Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 AMD Threadripper CPU Cooler Review

We’ve already reviewed two coolers from Noctua AMD Threadripper series so it’s time on the last one, the most powerful and the largest, NH-U14S TR4-SP3.

Every Noctua cooler is designed in a different size so all users can pick the right one for their PC and other needs. The largest tower coolers with 140mm fans like the NH-U14S won’t fit into every typical ATX case but many enthusiasts are prepared for that and large enough casing is not the issue when they want the best cooling for their HEDT CPU.

We already know how other Noctua TR4 coolers perform so let’s focus on the NH-U14S TR4-SP3 as it’s really interesting product.

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Continuing the legacy of Noctua’s classic NH-U-series, which has received more than a thousand awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, the NH-U14S has become a benchmark for high-end 140mm single tower coolers. The TR4-SP3 version is a tailored custom model for AMD’s TR4/SP3 platform (Ryzen Threadripper / Epyc) and features a larger contact surface as well as the latest SecuFirm2™ mounting system for socket TR4/SP3. Topped off with the renowned quiet NF-A15 PWM 140mm fan, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U14S TR4-SP3 forms a complete premium-quality solution that combines maximum performance and superb acoustics for enthusiast-grade TR4/SP3 systems.

Award-winning NH-U series

Award-winning NH-U series

The NH-U14S is the first 140mm model in Noctua’s award-winning NH-U series. First introduced in 2005, the NH-U series has become a standard choice for premium quality quiet CPU coolers and won more than 400 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines.
 
Tailored custom version for TR4/SP3 (Ryzen Threadripper / Epyc)

Tailored custom version for TR4/SP3 (Ryzen Threadripper / Epyc)

At 70x56mm, the copper contact surface of the TR4-SP3 version is more than double the size of the standard model. Tailored to fit the enormous integrated heat-spreaders (IHS) of AMD’s TR4/SP3-based processors, this customised design allows for an optimal heat flow from the CPU over the base to the heatpipes and on to the cooling fins.
 
140mm size for maximum performance

140mm size for maximum performance

With six heatpipes, a fin surface area of more than 6000cm² and the large NF-A15 140mm fan, the NH-U14S TR4-SP3 provides a superior level of cooling performance that makes it ideal for the most high-end, enthusiast-grade TR4/SP3 systems.
 
NF-A15 140mm premium fan

NF-A15 140mm premium fan

Complying with Noctua’s AAO standard and featuring sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A15 has quickly built up a reputation as one of the best 140mm heatsink fans on the market.
 
PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor

PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor

The NF-A15 140mm fan supplied with the NH-U14S supports PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.
 
Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-A15 (optional)

Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-A15 (optional)

For users who want to achieve even better performance by adding a second, optional NF-A15 fan to create a push/pull setup, the NH-U14S includes fan clips and an extra set of custom-designed anti-vibration pads that allow to off-set the rear fan by 5mm to improve acoustics in dual-fan mode.*
 
SecuFirm2™ mounting system for TR4/SP3

SecuFirm2™ mounting system for TR4/SP3

Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and ease of use. The TR4-SP3 variant has been completely custom-designed for the new socket and is particularly easy to install: Put on the heatsink, fix the four spring-loaded screws and you’re done!
 
Offset mounting options for better PCIe clearance

Offset mounting options for better PCIe clearance

In order to assure optimal compatibility with SLI and CrossFire multi-GPU setups, the SecuFirm2™ mounting for TR4/SP3 makes it possible to offset the cooler by 3 or 6mm towards the upper edge of the motherboard, thereby increasing clearance of the top PCIe slot.
 
NT-H1 thermal compound

NT-H1 thermal compound

Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from hardware journalists around the world, Noctua’s NT-H1 is a proven professional grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease of use and outstanding reliability.
 
6-year manufacturer’s warranty

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua products are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the supplied NF-A15 features an MTTF rating of more than 150.000 hours and the entire NH-U14S package comes with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.

 

 

Cooler Specification

Height (without fan)  165 mm
Width (without fan)  150 mm
Depth (without fan) 52 mm
Height (with fan)  165 mm
Width (with fan)  150 mm
Depth (with fan)  78 mm
Weight (without fan)  865 g
Weight (with fan/s)  1030 g
Material  Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Max. TDP  see TDP guide
Fan compatibility  140x150x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 140x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 120x120x25
Scope of delivery
  • NF-A15 PWM premium fan
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ mounting kit
  • Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-A15 (optional)
  • Noctua metal case-badge
Warranty  6 Years

 

FAN Specification

Model  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. 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
MTTF  > 150.000 h

 

 

You can by the Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3 CPU cooler from Amazon for USD $70 – https://amzn.to/2sS1YYn

 

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