|Item model number||Noctua NH-D15|
|Item Weight||2.86 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||5.91 x 6.34 x 6.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5.91 x 6.34 x 6.5 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
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Noctua NH-D15, Premium CPU Cooler with 2X NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fans (Brown)
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- State-of-the-art dual-tower design with 6 heatpipes and 2 fans provides class-leading cooling performance for overclocking or near-silent systems
- Successor of the classic NH-D14; more than 250 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines
- 2 highly optimised NF-A15 140mm fans with PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptors for automatic speed control and ultra-quiet operation
- Easy-to-install SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA2011, LGA2066 & AMD AM2(+), AM3(+) FM1, FM2(+) AM4
- Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, deluxe choice for Intel Core i9, i7, i5, i3 (e.g. 10900K, 10700K, 10600K, 10980XE) and AMD Ryzen (e.g. 3950X, 3900X, 3700X, 3600X)
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Built on the basis of the legendary NH-D14 and carrying on its quest for ultimate quiet cooling performance, Noctua’s flagship model NH-D15 is an elite-class dual tower cooler for the highest demands. Its expanded heatpipe layout and two premium grade NF-A15 140mm fans with PWM support for automatic speed control allow it to further improve the NH-D14’s award-winning efficiency. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system and Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-D15 forms a complete premium quality solution that represents a deluxe choice for overclockers and silent-enthusiasts alike.
Based on the award-winning 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.
High RAM compatibility in single fan mode
Thanks to its recessed lower fins, the NH-D15 provides 64mm clearance for tall memory heatsinks in single fan mode, making it compatible with most high end RAM modules on the market. In dual fan mode, the NH-D15 should be used with standard height RAM (up to 32mm).
Dual NF-A15 140mm fans
The NH-D15 features two of Noctua's premium class NF-A15 140mm fans. Complying with Noctua's AAO standard and featuring sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A15 has quickly built up a reputation as one of the best 140mm fans on the market.
SecuFirm2 mounting system
Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and ease of use. Supporting Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011, LGA2066 and AMD (AM4, AM3(+), AM2(+), FM1, FM2(+)), the SecuFirm2 mounting included with the NH-D15 ensures perfect contact pressure and maximum convenience on all current sockets.
- Height (without fan): 160 mm
- Width (without fan): 150 mm
- Depth (without fan): 135 mm
- Height (with fan): 165 mm
- Width (with fan): 150 mm
- Depth (with fan): 161 mm
- Weight (without fan): 980 g
- Weight (with fan/s): 1320 g
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Scope of delivery
- 2x NF-A15 PWM premium fan
- 2x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
- NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
- SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit
- Noctua Metal Case-Badge
140x150x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 140x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 120x120x25
6 heatpipe dual tower design
As compared to conventional single tower heatinks, the NH-D15's fine-tuned six heatpipe dual tower design provides more surface area, better heat-distribution and superior airflow efficiency in dual fan mode.
|NH-D15||NH-D15S||NH-D15 SE-AM4||NH-D15 chromax.black|
|LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3||✓||✓||with NM-I2011*||✓|
|LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156)||✓||✓||with NM-i115x*||✓|
|LGA1366||with NM-I3||with NM-I3||with NM-I3||with NM-I3|
|LGA775||with NM-I3||with NM-I3||with NM-I3||with NM-I3|
|AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2 (+)||✓||✓||X||✓|
|TR4 & SP3||X||X||X||X|
|*subject to charges (not eligible for Noctua's free mounting kit offer)|
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After lots of research I decided a Noctua cooler was going to be the next upgrade for my PC. Having never purchased a Noctua cooler before I didnt know what to expect. My research reading reviews and watching videos gave me a good idea though and the quality looked top notch. So once I made the decision I just had to decide on a compatible model for my motherboard and CPU socket. I went to Noctua's site and saw the compatibility for my Gigabyte Z97X UD5H Black Edition board. Clears the ram channels with ease. So I ordered it.
Arrival: So when I got the package from Amazon, I dont think I had a proper appreciation for just how large this thing is. I wondered what I had gotten myself into when I opened it up. The packaging from Noctua is top notch. All the components are individually encased and the total contents is surrounded by foam. The company has taken great care to ensure your purchase arrives in pristine condition.
I unboxed all the components. Looked at the instructions for my chipset 1150 and began breaking down my old cooler. Truth be told it took longer to get the H60 off my system than it did to get the NH-D15 installed. The instructions are precise and clearly written so its easy to understand. They depict two ways to orient the radiating tower so you can decide the best approach for your case and hardware. The brackets are well made and all metal. No plastic there so you can be assured that this will not flex on your board or chipset. It will have a firm back plate to secure to. I moved the fans to the left on mine so that I didnt encroach on any wiring and possibly nick a cable later breaking a fan blade.
