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Continuando con el legado del galardonado NH-C14, el NH-C14S es un excelente disipador de CPU extremadamente eficiente, altamente compatible y extraordinariamente adaptable. Gracias a su conjunto de aletas más profundas y a su conocido ventilador NF-A14 PWM, el ventilador único del NH-C14S ofrece un rendimiento de refrigeración silenciosa similar al de su predecesor con doble ventilador y es incluso más versátil que este: Al instalar el ventilador encima de las aletas, el disipador es compatible con los módulos RAM de hasta 70 mm de altura. Al instalar el ventilador debajo de las aletas, la altura total del disipador es de tan solo 115 mm, lo que lo hace adecuado para su uso en muchas cajas HTPC. Al mismo tiempo, su diseño inclinado permite despejar la ranura PCIe superior en la mayoría de placas base µATX y ATX. Acompañado del fiable y profesional sistema de montaje multi-socket SecuFirm2™, del premiado compuesto térmico NT-H1 y de la garantía de 6 años del fabricante, el NH-C14S es una solución de refrigeración de gran calidad que satisface las más elevadas exigencias.
Detalles
Basado en el galardonado NH-C14

Basado en el galardonado NH-C14

Tras haber recibido más de 200 premios y recomendaciones de las principales páginas web y revistas internacionales especializadas en hardware, el NH-C14 se ha convertido en el referente de los disipadores de alto rendimiento de 140 mm. Gracias a su conjunto de aletas más profundas y a su ventilador NF-A14 PWM más eficiente, la nueva versión S ofrece un rendimiento similar y una compatibilidad mejorada.
Diseño en forma de C para un flujo máximo

Diseño en forma de C para un flujo máximo

El diseño en forma de C del NH-C14S no solo permite un rendimiento de refrigeración altamente silencioso, sino que mantiene un perfil mucho más bajo que los actuales disipadores estilo torre de 140 mm. Asimismo, también garantiza un excelente flujo de aire sobre los módulos RAM y los componentes de la placa base cercanos al socket.
Modo de bajo perfil

Modo de bajo perfil

Funcionando con el ventilador NF-A14 instalado bajo el conjunto de aletas, el NH-C14S solo mide 115 mm de altura, medida muy inferior a la obtenida con los disipadores estilo torre con ventiladores de 140 o 120 mm, lo que lo hace idóneo para su uso en muchas cajas para equipos de sobremesa o HTPC.*
Modo de amplio espacio

Modo de amplio espacio

Funcionando con el ventilador NF-A14 instalado en la parte superior, el NH-C14 proporciona un mayor espacio bajo el conjunto de aletas. De este modo, es totalmente compatible con los disipadores de chipset y módulos RAM con dispersores de calor de hasta 70 mm de altura.
Diseño inclinado para despejar el PCI

Diseño inclinado para despejar el PCI

Al compararlo con el NH-C14 original, en el NH-C14S se han inclinado dos ejes. Gracias a ello, el disipador despeja la ranura PCIe superior en la mayoría de placas base µATX y ATX cuando las curvaturas de los heatpipes se sitúan frente a las ranuras PCIe o al panel E/S*.
Ventilador NF-A14 de 140 mm y gran calidad

Ventilador NF-A14 de 140 mm y gran calidad

Dotado del marco AAO de Noctua y de medidas avanzadas de diseño aerodinámico, como los Canales de Circulación Acelerada (Flow Acceleration Channels), el NF-A14 se ha labrado una reputación como uno de los mejores ventiladores de 140 mm del mercado.
Soporte PWM y Adaptador para la reducción de ruido

Soporte PWM y Adaptador para la reducción de ruido

El ventilador NF-A14 de alta calidad suministrado con el NH-C14S incluye el soporte PWM para un conveniente control automático de la velocidad a través de la placa base. Además, la velocidad máxima del ventilador puede reducirse de 1500 a 1200 rpm, de modo que se puede obtener un funcionamiento más silencioso al utilizar el Adaptador para la reducción de ruido.
Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™

Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™

Los sistemas de montaje SecuFirm2™ de Noctua se han convertido en sinónimo de calidad, seguridad y facilidad de uso. Al ser compatibles con Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011 (LGA2011-0, LGA2011-3), LGA2066 y AMD (AM3(+), AM2(+), FM1, FM2(+)), el montaje de SecuFirm2™, incluido con el NH-C14S, garantiza una presión de contacto perfecta y una comodidad máxima en todos los sockets.
Compatibilidad con los antiguos y nuevos sockets

