Compare: NH-D15S vs Frost Commander 140

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Thermalright Frost Commander 140

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Displayed below are comprehensive data and graphs that compare the Noctua NH-D15S to the Thermalright Frost Commander 140, showcasing critical qualitative and performance metrics. Performance metrics are further segmented into distinct graphs while leveraging the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, illustrating how each cooler performs under various varying CPU power levels. This allows for a clear comparison of their relative performance and sound output when under different heat loads. The comparison is conducted under the following conditions:
  • Case: Praxis Wetbench
  • Ambient Temperatures: 23°C
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (Pick Another CPU)

CPU Cooler Details

Metric Cooler 1: NH-D15S Cooler 2: Frost Commander 140
Cooler Name NH-D15S Frost Commander 140
Fan 1 Name NF-A15 PWM TL-C12 Pro-G
Fan 2 Name TL-D14X
Manufacture Rated dBa 24.6 30.2
Number of Heat Pipes 6 5
Full Size (WxHxD): 150x160x135 mm 140x158x121 mm
Heatsink 1 (WxHxD) 143x120x46 mm
Heatsink 2 (WxHxD) 143x120x46 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy) 7 (Easy)
Manufacture's Link NH-D15S Manufacture's Link Frost Commander 140 Manufacture's Link

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Link Type Cooler 1: NH-D15S Cooler 2: Frost Commander 140

Fan Details for CPU Cooler:

Fan 1

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name NF-A15 PWM TL-C12 Pro-G
Fan Location Mid Front
Fan Flow Type Mid Push
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 1500 1850
Fan Size (mm) 150 120
Fan Width (mm) 25 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 24.6 29.6
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 82.5 82.0
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.1 2.1
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type SSO2 Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 0.96 3.00
Current (A) 0.08 0.25
Max Volts 12.00 12.00

Fan 2

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name TL-D14X
Fan Location Mid
Fan Flow Type Mid
CPU Only Fan No
Max RPM 1800
Fan Size (mm) 140
Fan Width (mm) 27
Manufacture Rated dBa 30.2
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 95.5
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.3
Number Of Pins 4
PWM Fan Yes
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 3.60
Current (A) 0.30
Max Volts 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:


The NH-D15S features a dual-tower design with a large aluminum heatsink and one 140mm NF-A15 PWM fan. The asymmetrical layout of the cooler allows for improved clearance for RAM and PCIe slots, making it more versatile for different motherboard layouts. Aesthetically, the NH-D15S maintains Noctua's signature beige and brown color scheme, reflecting the brand's reputation for quality and performance.

Frost Commander 140

The Frost Commander is a sleek CPU cooler with a design reminiscent of the Peerless Assassin 120. This cooler features a dual-tower heatsink with 5 heat pipes for efficient heat dissipation, and uniquely, the heat pipe ends are hidden from view. Sporting gray and silver tones, the Thermalright logo adorns the top of the heatsink. Despite its larger radiator, the Frost Commander uses a single 120mm fan in front and a 140mm fan between the heatsinks, giving it a distinct, asymmetrical look.

Install Notes:


The NH-D15S comes with Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system, which provides compatibility with a wide range of Intel and AMD sockets. The installation process is straightforward, thanks to the clear instructions and high-quality components provided. Noctua also includes a tube of their premium NT-H1 thermal compound to ensure optimal thermal transfer between the CPU and heatsink.

Frost Commander 140

The cooler installation is quite similar to other mainstream cooler setups. However, during installation, securing the fans to the heatsink requires more effort (relative to other Thermalright offerings), which is due to the metal securing the fans requiring much more effort to place. For this reason, it's also a lot easier to slightly bend the heatsink fins, but this can be fixed by bending it back with a credit card.

Additionally, like other mainstream coolers, the Frost Frost Commander faces challenges in uninstalling when trying to break the thermal paste seal between the cooler and CPU, as it doesn't easily slide or twist off. This can be an issue if the thermal paste forms a strong bond.

Cooling Performance:


The performance of the NH-D15S is exceptional due to its six heat pipes that efficiently transfer heat away from the CPU and into the large fin array of the heatsink. It is suitable for a wide range of processors, from mainstream CPUs to high-end models with high TDPs. The cooler can handle high levels of overclocking and provides reliable cooling under demanding situations, making it a popular choice among enthusiasts. However, given this cooler only uses a single fan, this version of the NH-D15 doesn't perform as well as the NH-D15.

Frost Commander 140

The Frost Commander delivers impressive performance for its size, rivaling premium cooler offerings. Capable of cooling some of the more powerful CPUs without being overly bulky, this cooler can also manage overclocking for specific CPUs. As a result, the Frost Commander is a strong contender for a wide variety of computer setups.

Noise Performance:


One of the standout features of the NH-D15S is its quiet operation. The included 140mm NF-A15 PWM fan is designed for optimal airflow and low noise levels. Noctua fans are well-known for their excellent acoustic performance, and the NH-D15S is no exception. Users can expect quiet cooling even during intense workloads or gaming sessions.

Frost Commander 140

Featuring two differently sized fans, this cooler generates above-average noise levels relative to the cooling it provides, unlike quieter options such as the NH-D15 or the Peerless Assassin 120. If you're seeking a quieter setup, you might want to explore alternative options that better suit your needs.



The Noctua NH-D15S is a versatile, high-performance air cooler that offers excellent cooling capabilities and quiet operation. Its asymmetrical, dual-tower design makes it suitable for various system configurations, and its exceptional build quality ensures long-lasting performance. For users seeking a reliable and efficient cooling solution, the NH-D15S is a top choice.

Frost Commander 140

The Frost Commander is a sleek, dual-tower CPU cooler with an asymmetrical design, featuring 5 heat pipes for efficient heat dissipation and a unique hidden heat pipe end design. It offers impressive performance, capable of cooling powerful CPUs and handling overclocking, making it a strong contender for various computer setups. However, with two differently sized fans, it generates above-average noise levels compared to quieter alternatives, so those seeking a quieter setup may want to consider other options.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

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CPU Details:

Metric Value
Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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