Once I fired up my PC I was blown away. I have never heard a silent computer before. Yet there it was. Up and running and not even a whisper of sound out of anything, not the GPU, not the CPU, and not my SSD's. It almost gave me cause for alarm. I had to look inside and make sure everything was actually running. I have been doing computer builds for 16 years and as a sysadmin I have never experienced something so whisper quiet.
Performance: Where the rubber meets the road... what I bought it for after all. So my first test to see how it would perform was with Autodesk 3DS Max. I fired up one of my render scenes. Previously running a HD render of a simulated model would make the H60 scream. I fired off my first render and watched the temps and kept an ear out for increase in sound and cooler load to the fans. The fans never made a peep, if they increased in RPM and demand they certainly didnt let me know about it.
Temps for my system:
Upon boot after installation and a few hours of breaking in -
Idle Min - 18C
Max Temp: 57C (During Render at Max CPU usage)
Average Temp: 20C
Those temps looked great so I went on to do some gaming. I started with GTA-V
Startup took under a minute and loading about as long. I swapped my games over to a dedicated SSD earlier in the week. Max temp during GTA-V at max settings. 48C. My GPU runs 20C hotter than the CPU. If I could get NOCTUA to make me a GPU cooler I would do it in a heartbeat. The performance is just unreal.
If your case and board can support this cooler I recommend it. I dont think there is anything better on the air cooler market. The quality, design, ease of installation, and performance are a perfect 5 across the board in my book. When I build my next rig the cooler will be a Noctua without question.
It's awesome that this thing fits so many different socket types, should I choose to switch to AMD then I don't have to buy a different kit I just change out the mounts. The build quality of the hardware is outstanding, none of the parts feel cheap or of poor manufacturing. Assembly and installation is easy to follow even though it looks way too large to sit on the socket. Some may be concerned about strain on the CPU/socket but I'd say it's comparable to the old AIO in this category, the tubes on it definitely put strain on the socket.
If you're not concerned with the interior looks of your case then you should seriously buy this thing.
If you *are* concerned with the interior looks of your case then search for the Chromax product line to compliment this hardware.
If you're unsure about the optional secondary fan fitting, take a 140mm case fan and set it on top of your RAM (vertically as if it were on the cooler sitting above the RAM). If it still clears the side of your case with a few millimeters to spare then you're likely OK. Even with the slight offset of the optional fan, using Corsair Vengeance LPX sticks, I had plenty of headroom in the Air 540 even though it stated a 170mm clearance. Both 140mm fans are almost fully adjustable, they move/notch up and down on wire clips using the heatsink fins as mounting points.
The fans are 140mm with 120mm mounts, probably for compatibility to fit a 120mm fan as the optional for those with taller RAM.
It does come with thermal paste too, at least mine did at the time of purchase.
Keywords to help searches for fitting:
-Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7
-Corsair Air 540
-Corsair Vengeance LPX
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Inside the box you get everything you need for installation. Mounting brackets, screws, and even a high-quality screw driver – I didn’t expect that. Also, the included thermal paste did wonders. This, combined with the CPU cooler mean my CPU runs colder than I expected. I didn’t de-lid, as I was scared mainly, but even without my CPU stays well below thermal throttling temperatures.
Installation was easy, even if I did keep putting the brackets on backwards. Follow the simple instructions and you’ll be fine. Just be aware, this is very big. Ensure you have enough space for this to fit over your RAM and I/O section. That being said, there is a slightly raised section on either end to make room for you RAM and I/O which is handy, so it’s very likely that this will fit. It worked with my Asus Maximum X hero and G.Skill RGB ram.
Overall – really happy with my purchase. Much cheaper than AIO and just as good, if not better, performance. It is very big so make sure it fits before buying it. But you should be happy once it’s in!
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Che dire appena vedi questo dissipatore? Brutto, ingombrante, pesante, il colore delle ventole sembra scelto da un daltonico con seri problemi psichici, perchè un colore peggiore di questo non potevano scegliere. Ma che è? Color cacchetta chiara per l'alloggio della ventola e color cacchetta più scura per la ventola. Anche i gommini anti-vibrazione applicati agli angoli dell'alloggio hanno il colore della ventola, cioè il color cacchetta più scura.
A questo si aggiunga che nel case si devano avere banchi di memoria RAM a basso profilo e comunque sufficiente spazio per riuscire ad alloggiarlo. Nei casi più fortunati si riesce ad installare entrambe le ventole: esteticamente parlando, l'apoteosi dell'obbrobrio.
Ora, però, parliamo di cose serie.
Questo dissipatore è in commercio da anni e anni, è semplicemente l'evoluzione ulteriormente migliorata, nemmeno troppo distante, del precedente pluridecorato modello.
