On Tuesday, Noctua introduced its second-generation NH-D15 cooler, which offers refined performance and formally supports Intel's next-generation Arrow Lake-S processors in LGA1851 packaging. Alongside its NH-D15 G2 CPU cooler, Noctua also introduced its NF-A14x25r G2 140mm fans. 

The Noctua NH-D15 G2 is an enhanced version of the popular NH-D15 cooler with eight heat pipes, two asymmetrical fin-stack and two speed-offset 140-mm PWM fans (to avoid acoustic interaction phenomena such as periodic humming or intermittent vibrations). According to the manufacturer, these key components are tailored to work efficiently together to deliver superior quiet cooling performance, rivalling many all-in-one water cooling systems and pushing the boundaries of air cooling efficiency.

Noctua offers the NH-D15 G2 in three versions to address the specific requirements of modern CPUs. The regular version is versatile and can be used for AMD's AM5 processors and Intel's LGA1700 CPUs with included mounting accessories. The HBC (High Base Convexity) variant is tailored for LGA1700 processors, especially those subjected to full ILM pressure or those that have deformed over time, ensuring excellent contact quality despite the concave shape of the CPU. Finally, the LBC (Low Base Convexity) version is tailored for flat rectangular CPUs, providing optimal contact on AMD's AM5 and other similar processors.

While there are three versions of NH-D15 G2 aimed at different processors, they are all said to be compatible with a wide range of motherboards and other hardware. The new coolers' offset construction ensures clearance for the top PCIe x16 slot on most current motherboards. Additionally, they feature the upgraded Torx-based SecuFirm2+ multi-socket mounting system and come with Noctua's NT-H2 thermal compound.

For those looking to upgrade existing coolers like the NH-D15, NH-D15S, or NH-U14S series, Noctua is also releasing the NF-A14x25r G2 fans separately. These round-frame fans are fine-tuned in single and dual fan packages to minimize noise levels while offering decent cooling performance.

Finally, Noctua is also prepping a square-frame version of the NF-A14x25 G2 fan for release in September. This variant targets water-cooling radiators and case-cooling applications and promises to extend the versatility of Noctua's cooling solutions further.

All versions of Noctua's NH-D15 G2 coolers cost $149.90/€149.90. One NF-A14x25 G2 fan costs $39.90/€39.90, whereas a package of two fans costs $79.80/€79.80. The cooler is backed with a six-year warranty.

Source: Noctua



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  • meacupla - Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - link

    This pricing is crazy. I'll wait for the reviews.
    For funsies, slap two $40 NF-A14x25 fans onto a peerless assassin 140 and see how well it does.
  • shabby - Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - link

    They're smoking something really good to come up with that pricing. Reply
  • Samus - Friday, July 5, 2024 - link

    Seriously, I think Noctua is at the top of the game but I can't imagine this dramatically outperforms a Peerless Assassin (which is 1/4rd the price) if equipped with the same fans. After all, the Assassin (depending on the reviews as they are really all over the place) effectively ties the D15 across the board, and GN shows it topping every other air cooler they've tested. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, July 11, 2024 - link

    After adding $80 of fans you're effectively comparing $115 and $140 solutions, I'd expect them to be reasonably closer in performance at that point. Probably a narrower gap if you can wait a few months for this model to start being discounted a bit. Reply
  • dwd999 - Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - link

    I'll definitely be getting one for my 1851 build but with Intel announcing a new Reduced Load ILM for that cpu we'll have to see what version of their mounting that Noctua recommends for that cpu and ILM combination. Theoretically it should be the LBC version with the Reduced Load ILM but I'll wait for Noctua's final verdict on that. Reply
  • Silver5urfer - Sunday, July 7, 2024 - link

    Why do you want to buy a flawed socket and then rely on these weird socket solutions like Contact frame, Noctua's new concave/vex designs. Intel dropped ball on their ILM engineering. No amount of bending of the heatsink plate will fix the CPU bending. Skip and get AM5. Reply
  • Qasar - Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - link

    i wonder if these will work with older sockets... Reply
  • meacupla - Thursday, July 4, 2024 - link

    It does. AM5, AM4 and LGA1851, LGA1700, LGA1200, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 Reply
  • Qasar - Thursday, July 4, 2024 - link

    how about older then that ? noctua sent me a bracket for socket 1366 when i asked and showed proof Reply
  • meacupla - Friday, July 5, 2024 - link

    It looks like it uses the same noctua mount spacing, so I would assume it fits. Reply

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