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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.
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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
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SecuFirm2™ AMD installation (NM-AMB1)
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA2011 installation
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA115x 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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14.07.2015 // LegitReviews.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

On the performance side of things, the NH-D15 was fantastic! First off, the fans, while I have no way to measure the noise level, at idle or low loads the fans were whisper quiet. When the fans were spinning faster from high load, they were only slightly audible, with a manufacturer max rating of 24.6 dBA. On the actual performance end, I was very impressed with how it did. In most tests, factory speeds and overclocked, I found that the D15 was better than the previously reviewed air coolers almost every time. There were a couple cases that I noticed the D15 jump into line with the liquid coolers, which is excellent!
Resultado del análisis: "I’m not sure what to say other than “WOW!”. Noctua absolutely blew me away with this cooler, not only in the simple things like the packaging, but the ease of installation and the performance results were absolutely incredible." (Brian Nyhuis, LegitReviews.com)
16.06.2014 // techPowerUp.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

The Noctua NH-D15 is truly outstanding. It rises above all competitors and takes the air-cooling crown while giving even loud AIO liquid coolers a run for their money. Simply put, Noctua's new flagship cooler offers class-leading cooling performance. Not only that, it does so while being very quiet.
Resultado del análisis: "This is why Noctua has the reputation it does. Not only does the NH-D15 take the air-cooling crown, it does so while being extremely quiet. [...] Setting a new bar for air-cooling performance while keeping noise to a minimum, the Noctua NH-D15 eats the competition alive." (Raymond Lemar, techPowerUp.com)
08.05.2014 // TweakTown.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

While we had the computer in readiness for the stock level of testing, we saw the fans were spinning at 1100 RPM, and sat idle at a chilly 26.5 degrees. Once we kicked AIDA64 into action, we found that the NH-D15 comes in to the top five on our chart, ahead of all other air coolers we tested on this system, and even in the range of top tier AIOs with its 49.5 degree result. Just sliding out of the top five once we applied the overclock, the NH-D15 placed sixth overall, but again, look at what it is competing with at this level. The 69.33 degree average of all of the testing beats out the next best air cooler by almost two degrees, and most others by a fair bit more. Considering how the noise level charts play out along with these thermal results, we have to say: Noctua is definitely worthy of that crown they once had. As we mentioned, the fans were set to receive only 7.5V for this level of testing, and while spinning at 1100 RPM, they delivered only 24 dB of noise. Most of that is in the fan hub, as there is a slight hum that can be heard up close, but from a foot away, or with a case door in the way, you will be hard pressed to hear this over a PSU or video card idling. Even once we pushed 12V through the 150mm fans, we found the noise level to be just audible from a foot away, and again it is more of a mechanical hum that is audible rather than fan blade "whoosh" that most fans deliver. So, while it beats all other coolers thermally, it also offers less noise than be quiet. solutions, and even some five dB less than other Noctua models in the list. Well done Noctua, well done. [...] Noctua sort of comes out of nowhere after almost five years, and delivers such a knockout blow that is hard not to gasp when you see it coming. Building from what was the world's first of its kind, surpassing all of the mimics on the market, and doing it with much needed improvements in clearance and performance, is yet another reason why we always recommend Noctua coolers. It's also why most of the staff here currently have them or have had them in the past. They are just that good, and the NH-D15 proves that Noctua is still on top of the game, even if they have been pretty quiet lately!
Resultado del análisis: "Noctua regains the cooling crown with the release of the NH-D15! Yes - it's a beast, it may not fit in your chassis, but how can you deny an air cooler that tops all others on the charts, and does it with less noise than all the rest." (Chad Sebring, TweakTown.com)
25.04.2014 // Hexus.net
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NH-D15 Opinión

Noctua is a company that understands what enthusiast consumers are looking for in a CPU cooler. Responding to market trends, the manufacturer has in recent years bolstered its portfolio with a varied range of solutions that cover any manner of build, be it small-form-factor, low-profile HTPC or high-end gaming rig. All share a common set of sought-after traits, including high-quality construction, low-noise-optimised fans, comprehensive bundles and a class-leading six-year warranty. There's plenty to like throughout the range, yet it's the best solutions that creates a buzz around the brand, and the NH-D15 is both a worthy flagship and a satisfying successor to the highly-regarded NH-D14. Despite its gargantuan size, this towering chunk of metal is refreshingly easy to install, it delivers a level of cooling performance that's on par, if not better, than today's closed-loop liquid coolers, and it's designed to make the least amount of noise possible
Resultado del análisis: "We're of the opinion that smaller and cheaper Noctua solutions will serve most users just as well - this £78 crown jewel is overkill for the vast majority of users - yet if you're heavily into overclocking and you want the very best cooling for your CPU, you'll do well to find anything better than the excellent NH-D15." (Parm Mann, Hexus.net)
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)
15.05.2015 // ComputerBase.de
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NH-D15 Opinión

Unter Prime95-Last setzt sich der NH-D15 von Noctua unangefochten an die Spitze des Testfeldes. [...] Durch die höhere thermische Last beim Übertakten des Prozessors trennt sich die Spreu vom Weizen. Der NH-D15 kann seinen Vorsprung relativ gesehen noch stärker ausbauen. Auch der etwas betagte NH-D14 kann unter erhöhten Anforderungen aufblühen und sichert sich den zweiten Platz in Prime95.
Resultado del análisis: "Der Noctua NH-D15 ist der klare Star im Testfeld. In jedem einzelnen Test kann er sich die Leistungskrone sichern und stellt die mit Abstand niedrigsten Temperaturen im Testfeld." (Robert McHardy, ComputerBase.de)
18.06.2014 // eTeknix.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