In tutto questo tempo, marchi prestigiosi e abituati a mettere i propri prodotti sotto i riflettori dei migliori canali pubblicitari hanno creato modelli accattivanti, belli, con le luci led che cambiano colore mentre giochi. Uau. Facciamola finita con questi gingilli per bimbo monkeys che invece di guardare il monitor guardano dentro il case attraverso l'apposita vetrina. Ma comprati un acquario... Scusate lo sfogo, ma dopo accurate ricerche ho appurato che ancora oggi non ci sono dissipatori ad aria dagli stessi risultati, ne sono stati inventati di più piccoli, di molto efficienti, ma se riesci a farlo entrare dentro il case, non esiste niente di più performante. Addirittura negli ultimi anni le follie del marketing hanno permesso di mettere in commercio impianti a liquido a basso costo che vengono stracciati da questo pachidermico dissipatore ad aria. Le ventole sono mute, ho dovuto aprire il case per accertarmi che stessero girando, i gommini anti-vibrazione garantiscono il silenzio. Sono presenti anche i cavetti da collegare in serie per poter accedere al controllo delle ventole e il tutto è molto ben confezionato e imballato. Le istruzioni di montaggio sono semplici e il montaggio stesso non è particolarmente impegnativo, specialmente se il proprio case permette di accedere al retro della scheda madre (verso cui va applicato il backplate) senza doverla smontare. Diversamente, buon lavoro...
La resa di questo dissipatore va oltre le più rosee aspettative, non lasciatevi ingannare dalle lamelle argentate e dagli inutili led che lampeggiano, questi cosi sono fatti per raffreddare e nessuno può farlo meglio. Un vero e onesto overclocker vi direbbe che nella categoria del raffreddamento ad aria questo è il Top.
Complimenti a tutto lo Staff della Noctua, brillante azienda austriaca, complimenti a tutti tranne allo struzzo che ha scelto il colore delle ventole.
J'ai monté ce Noctua NH-D15 en remplacement d'un AIO Corsair H115i Pro RGB dont les performances m'ont déçues.
Comme visible en photo, j'arrive entre 24 et 27° en IDLE sur un i7 8086K non-delid boitier fermé (Phantek Enthoo Evolv ATX TP Black) ce qui est excellent avec environ 20° de température ambiante dans la pièce.
Côté montage, c'est quasi "plug-and-play", et si vous avez un doute, YouTube regorge de vidéos testant, montrant et notant ce ventirad de référence. De plus la notice est très claire et détaillée, les schémas explicites à souhait.
Une fois monté à l'aide du long tourne-vis fourni dans le bundle (un luxe ! même si j'ai largement de quoi le monter avec mon matériel perso) le résultat est bluffant et imposant (voir photos 2 et 3).
1,3 kg ventirad + ventilateurs, c'est du lourd au sens propre comme au sens figuré.
Le montage sur mon i7 8086K lui-même sur une carte mère Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 7 le tout avec 4 barrettes de G.Skill Trident Z RGB (qui ne sont donc pas des low profil) ne pose absolument aucun soucis ! Par chance ma carte mère est équipée d'une prise CPU_FAN_OPT (comprendre un 2nd slot pour brancher le 2nd ventilateur du ventirad) donc pas besoin de l'adaptateur fourni.
A l'allumage, outre les températures excellentes que j'ai (max 50° en charge sous benchmark -3D Mark/Heaven/Stress test OCCT- le silence est là ! C'était un autre point négatif de mon AIO, le bruit, entre les ventilateurs et la pompe je n'y trouvais pas mon compte.
Aucun vibration n'est perceptible chez moi non plus grâce aux patins qui équipent les ventilateurs.
Ici, et ce, malgré le montage sans les réducteurs de tension fourni par Noctua dans le bundle, c'est quasi inaudible avec les températures que j'ai et la courbe PWM @stock.
Côté ports PCI et PCIe aucun soucis non plus de compatibilité, je m'étais renseigné sur le site de Noctua auparavant bien évidement, ce dernier étant assez complet de ce côté là.
In fine, hormis les couleurs traditionnelles de Noctua beige/marron, qui peuvent être modifiée via un investissement supérieur et leur gamme Chromax (mais tarif complètement délirant si l'on fait ça de mon point de vue, faut arrêter..) c'est un sans faute pour ce ventirad haut de gamme !
De ce fait, je ne le recommanderais quand même pas à tout le monde, car il ne justifie pas l'investissement sans overclocking poussé, d'autres modèles chez Noctua moins imposants feront un boulot aussi bon sur des processeurs @stock ou delid@stock.
