Noctua NH-D15 Dual Tower CPU Cooler Unleashed – New and Improved Version of the Popular NH-D14
Noctua has recently announced their latest dual tower CPU cooler that is based on the popular NH-D14 – the Noctua NH-D15. The NH-D15, like its predecessor, is a high performance air cooler that is able to match up some closed loop water cooling products on the market. It is basically like the NH-D14 but with an improved and more efficient design. Check out its features, specifications, price and availability below.
Noctua NH-D15 Features
The Noctua NH-D15 is based on the award winning, and one of the most popular air cooler, NH-D14 dual tower CPU cooler. It also has 6 heat pipes running across two tower heat sinks. But the fin-stack is widened from 140mm to 150mm, and the heat pipe layout is expanded as well.
One problem with the NH-D14 was its limited compatibility with high performance RAM modules that has large heatsinks. The Noctua NH-D15 has addressed that problem, providing a 64mm clearance for tall memory heatsinks in single fan mode, while in dual fan mode it can accommodate RAM modules up to 32mm in height.
The Noctua NH-D15 features two NF-A15 140mm fans and supports PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the motherboard. The maximum fan speed can also be reduced from 1500rpm down to 1200rpm using the Low Noise Adapter (included in the package) for a quieter operation. The two large 140mm fans also provide cooling to surrounding components.
It features Noctua’s SecuFirm2 mounting system that is compatible with the previous and future sockets. Sockets supported are Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011 and AMD (AM3(+), AM2(+), FM1, FM2(+)). The SecuFirm2 also guarantees perfect contact pressure and maximum convenience on all current sockets.
The Noctua NH-D15 also includes the NT-H1 professional grade thermal compound and comes with a 6 year warranty.
Noctua NH-D15 Specifications
|Socket compatibility||Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)|
|Height (without fan)||165 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)||1000 g|
|Weight (with fan)||1320 g|
|Material||Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating|
|Fan compatibility||140x150x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 140x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 120x120x25|
|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
|Model||2x Noctua NF-A15 PWM|
|Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)||1500 RPM|
|Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)||1200 RPM|
|Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%)||300 RPM|
|Max. Airflow||140,2 m³/h|
|Max. Airflow with L.N.A.||115,5 m³/h|
|Max. Acoustical Noise||24,6 dB(A)|
|Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.||19,2 dB(A)|
|Input Power||1,56 W|
|Voltage Range||12 V|
|MTBF||> 150.000 h|
Price and Availability
The Noctua NH-D15 will be available by mid-April with a manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of EUR 89.90 / $99.90 USD. I hope I’ll get a chance to review one soon.
UPDATE: According to reviews, the Noctua NH-D15 has shown great improvement compared to its predecessor (NH-D14) and has past different lab test with flying colors. If you want to settle for an high performance air cooler, better grab the NH-D15.
You might also want to check out Noctua’s new line of fans and accessories – the Noctua redux and industrialPPC.