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Digne héritier du légendaire NH-D14, dont sa construction est inspirée, et perpétuant la quête incessante d’une performance de refroidissement silencieuse, le NH-D15 est le modèle amiral de Noctua. Ce ventirad, construit autour de deux blocs à ailettes, est le modèle le plus pointu à destination des plus exigeants. Grâce à un design des caloducs plus éclaté et à l’intégration de deux ventilateurs haut de gamme NF-A15 140mm compatibles PWM (pour un pilotage automatique de la vitesse), il améliore encore les performances de son célèbre prédécesseur, le NH-D14. Complété du système de fixation haut de gamme multi-socket SecuFirm2™, de la pâte thermique haute performance NT-H1 et d’une garantie constructeur totale de 6 ans, le NH-D15 constitue une solution haut de gamme pour les fans tant de l’overclocking que du silence.
Détails
Digne héritier du célèbre NH-D14

Digne héritier du célèbre NH-D14

Le NH-D14 de Noctua, distingué par plus de 350 récompenses et recommandations décernées par la Presse internationale spécialisée papier et Internet, est devenu l'un des radiateurs haut de gamme les plus célèbres jamais construits. Avec son envergure et sa double ventilation articulée autour de deux NF-A15, le NH-D15 repousse encore les limites de la performance et du silence et supplante ainsi le fameux D14.
Un design à double blocs à ailettes nourri par 6 caloducs

Un design à double blocs à ailettes nourri par 6 caloducs

Comparé aux radiateurs monolithiques traditionnels, le NH-D15 s'articule autour de 6 caloducs et de deux blocs à ailettes qui offrent ainsi une surface d'échange supérieure, une meilleure répartition de la chaleur et un flux d'air maximisé grâce à l'utilisation de deux ventilateurs.
Radiateur plus large et système de caloducs plus éclaté

Radiateur plus large et système de caloducs plus éclaté

Par rapport au NH-D14, le radiateur du NH-D15 a été élargi (150mm contre 140mm pour son prédécesseur) et les caloducs ont été plus espacés assurant ainsi une répartition de la chaleur plus uniforme et diffusée sur une surface plus importante. Tout cela contribue à l'amélioration des performances du NH-D15.
Compatibilité RAM maximale (avec un ventilateur)

Compatibilité RAM maximale (avec un ventilateur)

Grâce à ses ailettes basses en retrait, le NH-D15 offre 64mm d'espace disponible pour les modules mémoire hauts en mode single (un ventilateur) ce qui le rend compatible avec la plupart des barrettes haut de gamme du marché. En cas d'utilisation des deux ventilateurs, le NH-D15 impose généralement l'utilisation de modules mémoire de taille standard (maximum 32mm)*.
Double ventilation (ventilateurs NF-A15 140mm)

Double ventilation (ventilateurs NF-A15 140mm)

Le NH-D15 est équipé de deux ventilateurs haut de gamme Noctua NF-A15 140mm. Répondant au standard Noctua AAO et bénéficiant d'optimisations aérodynamiques au niveau du design (telles que les Flow Acceleration Channels), le NF-A15 s'est forgé une excellente réputation pour devenir l'un des meilleurs ventilateurs 140mm du marché.
Compatibilité PWM et Adaptateur Faible bruit (L.N.A.)

Compatibilité PWM et Adaptateur Faible bruit (L.N.A.)

Les ventilateurs haut de gamme NF-A15 fournis avec le NH-D15 sont compatibles PWM pour un pilotage automatique de la vitesse via la carte mère. De plus, et afin de réduire encore le niveau sonore, la vitesse de ventilation peut être plafonnée (de 1500 à 1200 tr/min.) grâce à l'utilisation de l'adaptateur faible bruit (L.N.A.).
Un refroidissement efficace des composants

Un refroidissement efficace des composants

Au-delà du refroidissement du seul CPU, les imposants ventilateurs NF-A15 délivrent un flux d'air significatif - en dessous du bloc à ailettes - à destination des composants et dissipateurs de la carte mère assurant ainsi un refroidissement idéal de ces derniers.
Système de fixation SecuFirm2™