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Ich habe einen PC mit einer INTEL Core i7-8700k CPU für die Foto- und Video-Bearbeitung zusammengestellt. Ich wollte versuchen, den PC zu übertakten, um die Zeit beim Rendering zu reduzieren. Trotzdem sollte der PC leise sein, da ich am PC auch Videos aufnehmen und dann nicht die Lüftergeräusche mit aufnehmen will.
Der Lüfter ist in 5 Minuten installiert.
Ich hatte mein Mainboard bereits befestigt, dadurch gestaltete sich die Montage etwas fummelig.
Zuerst habe ich die SecuFirm-Platte durch die Rückseite des Mainboards gefädelt. Dann 2 Brackets auf Sockeln mit Schrauben fixiert und die mitgelieferte Wärmeleitpaste auf die CPU aufgetragen. Dann den Heatsink montiert: Um ihn mit dem mitgelieferten langen Schraubenzieher anzuschrauben, muss vorher der mittlere Lüfter entfernt werden. Tipp: Schrauben links und rechts abwechselnd anziehen, nicht nur auf einer Seite. Am besten zuerst die Lüfter anstecken. Da der Kühlkörper so groß ist, war die Montage der Lüfter am Kühlkörper fummelig, da neben dem Kühlkörper wenig Platz zum Gehäuse war. Ich habe mir mit dem Winkel des mitgelieferten Schraubenziehers geholfen (vgl. Video).
Man muss darauf achten, dass sich der Kühlkörper und insbesondere der 2. (optionale) Lüfter im Gehäuse ausgehen. Bei mir war es sehr knapp, aber es hat funktioniert (in einem Fractal Design Define C Gehäuse ohne Sichtfenster). Auch zum Mainboard war der Kühler kompatibel, die Grafikkarte konnte im 1. PCIe-Slot bleiben, nachdem ich sie nur kurz für die Befestigung der Lüfter ausgebaut hatte (am besten auf der Noctua Homepage über Einschränkungen bei bestimmten Mainboards informieren).
Die Lüfter sind größer als beim Vorgängermodell, dem NH-D14. Deswegen können sie sich langsamer drehen und sollten leiser sein.
Der Kühler ist wirklich riesig und schwer. Aber bei mir passt er ins Gehäuse.
Die braunen Farben finde ich hässlich, aber da ich ein geschlossenes Gehäuse habe, ist mir das egal.
Die Temperaturen beim Rendering sind 10 Grad unter den Werten, die ich mit einem kleinen Lüfter (Be Quiet! Pure Rock Slim) erreiche. Ich komme auf ca. 66 Grad. Die Übertaktung auf 4,7 GHz ist möglich, die Temperaturen steigen auf knapp über 80 Grad. Bei 5 GHz komme ich an die Grenzen meiner Kühllösung, die Temperaturen erreichen 100°C. Hier müsste ich mehr Gehäuselüfter verbauen. Alles bei sommerlichen 30 Grad Raumtemperatur wohlgemerkt.
Die Lüfter können schon laut sein, allerdings habe ich sie im BIOS optimiert, und jetzt höre ich sie bei wenig Last kaum.
Ich kann den Kühler definitiv empfehlen, wenn man etwas übertakten will oder vermeiden will, dass der Prozessor heiß läuft.
Die riesigen Kühlrippen sind sehr nützlich, man kann dadurch die Lüfterdrehzahlen runterregeln oder überhaupt nur einen Lüfter verbauen. Es gibt auch die Möglichkeit, die mitgelieferten Ultra-Low-Noise-Adapter zu verwenden, das muss ich noch testen. Da er PWM unterstützt, kann ich die Drehzahl genau über das Mainboard steuern (Anschlüsse mit 4 Pins) - im Gegensatz zum Vorgängermodell NH-D14.
Alles in allem bin ich mit diesem Prozessorkühler sehr zufrieden. Ich kann ihn empfehlen.
Nicht zuletzt als Österreicher bin ich stolz, dass der beste Luftkühler von einer österreichischen Firma entworfen wurde.
Wenn ihr mein Video in 4k Qualität sehen wollt, sucht gerne auf Youtube nach "schwammerl testet Noctua". Ein Video über meinen kompletten PC-Build findet ihr unter "schwammerl testet videobearbeitung".
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- extras out of the box
- assembling it
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do you need it / who should buy it?
If you think of using the newest CPUs if Intel or AMD, it makes a lot of sense buying the NH-D15. I went with a BeQuiet Shadow Rock Slim, which was sufficient before. But highly powered CPUs need better cooling if you want to use them more efficiently. Don't get me wrong, the BeQuiet cooler is still enough, but you will have to think of two things. First, for how long do I want to use my CPU? Longer than a couple of years? Then you need better cooling to ensure the performance to last by cooling the CPU sufficiently. Secondly, what do you want to do with it? High res gaming? Bit of overclocking but not willing to invest in a water cooling loop? Well... The best air cooler for CPUs is the NH-D15 so far. You can't make anything wrong with that beast! I personally don't trust the AIO water cooling solutions so far on the market to hand them my precious hardware to, although I thought about it for a long long time and nearly went for it. Hence, buying the best product in air cooling then is no question really. And if you don't want to replace any pump, look out for leaking pipes, etc. AND want to be able to use that thing for more than a couple of years then this is a no-brainer. Durability is the key word here. You basically invest in a cooler which will most definitely run more than twice as long as AIO watercooling loops.
