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Construido en base al legendario NH-D14 y habiendo llevado a cabo las investigaciones necesarias para obtener el más alto rendimiento en refrigeración silenciosa, el modelo NH-D15 de Noctua es un disipador de doble torre que cumple con las más altas expectativas. La disposición más separada de los heatpipes y sus dos ventiladores NF-A15 de 140 mm con soporte PWM para un control automático de la velocidad le permite mejorar la eficiencia del galardonado NH-D14. Equipado con el fiable sistema de montaje multisocket SecuFirm2™, el aclamado compuesto térmico NT-H1 de Noctua y gracias a los 6 años de garantía del fabricante, el NH-D15 se presenta como una solución completa y de gran calidad, al igual que se establece como la elección perfecta para usuarios y entusiastas del silencio.
Detalles
Basado en el galardonado NH-D14

Basado en el galardonado NH-D14

Noctua's NH-D14 has received more than 350 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines, making it one of the most successful premium heatsinks ever built. With its expanded layout and dual NF-A15 fans, the NH-D15 further improves the D14's much acclaimed quiet cooling performance.
Diseño de doble torre con 6 heatpipes

Diseño de doble torre con 6 heatpipes

Al compararlo con los disipadores convencionales de una sola torre, el preciso diseño de doble torre con 6 heatpipes del NH-D15 proporciona una mayor superficie, una mejor distribución y una eficiencia de flujo de aire superior, gracias al doble ventilador.
Conjunto de aletas más anchas y disposición más separada de los heatpipes

Conjunto de aletas más anchas y disposición más separada de los heatpipes

Comparado con el NH-D14, el conjunto de aletas del NH-D15 ha pasado de tener 140 mm a 150 mm y sus heatpipes están ahora más separados, lo que permite una distribución del calor más uniforme sobre un área de superficie mayor y, por lo tanto, contribuye a una mayor eficiencia del NH-D15.
Alta compatibilidad de RAM en modelos de un solo ventilador

Alta compatibilidad de RAM en modelos de un solo ventilador

Gracias a sus aletas más bajas, el NH-D15 proporciona un hueco de 64 mm para los disipadores de memoria más grandes en modelos de un solo ventilador, lo que hace que sea compatible con la mayoría de módulos RAM del mercado. En modelos de doble ventilador, el NH-D15 debería usarse con módulos RAM que tengan una medida estándar (de hasta 32 mm)*.
Doble ventilador NF-A15 de 140 mm

Doble ventilador NF-A15 de 140 mm

El NH-D15 cuenta con dos ventiladores NF-A15 de 140 mm de gran calidad. Al cumplir con los estándares AAO (Optimización Acústica Avanzada) de Noctua y gracias al sofisticado diseño aerodinámico que mide los Canales de Aceleración de Flujo, el NF-A15 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

Los ventiladores NF-A15 del NH-D15 incluyen 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.
Excelente refrigeración de los componentes

Excelente refrigeración de los componentes

Situado en la parte inferior del conjunto de aletas, los grandes ventiladores NF-A15 no sólo contribuyen a incrementar las grandiosas capacidades de refrigeración de la CPU del NH-D15, sino que también brindan un considerable flujo de aire a los componentes que rodean a la placa base y disipadores, asegurando así un excelente rendimiento de refrigeración de los componentes.
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, LGA2066 y AMD (AM3(+), AM2(+), FM1, FM2(+)), el montaje de SecuFirm2™, incluido con el NH-D15, garantiza una presión de contacto perfecta y máxima comodidad en todos los sockets.
Compatibilidad con los antiguos y nuevos sockets

Compatibilidad con los antiguos y nuevos sockets

Al cumplir con los estándares del SecuFirm2™, el NH-D15 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