Compatibilidad con los antiguos y nuevos sockets

Al cumplir con los estándares del SecuFirm™, el NH-C14S es compatible con los sockets más antiguos LGA1366 y LGA775 al utilizar el kit de montaje opcional NM-I3 que Noctua ofrece de manera gratuita. Si es técnicamente posible, Noctua también proporcionará los kit de actualización de los nuevos sockets.
Compuesto térmico NT-H1

Compuesto térmico NT-H1

Tras haber recibido más de 100 premios y recomendaciones de periodistas especializados de todo el mundo, el NT-H1 de Noctua es una solución térmica profesional y de probada calidad que proporciona una resistencia térmica mínima, gran facilidad de uso y una destacable fiabilidad.
6 años de garantía

6 años de garantía

Los productos de Noctua son conocidos por su impecable calidad y destacada longevidad. Al igual que todos los demás ventiladores de Noctua, el NF-A14 ofrece un tiempo medio de vida entre fallos (MTBF) de más de 150 000 horas y el paquete NH-C14S completo viene con una garantía total del fabricante de 6 años.
*Compruebe nuestra lista de compatibilidad de placas base para obtener información más detallada.
NH-C14S
Especificaciones disipador
Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate necessario), AM4 con NM-AM4
Altura (sin ventilador)
115 mm
Anchura (sin ventilador)
140 mm
Profundidad (sin ventilador)
163 mm
Altura (con ventilador)
115 / 142 mm
Anchura (con ventilador)
140 mm
Profundidad (con ventilador)
163 mm
Peso (sin ventilador)
820 g
Peso (con ventilador/es)
1015 g
Material
Cobre (base y heat-pipes), aluminio (aletas de refrigeración), uniones soldadas, niquelado
Tamaño del ventilador
140x140x25mm (con marco cuadrado)
Volumen de entrega
  • 1x ventilador de primera calidad NF-A14 PWM
  • Adaptador para reducción del ruido (L.N.A.)
  • Ganchos de ajuste para un segundo ventilador
  • Compuesto térmico NT-H1
  • Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™
  • Noctua Case-Badge en metal
Garantía
6 años
Especificaciones ventilador
Modelo
Rodamiento
Velocidad de rotación max. (+/-10%)
1500 RPM
Velocidad de rotación con L.N.A. max. (+/-10%)
1200 RPM
Velocidad de rotación min. (PWM, +/-20%)
300 RPM
Sonoridad max.
24,6 dB(A)
Sonoridad con L.N.A. max.
19,2 dB(A)
Potencia
1,56 W
Voltaje
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
NH-C14S
NH-C14S
NH-C14S Videos
SecuFirm2™ AMD installation (NM-AMB1)
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA2011 installation
Video Reviews
The following video reviews have not been created by Noctua. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the videos lies entirely with the authors.
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03.06.2016 // techPowerUp.com
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NH-C14S Opinión

Noctua's NH-C14S is definitely impressive since it offers performance almost on par with the NH-D15S, but with better memory clearance. It also has the added bonus of cooling surrounding motherboard components. Like all Noctua coolers, it's very quiet, coming in at just 43 dBA with the fan at maximum RPM. Did I mention that it offers exceptional clearance? Not just for memory since its offset design means it does not interfere with the motherboard's first expansion slot. This makes the NH-C14S a suitable candidate for many mini-ITX and micro-ATX systems, especially with its maximum height of 115 mm in low-profile mode. As expected, build quality is top notch, and installing the NH-C14S is a breeze with Noctua's tried and tested SecuFirm 2 mounting system. Add in the solid packaging, a good accessories bundle, and an awesome warranty, and you end up with a very attractive product.
Resultado del análisis: "If you do prefer a C-type design cooler that cools more than the CPU and need top-tier performance with no noise, the NH-C14S may just be what you are looking for." (Raymond Lemar, techPowerUp.com)
29.04.2016 // OverclockersClub.com
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NH-C14S Opinión