As for the performance:
In short it is cooling very well! Never reached levels above 70 degrees Celsius (prime95 included). Stress tests were not sweating this beast! NOW I have no doubts about the CPU being cooled enough and to be honest after having made stress tests and always having looked at temperature within the day, I have let it be as it never let me down on my expectations. Thus, I don't feel the need to check the temperature anymore.
Noise wise I think it is known by now that noctua is first class in building silent, high performance fans. Yes, you hear the air being pressured in full speed mode, but come on! Physically it doesn't seem to be possible to not hear a sound if you pressure air! And as I said, FULL SPEED! But just hearing air is something different than hearing the fan itself which doesn't happen with noctua fans, but with most other. So conclusion noise wise: great, silent to no sound performance even at full load.
The built quality of noctua is also very well known and doesn't have to be further mentioned I guess. Very well built, quality material all over. The lamellae are very quality made as well as the heat pipes and the CPU heat plate conductor. Simply put: great quality!
Extras out of the box
It comes with a second fan, screws, backplate, thermal paste, instructions for all of AMD AM boards and Intel 115 and 2011 boards AND (which is simply great) a screwdriver which is the most useful one in the world! Noctua simply knows about problems in assembling such a beast! Further you get low noise cables (called L.N.A. look it up if you don't know what it is) and a y-cable to get to fans into one fan header on the mainboard. So a lot of extras... Great packaging and great quality all over here as well.
Assembling it is tricky IF you have a midi case like me (fractal design define r4) but it could be much worse if noctua didn't send the tools and made assembling it simple via its backplate. IF you have a midi tower it might be quiet tight with the roof fans when assembling it. Also I had to get the graphics card out of the way in the process. But as I said it is very easy to assemble, I made my life a bit harder when doing it anyway. After the beast is assembled there is enough space for everything so NO WORRIES! you will get your roof fans and the upper slot for you graphics still fit into that. But again: noctua made it very easy to install.
So all in all a GREAT PIECE OF HARDWARE NOCTUA! Again perfectly executed guys!
- Quieter and handles heat very well than a H60 water cooler.
- I get about 20-30*C at idle and less than 45*C in full load.
- It fits in mid towers and full towers.
- Excellent air flow.
- Premium quality and 6 years warranty.
- Includes a premium thermal pate NT-H1.
- Difficult to install.
- Doesn't fit vertically in mid towers. You must replace the front fan with a 120mm fan.
- Uses a lot of space.
Intel and AMD mounts
NH-D15 heatsink with 2x 140mm fans
NT-H1 thermal paste
The first thing I noticed was the sheer size and weight of the cooler itself - it is absolutely massive and is also very heavy! I checked on Noctua's compatibility page on their website for my motherboard and case to make sure it would fit. I would highly recommend doing that before you consider buying this cooler. Once installed, it will consume most of your motherboard.
Installation to the motherboard was surprisingly simple and didn't take long at all. It was a little fiddly getting the PWM connectors plugged in before the heatsink and I needed to use some long nose pliers to assist me. The fins on the cooler feel quite sharp and the tops of the cooler also appear to be a bit of a fingerprint magnet! Once the heatsink was installed it felt very secure although I would definitely remove it if I was planning on transporting the PC anywhere.
The NF-A15 fans are excellent and are very quiet. Even at full speed they are far less intrusive than other fans out there. However, their colour scheme is definitely not to everyone's taste and if your case has a glass/perspex lid then it may not play well with your colour scheme! You can now buy the NF-A15 HS PWM chromax black version of the fans but these are about £20 each which might be a bitter pill to swallow after forking out for the NH-D15 cooler.
The cooling performance for an air cooler is second to none and this will give AIO watercoolers a run for their money. This cooler shaved a good 10 degrees off a 7820X under load and the temperature issues that I ran into were more down to the poor TIM that Intel have used inside the CPU rather than the Noctua's ability to keep the chip cool. For lower TDP processors this may well be an overkill cooler, however you will certainly see some benefits when overclocking.
I highly recommend this product
E' molto difficile trovare recensioni obbiettive che non si facciano forviare da quello che viene raccontato nei vari siti di testing.
A me che interessa solo il funzionamento e che non sono alla ricerca del singolo grado in meno, per me inutile, vi dirò com'è andata.
