Built on the basis of the legendary NH-D14 and carrying on its quest for ultimate quiet cooling performance, Noctua’s flagship model NH-D15 is an elite-class dual tower cooler for the highest demands. Its expanded heatpipe layout and two premium grade NF-A15 140mm fans with PWM support for automatic speed control allow it to further improve the NH-D14’s award-winning efficiency. 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.
Based on the award-winning NH-D14
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.
6 heatpipe dual tower design
As compared to conventional single tower heatinks, the NH-D15’s fine-tuned six heatpipe dual tower design provides more surface area, better heat-distribution and superior airflow efficiency in dual fan mode.
Widened fin stack and expanded heatpipe layout
Compared to the NH-D14, the NH-D15’s fin-stack has been widened from 140 to 150mm 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.
High RAM compatibility in single fan mode
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. In dual fan mode, the NH-D15 should be used with standard height RAM (up to 32mm).
Dual NF-A15 140mm fans
The NH-D15 features two of Noctua’s premium class NF-A15 140mm fans. Complying with Noctua’s AAO standard and featuring sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A15 has quickly built up a reputation as one of the best 140mm fans on the market.
SecuFirm2™ mounting system
Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and ease of use. Supporting Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011 and AMD (AM3(+), AM2(+), FM1, FM2(+)), the SecuFirm2™ mounting included with the NH-D15 guarantees perfect contact pressure and maximum convenience on all current sockets.
NT-H1 thermal compound
Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from hardware journalists around the world, Noctua’s NT-H1 is a proven professional grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease of use and outstanding reliability.
6 years warranty
Noctua products are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the supplied NF-A15’s feature an MTBF rating of more than 150.000 hours and the entire NH-D15 package comes with a full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty.
Product number manufacturer:
Aluminium, Copper, Nickel
Power consumption (typical):
1150, 1151, 1151 v2, 1155, 1156, 2011, FM1
Weight & dimensions
Noctua NH-D15 -Silent, Cool, Great Quality !!
My new Noctua NH-D15 arrived last Friday and I just finished installing it yesterday.Prior to using this I had a Cooler Master Evo 212.To start with, the packaging is top quality. On opening the container, you find 3 well presented small boxes - one is for AMD, one is for Intel and the other consists of the tools required to fit the cooler (including the thermal paste, extension, etc).The heatsink is quite large and the 2 fans that come with it are 140mm fans.Prior to purchasing the NH-D15, I went to Noctua’s site to check compatibility for both my RAM (Kingston HyperX Fury) and my Motherboard (Asus Sabretooth 990fx R2.0).Both were list as compatible.Thus it is a good idea to check against your own components before purchasing –http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&products_id=68&lng=enSome pro’s –1. The mounting of the Cooler was very easy and straightforward. It’s as simple as putting two secure mounts on the motherboard, placing the Heatsink onto the CPU and screwing 2 screws into place.One thing I would say is practice screwing in the heatsink a couple of times before applying your thermal paste and doing it for real. However easy it is, I did a few trial runs as I wasn’t initially able to get the screw to go into place. Just wasn’t applying enough pressure.2. The whole unit is very silent. I haven’t oc’d my CPU yet so its running at stock (4.0GHz) and even when running PRIME95 blend test, the fan’s didn’t go over 700-800rpm.3. Saw a really good drop in temps. On stock, running Prime95 for an hour, my CPU didn’t go over 45. Obviously the real test will be when I start to overclock but initial impressions are positive.4. The quality is really good. From the presentation, to the Heatsink and Fans to the components that come with it, all top-notch.Negative –1. Apparently the Heatsink covers the 1st PCI slot on some motherboards.I can confirm that this is “NOT” the case with my ASUS Sabretooth 990FX R2.0. There is a good amount of space left between the heatsink and 1st PCI Slot.I was able to fit in my GTX 660TI into slot one and there is still space between the 2 so no issues there.All-in-all, very happy with the Noctua NH-D15 – it’s silent, provides great cooling and is future proof against DDR4 Motherboards and CPUs coming down the line (as advised by Noctua Customer Support).Finally, I have a HAF 932 Advanced Case and there was no issues fitting the Noctua NH-D15 into it. Plenty of space for it.
Emilio | Reviewed on: 12-08-2014
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