Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler Review

Posted by Michael Pabia on Monday, June 6, 2016 - 8:00am

Introduction

Noctua NH-D15S

Noctua is likely the most popular brand for CPU air cooling. Their NH-D14 CPU cooler was deemed to be the king of CPU coolers for the past years. With all-in-one watercooling solutions getting popularity amongst builders today, air coolers aren't as popular nowadays. Still, those are look for the safer cooling solution still stick with air cooling. If you are looking for the best cooling performance under the air cooling category, the Noctua NH-D15S should be on your checklist. Follow us today as we check it out!

ProClockers would like to thank Noctua Premium Cooling Components for sending us their NH-D15S CPU cooler for review. Before we check out this product, let's get a short history of Noctua.

About Noctua

Designed in Austria, Noctua's premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 6000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua's fans and heatsinks are serving hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers around the globe.

What does Noctua mean?

The little owl, Athene noctua, is the symbol of the Greek goddess Athene, who represents wisdom, science and strategy. She has a marked preference for the most clever among the Greek heroes, like Odysseus, who endure their adventures by the use of savvy consideration instead of mere force. The owl has always symbolised intelligence and prudence, and with its manlike face, it is the emblem of attentiveness and communication. We at Noctua imitate its attributes of calm and accurate observation in the dark, its soundless flight as well as the effective, economical use of its powers and precise attack.

About the NH-D15S

Tailored to provide superior RAM and PCIe compatibility, the NH-D15S is an asymmetrical single fan version of Noctua’s award-winning flagship model, the NH-D15. Thanks to its asymmetrical design, the NH-D15S clears the top PCIe slot on most µATX and ATX motherboards. At the same time, the single fan setup and recessed lower fins guarantee 100% RAM compatibility with memory modules of up to 65mm height. Users who have sufficient room can also upgrade the cooler with either a 120mm or round 140mm fan on the front fin stack for further improved performance in dual fan mode. 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-D15S forms a complete premium quality solution that combines dual tower efficiency with excellent compatibility and flexible upgrade options.

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