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NOCTUA NH D15 Review

In-depth Testing of the NH-D15 SE-AM4: Evaluating its Performance, Reliability, and Aesthetics

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Review Summary

The Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 is a top-tier CPU cooler known for high performance and quiet operation, ideal for AMD AM4 systems. Its SSO2-bearing fans, easy installation, and reliability make it a standout choice for enthusiasts seeking top-notch cooling.

Hours Tested: 5
Tech4Gamers Editor's Choice Award

  • Performance - 9/10
  • Design - 9/10
  • Features - 8/10
  • Value - 8/10


  • Performance
  • Quiet Operation
  • Reliability
  • Easy Installation


  • Aesthetics (brown and beige fans)
  • Size for limited clearance

Noctua, a top choice for noise-conscious PC users, system integrators, and industry clients, is renowned for its unmatched quality, stellar customer service, and top-tier quiet cooling performance. The NH-D15 SE-AM4, featuring a dual tower design with an optimized fin array, builds upon its predecessor, the D14, offering improved air distribution with slightly spaced fins. Utilizing Noctua’s SSO2 bearing, this fan excels in self-stabilizing oil-pressure technology. Today, we dive deep into the NH-D15 SE-AM4 for an in-depth review.

Key Takeaways

  • The Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 is a high-performance, dual-tower CPU cooler designed for the AMD AM4 socket, featuring SSO2 bearing fans and optimized for quiet and effective cooling.
  • It is ideal for users seeking top-notch cooling performance, prioritizing quiet operation, and requiring a reliable and easy-to-install CPU cooler for their AMD AM4 systems.
  • It is not for users who prioritize aesthetic preferences over performance, as the cooler’s trademark brown and beige fans may not match the desired look, though customization options are available.

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Let’s take a look at the technical specs of Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4.

Specifications Details
Socket compatibility AMD AM4
Without Fan H= 160 mm W=150mm d=135mm
With Fan H=165 mm W=150mm d=161mm
Weight (without fan) 980 g
Weight (with fan/s) 1320 g
Material Copper (base and heat-pipes), aluminium (cooling fins), soldered joints & nickel plating
Fan compatibility 140x150x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 140x140x25 (with 120mm mounting holes), 120x120x25
Scope of delivery 2x NF-A15 PWM premium fan, 2x Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.), 4-pin PWM y-cable, NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound, SecuFirm2™ AM4 mounting-kit, Noctua metal case-badge
Warranty 6 Years

 Here are the fan specifications.

FAN Specifications
Model 2x Noctua NF-A15 PWM
Bearing SSO2
Max. rotational speed 1500 RPM
Max. rotational speed with L.N.A. 1200 RPM
Min. rotational speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Max. airflow 140.2 m³/h
Max. airflow with L.N.A. 115.5 m³/h
Max. acoustical noise 24.6 dB(A)
Max. acoustical noise with L.N.A. 19.2 dB(A)
Input power 1.56 W
Voltage range 12 V

Packaging and Unboxing

The Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 arrives in a sturdy white and brown box, showcasing its AMD AM4 special edition. Key features and specs are highlighted, making it our top pick for Ryzen 9 5900X. Inside, you’ll find the cooler snugly secured with thick styrofoam. The premium thermal paste NT-H1 and SecuFirm2 mounting mechanisms are included. With careful packaging and extra cushioning, Noctua ensures your cooler arrives in perfect condition. Unbox to discover quality and performance in a sleek design.

Box Contents

The Noctua NH-D15 comes with a handy long screwdriver for easy setup. Its straightforward mounting system uses the motherboard’s included backplate. The accessories are comprehensive, meeting all needs. Two LNA adaptors are available for silent operation, but the fans are quiet even without them.

The cooler comes with everything you need:

  • 2 premium NF-A15 PWM fans
  • 2 Low-Noise Adaptors (L.N.A.)
  • 4-pin PWM y-cable
  • High-quality NT-H1 thermal compound
  • SecuFirm2™ AM4 mounting-kit
  • Noctua metal case-badge


The Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 features a dual tower design for efficient cooling and quiet operation. It improves upon the D14 with better air distribution. The fan uses Noctua’s SSO2 bearing for precision and durability. SSO2, the second generation, enhances stability and longevity.

PRO TIP: Opt for the NH-D15 SE-AM4 for superior AMD AM4 cooling with quiet operation.