Dovete ricordarvi inoltre che ogni caso è a se; anche se avete due macchine uguali identiche non vuol dire che otterrete i soliti risultati, proprio perchè l'elettronica ha delle tolleranze di fabbricazione (questo per esempio succede anche nei motori della auto).
Partiamo subito con le cose importanti e ricordatevi che ho messo anche foto e screenshot, quindi niente chiacchiere da bar.
--------VENTOLE e TEMPERATURE---------
Sui materiali nulla da dire perchè sono estremamente validi.
Io ho acquistato questo dissipatore con doppia ventola anche se sapevo già che non ci sarebbe stata per via dell'ingombro delle mie ram, però per 10€ in più ho una ventola che posso tranquillamente riutilizzare.
Le ventole non sono poi così tanto rumorose se paragonate a una ventola originale Intel che va da 800 a 2500 giri.
Certo a 1500 giri le Noctua si fanno sentire, ma sono anche da 140mm di diametro e non voglio esprimermi su altre ventole perchè non ne ho provate. Ricordatevi che il case conta molto ed io con il Corsair Obsidian 550D non mi sono mai trovato malaccio.
Posso dirvi però che le ventole sono più silenzione delle Corsair a 800 giri.
E ora tocchiamo il tasto dolente, le temperature.
Per i test ho usato il semplice "Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool" perchè non mi andava di fare troppi sbattimenti, dato che mi interessava solo sapere le differenze.
Ora vi elenco i dati rilevati con la velocità della ventola in automatico:
- Dissipatore stock e pasta Cooler Master High Performance a 3900mhz - Max 70 Min 43
- Dissipatore Noctua con una ventola e pasta Noctua NT-H1
a 3900mhz - Max 53 min 37
dopo un'ora - Max 51 min 36
dopo due ore - Max 50 min 31
- Dissipatore Noctua con due ventole e pasta Noctua NT-H1 (contate però che la seconda ventola non era ben centrata perchè non ci stà)
a 3900mhz Max 48 min 30
a 4400mhz Max 63 min 47
Non ero molto convinto di queste temperature e ho voluto fare un ulteriore prova sostituendo la pasta con la Cooler Master High Performance che già avevo.
- Dissipatore Noctua con una ventola e pasta Cooler Master High Performance
a 3900mhz - Max 51 min 32 (subito al primo test)
a 4200mhz - Max 56 min 37
a 4400mhz - Max 56 min 35
a 4500mhz - Max 55 min 41
Con la pasta Noctua ho notato che ci è voluto un pò di tempo per adattarsi.
In conclusione come temperature minime siamo lì, anche perchè i test non sempre sono uguali per molteplici fattori.
La grande differenza però che si nota è alle alte temperature e la Cooler Master nel mio caso sembra reggere meglio.
Comunque più avanti quando ricambierò la pasta farò un'altro test con la Noctua, ma per il momento dato che è stabile direi di lasciarlo così com'è!
Pensavo di comprare anche la seconda ventola da 120, ma con questi risultati e non usandolo overclokkato, direi che non c'è da aggiungere proprio nulla.
Imballaggio interno veramente ottimo e protettivo, infatti l'interno della scatola è avvolto con la plastica morbida.
Una volta aperta trovere in sequenza:
- scatola con accessori
- scatola con dentro il dissipatore, la ventola interna già montata e una protezione di cartone tra la ventola e il dissipatore per fare in modo che eventualmente non si muova e danneggi il dissipatore durante i trasporti.
- di lato c'è l'ultima scatola che contiene la seconda ventola.
All'interno della scatola accessori troviamo:
- 1 Secufirm, che non è altro che il kit con il backplate e le sue due staffe per Intel che serviranno per il montaggio del dissipatore. Poi ci sono anche le due staffe per AMD e se non la vostra scheda madre non ha il backplate, dovrete contattare l'assistenza.
- 1 cacciavite a croce (sappiate che la cromatura dopo qualche utilizzo inizerà a staccarsi, per cui occhio e controllate che non vi vadano pezzi in giro)
- entrambi i kit sia per Intel che AMD hanno un sacchetto con dentro viti e distanziali
- una siringa con la pasta termica NT-H1
- le 2 mollettine di fissaggio per la seconda ventola
- un cavo a Y per collegare le due ventole (la mia MSI Z77A-GD65 Z77 con una sola ventola non leggeva i giri)
- 2 cavi di riduzione giri da 1500 a 1200 massimi.
- un adesivo di metallo con il logo Noctua.
- 3 fogli di montaggio per: AMD, Intel LGA 115X e 2011.
Il montaggio è facile e descritto quindi è inutile che ve lo riporti.
