|Model Number||NH-D15 CH.BK|
|Part Number||NH-D15 chromax.black|
|Noise level||19.2 dB|
|Has Auto Focus||No|
|Has Programmable Buttons||No|
|Item model number||NH-D15 CH.BK|
|Product Dimensions||13.5 x 15 x 16.5 cm; 1.3 Kilograms|
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Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black, Dual-Tower CPU cooler (140mm, Black)
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|Item dimensions LxWxH||13.5 x 15 x 16.5 centimetres|
|Noise level||19.2 dB|
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- Extra-wide 140mm dual-tower design with 6 heatpipes and dual fans provides maximum quiet cooling efficiency on a par with many all-in-one watercoolers, ideal for overclockers and silent-enthusiasts!
- Dual-fan design with renowned, award-winning NF-A15 140mm fans with Low-Noise Adaptors and PWM for automatic speed control: Full cooling performance under load, whisper quiet at idle!
- Includes high-end NT-H1 thermal paste and SecuFirm2 mounting system for easy installation on Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1200, LGA2011, LGA2066 and AMD AM4, AM3(+), AM2(+), FM2(+)
- Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, deluxe choice for Intel Core i9, i7, i5, i3 (e.g. 11900K, 11700K, 10900K, 10980XE) and AMD Ryzen (e.g. 5950X, 5900X, 5800X, 5600X)
- Optional NM-i17xx-MP83 mounting upgrade-kit for Intel’s upcoming 12th gen Core CPUs (Alder Lake-S platform, LGA1700 socket) available separately
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The NH-D15 chromax.black is an all-black version of Noctua’s award-winning flagship model NH-D15 premium-quality quiet CPU cooler. Thanks to the same proven dual-tower heatsink design and NF-A15 PWM fans, it stays true to the NH-D15’s successful formula of rivalling the performance of all-in-one water coolers while maintaining superb quietness of operation. At the same time, the chromax.black version with its black fans and black coated heatsink combines these assets with a sleek stealth look. Topped off with the renowned SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system and Noctua’s enthusiast-grade NT-H1 thermal compound, the NH-D15 chromax.black is a deluxe choice for both overclockers and silent enthusiasts who seek an elite-class heatsink that looks just as great as it cools.
6 heatpipe dual-tower design
As compared to conventional single tower heatsinks, the NH-D15’s fine-tuned six heatpipe dual-tower design provides more surface area, better heat-distribution and superior airflow efficiency in dual-fan mode.
Dual NF-A15 140mm fans
The NH-D15 features two of Noctua's premium-class NF-A15 140mm fans. 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 fans on the market.
High RAM compatibility in single fan mode
Thanks to its recessed lower fins, the NH-D15 provides 64mm clearance for tall memory heatsinks in single fan mode, making it compatible with most high-end RAM modules on the market. In dual-fan mode, the NH-D15 should be used with standard-height RAM (up to 32mm).
Using the optional NA-HC3 and NA-HC4 heatsink covers as well as the NA-SAVP3 anti-vibration pads (available in black, blue, green, red, yellow, white), the NH-D15 chromax.black can be fully customised to fit popular build colour schemes such as black and red or black and white.
- Height (without fans): 160 mm
- Width (without fans): 150 mm
- Depth (without fans): 135 mm
- Height (with fans): 165 mm
- Width (with fans): 150 mm
- Depth (with fans): 161 mm
- Weight (without fans): 980 g
- Weight (with fans): 1320 g
Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Scope of delivery
- 2x NF-A15 HS-PWM chromax.black premium fan
- 2x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
- NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound
- Black SecuFirm2 Mounting Kit
- Noctua Metal Case-Badge
140x150x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 140x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 120x120x25
The NH-D15 chromax.black is black from head to toe: Featuring a black coated heatsink, black fans with black anti-vibration-pads, black fan clips and black mounting parts, it’s right at home in all-black builds and easy to integrate with other colour schemes.
|NH-D15||NH-D15S||NH-D15 SE-AM4||NH-D15 chromax.black|
|LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3||✓||✓||with NM-I2011||✓|
|LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156)||✓||✓||with NM-i115x||✓|
|LGA775 & LGA1366||with NM-I3||with NM-I3||with NM-I3||with NM-I3|
|Xeon LGA2011 Narrow ILM / Xeon LGA1366 & LGA1356||X||X||X||X|
|AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2 (+)||✓||✓||X||✓|
|sTRX4, TR4 & SP3||X||X||X||X|
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I had high expectations of this cooler but my CPU temps are still running at 40-50 deg C idle, and 60-65 deg C under gaming load on Overwatch. Not sure if this is normal as opinions vary but I was expecting it to be at least 10 deg less. It could be the Ryzen 5th gen chips that run hotter than Intel, the fact that the case isn't particularly sucking in great amounts of cold air, or I should just use an AIO.
