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Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Tower CPU Cooler
Author: Richard Jackson
Manufacturer: Noctua
Source: Noctua
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September 15, 2014

Noctua is a designer and manufacturer of some of the most impressive CPU air coolers that you can find. The company was founded in 2005, and Bigbruin.com first reviewed their products in 2006 (the NH-U9 and the NH-U12). Their designs have followed the same basic formula, but they have evolved to offer greater performance, convenience, and compatibility with the latest processors from AMD and Intel. My first experience with Noctua came last year when I covered the NH-U12S and NH-U14S together, and I had actually acquired an NH-D15 before the sample was provided for review.

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The promotional image above shows the beastly NH-D15, which looks more like two traditional heatpipe coolers standing side-by-side. It is hard to get a sense of scale, but consider that each fan is 140mm in diameter, and you may be able to imagine that this is a rather large cooler. Before getting in to the heart of the review, let's take a look at some published data on the NH-D15, as taken from the official product page on the Noctua website.

Features and Specifications:

Socket compatibility:
    Intel: LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150
    AMD: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required)
Height (without fan): 160 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.)
    Y-cable
    NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
    SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit
    Noctua Metal Case-Badge
Warranty 6 Years

Fan specifications:

Model: 2x Noctua NF-A15 PWM
Bearing: SSO2
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 m/h
Max. Airflow with L.N.A.: 115,5 m/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

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