Système de fixation SecuFirm2™

Les systèmes de fixation Noctua SecuFirm2™ en sont venus à incarner la qualité, la sécurité et la facilité de montage. Compatible avec les Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011, LGA2066 et AMD (AM3(+), AM2(+), FM1, FM2(+)), le système SecuFirm2™ inclus dans le NH-D15 est la garantie d'une pression de contact parfaite et d'une facilité d'installation sur les sockets actuels.
Compatibilité avec les sockets anciens et futurs

Compatibilité avec les sockets anciens et futurs

Répondant au standard ouvert SecuFirm™, le NH-D15 peut devenir compatible avec les anciens LGA1366 et LGA775 grâce à l'utilisation du kit de montage optionnel NM-I3 qui est gracieusement fourni par Noctua. Sauf en cas d'impossibilité technique, Noctua fournira par ailleurs des kits d'adaptation pour les futurs sockets.
Pâte thermique NT-H1

Pâte thermique NT-H1

Solution TIM haut de gamme largement plébiscitée, la NT-H1 offre une résistance thermique très faible, une fiabilité étonnante et s'applique avec aisance. Elle est le compagnon idéal des serveurs professionnels et des stations de travail.
Garantie 6 ans

Garantie 6 ans

La réputation des ventilateurs Noctua n'est plus à faire tant pour leur qualité que pour leur étonnante longévité. Comme pour tous les modèles Noctua, le NF-A15 bénéficie d'un MTTF de plus de 150 000 heures et l'ensemble des pièces composant le NH-D15 bénéficient d'une garantie totale fabricant de 6 ans.
*Dans les boîtiers aptes à recevoir un ventirad CPU de plus de 160mm de hauteur, il est possible de surélever le ventilateur frontal pour permettre l’utilisation de modules mémoire de plus de 32mm de hauteur.
NH-D15
Spécifications radiateurrn
Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate requis), AM4 avec NM-AM4
Hauteur (ventilateur non compris)
160 mm
Largeur (ventilateur non compris)
150 mm
Profondeur (ventilateur non compris)
135 mm
Hauteur (ventilateur compris)
165 mm
Largeur (ventilateur compris)
150 mm
Profondeur (ventilateur compris)
161 mm
Poids (ventilateur non compris)
980 g
Poids (ventilateur/s compris)
1320 g
Matériau
cuivre (fond et caloducs), aluminium (plaques de refroidissement), soudé & nickelé
TDP max.
voir guide TDP
Dimensions du ventilateur
140x150x25 (avec fixation 120mm), 140x140x25 (avec fixation 120mm), 120x120x25
Volume de livraison
  • 2x ventilateur haut de gamme NF-A15 PWM
  • 2x adaptateur Faible Bruit (L.N.A.)
  • Câble en Y
  • Pâte thermique NT-H1
  • Système de fixation SecuFirm2™
  • Noctua Case-Badge en métal
Garantie
6 ans
Spécifications ventilateur
Modèle
2x Noctua NF-A15 PWM
Type roulements
Vitesse de rotation max. (+/-10%)
1500 RPM
Vitesse de rotation avec L.N.A. max. (+/-10%)
1200 RPM
Vitesse de rotation min. (PWM, +/-20%)
300 RPM
Niveau sonore max.
24,6 dB(A)
Niveau sonore avec L.N.A. max.
19,2 dB(A)
Tension
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
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SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA115x installation
SecuFirm2™ AMD installation (NM-AMB1)
SecuFirm2™ Intel LGA2011 installation
Video Reviews
The following video reviews have not been created by Noctua. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the videos lies entirely with the authors.
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15.08.2017 // Najdiigru.ru
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NH-D15 test