The NH-C14S takes the already great design of the NH-C14 and refines it to a new level. What does the NH-C14S bring to the table? It gets the job done with a single, more powerful fan, and the new offset of the fin stack provides clearance for the first PCIe slot on your motherboard. The C-type design gives you a much lower profile that lets you build your system in most HTPC-style cases. You still get the options of using either Low Profile mode or High Clearance mode. And of course, all that air the NF-A14 moves through the cooler gets directed down across the RAM modules, VRM, and other motherboard components. That amounts to extra cooling for free. The SecuFirm2™ mounting system is just the greatest thing. Installing a cooler really can't be much easier. It really needs to be an industry standard in my opinion. Typically, the thermal demands of an average HTPC system are not excessive, so a small cooler can get the job done. If you are building a more intense system, maybe an HTPC that will be hammering on the CPU, or gaming rig in a smaller case, then you will need a cooler that is up to the task. Performance of the NH-C14S is right in line with a cooler this size, so if you are building a system in a shallow case and need the cooling capacity that, for example, an overclocked 4770K might require, then you are in luck. Of course, you will want to make sure that you have adequate air flow through the case. The cooler may be able to handle the heat, but you still have to get the heat out of the case. Noctua just has it all covered. From the packaging to the last turn of the screwdriver, it is like I said at the beginning, you aren't just getting a cooler, you are getting an experience. Fit and finish are top-notch, as usual with Noctua. The center support rod seems to do a fine job of providing rigidity to the cooler. It feels rock solid. The single NF-A14 140mm PWM fan is right at home on the NH-C14S, quietly doing its job. The NH-C14S is a premium, top-flow cooler that is highly capable of handing normal everyday use, and it has proven that it can stand up to the demands of overclocking. With a six-year warranty, the NH-C14S retails for $79.99 and would be right at home in your HTPC build.
Resultado del análisis: "Noctua just has it all covered. From the packaging to the last turn of the screwdriver, it is like I said at the beginning, you aren't just getting a cooler, you are getting an experience." (Chris Dawalt, OverclockersClub.com)
21.03.2016 // ocaholic.ch
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NH-C14S Opinión

Hinsichtlich Geräuschpegel kann man sich beim NH-C14S von Noctua kaum beschweren. Bei 7 Volt betrieben, sind die Lüfter so gut wie unhörbar und selbst bei 12 Volt kann man den Kühler noch als leise bezeichnen.
Resultado del análisis: "Günstig ist dieser Brocken somit nicht, dafür aber erhält man schliesslich auch Kühlleistung satt sowie eine unhörbar leise Geräuschkulisse. Unterm Strich handelt es sich hier um ein Produkt, das wir definitiv empfehlen können." (Marc Büchel, ocaholic.ch)
31.01.2016 // Hardwareluxx.de
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NH-C14S Opinión

Der Vorteil des Single-Lüfter-Betriebs ist die deutlich verbesserte Kompatibilität. Wenn der Lüfter unterhalb der Kühllamellen montiert wird, sinkt die Gesamtkühlerhöhe deutlich, sodass der NH-C14S auch in kompakteren Gehäusen Platz findet. Wenn hingegen die RAM-Kompatibilität wichtig ist, schnallt man den Lüfter einfach von oben auf den Kühler und lässt den NH-C14S lässig die meisten RAM-Module überragen. Dass zudem auch noch die PCIe-Kompatibilität verbessert wurde, sorgt endgültig für eine weitgehend sorgenfreie Installation. Dabei fällt der NH-C14S so wuchtig aus, dass er trotz der Top-Blow-Bauweise eine beachtliche Kühlleistung vorweisen kann. Auch ein leistungsstarker Prozessor wie der Core i7-4790K wird von Noctuas runderneuertem Top-Flow-Kühler mühelos in Schach gehalten. Leistungsstarke Towerkühler sorgen zwar für noch etwas niedrigere Temperaturen, aber auch der NH-C14S hat noch ordentlich Reserven für heiße Sommertage, Übertaktungsversuche oder schlicht auch den Betrieb mit weit heruntergereltem Lüfter. Dabei profitiert auch dieser Kühler wieder von Noctuas Premiumanspruch.
Resultado del análisis: "Egal ob Kühler, Lüfter oder Montagezubehör - alle Teile fallen wertig und überzeugend aus und sorgen dafür, dass der NH-C14S ein zwar teures, aber ungemein stimmiges Gesamtpaket darstellt. Nach dem NH-D15S erhält deshalb auch das Top-Blow-S-Modell unseren Exzellent Hardware-Award." (Philipp Moosdorf, Hardwareluxx.de)
19.12.2015 // eTeknix.com
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NH-C14S Opinión

