Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 Premium-Grade 140mm Dual Tower CPU Cooler for AMD AM4
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- Award-winning NH-D15 cooler: more than 200 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines
- Dedicated special edition for the AMD AM4 socket
- Two quiet, premium-grade NF-A15 140mm fans with PWM for automatic speed control
- Includes Low-Noise Adaptor and renowned NT-H1 thermal compound
- 6-year manufacturer’s warranty
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Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 premium-grade 140mm dual tower CPU cooler for AMD AM4
Having received more than 200 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, Noctua’s flagship model NH-D15 has become a benchmark for elite-class dual tower coolers. The SE-AM4 version is a dedicated special edition for AMD’s AM4 platform featuring the latest SecuFirm2™ mounting system for AM4. Topped off with two of the renowned quiet NF-A15 PWM 140mm fans, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-D15 SE-AM4 forms a complete premium-quality solution that represents a deluxe choice for both overclockers and silent enthusiasts who strive to tune their AM4 systems to the max.
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I've attached some Ryzen Master tests I ran for temps, HWmonitor also presented the same information.
You can see that even clocked a little higher (3.8 ghz), the Noctua was still 10 degrees cooler than when I was using the Wraith Spire. Don't get me wrong, the Wraith Spire is a great cooler for being stock, but I was able to run cooler with a higher overclock with the Noctua - as one would expect in a stock vs aftermarket cooler comparison.
The only downside is the slight difficulty of install, I had some trouble lining up the heatsink with the brackets. You can see in my photos that this cooler is gigantic and I ended up putting the fans in the center and rear of the cooler while have it exhausting through the rear of my case. With the fan on the very front, it did hit my ram (Corsair LPX).
When I finally got it on, realized I'm dumb and that it would be near impossible to plug in my fan headers with the heatsink on. So I had to take it off, plug in the fan headers, and put it back on after resetting the TIM. So definitely keep that in mind when installing!
I will say it's far easier to install than the Hyper 212 I installed on an older rig.
Also a big plus, it comes with a generous supply of Noctua thermal paste. I ended up using it both on my cpu and replacing the original paste on my gpu. Now my graphics card runs a bit cooler.
* Lifetime upgrades
* Noctua Thermal Paste included
* Easily removable dual NF-A15 fans for installation and cleaning
* Concise installation guide, Easy installation
* Easily cleared top of Corsair Vengence DDR4 LPX with room to spare
* Vertical or Horizontal mounting (air flow can go up<->down or front<->back)
* Fan clips give freedom for air flow direction and placement
* Very Tall and Wide
This cooler is everything you'd expect from Noctua and more then you'd ever expect if you don't know who Noctua is. There is little I can find wrong with this cooler except it's footprint. It can make installing new RAM difficult, though not impossible. Access to certain motherboard headers may, and likely will, be obstructed after installation. In my experience after mounting this in a vertical orientation the suggestion fan installation made it impossible to install my RX 480 GPU. The ability to install the fans in the way I choose and their ease of removal makes any task possible even if it is difficult.
I did not mention that this only comes with mounts for AM4 socket CPUs as it should be obvious that this is a targeted model.
I'm running OCed at 3.7Ghz at 1.26875 volts. I'm using CPU-Z and Cinebench R15 for the stress tests.
Stock cooler with a reasonable fan curve (fast as it could go without hearing it, I think 50%), idle was around 40c, sometimes as low as 38c. I'm sure background tasks caused some variability. At 100% fan speed, running the CPU-Z stress test, it would hover around 65c. As a test, I took off the side panel and there was no improvement. I then pointed at the CPU two external 120MM AC Infinity USB fans that I normally use for my AV equipment. That only knocked off 2c. Running Cinebench R15 repeatedly, not giving the CPU a chance to cool down, I could push the temp to the low to mid 70s.
With this Noctua, with both CPU fans running at 40%, idle is around 32c. CPU-Z stress test hovers around 43c with both CPU fans running at 50%. Bumping up the fans to 100% only gets me another 2c, which isn't worth it. Seems I've hit an air flow/thermal limit of my current case configuration. But dropping from 65c to 43c is massive. Running Cinebench repeatedly the temp maxes out at 46c, so almost a 30c improvement.
I've seen other folks with varying degrees of improvement. Some of the improvements I didn't think were all that impressive, and I was hesitant to try this thing, but figured I could return it if things didn't work out as planned. Well, they worked out well for me.
I don't know if I could have gotten similar results with something like a much cheaper 212 EVO because I haven't tried any other coolers. It's possible this thing is overkill. It's definitely not cheap compared to many of the other, smaller, effective coolers. But I went all out on the rest of my rig, so why not on the cooler?
Anyhoo, this thing does work. The question really is can you get the same performance with a smaller, less expensive cooler, from Noctua or any other maker. You'll have to test them to find out.
EDIT: I forgot to mention, the fans that come with it are 1500 rpm fans. Running full speed these things are loud, much louder than the smaller stock cooler fan running at 2800 rpm. But you should never have to run these things that hard under normal usage, perhaps even under reasonable heavy usage.