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Cardboard between the towers for added protection

Noctua NH-D15S Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging, Contents and Specifications
  3. Closer Look
  4. Installation Experience and Clearance
  5. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  6. Temperature Readouts and Observations
  7. Conclusion
  8. Online Purchase Links
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The Noctua NH-D15 is one hell of a CPU cooler. The improvements over the NH-D14 is appreciated since it allows installation of taller heatspreaders. But when I reviewed motherboards like Gigabyte X99-UD4, I found that the space between the CPU cooler and the first PCIe x16 slot is non-existent when I mounted Zotac GTX 780Ti Extreme AMP! Edition. Yikes!!! At that point, I felt that motherboard makers should be more ‘friendly’ with larger CPU cooler especially with an Intel X99 platform with up to 4x PCIe x16 slots. Yeah right. Easier said than done with an ATX form factor.

Noctua NH-D15S has an offset design which helps to provide a bit more space. It should help a lot of users to have a good enough clearance between the CPU cooler and any add-ons cards. Noctua also bundled one less fan with this, possible to make more affordable but did provide extra fan clips. With a dual fan setup, does the offset design change anything?


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