Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black, Premium Dual-Tower CPU Cooler with NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fan (Black)


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The NH-D15S chromax.black is an all-black version of Noctua’s award-winning NH-D15S premium-quality quiet CPU cooler. Thanks to the same asymmetrical dual-tower heatsink design and single NF-A15 PWM fan, it stays true to the NH-D15S’s successful formula of fusing dual-tower performance with excellent RAM, case and PCIe compatibility. At the same time, the chromax.black version with its black fan 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-D15S chromax.black is a premium choice for customers who seek a highly compatible dual-tower heatsink that looks just as great as it cools.

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LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 with NM-i20xx
LGA1700 with NM-i17xx-MP83 with NM-i17xx-MP83 with NM-i17xx-MP83 with NM-i17xx-MP83 chromax.black with NM-i17xx-MP83 chromax.black
LGA1200, LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156) with NM-i115x-1200
LGA775 & LGA1366 with NM-I3 with NM-I3 with NM-I3 with NM-I3 with NM-I3
Xeon LGA2011 Narrow ILM / Xeon LGA1366 & LGA1356 X X X X X
Xeon LGA3647 X X X X X
Xeon LGA4189 X X X X X
AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2 (+) X
AM4
sTRx4, sWRX8, TR4, SP3 X X X X X


Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 16 x 15 x 13.5 cm; 100 Grams
Brand: Noctua
Model: NH-D15S CH.BK
Colour: Black
Batteries Included: No
Manufacture: NOCTUA
Colour: Black

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82 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Brought this for my i5 12600K and it works brilliantly.
    I needed quite a decent cooler, as I was going to be using this computer for streaming, recording, gaming and editing.
    It came with some thermal paste as well, which was a nice bonus.
    It wasn’t easy to install though and it did take me a good while to finally get it sorted.
    It is a bit noisy but not enough to actually hear it if you were recording your game.
    It cools down my CPU brilliantly and I can really push my computer without worrying about overheating.
    I would really recommend this

  2. Clare Duffy, CNN Business says:

     Germany

    Ersetzt bei mir eine gnstige Wasserkhlung von Alphacool auf einem Ryzen 9 5950X.

    Vorteile:

    – flsterleise
    – deutlich khler (30-65 Grad im Sommer, statt bis 80 mit der Wak)
    – optisch ansprechend, super verarbeitet
    – kein Problem mit Flssigkeitsverlust, kein nachfllen notwendig

    Back to the roots ist manchmal doch besser und Noctua wissen einfach was sie tun.

  3. DeniseLindsey says:

     Italy

    Avevo noctua u12s in configurazione push pull e funzionava bene con Ryzen 3800x ovvio in questo tempo caldo le temperature aumenta ma accettabile, dopo il upgrade della scheda video rtx 3080 che il backplate si scalda tantissimo ho notato che il processore aumenta di molto la temperatura nonostante che il case full tower mesh e ben ariato, ho deciso di comprare questo gioiellino e aggiunto una ventola 120mm e la scheda video a carico pieno non supera 63/64 gradi ma prima era 10 e 12 gradi in pi, per il processore la temperatura diminuita da 5 a 7 gradi rispetto prima,
    Costa ma davvero vale tutti i soldi spesi.

  4. JeramyAitken says:

     United Kingdom

    Really great CPU cooler. My CPU doesn’t go over 45C when in after effects and stays under 50C when I’m pushing it hard gaming. Super easy to install, put it in the wrong way the first time and freaked out and thought it wouldn’t fit but ended up fitting great in my corsair case!
    Would really recommend, Noctua is the bes

  5. Rose Behar says:

     United Kingdom

    The packaging of the box was all ripped by the time it got to me, so it would be a good idea to order this from a company that specialises on delivering tech products where you know that they will take better care of their products during delivery. Luckily the fan’s box is really sturdy so the box and the contents inside were fine by the time they got to me.

    This fan is really quiet and keeps my PC cool at all times. Mine came with the LGA1700 bracket already in the box. One thing to note is that my thermal paste was completely dry when I tried to use it, luckily my CPU also came with some thermal paste and I was able to use it, but this is something to have in mind as it could happen to you too.

    In general a great product and my only real complain is the way that Amazon handled my product during delivery.

    Great produc

  6. Anonymous says:

     Italy

    Ho sempre preferito i dissipatori ad aria a quelli a liquido (pi economici, meno manutenzione, pi duraturi) e i prodotti Noctua sono una garanzia.

