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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 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 LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate necessario)
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)
Potencia
1,56 W
Voltaje
12 V
MTBF
> 150.000 h
NH-D15
NH-D15
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA115x installation
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA2011 installation
SecuFirm2™ AMD installation (NM-AMB1)
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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07.09.2016 // ITHardware.pl
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NH-D15 Opinión

Noctua NH-D15 to bezpośredni następca dwuwieżowego modelu NH-D14. Nie jest to już produkt nowy, na rynku jest od ponad dwóch lat - co oczywiście nic mu nie ujmuje. Jak wiadomo, sukcesor legendy może tylko... tworzyć nową legendę. I tak oto NH-D15 ma nieco większą powierzchnię rozpraszania ciepła i jeden ciepłowód ekstra. Troszkę pozmieniało się też w temacie wentylatorów - w poprzednim modelu był jeden 120 mm oraz jeden 140 mm. Teraz obydwa są 140 mm (typu oversized - z otworami 120 mm). Co dla niektórych może być istotne, są także szybsze i kręcą się z deklarowaną szybkością 1500 obr./min (realnie troszkę szybciej), mając przy tym 4-pinową wtyczkę PWM. Nie musimy więc stosować żadnych przejściówek spowalniających - płyta główna sama w sobie może zapewnić bardzo cichą pracę komputera. Mimo to producent, w myśl tradycji, takie przejściówki dołącza. Spowalniają one wentylatory do 1200 obr./min. Rozwijając kwestię wentylatorów, mogą one osiągać nawet nieco więcej niż 1500 obr./min - odbywa się to oczywiście kosztem kultury pracy na maksymalnych obrotach. A jaka jest wydajność? Jak widac na wykresach - rewelacyjna. Już teraz można powiedzieć, że to jedna z najwydajniejszych konstrukcji w całym teście. Nawet przy włączonej regulacji obrotów NH-D15 pokazuje pazurki. Skąd tak dobra wydajność? Jest ona związana przede wszystkim z jakością rurek cielnych, użytych materiałów, a także z tym, że finy są przylutowane do rurek cieplnych.
Resultado del análisis: "Bez wątpienia jest to cooler godny polecenia, o ile nie brak Wam gotówki." (Krzysztof Opacki , ITHardware.pl)
11.08.2016 // Overclock3D.net
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NH-D15 Opinión

Well guys, it's been an epic and certainly the largest written review we've ever done, and with a total of 35 coolers tested we feel it qualifies for the title "Mega Test". So what have we learned along the way. Well as suspected, the Noctuas largely dominated the performance charts with the Mighty NH-D15 taking top spot overall [...].
Resultado del análisis: "The Noctua NH-D15 earns itself a Performance award for being the coolest cooler that ever cooled. It seems it's going to take something very special to knock it off the top spot." (Gary Wain, Overclock3D.net)
06.08.2016 // hardwareinside.de
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NH-D15 Opinión

Für diesen Test haben wir noch weitere potente Kühler hinzugezogen um die Temperaturen miteinander zu vergleichen. Zum einheizen kam wieder Prime95 zum Einsatz, die Temperaturen haben wir nach 30 Minuten Prime abgenommen. Die Temperatur beim Spielen besteht aus einem Durchschnittswert, den wir in den Spielen – The Witcher 3, Star Wars Battlefront und Project Cars ermittelt haben. Für die Lüfter des Kühlers haben wir eine feste Kurve erstellt. Die Gehäuselüfter haben wir auf eine Leistung von 25% fixiert. Die Kühler liegen alle recht nahe beieinander aber der Noctua NH-D15 hielt die CPU immer etwas kühler als die Konkurrenten. Während der gesamten Testphase waren die Lüfter des Kühlers unhörbar.
Resultado del análisis: "In unserem Test konnte sich der NH-D15 an der Spitze des Kühler Roundups platzieren und die meisten seiner direkten Konkurrenten hinter sich lassen. Der NH-D15 kann bedenkenlos allen Käufern empfohlen werden, die einen kompromisslosen Premium-Kühler suchen, der nicht nur sehr leistungsstark ist, sondern dabei auch noch Silent Qualitäten besitzt." (Sebastian Psotta, hardwareinside.de)
06.08.2016 // Building a Gaming PC
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NH-D15 Opinión

