Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review


Cooling solutions come in all shapes and sizes but the dual-tower design is a very distinct model that is mostly associated with the extremely popular Noctua NH-D14. There may be CPU coolers with dual tower designs that came before it but the NH-D14, with its saw-tooth aluminum fin radiators and uniquely colored Noctua fans is an enthusiast favorite for its excellent heat management while operating fans that are not distractingly loud. The NH-D14 however is several years old now, so like most of other PC related components, it is due for an upgrade.

Noctua NH-D15 Installed

The Noctua NH-D15 replaces the massively successful NH-D14 as Noctua’s flagship CPU cooler offering, moving towards a more efficient design and equipped with a pair of Noctua’s latest NF-A15 fans. Users with tall RAM heatspreaders will also be delighted by the fact that RAM compatibility has been taken into account in designing the NH-D15, moving the lower fin stack to provide 64mm of clearance for the first and second DIMM slot when installed. The NH-D15 is available with an MSRP of $99 USD and carries a 6-year warranty covering the heatsink build, accessories and fans.

Specifications:

Heatsink Specifications:
Socket compatibility:
Intel LGA2011 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)
Height (without fan):
165mm
Width (without fan):
150mm
Depth (without fan):
135mm
Height (with fan):
165mm
Width (with fan):
150mm
Depth (with fan):
161mm
Weight (without fan):
1000g
Weight (with fan):
1320g
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:
  • 2 x NF-A15 PWM premium fan
  • 2 x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • Y-cable
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit
  • Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty:
6 years

 

Fan Specifications:
Model:
Bundled Noctua NF-A15 PWM Retail Noctua NF-A15 PWM
Bearing:
SSO2* SSO2
Max. Rotational Speed (+/- 10%):
1500 RPM 1200 RPM
Max. Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%):
1200 RPM 900 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%):
300 RPM 300 RPM
Max. Airflow:
140.2 m³/h 115.5 m³/h
Max. Airflow with L.N.A.:
115.5 m³/h 88.7 m³/h
Max. Acoustical Noise:
24.6 dB(A) 19.2 dB(A)
Max. Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.:
19.2 dB(A) 13.8 dB(A)
Input Power:
1.56W 0.96W
Voltage Range:
12V 12V
MTBF:
> 150.000 h > 150.000 h

SSO2 = Noctua’s 2nd Generation Self-stabilising oil-pressure bearing, a type of fluid dynamic bearing design with a magnet placed close to the rear of the rotor axis.