Sappiate solo che se il vostro case non ha una apertura laterale dove accedere al retro della scheda madre, quest'ultima dovrete smontarla completamente. Auguri ;)
Piccolo consiglio tecnico personale: quando stringete le viti fatelo un pò per volta, per il Secufirm fatelo a X e non stringete troppo.
Inoltre per il montaggio del connettore ventola/e sulla scheda madre, vi consiglio di collegarlo prima perchè il dissipatore è bello grosso e così eviterete una serie di bestemmie (parola di scout che ci ha battuto il naso).
I had seen many reviews of the Noctua NH-D15 online and was sceptical. How can a air cooler come close to the performance of my once beloved AIO? What tipped the balance for me was a change in requirements. My system runs 24/7 almost, and having a pump fail again during the night isn't really an option. Also, the NH-D15 is significantly cheaper than any quality 240mm which made me want to try. That plus Amazon's incredible returns policy meant is was pretty much risk free.
The box arrived, it's rather large and heavy for its size. The packaging is mostly cardboard and minimal non recyclables, which is nice to see. Unpackaging the cleverly arranged box is almost a pleasurable puzzle.
Installation instructions are simple, to the point and accurate. Just what you want. Out of the box I had Intel and AMD install options which is great. No AM4 support out of the box but you can order the bracket from Noctua free of charge if you require it.
Installation goes fairly simple. I installed mine on an ASUS X-99 A 2 (socket 2011-3). Two brackets around the CPU slot, screw in. Add the included Noctua thermal paste. Then screw the cooler to these mounts with the included long reach phillips head screwdriver - a fantastic touch for simplifying the install process. Slight issue getting the second screw in to attach the cooler which took a few moments to sort out - turns out I wasn't pushing down hard enough.
Clip on both fans using the metal wire brackets, plug shorter than case fan cables in to your motherboard, you can use the included Y-cable if you don't have the slots for 2 individual cables, you can also install the adaptors to quieten the fans - i personally set a fan curve in my computers BIOS, but it's up to you. You may also have conflict issues with your graphics card and RAM but you can rotate the cooler and move the fans if you do struggle to fit the cooler around your RAM. This cooler is VERY large and to get it in I did have to remove my graphics card to make the install a little easier. And that was it for install. Fairly straight forward, a lot quicker than an AIO.
Into the first boot, MSI Afterburner reports a significant drop from the AIO temps to 32°c, some of the lowest temperatures I've ever seen on my system, even during winter.
Loading up some benchmarks and stress tests to warm up the cooler proved un-eventful. With temperatures on a 4.2ghz overclock on an Intel 5820K only reaching 59°c. Pushing the overclock further to 4.6ghz (the highest my system has ever gone) got the temperatures to creep just north of 70°c. Doing this whilst remaining whisper quiet at full RPM - I couldn't notice any additional noise over my case fans.
Negatives of the cooler:
Aesthetics, Noctua does love it's beige and brown fans, it's symbolic to the company and is an instantly recognisable. You can replace the fans with the chromax series, these are all black fans with multiple colour rubber edges to stop vibrations at a cost. Pushing the cooler into quality AIO price territory. You can also get covers for the fin stacks if you'd prefer these to be a certain colour. However, for me that's not really an issue.
Size of the cooler. It fits in my system, just. Some may have issues with RAM and graphics cards. Graphics cards can always be moved to another lower slot. RAM however, if you have particularly large RAM modules could be an issue. You can rotate the cooler and move the fans to accommodate the RAM but it is something to be aware of before buying.
Overall though, this is a fantastic cooler cannot rate it highly enough. It's exceeded my already high expectations and lived up fully to it's reviews.
One thing to consider if your coming from a water cooler like me, is to change/lower your fan speed alerts in the Bios. Your PC will give you an alert if it thinks the fan speed is too low every time you start up your PC. Water coolers typically use smaller fans (in the sealed unit on the processor) that spin at higher speeds (typically over 1000rpm). Were as the fans on this spin slower (300 to 400rpm at start up) because they are larger. Lowering it down to 300 rpm should be fine.
I installed this on an FX8350 in a HAF X case, with chromax covers. I added an extra and unnecessary fan (all the fans in this HAF are also Noctua) on the rear because I had one laying around, it doesn't make any difference to the temperature reduction but does help to vent heat more directly out of the case. With the Chromax covers the fans are definitely even quieter and don’t ramp up any higher than 700rpm under Prime 95 which I ran for half an hour after applying the thermal compound. CPU temps are at a steady 26c idle and haven't gone above 50c yet gaming and I’m pretty sure they never will.