I absolutely love this cooler, it ticks all the right boxes for a high-end cooler and so much more. It’s a little on the pricey side, getting into the territory where a budget AIO water cooler could offer lower temperatures for a similar price, but like for like performance, build quality and the assurance that it’s going to keep running for many years without fault, you won’t find that in an AIO at this price. The Noctua also wins out on the acoustic performance, and it doesn’t take long to hear (or not hear) why Noctua coolers and more specifically in this instance, their fans, have won so many awards and can command a price premium. If you’re looking to build a system where compatibility is important, you’ll be very happy with the SecuFirm2 Mounting System. This cooler is really easy to install, remove and maintain. There’s room for an additional fan should you need it, although I personally don’t think it’s required, even when overclocking. The top flow design means that any conflicts with your systems VRM, memory and bigger expansion cards are simply not going to happen. You can orientate the cooler whichever way suits your build and while it is quite tall, it’s still shorter than most tower coolers overall. The inclusion of extremely high-quality fittings, a tube of some of the best thermal paste money can buy, even a custom screwdriver to help you get the cooler installed as quickly and easily as possible. It’s all these little extras that show Noctua’s dedication to quality and they’re the perfect complement to the exceptional build quality and design of the cooler.
Resultado del análisis: "The Noctua NH-C14S is simply one of the best coolers on the market today, with a fantastic visual design, great system compatibility, virtually silent operation and so more!" (Peter Donnell, eTeknix.com)
29.07.2015 // HiTechLegion.com
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NH-C14S Opinión

The transformation of the NH-C14 to the NH-C14S was a very slight one. The tower simply needed to be shifted slight over, and at first glance the differences are nearly imperceptible. Thankfully the performance differences are imperceptible, as well, leaving you with simply a more compatible NH-C14. That said, the NH-C14S sits firmly atop the performance charts of top down coolers at any price. Mind you, pricing also sits atop that chart, but at $79.95 retail it is more than fair. Leaving the top down aspect aside for a moment and looking from purely a performance standpoint, the NH-C14S still sits at the top of performance in its price class regardless of configuration. It gives up only a couple of degrees in our overclocked tests to the likes of the NH-D15, Cryorig R1 and H100i GTX, and is less expensive and quieter than any of these while having far more compatibility. It also gives up nothing in terms of build quality, sporting the same flawless fit and finish we have come to expect from Noctua products and what is arguably the best mounting kit on the market.
Resultado del análisis: "While a builder typically has to make certain concessions when using a larger air cooler, the only concession made with the NH-C14S is lack of trouble caused by component interference. The NH-C14S simply provides excellent performance with great compatibility and low noise, essentially the SFF builder’s dream. With that, the Noctua NH-C14S comes highly recommended and is the recipient of the Hi Tech Legion Editor’s Choice Award." (George Cella, HiTechLegion.com)
01.07.2015 // NextHardware.com
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NH-C14S Opinión

Impostando le ventole al massimo dei giri si assiste ad un consistente boost prestazionale che permette ad entrambi i dissipatori di raggiungere temperature mediamente inferiori di 5 °C rispetto alla precedente prova. Anche in questo caso le prestazioni delle nuove soluzioni Noctua hanno dell'incredibile, con soli 52,2 °C per il modello NH-D15S e 56,3 °C per il modello NH-C14S con ben 300W di potenza applicati. In questa prova, come abbiamo avuto di appurare durante le rilevazioni fonometriche, la rumorosità è aumentata esponenzialmente rispetto a quella a 7V, risultando comunque essere accettabile. Ricordiamo, inoltre, che trattandosi di ventole PWM difficilmente raggiungeranno il massimo dei giri nelle normali condizioni di utilizzo, soprattutto una volta utilizzato l'adattatore Low-Noise fornito a corredo.
Resultado del análisis: "Design sofisticati, materiali eccelsi e prestazioni da far impallidire la concorrenza sono ormai una costante in ognuno dei dissipatori targati Noctua. Ed i nuovi NH-D15S e NH-C14S non sono da meno grazie a strutture davvero robuste ed efficienti e a ventole estremamente performanti e silenziose." (Alfonso Basilicata, NextHardware.com)
09.06.2015 // PC-Max.de
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NH-C14S Opinión