This next set of numbers has me completely stunned, I had to re-test a couple of extra times just to make sure it wasn’t an external factor screwing up my numbers, but what you’re seeing is real, the NH-D15 is our coolest air cooling CPU by a huge margin. Not only is it cooler than the Cooler Master Nepton 280L, Corsair H105, Corsair H75, Nepton 140Xl and Zalman Reserator 3 MAX, all of which are high-performance water cooling units, but the nearest air cooled competitor (the GamerStorm Lucifer) runs 9 degrees warmer! The NH-D15 is also one of the quietest CPU coolers we’ve ever tested, clocking in just a fraction louder than the two latest be quiet! products and operating no louder than a whisper. [...] Noctua have really out done themselves this time, the NH-D15 is a marvel in terms of performance and as you’ve seen in our benchmarks, it flattened the competition by a wide margin when it came to overclocking our CPU. 9c cooler than the nearest air cooled rival is like Lewis Hamilton coming out in a new car that shaves off 9 seconds a lap. Then there are the water coolers which were beaten by this cooler, several of which are more expensive than the NH-D15 and several of them are regarded as some of the best cooling solutions on the market.
Resultado del análisis: "Overall this is easily one of the best coolers on the market and should you need a high quality cooler that looks great, performs exceptionally well even when overclocking and offers good value for money compared to the competition (in terms of price vs performance), then look no further than the Noctua NH-D15." (Peter Donnell, eTeknix.com)
12.06.2014 // OverclockersClub.com
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NH-D15 Opinión

When we put the overclocked power to the Haswell 4770K and it cranks out the heat, the D15 continues to put out some impressive numbers. In fact, the D15 again moves to the head of the pack. When overclocked and with dual fans, it is a full 3 degrees cooler than the AIO (All In One) liquid cooled Nepton 280L and 6 degrees cooler than Noctua's original contender, the D14. As for the acoustics, one thing I have noticed with almost all of the liquid coolers I have tested is that when the fans spool up, you know it. But with the Noctua units, the fans are just so quite even at full speed, you almost wonder if you forgot to start the CPU stress test. [...] For years the NH-D14 was the King of the Hill, but move over D14, there is a new King in town and he comes from the same DNA. At a list price of $99.99 in the U.S., the NH-D15 is indeed toward the upper range of what most people will spend on a cooling solution for their computer, but for that price you get a reliable cooler that delivers high performance and beats everything I have tested. I have to say I was really surprised at how well the D15 performs. Add to that the memory compatibility, ease of installation, and quiet operation and I have a hard time finding any faults. In fact, I couldn't find any. The engineering that went into the D15 sure paid off. After you test coolers for a while, you think you have seen it all. How many more degrees can anyone shave off? You get to where you can look at a cooler and before you ever install it, you have a feel for where the thermal numbers will probably fall, and usually I am fairly close. Well, Noctua has proven that you can still find ways to push the Mercury a little farther down the thermometer.
Resultado del análisis: "I have to admit that I have always been a fan of liquid cooling and I was somewhat in denial that an air cooler could knock my liquid cooler off the throne. There is just something about the "Wow" factor of a liquid-cooled system. But the D15 has me reconsidering my viewpoint. It can truly handle the heat, and it does it quietly. Clearly, Noctua has a real winner with the NH-D15." (Chris Dawalt, OverclockersClub.com)
01.05.2014 // bit-tech.net
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NH-D15 Opinión

The NH-D15 might seem expensive, but for LGA2011 owners especially, it performs as well as all the top-end all-in-one liquid coolers out there so in cooling terms it justifies its price. Even on LGA1155, which is easier to tame, it's still extremely potent, matching the 4th best result on test. Perhaps the biggest plus point for those looking to get rid of a small, whiny cooler in time for warmer summer months, the NH-D15 is also very quiet, especially so when used with the included low noise adaptors.
Resultado del análisis: "So, despite a lofty price tag, this is one awesome cooler that both performs admirably and won't make your ears bleed - far from it. With Noctua's awesome packaging and build quality on hand too, we have no qualms giving top marks." (Antony Leather, bit-tech.net)
29.04.2014 // Play3r.net
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NH-D15 Opinión

So now that the Noctua NH-D15 has been on the test bench, is it worthy of even being considered in the same league as the old stalwart D14 has been in for the past 4 years? Have Noctua stepped up their game and gone above and beyond? Well in terms of performance, the Noctua NH-D15 is the best overall CPU cooler we have ever tested here at Play3r and not only does it show in the graphs, but it remains one of the quietest also. With its 2 x Noctua Premium NF-A15 fans equipped, it was always going to be an interesting match and whatever Noctua have done with the heat pipes/fins has clearly worked. It surpasses the older D14 by a couple of degrees and even beats the super Phanteks/Thermalright coolers making it the top dog for air cooling; on our i7 4770k of course. Aside from the cooling performance, one of the sublime things about Noctua coolers is the very easy and straight forward mounting kit that comes supplied; I haven’t come across an easier one so far with all the coolers I have tested personally putting Noctua in a good stead for those who like to avoid fiddly parts. The acoustic performance is average but given the sheer size of the cooler (165mm tall) and the fact it comes supplied with 2 monster fans, it could be considered a great thing as the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E is a damned sight louder in comparison.
Resultado del análisis: "The Noctua NH-D15 not only currently sits top of the pile, but it screams and oozes class while doing so. You will be hard pushed to find any air CPU cooler that can topple this and Noctua really deserve credit for producing a monsterous enthusiast grade cooler worthy of editor’s choice." (Gavin Bonshor, Play3r.net)

Manual de instalación (PDF)

Hoja de datos (PDF)

Preguntas frecuentes

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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.

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:

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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

¿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.

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