The fans can be tricky to remove after you've set the motherboard up in your case. This cooler is also huge, so RAM clearance can be tough. I had to go with low profile Corsair Vengeance LPX ones but they work well. No point in getting RGB RAMs as well because these are going to be blocked by the fans. Either way, I'm still relatively comfortable with this setup and would try and change things around with new thermal paste.
On a positive note, installation was easy, especially for AMD chips. Build quality is superb and I might consider moving this to my old PC (i5-6600K) to replace the budget Cooler Master one that I have in there.
Installation was indeed more cumbersome for a mounted motherboard but not too difficult. RAM was slightly in the way but was able to position the 2nd fan slightly upwards so it was still able to clip on.
Was initially skeptical whether an air cooler can outperform the water cooler, but was pleasantly surprised to see it easily outperform the AIO. My 5950 runs ~40 degrees idle to a max of 79 degrees on 100% load. And this is just with 2 case fans in pull and push config. But most importantly, it's so quiet! At idle, I can barely hear the fans. And at 100% load, there is a small whine but not much louder than at idle.
By Nguyen Hong Nhan on 24 June 2021
By Hello on 4 September 2021
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Secondly this cooler is huge so before considering it I'd check Noctua's site which has detailed compatibility lists for cases and motherboards. I bought the NH-D15 to use within a Fractal Define R6 USB-C case for a socket AM4 AMD Ryzen 9 3900x CPU. Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero, Nvidia GTX 1070FE and four sticks of Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR 3200Mhz ram (small heatsinks, no LEDS) which all fits together without issue.
In the box you get a range of parts to fit a variety of sockets (currently LGA2066, LGA2011, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150, AM4 & AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2/FM2+) and all the accessories you need to fit the cooler including a screwdriver and thermal compound. There's good instructions for each socket and Noctua also have online videos as well making fitting a breeze. For socket AM4 I simply needed to unscrew the brackets from the motherboard, screw on two adapters, remove the central fan on the cooler, screw the cooler down onto the two adapters then place the central fan back on and the second fan onto the side. I had two CPU fan headers on my motherboard which I used although the package does include a splitter to allow both fans to run off one header (or at least I assume that's what it is for)
On the first power up I thought I must have failed to connect it correctly because it was so quiet I didn't think the fans were running, even under heavy load the system remains remarkably quiet. I'd originally thought an AIO water cooler was the way to go for quiet and effective cooling but I'd been impressed with reviews showing how well this Noctua could work and it's been great in practice. For those that like RGB lighting the AIO coolers will be a better choice as these fans are plain and the front fan may not clear ram modules with RGB on them unless there's a lot of clearance in the case.
£90 is a lot of money for an air cooler especially as it's £13 more to get the black one but I don't regret the purchase, support for the cooler is excellent, it's very easy to install, it should hopefully work with future sockets and its performance and noise compare well to AIO coolers which aren't that cheap either.
Edit: einer der Lüfter macht bei bestimmten Drehzahlen so knack Geräusche. Bei einen solchen Preis darf das nicht sein daher 1 Sterne abzug.
Edit2: Habe hier Noctua kontaktiert aber null Reaktion. So viel zum Support daher 2 weiterer Sterne Abzug.
After putting this on temperatures rarely go over 60 degrees and never go over 75 with Prime95 (same configuration).
I am sure I can push the CPU further but I dont see a need for it. Again, highly recommended, silent and very good looking!
Keeps my Ryzen 3700x at 30-35 idling and I have not seen it above 70 when running Cinebench etc.
Front fan can be moved up for a bit more RAM clearance.
The NH-D15 is an absolute unit. Its Big, quiet, efficent and effective when needs to be.
Whilst writing this review its keeping my Ryzen 3800X which is running at 4.37GHz OC sitting at 23 - 27 degrees.
Under constant heavy load (Cinebench R20) and Games tests the CPU temperature doesn't break above 60 degrees whatever i throw at it. Fans are only configured at 30% 550 rpm with a curve up to 55% at 60 degrees (In Asus Fan Expert) so not exactly heavy usage on FAN RPM.
Fans are silent the only noise i hear coming from my build is the Graphics Card fans.
The only point i would note is that because this thing is an absolute unit i would suggest plugging in any CPU Power, Fan headers in before putting this in the case gets cosy once mounted in the case.