Aftermarket cooling is almost commonplace amongst the PC gaming community these days; they're affordable and keep your CPU within tolerable levels while pulling an all-nighter on Quake. People still play Quake, right? Anyway, this heatsink in particular is one of Noctua's children and will be proving to us whether or not it's even worth considering for more than a few minutes. This is the NH-U14S. No fancy names this time.
Noctua is fairly well-known among benchers, but just in case you've never heard of them: website
Designed in Austria, Noctua's premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 3000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua's fans and heatsinks are chosen by more than a hundred thousand satisfied customers around the globe.
Company History and Background
Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than ten years of experience in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took the international silent enthusiasts' hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service and class leading quiet cooling performance.