Positiv ist uns am Noctua NH-C14S die Kühl-Performance in Verbindung mit einer guten Kompatibilität zu dem obersten PCIe-Steckplatz, den RAM-Modulen bis zu einer möglichen Höhe von 65 Millimetern und einer möglichen Gesamthöhe von 105 Millimetern aufgefallen. Auch das SecuFirm2-Systems können wir nur nochmals hervorheben, da es wirklich seinesgleichen sucht. Der mitgelieferte Lüfter verrichtete bei reduzierter Drehzahl alles in Allem seine Arbeit leise. Dank der beiliegenden Klammern kann problemlos der Kühler um ein weiteres Exemplar, auf Kosten der Gesamthöhe des Kühlers oder aber der möglichen Höhe der Speichermodule, je nachdem wo man den ersten Lüfter platziert hat, erweitert werden.
Resultado del análisis: "Der österreichische Hersteller Noctua liefert sowohl mit dem NH-C14S als auch mit dem NH-D15S gute Produkte ab, so dass die Anfangs gestellte Frage "s" wie super?" in fast allen Belangen mit einem "Ja" beantwortet werden kann." (Christopher Vollrath, PC-Max.de)
09.06.2015 // El Chapuzas Informático
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NH-C14S Opinión

En el gráfico anterior podemos observar las temperaturas alcanzadas por el Noctua NH-C14S. Vemos así como con una temperatura ambiente de 24ºC, alcanzamos los 69.5ºC bajo carga de trabajo (3.90 GHz) y subimos hasta los 79.75ºC realizando cierto overclocking al procesador (4.20 GHz). Teniendo en cuenta que nuestro i7-4770K es muy muy calentorro, son excelentes temperaturas para mantener cualquier procesador con una alta dosis de overclocking, incluso los de alto TDP.
Resultado del análisis: "El Noctua NH-C14S es una excelente opción para chasis que limitan en gran medida la altura del disipador, pues si usamos memorias de perfil bajo (hasta 40 mm) podremos colocar el ventilador por debajo del radiador y tener una altura del conjunto de tan solo 115 mm, con un rendimiento sensacional. Si tenemos algo más de espacio, podemos optar por un segundo ventilador o por colocar el primero sobre el radiador y subir la capacidad de memorias hasta los 70 mm, aunque la altura del conjunto asciende hasta los 140 mm. Eso sí, en todo caso la sonoridad es mínima y tenemos total compatibilidad con el primer slot PCIe." (Iván Martínez, El Chapuzas Informático)
02.06.2015 // ExtraHardware.cz
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NH-C14S Opinión

+ vysoký výkon pri maximálnych otáčkach
+ vynikajúci pomer výšky ku chladiacej účinnosti
+ nadštandardná podpora zo strany výrobcu (predzvesť kompatibility i o niekoľko rokov)
+ pevná a veľmi pohodlná montáž k základnej doske
+ s ventilátorom hore nekoliduje ani s najvýššími pamäťami
+ osvedčený dlhoveký ventilátor s tichým motorčekom
+ prvotriedne dielenské spracovanie pasívu
+ optimalizácia pasívu – na žravých pretaktovaných procesoroch výrazne výkonnejší než C14
Resultado del análisis: "Kto hľadá hľadá luxusný chladič do malej, výškovo obmedzenej skrinky približne na formát dnes testovanej Noctuy a na cene mu zase až tak nezáleží, je NH-C14S dosť možno pravdepodobne tým najlepším, čo viete svojmu procesoru a ušiam dopriať, za čo udeľujeme chladiču zaslúžené ocenenie „We Want It!“." (Ľubomír Samák, ExtraHardware.cz)

Manual de instalación (PDF)

Hoja de datos (PDF)

Preguntas frecuentes

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

In which orientation should top-flow coolers (NH-C series, NH-L12) be installed?

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

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

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

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

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?

How to remove the base protection cover?

I get a CPU fan error using my Noctua PWM fan, is it faulty?

Does the mounting-system support LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs?

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

Why is the cooler’s contact surface slightly convex?

Is the cooler compatible with LGA775 and LGA1366?

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?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

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

My Noctua PWM fan starts to spin when the PC boots but then stops, what is wrong?

My Noctua PWM fan runs at a much higher minimum speed than advertised, what is wrong?

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 Acer, Dell, HP or Lenovo?

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

How big is the NH-C14S and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and mainboard heatsinks?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

Why doesn't the supplied backplate fit my LGA2011 motherboard?

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

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

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

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

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

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

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

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

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

¿Por qué la base de los disipadores Noctua no tiene un acabado pulido como un espejo?

