Noctua NH-C14S

Noctua NH-C14S is a top-flow CPU cooler, featuring deep fin stacks and uses Noctua’s NF-A14 fan. This is single fan CPU cooler that provides similar cooling performance to its dual fan predecessor.

Installing the fan on top of the heatsink, gives the cooler a max height of 140mm, while installing the fan underneath (low profile mode), gives a total height of 115mm. The offset layout of C14S allows it to clear the top PCIe slot on most motherboards. The Noctua C14S uses SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting kit, and includes NT-H1 thermal compound and six years manufacturer’s warranty.

TESTING

TEST BENCH Streacom BC1T
MOTHERBOARDGIGABYTE B550I AORUS PRO AX (paid link)
CPURyzen 5 5600X (paid link)
CPU COOLERNoctua NH-C14S (paid link)
GPU RTX 3060 Ti (paid link)
PSU Corsair SF 600 Platinum (paid link)
RAMCrucial Ballistix 16GB (2x8GB) 3600MHz, CL16 (paid link)

CPU COOLER COMPARISON

We use the Noctua C14S is on regular basics in our ITX PC builds, due to its low profile design and thermal performance. The C14S was easily installed on AM4 motherboard with the included AM4 mounting kit. The only issue we encountered was the offset design made the C14S incompatible with some Mini-ITX cases. The cooler would overhang too much over the left side of the motherboard and interfere with case panels etc. In some situations, the cooler can be mounted with the heatpipes facing the GPU with use of Noctua’s NM-AM4 mounting kit (paid link). This can help with cooling in some cases where airflow would normally impact the cooler finstack instead of flowing across. We would have liked to see the required brackets included by default with the C14S.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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noctua.at

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