If you believe what you read on the web, Intel's range-topping Sandy Bridge Extreme processors are now just a fortnight away, and that can only mean one thing: an imminent flood of supporting products.
We've already seen a variety of X79 motherboards on show, and today Noctua's joining the LGA2011 party with an updated version of its popular NH-D14 CPU cooler.
The revised cooler still looks a lot like the original 2009 model, but the latest revision - dubbed the NH-D14 SE2011 - is armed with a few minor tweaks that will only serve to enhance its award-winning reputation.
First and foremost, the SE2011 variant comes bundled with a SecuFirm2 mounting system that supports the large Sandy Bridge Extreme socket (LGA2011), and secondly, it's equipped with new-and-improved fans.
The heatsink itself is the same six-heatpipe, dual-radiator design, but the two bundled NF-P12 and NF-P14 fans feature a new custom-designed NE-FD1 PWM IC that Noctua claims makes them less noisy at low speed.
Useful to know, but it's a shame the manufacturer has opted not to change the beige/brown colour scheme. It didn't look particularly smart in 2009, and it really hasn't grown on us.
Fancy one for an upcoming Sandy Bridge Extreme build? Keep your credit card at hand as the NH-D14 SE2011 will be "available soon" at a recommended retail price of €74.90.