Teniendo en cuenta que mayoría de los entusiastas del hardware usan compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad, la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua se ha optimizado para el uso de este tipo de pastas térmicas. Las micro-hendiduras de la superficie de la base de los disipadores Noctua aseguran que los compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad se dispersen de manera uniforme en una fina capa por toda la zona de contacto y que no queden huecos entre el disipador y la CPU. Con un acabado pulido como un espejo, el riesgo de una dispersión desigual es mucho más alto. Dado que las capas demasiado gruesas de pasta térmica y los huecos con aire deterioran dramáticamente la transferencia térmica, las micro-hendiduras son de vital importancia en el rendimiento general de los disipadores Noctua cuando se usan con compuestos térmicos de alta viscosidad.

In which orientation should top-flow coolers (NH-C series, NH-L12) be installed?

When using top-flow coolers in a tower-style case, we strongly recommend installing the cooler with the heatpipes in horizontal position or with the bends of the heatpipes pointing downwards. Please avoid installing the cooler with the bends pointing upwards as this may result in reduced cooling performance. In desktop cases, the cooler can be used in any orientation.

Orientation

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.

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

Can the cooler be installed turned by 90° on AMD sockets?

No. The new SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM2, AM2+ and AM3 uses the same standardised hole spacing as the Intel system and thus allows for a much easier installation, but the cooler cannot be installed turned by 90°.

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 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



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 get a CPU fan error using my Noctua PWM fan, is it faulty?

Noctua PWM fans feature a minimum speed of 300rpm to allow for ultra quiet operation when your CPU is at idle state and doesn’t require higher cooling performance. Some mainboards display error messages such as “CPU fan error” during the booting process when the fan speed is below a certain level. If you get such error messages using your Noctua PWM fan and if such options are available in your BIOS, please either adjust the minimum fan speed monitoring limit to 200rpm or increase the minimum PWM duty cycle. If your BIOS doesn’t offer these options, please disable CPU fan errors. For detailed information on BIOS fan settings, please consult your mainoard’s manual or contact your mainboard manufacturer.

Does the mounting-system support LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs?

There are two different types of ILM (Independent Loading Mechanism) for Intel’s LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs: Square ILM with 80x80mm hole spacing and Narrow ILM with 56x94mm hole spacing. The Square ILM socket is mechanically identical to the LGA2011 socket for Core i7, so the mounting-system is fully compatible, but it is not compatible with Xeon mainboards that use the Narrow ILM:

Xeon Compatibility

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.

Why is the cooler’s contact surface slightly convex?

As the Integrated Heat Spreaders (IHS) of today’s CPUs are slightly concave, the cooler’s contact surface has been deliberately designed to be slightly convex in order to ensure optimal contact. This way, more contact pressure will be applied at the centre of the IHS directly above the DIE, which results in better heat transfer and improved overall performance.

Is the cooler compatible with LGA775 and LGA1366?

The cooler does not support LGA775 and LGA1366 out of the box, but can be made compatible using the NM-I3 mounting kit. Noctua provides the NM-I3 kit free of charge if a proof of purchase (scan, photo or electronic copy of the invoice) of the cooler and an LGA775 or LGA1366 motherboard or CPU are presented. In order to install the cooler using the NM-I3 kit, please first unscrew the center screw of the original one-piece fastening bracket (you can reach through the fin stack using the long screw driver supplied with the cooler) and remove it. Then install the two fastening brackets of the NM-I3 kit as described in the NM-I3 installation manual.

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.

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

Yes. Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011-0 and 2011-3, the cooler supports both types of LGA2011-3.

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 Noctua PWM fan starts to spin when the PC boots but then stops, what is wrong?

Some mainboards feature 4-pin fan headers that actually don‘t use a PWM signal on Pin 4 to control the fan speed but rather reduce the voltage on Pin 2 (like a standard 3-pin fan header). In this case, it may occur that the mainboard reduces the voltage so much that the fan stops. Please refer to your mainboard manual to check whether or not your mainboard has 4-pin fan headers that control the fan speed by reducing voltage on Pin 2 rather than by changing the PWM duty cycle on Pin 4:

4 pin fan header types

Note that mainboard manufacturers use different terms to indicate that Pin 4 is not being used for PWM control (e.g. “+5V”, “VCC” or “NC”), but if one of these terms is used, you can be sure that the fan header does not support PWM. If Pin 4 is described as “Speed Control” or “PWM” or the like, you can be sure that the fan header supports PWM.