El aclamado NT-H1 de Noctua es una solución térmica de gama alta de probada calidad que proporciona una resistencia térmica mínima, gran facilidad de uso y una destacable fiabilidad, lo que lo hace adecuado para su uso en entornos de estaciones de trabajo y servidores profesionales.
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, los modelos NF-A15 ofrecen un tiempo medio de vida entre fallos (MTBF) de más de 150 000 horas y el paquete NH-D15 completo viene con una garantía total del fabricante de 6 años.
*En chasis con un hueco para el disipador de CPU de más de 160 mm, el ventilador delantero puede moverse hacia arriba para dejar hueco a los módulos de memoria que tengan más de 32 mm.
NH-D15
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)
160 mm
Anchura (sin ventilador)
150 mm
Profundidad (sin ventilador)
135 mm
Altura (con ventilador)
165 mm
Anchura (con ventilador)
150 mm
Profundidad (con ventilador)
161 mm
Peso (sin ventilador)
980 g
Peso (con ventilador/es)
1320 g
Material
Cobre (base y heat-pipes), aluminio (aletas de refrigeración), uniones soldadas, niquelado
Tamaño del ventilador
140x150x25 (con agujeros de montaje 120mm), 140x140x25 (con agujeros de montaje 120mm), 120x120x25
Volumen de entrega
  • 2x ventilador de primera calidad NF-A15 PWM
  • 2x adaptador para reducción del ruido (L.N.A.)
  • Cable con forma de Y
  • Compuesto térmico NT-H1
  • Sistema de montaje SecuFirm2™
  • Noctua Case-Badge en metal
Garantía
6 años
Especificaciones ventilador
Modelo
2x Noctua NF-A15 PWM
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)
Voltaje
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
NH-D15
NH-D15
NH-D15
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA115x installation
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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08.10.2017 // Obzorium.com
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В тестах Noctua NH-D15 показал себя с лучшей стороны — здесь идеальная температура в простое и совершенно спокойные температуры при стандартной нагрузке и в режиме OC. Кулер трудился около 10 часов в Linx, но ни разу не выскочил за обозначенные цифры. Скажем больше — для обычного ПК это избыточная эффективность, которую лучше пускать именно на оверклокерские системы.
Resultado del análisis: "Кулер Noctua NH-D15 можно посоветовать всем, кто так или иначе увлекается разгоном — профессионально или просто меняя цифры в настройках BIOS. Он выдает великолепные показатели при слабых нагрузках, а при использовании в тяжелых приложениях вроде современных игр вы его практически не услышите. Однозначно, это один из лучших кулеров на рынке от компании Noctua." (Natalya Scherbakova, Obzorium.com)
01.10.2017 // HardwareField.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

اداء المشتتات ممتاز مع كافة المعالجات و لكن اريد ان اصنف المشتتات على حسب الاستخدام و نضع المشتت D15 ضمن فئة الاقوى و U14S ضمن الفئة المتوسطة و الاول يستطيع السيطرة على درجات حرارة المعالجات التى تحتوى على عدد كبير من الانوية و ايضا قدرته على الحفاظ على درجات حرارة المعالج فى حالة كسر السرعة اما المشتت U14S فسوف يكون مناسب جدا مع المعالجات التى تحتوى على 4 انوية على الاكثر و ايضا يستطيع التغلب على درجات حرارة تلك المعالجات مع كسر السرعة خصوصا ان Noctua توفر الادوات اللازمة لتثبيت مروحة اخرى للمشتت لكى يكون اكثر كفاءة و توفر تلك المراوح ايضا.
Resultado del análisis: "مشتتات Noctua دائما ما تبقى فى صدارة الافضل من بين المشتتات الهوائية فى مختلف التصميمات " (Ahmed Mohamed Elsayed, HardwareField.com)
26.09.2017 // Enostech.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

With just 1-2C difference with the Corsair H100i V2, the Noctua NH-D15 has delivered quite a punch. It has also beaten the Cryorig R1 Ultimate though with a marginal difference.
Resultado del análisis: "NH-D15 is definitely a king of air coolers tested so far on my test bench. What is more compelling is the fact that all this performance is delivered with silent operations." (Nauman Siddique, Enostech.com)
22.09.2017 // GamingSociety.pl
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NH-D15 Opinión