With a max speed of 1500 RPM, the fan offers flexibility with the Low-Noise Adapter (LNA) at 1200 RPM. It achieves high static pressure and airflow. The fan has a 4-pin PWM connector and is designed to minimize vibration noise with rubber mounts.

NOCTUA NH D15 Design
NOCTUA NH D15 Design

Measuring 160mm in height (165mm with fans), the NH-D15 is a substantial cooler, so check your case clearance. It accommodates RAM kits and offers flexibility with fan placement. The heatsink boasts 6 copper heat pipes and a nickel-plated copper base with a glossy finish.

Despite its impressive performance, the brown colour scheme may not appeal to everyone. Noctua addresses this with Chromax, offering black fans and coloured accessories for customization. Overall, the NH-D15 maintains Noctua’s high standards in build quality and design.


The method is pretty much the same as the U12S. A very simple mounting method that doesn’t require specialized tools and such. Noctua nh d15 definitely gets props for implementing such an easy system for mounting a heatsink.

  • Use the SecuFirm 2 system to mount the cooler on the CPU socket.
  • Remove AMD heatsink retention arms, and keep the backplate.
  • Place 4 spacers on backplate threads around the socket.
  • Select bars for horizontal/vertical mounting based on preference.
  • Choose short arms for conventional horizontal orientation.
  • Insert screws through bar threads, and align with backplate threads.
  • Apply the pea-sized thermal paste on the CPU.
  • Align heatsink screw points with protruding points, and tighten screws.
  • Mount fans onto heatsink with clips, plug into fan connector.
  • You can use 120 mm fans with different clips (not provided).
  • D15 includes 2 pairs of clips for 140 mm fans.
  • Simple mounting method; no specialized tools needed.
  • Noctua NH-D15 review praised for easy heatsink installation.
WARNING: Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 is not suitable for those prioritizing aesthetics, but customization options are available.


The test system is set as follows:

The CPU ran at default settings in a room at 25°C. We stressed the system using ASUS Realbench for 10 minutes with 4GB RAM and monitored temperatures with a HW Monitor. Achieved a 3.7 GHz overclock without extra voltage. Idle temperatures stayed within a 2°C margin.

Stock Clock Temperature

D15 kept a tight 4-6°C difference over 3 fan curves at idle. On load, the delta increased by 20°C (standard and silent) and 16°C (max RPM).

Overclocked Temperatures

The silent fan curve had the highest delta at 10°C, reaching 35°C, which is still acceptable. Load temps had a 3°C difference between fan curves. Silent profile peaked at 52°C, showing ample room for overclocking.

The D15 performed impressively, maintaining low noise levels even under load. Noctua’s reputation and the D15’s top-notch cooling make it a great choice, especially for cases with space for large dual heatsinks.

Should You Buy It?

Upon careful review and analysis of the NH-D15 SE-AM4, my assessment says that:

Buy It If

✅ You are a noise-conscious user: If you prioritize quiet operation and effective cooling for your AMD AM4 system, the Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 is an excellent choice.

✅ You appreciate reliability: If you value build quality, customer support, and a long warranty period, Noctua’s reputation for excellence is a strong reason to consider the NH-D15 SE-AM4.

✅ You prioritize ease of installation: If you prefer a hassle-free installation process and appreciate a cooler that comes with all necessary accessories, the NH-D15’s package is well-rounded.

Don’t Buy It If

❌ You prioritize aesthetic preferences over performance: If the cooler’s trademark brown and beige fans do not align with your aesthetic preferences, consider other options. However, customization options with Chromax are available.

❌ You have space constraints: If your case has limited clearance and cannot accommodate a large dual-tower cooler, you may want to explore smaller form factor cooling solutions.

❌ You are looking for a budget-friendly cooling solution: If you are on a tight budget and are looking for a more economical cooling solution, there are other options available that may better suit your financial considerations.

Final Verdict

The Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 stands out as a top-tier CPU cooler, excelling in high performance and quiet operation. Ideal for AMD AM4 systems, it offers unmatched cooling with SSO2-bearing fans. While its brown aesthetic may not suit everyone, Noctua’s quality build and top-notch design make it a standout choice for enthusiasts. Easy installation, robust performance, and a reasonable price position it as a powerhouse cooler for those who prioritize performance and reliability. Overall, the Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 is a top choice in the realm of high-performance CPU cooling.

Special thanks to Noctua for sending over this absolute unit of a cooler for review.

Awards Won By The NH-D15 SE-AM4

Recent Updates

  • January 31, 2024: A few text changes to improve readability.

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