The NH-D14 is one of the best CPU coolers money can buy, and with the NH-D15, Noctua is looking to achieve a similar result.
The Noctua NH-D14 is considered to be one of the best CPU coolers available today. With over 350 international awards, it is also the most successful heatsinks in the market. The NH-D14’s twin fan NF-A15 140 mm fan design is known not only for its efficiency but also for its quietness.
Noctua CEO Roland Mossig said that over hundred iterations and three years to find a design that increased the efficiency of the NH-D14.
“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,” Mossig said in a statement. “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.”
With the NH-D15, Noctua has retained the design, making minor tweaks to enhance efficiency. The NH-D15 features a wider 150 mm fin stack that allows for more uniform heat distribution. It also features recessed lower fins, which fixes one of the most major annoyances in the NH-D14. Installing the NH-D14 usually meant that there wasn’t any room to fit in large RAM modules. With a 64 mm clearance, the NH-D15 can be installed in a rig that has tall memory heatsinks.
The NH-D15 comes with the same NF-A15 fans as the NH-D14. The fan speed can be controlled through the low-noise adaptor, which further reduces the noise level. The NH-D15 features the same SecuFirm2 mounting system as the NH-D14 and Noctua’s NT-H1 thermal compound.
Noctua has announced that the NH-D15 CPU cooler will be available from later this month for $99.99.