Wydajność stoi na najwyższym poziomie, w teście Linx wyprzedając dotychczasowego lidera, czyli Cryorig R1 Ultimate. Dla przypomnienia, testowy procesor to Intel i7 7700K podkręcony do niebagatelnych 5 GHz, przy 1,35 V, co stanowi duże wyzwanie dla chłodzeń.
Resultado del análisis: "Wyśmienite parametry testowanego sprzętu sprawiły, że redakcja Gaming Society postanowiła przyznać rekomendację dla Noctua NH-D15 w kategorii POWER." (Krzysztof Hukałowicz, GamingSociety.pl)
19.09.2017 // Game2Gether.de
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NH-D15 Opinión

Kühlleistung pur dank Noctua NH-D15. Noctuas derzeitiges Top Produkt der Premium Cooler Serie ist nicht unbegründet einer der besten und beliebtesten CPU-Kühler. Denn kaum ein Konkurrent bietet so viel Kühlleistung wie der NH-D15. Die Qualität braucht sich nicht zu verstecken und wird dem Namenszusatz Premium Cooler mehr als nur gerecht.
Resultado del análisis: "Solltet ihr also den nötigen Platz für den Noctua NH-D15 haben und Geld spielt weniger die Rolle, dann solltet ihr bedenkenlos zum Nocuta NH-D15 greifen. Damit habt ihr mit eine der besten Twin-Tower Kühllösungen, die es derzeit auf dem Markt gibt." (Patrick Heinemann, Game2Gether.de)
14.09.2017 // HW-Journal.de
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Der Noctua NH-D15 hatte schon auf dem Papier hohe Erwartungen geschürt. Am Ende wurden wir in vielen Punkten nicht enttäuscht. Der mächtige Dual-Tower glänzt unter anderem mit einer hervorragenden Verarbeitung die sich auch beim Zubehör und den Lüftern wiederspiegelt. Dies betrifft die Qualität der Beschichtungen ebenso wie die Montage der Komponenten. Auch das Montagesystem ScureFirm2 ist gut und einfach. Hier dürften auch Laien keine Probleme haben. Mit der größten Masse im Testfeld, setzt er sich bei unseren Leistungstests in beiden Fällen (fast) an die Spitze dieses. Die Abstände zu anderen Kühler fallen zwar gering aus, jedoch trauen wir dem Kühler auch noch deutliche Reserven für noch mehr Abwärme zu.
Resultado del análisis: "Leistungsmäßg geht der Kühler als Testsieger aus unserem Vergleich hervor." (Niklas Schubert, HW-Journal.de)
13.09.2017 // TechRadar.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

Although you may not be familiar with Noctua, this CPU cooler kicks off our list of the best CPU coolers with a compelling premise: that while it’s not a liquid cooling system, it works just as well if not better than some all-in-one loops. Noctua focuses solely on designing coolers, and just coolers, so this is one of the quietest concoctions you’ll find, not to mention it comes with a six-year warranty.
Resultado del análisis: "Best CPU cooler 2017!" (Gabe Carey, TechRadar.com)
01.09.2017 // HardManiacos.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

Después de haber analizado y probado este disipador Noctua NH-D15, podemos decir que se trata de un buen disipador, especialmente indicado para aquellos procesadores de gama alta o en los que queramos realizar algún OC, ya que la temperatura será bastante estable y baja, al contar con doble torre de refrigeración y doble ventilador, ya que como vimos en el test realizado, esta temperatura no supera los 55º C.
Resultado del análisis: "Por todo lo visto anteriormente, vemos que el Noctua NH-D15 es un disipador de buena calidad y refrigeración, especialmente indicado para procesadores de gama alta u OC, y por ello, le damos el premio de calidad-precio, recomendando el uso del mismo en aquellas situaciones en las que necesitemos una refrigeración extra de nuestra CPU." (Daniel Rey, HardManiacos.com)
25.08.2017 // PC Builder's Club
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NH-D15 Opinión