Эффективность и качество — неоспоримые атрибуты Noctua NH — D15 и, прежде всего, этот обзор планировался для того, чтобы оценить эффективность кулера на примере актуальных и популярных процессоров. Как видно по итогам тестирования, Intel Core i7 -7700K и AMD Ryzen 7 1700 успешно охлаждаются данной системой охлаждения и даже есть запас под серьезный разгон, впрочем, мы и достигли практически максимальных частот для этих процессоров. Единственная платформа, с которой Noctua NH — D15 справляется с трудом — это LGA 2066 и, если эксплуатировать процессоры в стоке, то у вас все будет в порядке, но как только вы тронете разгон, его эффективности может не хватить, процессоры на архитектуре Skylake — X получились, и вправду, очень горячими.
Verdict du test: "По итогам тестирования Noctua NH — D15 получает награду Выбор редакции. Это далеко не самая дешевая система охлаждения, но ее эффективность и качество не ставится под сомнение." (Ульяна Шельдяева, Najdiigru.ru)
31.07.2017 // Tech-Legend.com
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NH-D15 test

The SecuFirm 2 mounting system is efficient, the cooler being easy to install, the average installation time is about 5 minutes. The accessory package is rich including all the necessary components and a metal screwdriver, in addition, each set of accessories is individually packed, the same can be said with regards to the cooler and fans.
Verdict du test: "Like the previous model, the Noctua NH-D15, is placed among the top air cooling systems on the market, offering a very good performance being silent at the same time." (Bogdan Manolache, Tech-Legend.com)
03.06.2017 // OCKD.es
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NH-D15 test

Noctua ha rizado el rizo con esta nueva versión de su disipador estrella, el Noctua NH-D15, a pesar de su precio algo alto para lo que estamos acostumbrados en ventilación (90€+/-), se trata de un producto de la máxima calidad con el que no es fácil rivalizar en resultados, si a esto añadimos la pasta térmica incluida que se encuentra entre las mejores, los resultados como comentábamos anteriormente han sido mas que excelentes. Uno de los grandes añadidos de hacerse con un producto de Noctua es el hecho de que si sale un nuevo Socket no compatible o si hemos perdido alguna de las piezas del anclaje o ventiladores podemos ponernos en contacto con el fabricante para que nos las envié sin coste ninguno, lo cual es un plus que ofrecerá una vida muy larga a nuestro disipador.
Verdict du test: "En conclusión como decía al principio del análisis estamos probablemente ante el mejor disipador por aire del mercado que incluso llega a rivalizar en prestaciones contra algunas de las refrigeraciones liquidas AIO mas convencionales, así que le otorgamos el galardon OCKD Platino, ya que difícilmente sera un producto que se pueda superar y las contras se han reducido bastante con esta nueva versión." (Eloy Puigcerver, OCKD.es)
26.05.2017 // ZWAME.pt
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NH-D15 test

O Noctua NH-D15 cumpre integralmente com todas as expectativas. A começar logo pela embalagem, com a sua irrepreensível protecção e cuidado na apresentação, passando pela muito elevada qualidade de construção e de materiais, tanto do dissipador como das ventoinhas e terminando no desempenho. Aqui a palavra de ordem é “silêncio”. O NH-D15 é indubitavelmente muito eficiente a remover calor do CPU, mas é o silêncio com que o faz que realmente impressiona. E é neste ponto em que se torna difícil encontra concorrência à altura. Não é todos os dias que encontramos um cooler capaz de manter as temperaturas de um CPU de 8 núcleos de alto desempenho com overclock perfeitamente controladas, sem que ninguém dê conta que um sistema se encontra em actividade na divisão. A julgar por este modelo, a reputação da Noctua neste campo é inteiramente merecida.
Verdict du test: "[Q]uem procura um cooler com uma combinação ímpar de silêncio e desempenho tem aqui uma excelente opção. Talvez, mesmo a melhor. Recomendado." (António Pinto, ZWAME.pt)
11.05.2017 // Prohardver.hu
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NH-D15 test

Nincs egyszerű dolgunk a Noctua NH-D15 értékésével: ha csak a teljesítményét vesszük figyelembe, akkor egyértelmű lenne a különösen ajánlott cím, hiszen hűtési képességekben, zajszintben és szerelhetőségben is ott van a legjobbak között. Csak éppen ott van az ár, ami 30-35 ezer forint körül mozog, ez pedig már tényleg a csúcs, ami a „közönséges” ventilátoros hűtéseket illeti.
Verdict du test: "Óriási teljesítmény, csendes működés és remek szerelhetőség, de magas ár és megosztó dizájn jellemzi a Noctua új csúcsmodelljét." (Gabor Rosta, Prohardver.hu)
26.04.2017 // GamesVillage.it
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NH-D15 test