    Dopo aver controllato la compatibilit con il vostro case, la mobo (per lo spazio ram) e con la CPU (esiste addirittura un indicatore che vi fa vedere quale dissipatore pi adatto alla CPU) potrete scegliere il Noctua pi adatto.

    Nel mio caso ero puntato su un NH-D15 ma fortunatamente ho controllato la guida sopracitata, perch per pochi millimetri di altezza avrebbe toccato il pannello di vetro del case; ho quindi ripiegato su un NH-D15S, la versione un pelo pi compatta e a una sola ventola (se ne pu aggiungere un’altra).

    Complice un ottimo airflow il dissipatore comunque in grado di tenere a bada un 5900x con overclock daily e con pochissimo rumore; con temperature a inizio estate che vanno dai 40′ in idle sino ai 70′ in gaming.

    Montaggio facilissimo ed esteticamente molto bello, per una frazione del costo di un dissipatore a liquido di pari livello.

    DH-15S Ottima alternativa al liquido per case compatti

  7. Anonymous says:

     Italy

    Sono un neofita, uso il PC con applicazioni da ufficio e un po’ di applicazioni audio-video.
    A Dicembre 2021 ne ho assemblato uno con questa configurazione:
    case – Fractal Define R6
    psu – SEASONIC PRIME GX-650 80+ Gold
    mobo – msi MAG B550 Tomahawk
    cpu – Rizen 7 5700G
    ram – Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G36C16U4BL RGB 3600
    ssd – Samsung 970Evo Plus 1 Tb NVMe

    All’inizio avevo tenuto il dissipatore fornito insieme alla CPU che era sufficiente per la gran parte delle mie attivit.
    Poi ho montato il Noctua (black, con una sola ventola)!
    Trovo che sia un gran bell’oggetto sia dal punto di vista costruttivo che estetico, grosso, facile da montare. Molto silenzioso anche quando si sale oltre i 1000 giri.
    Tutto quello che dicono le recensioni che ho letto o il materiale che ho trovato on line sono confermate anche dalla mia, scarsa, ma diretta esperienza di acquisto.
    Ho provato a stressare il processore con l’utility cpu-z, allego un paio di foto:
    una a riposo e una dopo 2 minuti di stress. Cessato il test, nel giro di circa 30 secondi si ritorna nelle condizioni iniziali.

    "Cool hand Luke"

  8. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Performance is on par with most basic/mid range AIO. Very efficient and doesn’t seat too close to the GPU. Despite using a single fan, it is all you need in most cases. Was cooling a 3900x and later a 12700k without any issues. Boosting as expected. Just make sure you use a good case with decent airflow to allow it to perform.

  9. Anonymous says:

     Germany

    First impressions (yet to assemble and test it with i9-12900k and Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master)
    Likes:
    Packing and boxing
    Instructions to install
    Looks and finish

    Observations:
    1.two inner most RAM slots gets covered by the cooler (this could block the RGB of RAMs when looked directly perpendicular to the cooler but the side view – we can see all four RAMs and RGB as well unless we use additional fan)
    2. The m.2 slot connecting the cpu is easily accessible even on the over kill Aorus master board

    Could have been better:
    Pricing could be a bit less (25 euros more than the aluminum fin and brown colored one)

    I shall update the post after I install and test the performance (but, I am sure it’s the best in the category).

    Premium produc

  10. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    It’s a monster! I love it! not much room left in my case! Disperes heat well, works well with other pc fans!

    Monster!!!!

  11. FallonT31ih says:

     United Kingdom

    This thing is much larger than I thought.. so glad it fit in my case! It was extremely easy to install and does a great job of cooling the CPU (AMD Ryzen 7 5800x) and it looks great with the additional white cover plates (available separately for.. well.. more than I told the gf)

    Does what it's designed to do

  12. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Original review rejected as I included an URL to the Noctua website where you can check compatibility.

    Anyway the essence is that for an i5-12600k, Asus ROG Strix z690 Gaming Wifi D4 & Fractal Design 7 Compact case it works better than an AIO although when I add a graphics card later there might be issues.

    Installation of the backplate was challenging with the motherboard in situ. This is an issue common to my motherboard/case combination so isn’t Noctuas fault.

    I added a 120mm fan using the included clips (actually I thought the original fan wasn’t working so this was a stopgap that I retained). This allows me to run the fans at a lower rpm/noise.

