, ComputerBase.de)
30.04.2015 // PCElite.pl

NH-D14 Review

Jak widać poniżej, chłodzenia procesora powietrzem spisują się bardzo dobrze. Model NH-D14 i NH-C14 sprawdzają się dobrze w stocku jak i w stresie.
Test verdict: "Modele NH-D14 i NH-C14 to bardzo dobre coolery, które posiadają wydajny system chłodzenia, autorski system SecuFirm2, po dwa wentylatory w zestawie, wkrętaki, pasty termoprzewodzące i pełne zestawy montażowe." (Arkadiusz Byś, PCElite.pl)
08.07.2014 // tweakers.net

NH-D14 Review

De Noctua-koelers, en met name de D14, D15 en U14S, kunnen uitstekend koelen.
Test verdict: "De grotere Noctua-koelers zijn de beste keus als je absoluut de laagste temperaturen wenst." (Willem de Moor, tweakers.net)
06.07.2014 // ThePCEnthusiast.com

NH-D14 Review

It's really a big CPU cooler and will probably cover almost half of your motherboard. It's not only a beast in terms of size but it’s also a beast in terms of performance. In terms of the design and built quality, the Noctua NH-D14 is built with superb craftsmanship and engineering. It looks and feels premium and you can tell that Noctua has been paying attention with its details. I couldn't find a defect or fault at the product.
Test verdict: "I've read reviews on newer high performance CPU coolers out there. And honestly, I haven’t seen a CPU air cooler that has bested the NH-D14 with a significant difference in temperature. [...] The Noctua NH-D14 is still top of its class in terms of built quality, performance, price and noise output." (Jeff, ThePCEnthusiast.com)
10.05.2014 // GreenTechReviews.ru

NH-D14 Review

Noctua NH-D14 продемонстрировал отличные результаты, наступая на пятки необслуживаемой СВО Corsair H100i, у которой вентиляторы работают на максимальных оборотах (около 2700 об/мин), создавая совершенно некомфортный уровень шума!
Test verdict: "Процессорный кулер Noctua NH-D14 уже пятый год на рынке, но всё ещё остаётся высокоэффективным и тихим решением, которое может заткнуть за пояс и компактные системы жидкостного охлаждения! Кроме того, поставляемые вентиляторы очень тихие, а комплект поставки включает всё самое необходимое. Инженеры Noctua проделали титаническую работу, представив кулер, который уже столько лет остаётся одним из самых эффективных решений в мире!" (Владимир Солонин, GreenTechReviews.ru)
26.04.2014 // ActualidadHardware.con

NH-D14 Review

Como vemos en la gráfica, el rendimiento era el esperado con unas temperaturas excelentes y es que nos encontramos ante unos de los mejores disipadores del mercado. En cuanto al ruido de los ventiladores con los cables reductores es muy bajo, eso si, sin ellos el ruido generado es mucho más audible. Las pruebas se han realizado a velocidades de stock pero con éste disipador podemos realizar overclock con una buenas temperaturas.
Test verdict: "Por tanto estamos ante un gran disipador de gama alta muy recomendable. (Jose Maria Martinez Perdigones, ActualidadHardware.com)
23.04.2014 // TechiCize.com

NH-D14 Review

A fantastic product and yet despite its age, is able to deliver superb thermal and acoustic performance even on a modern setup. The mounting system is extremely simple and offers so much compatibility. The product is able to offer very good acoustics and yet even when the heat increases the NH-D14 is able to cope with everything we through at it.
Test verdict: "A fantastic product and yet despite its age, is able to deliver superb thermal and acoustic performance even on a modern setup. The mounting system is extremely simple and offers so much compatibility. The product is able to offer very good acoustics and yet even when the heat increases the NH-D14 is able to cope with everything we through at it." (John Glenton, TechiCize.com)
04.02.2014 // HardwareHeaven.com

NH-D14 Review

Test verdict: "Very impressive results, I'm quite happy with those!" (Dave Chaos, HardwareHeaven.com))
28.12.2013 // RelaxedTech.com

NH-D14 Review

Looking at the full load temperatures, the NH-D14 pulled ahead and managed to beat the NH-U14S with dual fans. If you compare it with the regular one that's using a single fan, you can see that there's a 6 Celsius difference between the two. The NH-D14 also has room for a third fan which you could install and get even lower temperatures.
Test verdict: "The NH-D14 is known for being one of the best CPU coolers that has ever been created and it totally deserves that title." (Henry Peshkepija, RelaxedTech.com)
13.12.2013 // PluginReviews.pt

NH-D14 Review

Noctua como ja referi pensa em tudo para satisfazer as necessidades do consumidor,inclui acessorios excelentes,até mesmo o promenor da chave de fendas para facilitar a instalaçao do seu cooler é um ponto de destaque face a concorrencia no mercado,pois mais nenhuma marca inclui este acessorio. Inclui pasta térmica de excelente qualidade,duas ventoinhas o que é muito bom,pois as ventoinhas da Noctua nao sao baratas e nem todos os coolers incluem duas ventoinhas de origem. A embalagem do produto tambem tem um bom design,incluindo as especificaçoes dele e informaçoes relativas ao cooler. Este cooler destina-se a utilizadores que pretendem uma excelente disipaçao do calor e um bom aifrlow e tem caixas grandes,devido ao seu tamanho pode nao ser compativel com todas as caixas disponiveis no mercado portanto tenham em atençao este promenor antes de comprar. A sua performance como pode ser comprovado nos testes efetuados é excelente,e podem ainda utilizar uma terceira ventoinha instalando a na traseira da caixa.
Test verdict: "Este cooler é um verdadeiro monstro de performance,sendo um dos melhores senao o melhor cooler a ar que testamos até agora" (Sérgio Vasconcelos, PluginReviews.pt)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The cooler's fans always run at full speed and can not be controlled by my motherboard, what's the problem?

Older, discontinued models such as the NH-D14, NH-C14, NH-U12P SE2 and NH-U9B SE2 ship with 3-pin fans that can only be controlled by means of voltage adjustment. When these models were introduced in 2009 and 2010, many motherboards supported this type of speed control, whereas today, most motherboards can only control 4-pin fans by means of PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). As indicated on the resepective product pages, these models have been discontinued and superseeded by newer models such as the NH-D15, NH-C14S, NH-U12S and NH-U9S, which, like all current Noctua CPU coolers, support speed control via PWM. If you would like to use PWM speed control, please purchase one of our current cooler models or change the fans for some of our 4-pin PWM fans. Alternatively, you can also use the supplied Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise adaptors in order to reduce the speed of the supplied 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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