To test the cooler out I used an i5-4690K that runs at 3.5GHz standard speed and at 3.9GHz boost. I used Core Temp to measure how hot things got on the CPU, and to log temperatures for 10 minutes, then tested the processor using the CPU stress tool Prime95. So how did the Noctua NH-D15 fair? Well at idle the CPU merrily chugged along at between 24-25c. After a 10-minute test on Prime95, Core Temp recorded a temperature of 64c. This doesn’t really mean anything unless it’s compared to something, so I switched the NH-D15 out and reinstalled the stock CPU fan and cooler provided by Intel. As expected the stock cooler fared a lot worse. At idle the CPU was 33c, but following a 10-minute stress test on Prime95 the CPU temperature skyrocketed to 100c – way too hot! So the NH-D15 at stock operation, managed to reduce the CPU’s temperature by around 8-9c, but was a massive 36c cooler following a stress test. What this means is that investing in a cooler like the NH-D15 will go a long way to extending the life of your CPU, and will also help to cool the rest of your system too.
Resultado del análisis: "The verdict is in, and it’s good. If you’re looking for a near-liquid level of CPU cooling, but don’t want the extra work that comes with it, the Noctua NH-D15 is for you." (Chris Sealey, Building a Gaming PC)
29.07.2016 // hardwareBG.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

През последните няколко години компанията Noctua създаде много сериозно име в IT средите, особено когато става дума за охладители за процесори, или пък вентилатори за монтаж в компютърните шасита. Макар конкуренцията винаги да е била много сериозна, а понякога и доста добре ценово ориентирана, с високото ниво на качество на своите предложения, Noctua съумяха да се позиционират в най-високите нива на производители на споменатите компютърни продукти. Едва ли са много хората, които не са чували за вездесъщият процесорен охладител Noctua NH-D14, който междувпрочем съвсем скоро ще е напълно съвместим с процесорите на AMD с архитектура Zen и Socket AM4, благодарение на новите крепежни елементи, които от Noctua ще раздават (за пореден път) безплатно на всеки потребител, който може чрез документ да докаже, че притежава дънна платка и процесор за Socket AM4, както и разбира се охладител Noctua. Но да не се разсейваме излишно, ами да обърнем внимание конкретно на фокуса на този материал – процесорите Skylake и тяхното охлаждане.
Resultado del análisis: "Noctua е един от най-сериозните и постоянните производители на процесорни охладители, които присъстват на компютърният пазар и година след година радват своите потребители не само с нови модели охладители, но и с някои специфични “бонус програми”, като например безплатни монтажни елементи за поставяне на по-стари модели охладители върху нови процесорни платформи." (Тодор Богданов, hardwareBG.com)
06.07.2016 // Gaming.si
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NH-D15 Opinión

Vendar pomembnejši od izkušnje namestitve ostaja sam performance – in glede na ceno mora biti ta biti izjemen. Z veseljem sporočam, da pa temu tudi je tako, saj je na naši i7 2600k v Fractal Design Define R3 pri ambientalni temperaturi 24 stopinj celzija ob poganjanju AIDA64 Extreme testa 30 minut procesor dosegel le 62 stopinj z enim ventilatorjem in 60 stopinj z dvema nameščenima ventilatorjema, brez LNA adapterjev. Za primerjavo, je npr. vodno hlajenje Corsair H100i, ki smo ga v ločenem projektu namestili tudi na grafično kartico- več o tem s klikom na tekst – pri Balanced nastavitvi dosegalo temperaturo 64 stopinj celzija in pri Maximum 61 stopinj celzija.
Resultado del análisis: "Vse to ob tem, da je zadeva bistveno tišja od vseh integriranih vodnih hlajenj in primerljivih zračnih hlajenj že brez Low Noise Adapterja, ko pa namestimo še tega in efektivno undervoltamo ventilatorje, pa postane ta popolnoma neslišen, temperatura se pa dvigne za 4 stopinje v našem primeru, kar je daleč od temperature na kateri se znižuje življenjska doba komponent, kaj šele da pride do nevarnosti pregrevanja." (Samo Zavašnik, Gaming.si)
22.06.2016 // PC Revue 07-08/2016
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NH-D15 Opinión