  13. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Temperatures are 15-20c better than the 240mm AIO I previously had installed. And it’s so much quieter too. I just leave the fan on static 30% and it’s still giving amazing performance.

    I took an Amazon Prime trial and got it delivered just 15 hours after ordering.

  14. Anonymous says:

     Italy

    Cercavo un sistema ad alte prestazioni per ridurre al minimo la rumorosit, un impiato a liquido di pari resa sarebbe pi rumoroso, montato su un ryzen 7 3700x, lasciato in oc automatico ho temperature massime di 60 gradi con la ventola quasi al minimo in piena estate(ho usato intel burn test) quindi massima efficenza con la pi bassa rumorosit possibile… Assicuratevi di avere spazio nel case, ha dimensioni importanti

  15. Russell Holly says:

     United Kingdom

    Have had numerous AIOs over the years, most recently an H100i RGB Pro, which I just bought an H115i Elite Capellex to replace. The Capellex was the worst thing I’ve ever bought from Corsair.. With them now using Coolit pumps as opposed to the old Asetek pumps, the thing was loud as hell with a super annoying high-pitched whine even on its silent setting (due to the pumps being limited to a lowest RPM of 2200 odd!) Had it for 24 hours and simply had to get rid of it, it was unbearable. I fancied a change from Corsair, and seeing as my PC is used mostly for trading, silence, or as close to it as possible, is top of my list. I do game as well though, so need a decent cooler. I’ve always actually quite liked the “industrial” look of the NH-D15, and having heard how good they are in terms of noise, I decided to give it a go. I knew (or so I thought!) I would have to sacrifice temps to some degree, but was willing to do so in the pursuit of silence. Arrived today, the Capellix came out, and WOW! Firstly, the thing is amazing… The quality of the product is very, very evident from the get-go. And with the heatsink covers on (in black), it looks incredible. Once it was all installed, I couldn’t believe it when I fired up my PC to see idle temps 7/8 degrees lower than the H100, and even 3-5 degrees lower than the Capellix! And that’s with it running absolutely silently! I’m honestly amazed. I’ve run a few stress tests to warm it up, as well as racing in my SIM in VR, and playing some FPS games, and still, the max temp it reached throughout 3 hours of this was 59 degrees. It idles between 23 (yes 23!) degrees and 27 degrees, with my sensors showing an average of 28 degrees even after all the tests and gaming, running an i5 11600K CPU, which are known to be pretty toasty. And all whilst being so damn quiet. I have ordered another fan to have it look and perform the same as the D15 (I had to get the S as the D15 will not fit my MicroATX motherboard), but I think I will just send that back given the temps / noise of this as is with just the one fan. One word of note: I have a B560M Aorus Pro mobo, in a Corsair 4000D case, and there is NOT room to have any exhaust fans above. But clearly, the airflow is fine and am not missing them. With my all black, non-rgb build with a 3070ti, all together, ESPECIALLY now with this cooler, with those classy heatsink covers on, it just looks the absolute nuts. Blown away and over the moon with it!

  16. CarrollStiltner says:

     United Kingdom

    The Noctua NH-D15S chromax black, Is a very easy CPU Cooler to Install, and comes with excellent Noctua Thermal Paste. It is compatible with LGA 1700 Motherboards, and is a breeze to install.
    This CPU Cooler is Huge, but I was able to install it both Vertically (Air pushed out top of case) and Horizontally (Air pushed out back of case) on my ASUS Prime Z690-P WiFi D4.

    Even at 100% Fan load, This CPU Cooler is not loud, unlike every AIO Water Cooler I have ever used. It keeps my temps on par with my Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240, and offers better temps than my old Corsair Hydro Series H100i, without the horrible noise and Pump Whine from the aforementioned AIO Water Coolers.

    I own quite a few CPU Air Coolers, from Cooler Master, Zalman, be quiet!….. and the The Noctua NH-D15S chromax black is the daddy of them all.

    It keeps my Intel Core i7-12700K (12 Core CPU) below 75C in hour long Stress Tests. I also use three Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700, as exhaust fans on my case.

    The noise from the included fan, never gets annoying, even at full Load!

    I installed a second Fan on the Cooler, as It comes with an extra Brackets for a second fan, but the temperatures stayed around the same (One Celsius reduction) on stress tests, so I removed it.

    A word of warning. Install your RAM before you install The Noctua NH-D15S, as large Ram Heat sinks can be difficult to install, after you install the CPU Cooler.

