I normally do not cover P.Rs but this one deserves an exception I think. To the well experienced hand, Noctua coolers have something of a legacy. These coolers use an extremely minimalistic design and delivered top notch performance on Air, all the while remaining surprisingly silent. One such cooler was the NH-D14 which is now nothing less than a legend in the air cooler hall of fame. It took Noctua three full years to develop a worthy successor to the NH-D14; the NH-D15, which debuts with a six year warranty. And it goes without saying that it has very big shoes to fill.
NH-D14 succeeded by the Noctua NH-D15 Dual Tower Air Cooler
I will begin with the differences between the NH-D14 and NH-D15. The heatpipe count remains the same, i.e. six. The finstack is now wider by 10mm which corresponds to a total of 150mm. Height and width are 165mm and 135mm respectively, each having received a 5mm increase. The fins on the lower side have receded and now give 64mm clearance in single fan mode. Nf-A15 PWM fans are added with a range of maximum 1200 rpm or 1500rpm depending on the PWM controller or LNA. Here is what the CEO of Noctua had to say:
"Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heatsinks", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we're not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we're proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14."
Pricing and availability
The NH-D15 will be available by mid-April at suggested retail prices of EUR 89.90 / USD 99.90.
Noctua NH-D15 - The Legend Gets Updated
Noctua today introduced its new flagship-model NH-D15. Built on the basis of the legendary NH-D14 and carrying on its quest for ultimate quiet cooling performance, the NH-D15 is an elite-class dual tower cooler for the highest demands.
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.
Compared to the NH-D14, the NH-D15's fin-stack has been widened from 140 to 150 mm and its heatpipes are now spaced further apart, which allows for a more uniform heat distribution over a larger surface area and thus contributes to the NH-D15's superior efficiency. 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.
The NF-A15 premium fans supplied with the NH-D15 support PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200 rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.
Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, Noctua's proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer's warranty, the NH-D15 forms a complete premium quality solution that represents a deluxe choice for overclockers and silent-enthusiasts alike.