Kommen wir zum Leistungskönig dieses Wettkampfs. Der Noctua NH-D15 ist ein wahrlich gigantischer Kühler und mit 92€ der teuerste in unserem Test. Der Eindruck kommt vor allem durch die hohe Breite des Kühlkörpers. Mit 165mm Bauhöhe passt er weiterhin in viele Midtower. Zwei entkoppelte 140mm PWM-Lüfter in gewöhnungsbedürftigem, aber typischen Noctua-Braun sorgen für Druck auf den Kühlfinnen der zwei Kühltürme. Diese sind im Natur-Aluminiumlook gehalten. Die Heatpipes sind auf der Oberseite mit Stopfen verschlossen. Die Aluminium-Finnen sind mit insgesamt sechs Heatpipes mit der Bodenplatte verbunden. Einen dezidierten TDP-Wert gibt Noctua für seine Kühler nie an, da dieser von Plattform zu Plattform variiert, die TDP dürfte zur Vergleichbarkeit aber jenseits der 250 Watt liegen. Der NH-D15 ist entsprechend für alle Prozessoren inklusive Skylake-X geeignet. Entsprechendes Montagematerial und eine Wärmeleitpaste legt Noctua natürlich bei. Lediglich das AM4-Kit muss bei Bedarf nachgefordert werden.
Resultado del análisis: "Der König dieses Tests ist mit riesigen Kühltürmen und großen, auffälligen Lüftern sicher nicht Jedermanns Sache, kühlt aber am besten." (Florian Maislinger, PC Builder's Club)
15.08.2017 // Najdiigru.ru
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NH-D15 Opinión

Эффективность и качество — неоспоримые атрибуты Noctua NH — D15 и, прежде всего, этот обзор планировался для того, чтобы оценить эффективность кулера на примере актуальных и популярных процессоров. Как видно по итогам тестирования, Intel Core i7 -7700K и AMD Ryzen 7 1700 успешно охлаждаются данной системой охлаждения и даже есть запас под серьезный разгон, впрочем, мы и достигли практически максимальных частот для этих процессоров. Единственная платформа, с которой Noctua NH — D15 справляется с трудом — это LGA 2066 и, если эксплуатировать процессоры в стоке, то у вас все будет в порядке, но как только вы тронете разгон, его эффективности может не хватить, процессоры на архитектуре Skylake — X получились, и вправду, очень горячими.
Resultado del análisis: "По итогам тестирования Noctua NH — D15 получает награду Выбор редакции. Это далеко не самая дешевая система охлаждения, но ее эффективность и качество не ставится под сомнение." (Ульяна Шельдяева, Najdiigru.ru)

Manual de instalación (PDF)

Hoja de datos (PDF)

Preguntas frecuentes

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

How big is the NH-D15 and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and chipset coolers?

Can I install a third fan on the NH-D15?

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

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

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 to remove the base protection cover?

Does the mounting-system support LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs?

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?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

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

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

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

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

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

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

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

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

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

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

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, fan clips for installing square frame 140mm fans (such as the NF-A14) are available on request via our customer support.

How big is the NH-D15 and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and chipset coolers?

Please refer to the following drawing for the exact measurements and clearance for RAM and chipset coolers:

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The front fins of the NH-D15 generally protrude over the RAM slots. Due to the recessed lower fins, it is still possible to use RAM modules with up to 64mm height in single fan mode. In dual fan mode, the front fan will sit above the RAM slots as well. In this case, Noctua recommends using standard height RAM (up to 32mm). However, in chassis with more than 165mm CPU cooler clearance, the front fan can be moved upwards to make room for memory modules taller than 32mm (e.g. moving the fan 5mm up will increase the total height from 165 to 170mm and make room for 37mm tall modules).

Can I install a third fan on the NH-D15?

Adding a third fan to the NH-D15 only yields minimal improvements in cooling performance (0.5°C max.), but noise levels will increase significantly. As this doesn’t make sense from a technical point of view, we don’t include mounting hardware for a third fan in the box and don’t offer it separately.

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).

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.

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 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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

¿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.

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

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

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.

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.

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-L12S
NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-L9a-AM4

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

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

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

NH-U14S
NH-U12S
NH-U9S

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

NH-L9a
NH-L9i

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

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

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

NH-U12DO A3
NH-U9 DO A3

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

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

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

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

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

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

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 were 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.

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

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

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 independently from the second fan’s rpm signal.

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.

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).

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

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

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