This NH-D15 is a quality product and everything about it, even the box it comes in, says,”You’ll never top me!” and I have to admit that even after looking at the Be Quiet Dark Rocks, the Cooler Masters and Zalmans (which I love) and the fierce rivalry they offered, the choice, for me, had to be Noctua. Noctua because they offer so much more in the quality department, they’re beautifully made and of very high quality materials. I owned a Dunhill lighter many years ago, one with the thumb bar on the side and just picking it up informed me that I was holding an item of superior construction. Its a bit like that with the Noctua NH-D15, you pick it up and you just know that you’ve made a great purchase. Other owners out there will know what I’m talking about but even if you are a newcomer to after-market coolers my advice is to always do your research and double check everything you investigate. I don’t work for Noctua, they’re just another company but this cooler is something I will always recommend to anyone who’s looking for the best. Others will disagree and that’s fine and other coolers are good, great in fact but in my mind I’ve made the best choice...for me.
Installation is ridiculously easy. The kit comes with mounting brackets for both Intel and AMD, screws, low noise adapters, Noctua’s own thermal compound, a fan splitter and yes, a screwdriver! I’m sure I’ve missed a few things out but essentially, everything you need to get it on the CPU and plug the fans into the board are included. I would recommend getting the Chromax covers for this cooler, they complete the look even if they are a little costly. Hey, the NH-D15 ain't cheap but you’ll only ever have to buy one. If you’re using this cooler on a new build, great because you need to get to the back of the board unless you already have a case with a cut-out for access. With the bracket installed, the cooler is then mounted using just two spring mounted screws which can’t be over-tightened. It’s designed for higher ram clearance but you should check this in any event. Once installed the fans come with clips which take seconds to mount them. Noctua's your uncle, you’re done!
I have only one word of caution and its not about the cooler itself but you should know that this is a Brobdingnagian thing, very tall so, as I said before, check that your case will accommodate it. Apart from that, welcome to air cooling the way it should be done. If Noctua made beer, it would also be the best in the world...probably.
In Prime95 v26.6 (later versions suck on Coffee Lake) small FFT test I'm getting a max of 89 C. Aida64extreme597 runs around 60-68C on all tests except FPU which is ridiculously hot going into thermal throttling but I could simply not replicate those temperatures in real life tasks. And I threw some heavy load at the CPU in Premiere and this Noctua cooler kept it below 70C. That's the highest temp in real life. It all runs in a Fractal Design Define R6 with 2 Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140 intake front and 1 Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140 back exhaust.
On the AIO it used to sit around 75 degrees when benching with the fans howling, on the D15 it's at 54 degrees and still silent. The only downside is that it's so big and I couldn't use my top PCI-E slot for my graphics card without some DIY to remove the backplate for the Arctic Cooler HSF I use on it. (it stuck up at least an inch with the bolts securing it from the top of the card until I butchered the nuts with some cutters). You might also have issues if you have extremely tall ram, mines average but it still pushes the second fan off centre, purely cosmetic issue though.
It's also easy to fit using the original motherboard backplate, screw in the brackets, add your thermal paste and screw it down.
After the failure of both my CPU and GPU hybrid cooling systems within a short period of time I decided to swap back to the much more reliable air cooling set up. As such I decided I wanted the best of the best and without a doubt, the Noctua NH-D15 is the best. Once I got the cooler installed I ended up with some of the best CPU temps I've ever had. On average both my idle and under load CPU temps where a good 5 degrees lower than anything I saw with my old Corsair H100i V2. 25c on Idle and between 50c to 55c depending on the game I was running. Even pushing my CPU a little higher up the overclock ladder temps didnt rise more than a degree or 2.
As such on cooling alone (and a lot of personal research and practical hands on with coolers) I'm just going to say that you can not do better than this cooler. It is hands down the best unit and keeping your hardware cool.
But that of course, that means I have to address the aforementioned caveats.
The first is the size of this unit. It's big and you need a big case (with room to spare) to fit it into. Not a problem if you tend to go for the larger cases. I can honestly say this is a perfect cooler for an Airflow 540 case but I would not like to try to fit it into anything smaller.
The second is a combination of noise / airflow. This cooler needs good airflow. The two included fans do a good job but you'll want to add some additional fans into your case to make sure it really is doing it's job. Something to bring the air into the case and something to expel all the warmed air out of the rear of the case. No matter what fans you go for (I'd suggest fans from the Noctua line up), this raises both the noise level, which is quiet but far from silent and the price due to additional costs.
The third is the price. On it's own, the Noctua NH-D15 is a bit more expensive than other coolers. Sure it's a little better but for the sake of a degree or 2, it might not be worth spending the additional cash on this cooler. That just gets worse when you add in more case fans if you want to get the most from this unit.
All in all it really is a brilliant cooler and quite rightly earns it's crown as one ofm if not the best coolers on the marker but it's certainly something more geared towards hardware enthusiast and hardcore PC gamers who want the best (something I need as I enjoy VR gaming).
I do think it's great but I can see it's flaws from other peoples point of view.