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One of the things i happen to enjoy is testing CPU Coolers and so it really comes as no surprise that while in my previous position i was able to build the largest LGA1366 CPU Cooler database online and so naturally now i will try to accomplish the exact same thing with the latest LGA2011 socket and my brand new Intel Core i7 3930k. This list will shoot off with one of the best CPU Air Coolers in the market, namely the NH-D14 SE2011 by Noctua, the recent revision of a unit which was also featured in my LGA1366 database. Of course unlike the initial version of this cooler the SE2011 version is compatible with socket 2011 CPUs and as you will see later on it does a terrific job keeping the temperature of the 3930k at relatively low temperature levels even at 4GHz under extreme load conditions.
Designed in Austria, Noctua's premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 1000 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. 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.
The massive NH-D14 by Noctua has already proven itself by staying amongst the top CPU Air Coolers in the market for the past 2 years so in a way many of you know what to expect from the latest SE2011 version in terms of performance. Unfortunately Intel doesn't really provide a stock CPU Cooler with their latest CPUs (excluding the extra liquid cooler which should be here soon) so this review will only feature the NH-D14 SE2011. Luckily more LGA2011 compatible CPU Coolers are already here (plenty more on the way) so it won't be long before our LGA2011 CPU Cooler database has enough members to compete with the old LGA1366 one.