Najvýkonnejší, najúčinnejší, ale i najdrahší a najväčší chladič v teste. Náskok oproti Fume je pomerne malý, prehlbuje sa až pri nízkych otáčkach, kde D15 zvýhodňuje väčšia plocha rebrovania.
Resultado del análisis: "Pokiaľ beriete ohľad nielen na účinnosť, ale i kvalitu ventilátorov a celkové spracovanie vrátane montážneho systému, je pre vás Noctua NH-D15 vo výbere voľba číslo jeden." (Ľubomír Samák, PC Revue)
20.06.2016 // Passion-Hardware.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

Cette fois ci notre méthode de benchmark diffère légèrement. Notre Xeon n’étant pas suffisant pour mettre en difficulté ce monstre, nous utilisons donc un i7 5960x@4.3Ghz (vcore = 1.25). Au terme d’une longue heure de stress test CPU nous relevons un delta T de 55° (77° mesuré avec une température ambiante de 22°) sur le cœur le plus chaud et ce dans un silence absolu. Ce chiffre peut paraitre haut, mais il s’agit de dissiper pas loin de 250W en burn !
Resultado del análisis: "Un bundle complet, une qualité exceptionnelle, un montage des plus simples, des performances au rendez-vous et le tout en silence, ce NH-D15 est une grande réussite ! Les utilisateurs désirant des performances premium (pas d’accent) en Air Cooling ont ici un produit parfait !" (Alessandro Gallo, Passion-Hardware.com)
10.06.2016 // MacFay Hardware
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NH-D15 Opinión

Comme vous pouvez le voir sur le graphique, les tests de température sur le i3 550 sont également très concluants. En effet, au repos, le CPU ne dépasse pas les 27° ce qui est très confortable pour un processeur en usage courant. A plein régime (c’est-à-dire après 30 minutes d’OCCT), le CPU varie entre 47 et 52 degrés, c’est même mieux que certaines performances de watercooling !
Resultado del análisis: "Globalement ce radiateur est un très bon produit, on le recommandera à tous ceux qui souhaitent un CPU bien au frais sans les nuisances sonores ni le risque de prendre un AiO ou watercooling custom ! Son prix étant d’environ 90€, il se place dans les radiateurs chers, mais il vient méchamment titiller les performances des watercoolings de la même gamme de prix." (Alexis Fayet, MacFay Hardware)
09.06.2016 // TecnoUser.net
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NH-D15 Opinión

NH-D15 è consigliato per chi ha configurazioni spinte o possiede CPU che scaldano parecchio. E’ un dissipatore che possiede un costo non certo indifferente, ma li merita tutti per la sua altissima qualità. Noctua regala ben 6 anni di garanzia sui suoi prodotti a conferma e sicurezza della qualità dei suoi prodotti.
Resultado del análisis: "Semplicemente uno dei migliori dissipatori ad aria in commercio." (Marco Rinaldi, TecnoUser.net)

Manual de instalación (PDF)

Hoja de datos (PDF)

Preguntas frecuentes

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!

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?

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?

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?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

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?

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?

How big is the NH-D15S and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and mainboard heatsinks? Copy

How to remove the base protection cover?

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

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

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

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

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?

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

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

How can I check if my 4-pin fan header supports PWM?

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?

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

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



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.

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:

D15

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

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

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.

How big is the NH-D15S and how much clearance does it provide for RAM and mainboard heatsinks? Copy

Yes, Low-Noise Adaptors (L.N.A.s) can be used with y-cables, but please make sure to use one L.N.A. per fan and to place the L.N.A.s between the y-cable and the fans as shown below. Never use one L.N.A. for two (or more fans) by placing it between the mainboard and the y-cable!

D15S

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

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°.

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 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.

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).

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.

¿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.

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

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

How can I check if my 4-pin fan header supports PWM?

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.

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

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