Unfortunately, the description of Pin 2 is not always a clear indication as some manufacturers use terms such as “Fan PWR” or “Power” for both types of fan headers. However, if Pin 2 is described as “Speed Control”, you can also be sure that the fan header does not support PWM based speed control. If Pin 2 is described as “+12V”, this is a clear indication that the fan header supports PWM.

Please also note that in some cases, the descriptions of the pin layouts in the mainboard manuals may not be correct and some models actually allow you to switch the fan headers from voltage control mode to PWM control mode in the BIOS even though the pin descriptions do not indicate PWM support. We thus recommend to look for these options in the BIOS before taking other measures. In case of doubt, please contact your mainboard manufacturer.



To resolve the issue, you can:

  1. Choose a higher fan speed profile in the BIOS (e.g. „normal“ instead of „silent“, etc.) or deactivate automatic fan speed control and use a Low-Noise Adaptor instead.

  2. Use the mainboard‘s fan speed control software or 3rd party tools like Speedfan to regulate the fan speed. Unlike BIOS based fan speed control, the supplied software usually checks whether the fan has stopped and increases voltage accordingly or at least offer more options to set up the fan properly.

  3. If your mainboard features other 4-pin fan headers that use PWM for speed control, you can run multiple fans from these headers using Y-split cables. Make sure not to exceed the specified maximum power draw of the fan headers (usually 10-12W) though.

My Noctua PWM fan runs at a much higher minimum speed than advertised, what is wrong?

The specified minimum speed refers to the speed at 20% PWM duty cycle. There can be several reasons why the fan doesn‘t go as low as indicated:

  1. Many mainboards do not go below 40%, 50% or even 60% PWM duty cycle on case fan headers. Please refer to your mainboard manual to verify whether the fan header actually goes down to 20% duty cycle. If that's not the case, in some cases you can use the fan speed control software supplied with your mainboard to overcome these limitations and reduce the fan speed even further. However, 3rd party tools like SpeedFan offer greater flexibility and better options to work around the limitations imposed by the mainboard vendors.

  2. Some mainboards feature 4-pin fan headers that actually don‘t use a PWM signal on Pin 4 to control the fan speed but rather reduce the voltage on Pin 2 (like a standard 3-pin fan header). As the fan speed at minimum voltage is usually higher than the speed at 20% PWM duty cycle, the fan can not reach as low minimum speeds under voltage control as under PWM control. Please refer to your mainboard manual to check whether or not your mainboard has 4-pin fan headers that control the fan speed by reducing voltage on Pin 2 rather than by changing the PWM duty cycle on Pin 4:

    4 pin fan header types

    Note that mainboard manufacturers use different terms to indicate that Pin 4 is not being used for PWM control (e.g. “+5V”, “VCC” or “NC”), but if one of these terms is used, you can be sure that the fan header does not support PWM. If Pin 4 is described as “Speed Control” or “PWM” or the like, you can be sure that the fan header supports PWM.

    Unfortunately, the description of Pin 2 is not always a clear indication as some manufacturers use terms such as “Fan PWR” or “Power” for both types of fan headers. However, if Pin 2 is described as “Speed Control”, you can also be sure that the fan header does not support PWM based speed control. If Pin 2 is described as “+12V”, this is a clear indication that the fan header supports PWM.

    Please also note that in some cases, the descriptions of the pin layouts in the mainboard manuals may not be correct and some models actually allow you to switch the fan headers from voltage control mode to PWM control mode in the BIOS even though the pin descriptions do not indicate PWM support. We thus recommend to look for these options in the BIOS before taking other measures. In case of doubt, please contact your mainboard manufacturer.


    If your mainboard features other 4-pin fan headers that use PWM for speed control, you can run multiple fans from these headers using Y-split cables. Make sure not to exceed the specified maximum power draw of the fan headers (usually 10-12W) though.

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 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.

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).

How big is the NH-C14S and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and mainboard heatsinks?

Please refer to the following drawing for the exact measurements and clearance for RAM and motherboard heatsinks:

C14S

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.

Why doesn't the supplied backplate fit my LGA2011 motherboard?

The supplied backplate is for LGA115x only and there is no backplate required for installation on LGA2011. Please refer to the installation manual for how to install the heatsink on LGA2011.

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.

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, for safety reasons, taking the cooler off. 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 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

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.

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.

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

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-L9x65 SE-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

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