Per i possessori di un NH-D14 l'upgrade forse non è la scelta migliore, per tutti gli altri, il nuovo NH-D15 può fare al vostro caso, soprattutto quando siamo alle prese con qualche kit RAM particolarmente generoso in dimensioni. Anche se oramai è uno standard per Noctua, ci sono comunque da segnalare il bundle e il package, impeccabili sia sotto il profilo della qualità che della funzionalità. Il prezzo è il linea con le caratteristiche di fascia alta del prodotto, si trova a un prezzo medio di circa 95€.
Verdict du test: "Ancora una volta si conferma l'elevata qualità dei prodotti Noctua, che vede uscire NH-D15 promosso a pieni voti." (Davide Morrone, GamesVillage.it)
17.03.2017 // GamesGuru.org
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NH-D15 test

Noctua NH-D15 zdecydowanie zasługuje na miano produktu klasy premium. Wydajność na poziomie zamkniętych układów chłodzenia cieczą typu AiO, nienaganna kultura pracy oraz wyjątkowo łatwy i przyjazny montaż połączony ze świetną kompatybilnością daje nam cooler wręcz nieprzeciętny. Wyniki pomiarów temperatury pod obciążeniem pokazują, że NH-D15 jest w naszej platformie testowej lepszy od konkurencji, jednakże ze względu na specyfikę tego układu, niewielka różnica temperatur w naszych testach zacznie nabierać dużego znaczenia przy procesorach o większej ilości rdzeni i wątków, konstrukcjach bardziej rozbudowanych, gdzie wydzielane będzie jeszcze więcej ciepła. Największym atutem NH-D15 jest możliwość konkurowania z chłodzeniami All-in-One, które nierzadko są jeszcze droższe niż testowany w tym tekście cooler. Bywają także bardziej awaryjne i nierzadko głośniejsze, gdy weźmiemy pod uwagę hałas generowany nie tylko przez wentylatory, ale pompkoblok obsługujący tego typu układy. Chłodzenie austriackiej firmy może nie odpowiadać niektórym estetykom, ale jego pozostałe aspekty plasują go jako najlepsze chłodzenie procesora, z jakim miałem kiedykolwiek do czynienia. I mam przeczucie, że prędko się to nie zmieni.
Verdict du test: "Jeśli planujecie skutecznie schłodzić mocno podkręcone procesory, takie jak mainstreamowe i5-7600k, i7-7700k czy bardziej rozbudowane konstrukcje na platformach LGA-2011v3, ale nie ufacie układom AiO, to Noctua NH-D15 może być dla takiego zestawu idealna. Będziecie jedynie musieli przywyknąć, aby nie zaglądać co chwilę do obudowy, by sprawdzić, czy wentylatory faktycznie pracują. GamesGuru zdecydowanie poleca ten cooler każdemu, kto nie zwykł iść na kompromisy, jeśli chodzi o sprzęt komputerowy." (Filip Ciemiński, GamesGuru.org)
25.02.2017 // Pokde.net
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NH-D15 test

