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It's getting pretty hot here now that Summer's around the corner. So, I'm looking to get the most out of my Noctua NH-D14 without having to take a drill or dremel to it. Essentially, I'm looking for some fans that are already compatible with the HSF, so that I can just easily remove the clips from my current Noctua NF-P14/NF-P12.

I want the best possible cooling, even a 1c improvement. I heard great things about Gentle Typhoons, but again I don't want to have to drill into them just to fit the rubber/clips, so I'd rather go a different route. I'd also prefer something in Black that goes with the whole Black/Red theme I have going, but that's not a priority.

Also, what's the best TIM on the market right now? I'm currently using Noctua's NT-H1, but I also have some Arctic Cooling MX-4 laying around. I heard IC Diamond 7 is the best one around, would that be the one to get? Like I said, I'm more than willing to spend some extra money to get a couple degrees cooler.
post #2 of 13
I'm told the stock fan's that come on the Venomous X and the Silver Arrow are improvements over the Noctua D-14's fans. So, If you can find those fans, there you go.

Not sure, though.
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post #3 of 13
The Thermalright TY 140 are pretty great fans. I can barely hear them on my Silver Arrow and they probably make the same noise or less than my gt ap 14's. I think they should work fine with your clips too.

Edit: Tator Tot's review
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Look at item 4 of my sig. In it I have a link on how to mod fans for the D14.

You only have to mod one fan. Look at item 4 and decide whether you want to get a TY-140 or a Slip Strem 140. Both have the screw holes in the right places.

As for the push fan, get a pair of megahalems fan clips ($4, free shipping) so you won't have to mod a fan. I chose AP-14's when I ran my D14 on my main rig because I appreciated the quiet and didn't need stronger cooling. If you choose an SS-140 you might as well get an AP-14: both a voltage controlled and cannot be throttled by your mb (only Gigabyte boards can throttle with Voltage).

If you choose the PWM TY-140, then get a SwiF2-120P or similar PWM fan to go with it. Your mb can throttle these. All you will need is a PWM Y-cable ($3 with free shipping).

There. Now you're all set.
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I appreciate the advice ehume. What about just getting a second Noctua P-12? How cooler would that make my CPU if at all?

Looking at the charts, it seems the Yate Loon is the best, but its a lot louder correct? If I buy a GT AP-14 and a Scythe Kaze Maru 2, how much can I expect my temps to drop down by? Also what would be the best configuration? On my D14, I didn't change anything at all so they're both Push Air through the HSF and into my Exhaust Fan, is that the best setup?

I was also hoping someone could answer my question about TIM, is IC Diamond 7 the best one on the market, or are there better ones available?
post #6 of 13
i usually use MX-4 and find it very good.
i got some IC-Diamond24 (for free smile.gif) and i found it excellent. it was slightly better than mx-4 (1-2.C, but some have seen over 4.C) but at over double the price, is it worth it?
test results here if you want to read http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18215803&page=11

edit. i actually found this thread, as i have just bought a used NH-D14 and was looking at fans as it has some blue led ones on it rolleyes.gif
i was thinking yate loons but are they that loud?

also @ehume, how come you using a mugen? is it better?
Edited by j.col - 4/27/11 at 1:06pm
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I appreciate the advice ehume. What about just getting a second Noctua P-12? How cooler would that make my CPU if at all?

Looking at the charts, it seems the Yate Loon is the best, but its a lot louder correct? If I buy a GT AP-14 and a Scythe Kaze Maru 2, how much can I expect my temps to drop down by? Also what would be the best configuration? On my D14, I didn't change anything at all so they're both Push Air through the HSF and into my Exhaust Fan, is that the best setup?

I was also hoping someone could answer my question about TIM, is IC Diamond 7 the best one on the market, or are there better ones available?

If I where you, I would track down 2 TY-140's for you D-14, they flow better than the stock fans, and have better static pressure from my understanding.

ICDimond is the best TIM I have used to date. Its a pain in the arse cus its so think, so get a cup of hot water, put the TIM container in a plastic bag and seal it, put the bag with TIM in the hot water for a while to soften it up.
For the love of everything holy DO NOT spread the TIM, rice size dab in the middle of the CPU and tigten down.smile.gif
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Is the IC Diamond better then the Shin Etsu? And is there a difference between IC Diamond 7 Carat and 24 Carat like MX-3 and MX-4 or is it just a difference in grams?
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Just thought of something else just as I was about to buy the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-14 and Scythe's Kaze Maru 2...

I'm using a Raven RV02-E case. This means that in order to mount my Heatsink properly to utilize the exhaust fan and intake fans properly, I have to mount it Horizontal. As far as I'm aware of the Noctua are SSO Bearings so they would work fine Horizontally, but the Scythe's are Sleeve Bearing, and apparently they don't perform as well in the Horizontal position... Is this true?

If so, how much of a hit am I expected to take using it Horizontally? Is it better just to stick with Noctua Stock Fans? Even if they give me the same performance, I'd still go with the Scythes because there quieter and Black, however I wouldn't change them out for worse performance.
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