    Anyway, this is the best CPU Cooler I have ever owned, and It is cheaper than most AIO Water Coolers, performs about the same, but with much much less noise. There is also no danger of a water pump malfunctioning, which has happened to me in the past.

    The Noctua NH-D15S has one Fan, which makes compatibility far better for Ram, than the dual fan Noctua NH-D15, and temperatures are about the same.

    Exceptional Performance, on par with Water Cooling without the horrible noise.

  17. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Easy to install, dropped cpu temps by a crazy amou

  18. Taylor Lyles says:

     Italy

    Ottimo dissipatore ,molto silenzioso .tiene il mio i 5 12600k fresco senza problemi.posso solamente consigliarlo,all’interno della confezione c’ gia’ tutto quello che serve, anche per i nuovi processori intel LGA 1700.il montaggio stato semplice grazie alle isrtruzioni chiare e dettagliate.

    Noctua NH-D15S chromax.Black

  19. SandraECBH says:

     United Kingdom

    Fit perfectly in my NZXT H510i Case. Near silent even at heavy loads and looks BIG!

  20. Anonymous says:

     France

    La rputation des ventirads Noctua n’est plus faire. Le montage est ais et le descriptif de la notice est exemplaire. Quant au refroidissement il est trs performant sur le Core I9, mme en full charge.

  21. Anonymous says:

     Germany

    Was will man zum NH-D15S sagen? Ist berall bekannt als High End-Khler. Die S Version ist leicht asymmetrisch, dadurch kann man auch hhere RAM-Kits im Gegensatz zum normalen NH-D15 verbauen.
    Dazu kommt noch das die Chromax Version richtig optisch gut aussieht und was her macht. Leise und Leistungsstark mit top Verarbeitung ist er auerdem!

    Super CPU-Kühle

  22. Anonymous says:

     Germany

    Bisher hatte ich von Noctua immer Abstand genommen, aber allein wegen des Designs (diese beige/braunen Lfter finde ich einfach nicht schn).
    Nun stand ich vor dem Problem einen i9-11900k ordentlich zu khlen, und auf meinem MB (Asus ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING) 4 RAM Bausteine zu haben. Nachdem dieser Lfter nun auch in schwarz zu haben war habe ich zugegriffen. Der Einbau war wirklich kinderleicht, dank der Aussparung auf der rechten Seite keinerlei Probleme mit dem RAM und die Temperatur liegt im Idle im Schnitt bei 40 Grad. Beim Zocken so um die 60-70 Grad. Kann man nicht meckern! Einzig den Preis empfinde ich als ein wenig berteuert, und die Lautstrke unter Volllast knnte etwas niedriger sein. Aber jammern auf hohem Niveau!

  23. JDGHueyqfji says:

     United Kingdom

    Ive been a Noctua fan for many years.

    When I switched over to a Ryzen build they even supplied me an AM4 mounting kit for my cooler free of charge to reuse my old cooler. Top class company this.

    So, after I upgraded to a 5800x the cpu is a little power station and has some temperature issues which is fine. I decided to buy this cooler as I was overdue an upgrade anyway.

    Comes very well packaged and with clear instructions. Included also is their world class thermal paste and brackets for additional fans.

    I chose this one as all four ram slots are full on my board and it gives maximum compatibility.

    Fitting could not have been easier. IN fact only way it could be easier was if I was fitting as part of the pc build. For AM4 theres is a back plate, 4 stands off and the brackets which you assemble. The cooler then screws onto the bracket and you add the fan. Simple simple simple.

    Performance is phenominal. my 5800x idles around 30c but it is in the attic, warmest room in the house even with the heating off. Max temp I have seen it reach gaming is 72c. Thats with PBO on etc

    With some voltage tweaking or offset temps would probably drop even lower, especially at load. Absolutely love this. And being only 160mm tall it fits my case with ease.

  24. DrusillaReeves says:

     United Kingdom

    Very useful for my R9 5950X, can be a bit tough to install, good to watch a video before.

  25. JadeTipping says:

     United Kingdom

    The pump in my Coolermaster Masterliquid Lite 240 started making loud noises after just 6 months. Decided to go air since I really do not want to deal with AIO failures again. Got this installed and wow.

    Less noise, lower temp (by about 6C at full load) and fewer parts that can fail. I know that Masterliquid 240L is not the best AIO and there are better ones out there, but seeing how well this performs, I really don’t see the point to go AIO for most people. Don’t buy into the water cooling hype when air coolers like this one works just fine and may even perform better.