Comparing the results between the Cooler Master MasterAir 4 and Raijintek Triton, the Noctua NH-D15 sit between these two coolers. The real differences between Noctua NH-D15 and these two coolers are the acoustic levels. Noctua NH-D15 fan are surprisingly quiet. I was truly impressed as I could barely hear the fans even during the stress tests. Meanwhile, the MasterAir Pro 4 and Raijintek were rather noisy as the fans ran full tilt to keep the temperature down.
Verdict du test: "Noctua's NH-D15 is still the top air cooler despite being launched back in 2014, even besting some AIO liquid cooling solutions available in the market now." (Muhammad Firdaus, Pokde.net)
23.02.2017 // HwOverdrive.com
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Il Noctua NH-D15 conferma l’altissima qualità con cui Noctua progetta ogni suo prodotto. Oltre che posizionarsi tra i dissipatori top di gamma del mercato, il NH-D15 raccoglie senza nessun problema la pesante eredità lasciata dal Noctua NH-D14. Il dissipatore top di gamma Noctua è venduto ad un prezzo di circa 90 €, per cui se si ha disponibilità di spazio nel proprio case e non si vuole lesinare sulla temperature della propria CPU, raccomandiamo senza ombra di dubbio il Noctua NH-D15.
Verdict du test: "Pertanto viste le prestazioni, visto il ricco bundle e visto il rapporto qualità prezzo, conferiamo al Noctua NH-D15 un punteggio di 9.5 su 10 e la nostra golden award." (Attila Tortorella, HwOverdrive.com)
20.02.2017 // TechUniverse.it
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NH-D15 test

Noctua con questo dissipatore ha fatto un capolavoro. Il corpo di questo dispositivo di raffreddamento non presenta imperfezioni o sbavature. Ovviamente, esistono sistemi di raffreddamento a liquido che hanno performance migliori di raffreddamento ma si tratta comunque di dispositivi con una pompa, liquido e radiatore. Chi come me, preferisce un dispositivo di raffreddamento con semplici ventole e corpo con alette in alluminio, questo Noctua NH-D15 è davvero la scelta migliore. Se a qualcuno non piace il colore delle ventole, nessuno gli impedisce di poterle cambiare con altre magari colorate o con illuminazione a LED. In realtà, il montaggio di questo dissipatore è piuttosto semplice. Le uniche cose di cui ci dobbiamo preoccupare è l’altezza dei moduli delle memorie RAM, ma è un problema facilmente risolvibile alzando la seconda ventola o in caso estremo, non mettendola proprio. Grazie alle clip, è facile collegare le ventole al corpo del dissipatore. Nella scatola, la ventola centrale è già installa al centro del dissipatore ma è necessario rimuoverla prima dell’installazione altrimenti non possiamo arrivare a stringere le viti di fissaggio. Il Noctua NH-D15 è un dissipatore ad aria ideato sopratutto per i processori che scaldano parecchio o con overclock piuttosto spinto.
Verdict du test: "Se cercate il miglior dissipatore ad aria ad alte prestazioni di raffreddamento per il vostro processore Intel o AMD, il Noctua NH-D15 è davvero molto consigliato." (TechUniverse.it)

Instructions de montage (PDF)

Feuille d'informations (PDF)

FAQs

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to remove the base protection cover?

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

Does the mounting-system support LGA2011 based Xeon CPUs?

Why is the cooler’s contact surface slightly convex?

Is the cooler compatible with LGA775 and LGA1366?

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

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

Pourquoi le fond du refroidisseur Noctua n'est-il pas brillanté et poli ?

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

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

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

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

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

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

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

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

Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with Intel LGA2066?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our SecuFirm2™ mounting systems undergo comprehensive compatibility tests before being approved for new platforms. We have neither detected any problem with regard to the Intel LGA1151 platform (“Skylake”) during these tests nor have we received any reports from our customers, sales partners and system integrators that would indicate any possible issue. Our SecuFirm2™ mounting systems (with the exception of some compact L-type models) rely on coil springs to create the required contact pressure, which gives a certain flexibility both with regards to tolerances in stackup height and shocks or other forces. Compared to spring-less mounting systems, which exclusively rely on the bending of the mounting brackets in order to create contact pressure, this allows to reduce the mechanical stress on CPU, socket and motherboard and thus helps to prevent possible damage from excessive forces. However, as it is not possible to reliably calculate or control the forces that act upon a system during transport (e.g. in shipping), we generally recommend, due to safety reasons, to take off coolers with a total weight of more than 700g (incl. fan).

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

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

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

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

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

Most case manufacturers provide specifications for maximum CPU cooler height/clearance. Please refer to these specifications in order to verify that the cooler will fit the case. If no specifications are available, please contact the case manufactuer or measure the distance from the motherboard tray to the side panel (tower cases) or top panel (desktop cases). If this distance is bigger than the height of the cooler + 15mm (mainboard spacers + mainboard + CPU), the height/width of your case should be sufficient.

