Noctua NH-C14 Review
The NH-C14's packaging is quite sturdy and our sample arrived without any damage whatsoever. The mounting kits for Intel and AMD are packed separately, making it easy to take out only the parts that you need.
Above: The Noctua NH-C14's packaging.
Above: The Intel mounting kit.
Above: The AMD mounting kit.
The two bundled NF-P14 140mm fans are rated for 1200RPM and use 3-pin connectors, which means automatic fan speed control will not work on most motherboards. Instead, you can opt to lower fan speed by using either pair of the two included adapters, which brings fan speed down to 900RPM (the black-coloured adapter) or 750RPM (the blue-coloured adapter). While we like being able to control fan speed directly, we would prefer it if Noctua combined this with the ability to use automatic fan speed control.
Above: One of the two included 140mm fans.
Above: The fan speed adapters and 120mm fan adapters
Noctua has pre-installed the mounting clips on both fans, saving you the trouble of fiddling with those annoyingly flimsy metal clips. A splitter is also included in case your motherboard doesn't have enough fan headers. Noctua even included adapters for use with a 120mm fan should you choose not to use the included ones.
All in all, we're quite happy with the package that Noctua has put together (though we would expect no less given the hefty price tag of the NH-C14).