    It came with the retention brackets for the second fan, so I just slapped the 120mm fan from the 240L onto it. This pretty much makes it NH-D15 and gives more headroom for RAM than the 140mm fan in NH-D15.

  26. JorjaEUMyrigc says:

     United Kingdom

    Fiddly to install with the motherboard still in the case. The heat sink goes in fine and the connections are great. However, with the mobo in the case, attaching the fan properly, clipping it firmly to the heat sink and attaching the CPU fan header is difficult. The UH12s is much simpler with this final step.

    However, the size of this thing and the cooling capacity means I can radically reduce fan curves for my case fans. So for much lower case flow (and noise) I get better performance. If I kept the fans the same, this would be significantly cooler.

    Incredible. Quiet and cool.

  27. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    This thing is a beast. It’s big sure, but if your machine is under a desk, you’ll never see it, and more importantly, you’ll barely even hear it. Even at full speed this thing is quiet, and a whole lot quieter than your GPU fans will be.

    It has a sensible, easy to use mounting system, and includes a long screwdriver to reach the retention screws. It also includes extra fan mounting springs, a fan splitter, and a low noise adapter. Includes noctua thermal paste enough for 2 or 3 applications.

    It outperforms most AIO systems, including the 280mm nzxt x73 I had before this. And it does it whisper quiet. Having it as the chromax variant means it’s not all brown and shiny behind your window case.

    My only minor gripe is that attaching the fans to the heatsink is fiddly in smaller cases due to clearances. Also if you plan on fitting a 2nd fan to it, forget RGB ram. With a single center mounted fan it has clearance for even the tallest or ram, but adding a 2nd fan over the ram slots will foul. Though I never bothered. Would buy again.

  28. Anonymous says:

     Germany

    Nach nun lngerer Nutzung bin ich mit dem Khler sehr zufrieden.
    Geliefert wird der Khler in einer aufgerumten Verpackung in der kein Platz verschwendet wird.
    Das Zubehr ist durchaus angemessen und von hoher Qualitt.
    Khlkrper, Lfter, Kabel, alle Metallteile (auch Schrauben, Federn, Backplate) sind hochwertig beschichtet.
    Beim auspacken und beim Einbau habe ich handschuhe getragen, um Fettfinger und kleine Kratzer zu vermeiden, das war auf jeden Fall hilfreich.
    Leise ist das ganze auch, war aber klar.
    Khlleistung ist auch in meinem kleinen Gehuse durchaus gut, Der Khler nimmt aber sehr viel Platz ein.

    Insgesamt bin ich zufrieden, auch wenn der Preis fr ein solches Produkt (wie auch bei der Konkurrenz) ziemlich hoch ist.

  29. Darell2911 says:

     Spai

    Bueno , despues de varios dias despues de montarlo y probarlo a max rendimiento , puedo decir que evidentemente no da las mismas temperaturas que mi anterior refrigeracion una corsair H115i pero bueno tb decir que el mantenimiento es minimo…. con limpiar ventiladores sobra… mi anterior refrigeracion duro 3 aos hasta que la bomba dejo de funcionar, mantiene unas temperaturas de unos 65grados a plena carga jugando a juegos a maximo rendimiento, muy silencioso, facil de montar , la unica pega que le pondria es que es demasiado grande, me ha tocado sacrificar un modulo de ram porque no podia montarlo, debes disponer de una caja bastante grande o no te entrara, por lo demas todo perfecto, recomiendo su compra.

  30. ArleneUMLM says:

     Italy

    Prodotto bello, silenzioso e di grande qualit. Ho montato una seconda ventola da 120 per avere migliori prestazioni, montare una 140, come quella in dotazione, sarebbe stato impossibile per problemi di spazio case/ram. Sicuramente da preferire, a mio giudizio, al modello simmetrico con due ventole da 140 se si vuole maggior flessibilit con prestazioni leggermente inferiori. La ventola da 120 montata la NF-F12 pwm, ho utilizzato le graffette in dotazione, e collegata al connettore CPU OPT della MB. In questi casi serve una ventola con una buona pressione, a scapito della portata d’aria. NOCTUA n. 1

  31. AngelicPham says:

     United Kingdom

    It’s a big lad super quiet and keeps ryzen 9 3900x below 60oc when gaming

    Big lad

  32. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Well packaged and easy to install. Supplied with thermal paste.

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