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Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review

Noctua opted for seriousness for the theme of their top performance cooler’s package. The large cardboard box is sturdy but with minimal artwork, based on a brown/white theme and without even a large picture of the cooler in sight.

The company took a “box-in-a-box” approach, carefully packing the cooler’s body inside a cardboard box and protecting it with cardboard constructs. Not the cheapest but it certainly is a very professional and environmentally-friendly packing method.

The only difference between the SE2011 and the normal version is the bundle. Both versions are supplied with a hand-signed and well written manual, a long screwdriver tool and a bag of common parts. Inside the bag with the common parts the user will find a tube of NT-H1 thermal compound, a metallic case sticker, two fan speed reduction adapters, a Y-type split fan cable and an extension cable. All of the extension cables and adapters are sleeved.

The difference lies with the bags carrying the installation hardware. Users who will purchase the SE2011 version will receive a bag with all the hardware necessary for the cooler’s installation on a LGA 2011 socket, which those who will purchase the vanilla version will receive two bags with installation hardware, one for AMD sockets and one for Intel sockets, except from the LGA 2011 one. 

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