New Noctua NH-D15 Set to Reclaim CPU Cooling Crown

Do I really need to say another more than Noctua is releasing an updated to the legendary flagship NH-D14 CPU cooler? I can stop right there and just give you the price and availability of the new Noctua NH-D15. In all seriousness, there are a handful of brand names all DIY enthusiasts need to keep on their option list and Noctua is one of them for CPU cooling.


The Noctua NH-D15 will be the new flagship elite class air cooler and man does it have some big shoes to fill. It plans to do so with increased cooling surface area (fin stack widened to 150 mm), broader spacing for heatpipes for better dissipation, and the latest 140 mm NF-A15 fans from Noctua. To address the one issue with its predecessor, the NH-D15 has recessed lower fins to accommodate the tallest memory heatsinks.

The NH-D15 will be available by mid-April at an MSRP of $99.90 (89.90 EUR) with a 6 year warranty. If the Noctua NH-D15 is not on your list for CPU coolers as an upgrade or your next DIY build, then you are doing it wrong. We'll have a review coming up very soon as we're just waiting for our sample to arrive from Austria.

Below are more details and a video provided by Noctua to show off the new sexy.

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Vienna, April 8th 2014 - Noctua today introduced its new flagship-model NH-D15. Built on the basis of the legendary NH-D14 and carrying on its quest for ultimate quiet cooling performance, the NH-D15 is an elite-class dual tower cooler for the highest demands.

"Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heatsinks", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "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. 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."

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.

Compared to the NH-D14, the NH-D15's fin-stack has been widened from 140 to 150 mm 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. Thanks to its recessed lower fins, the NH-D15 provides 64 mm clearance for tall memory heatsinks in single fan mode, making it compatible with most high end RAM modules on the market.

The NF-A15 premium fans supplied with the NH-D15 support PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200 rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.

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.

Pricing and availability

The NH-D15 will be available by mid-April at suggested retail prices of EUR 89.90 / USD 99.90.


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