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

Please first loosen one of the two thumbscrews that hold the mounting bars in place. Then untighten the second screw so that you can swivel the mounting bar and open the socket. Depending on the position of the mounting bars, you may need to swivel both.

Open Socket

Open Socket

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

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

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

No. As most AMD mainboards come with a stock backplate preinstalled, the cooler doesn’t include an AMD backplate. If your mainboard doesn’t have a backplate, please contact our support team at support@noctua.at.

amd backplate

How to remove the base protection cover?

Noctua CPU coolers are shipped with a plastic protection cover at the bottom side of the cooler, which protects the contact surface against scratches and other damage.

The base of Noctua CPU coolers is made from hard-wearing nickel plated copper, so there's nothing to worry about if you buy a Noctua cooler from second hand or if your cooler didn't come with a protection cover. Please proceed with the installation as explained in the manual.

You can simply remove the cover as shown below:

Base Protection Cover

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

Why is the cooler’s contact surface slightly convex?

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

Is the cooler compatible with LGA775 and LGA1366?

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

I’ve used all the NT-H1 thermal compound that came with the cooler, can you send me more?

Please kindly note that the NT-H1 thermal compound supplied with our coolers is a consumable item so our manufacturer’s warranty does not include providing additional thermal compound. You can purchase NT-H1 from our resellers.

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA2011-3 socket?

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

Is the cooler compatible with the LGA1151 socket?

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

Should I take the cooler off before transporting my system?

As it is not possible to reliably calculate or control the forces that act upon a system during transport (e.g. in shipping), we generally recommend, for safety reasons, taking the cooler off. Noctua cannot be held responsible for any damage that may arise due to excessive stress during transport if you keep the heatsink installed.

How can I check whether my AMD mainboard has a standard AMD backplate that’s compatible with the SecuFirm2™ mounting system and how should I proceed with the installation?

The SecuFirm2™ mounting system requires a standard AMD backplate (either plastic or metal) with screw threads as shown on the pictures below. These backplates are pre-installed on the rear side of most AMD mainboards (see first picture below) and fixed to the retention module with four screws (see second picture below). If your retention module is fixed with plastic bolts instead of metal screws, please contact support@noctua.at in order to obtain an appropriate backplate.

In order to proceed with the installation of your Noctua cooler, please remove the four screws and the retention module but keep the backplate in place so that you can see the screw threads from the top side of the motherboard (see third picture below). You can then proceed with the installation of the SecuFirm2™ mounting kit as described in the manual (see fourth picture below).

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate

AMD backplate



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

No. Depending on the orientation of the cooler, 1-2mm at the outer edge of the heatspreader may not be covered by the heatsink base. As the heat is concentrated at the center of the CPU and the outermost parts are irrelevant for heat-transfer, this is no problem at all.

Pourquoi le fond du refroidisseur Noctua n'est-il pas brillanté et poli ?

Etant donné que la plupart des enthousiastes d'ordinateurs personnels utilise encore aujourd'hui des pâtes thermiques à forte viscosité, le fond du refroidisseur Noctua a été optimisé pour l'utilisation de ces pâtes. Les fines rainures (micro-grooves) dans la surface du fond du refroidisseur Noctua permettent d'appliquer les pâtes thermiques à forte viscosité de manière homogène en une couche ultramince et sans aucune inclusion d'air n'existe entre le refroidisseur et la processeur central. Le risque d'une application non homogène serait beaucoup plus élevé si la surface était brillantée et polie. Des couches de pâte thermique trop épaisses et des inclusions d'air altérant sensiblement la transmission calorifique, les micro-rainures sont d'une importance décisive pour la performance de refroidissement totale du refroidisseur Noctua en cas d'utilisation des pâtes thermiques courantes à forte viscosité.

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

Please refer to our socket compatibility chart.

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).

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.

How should I clean my Noctua cooler?

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

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

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

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

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

I have difficulties installing the cooler, can you help?

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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