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Which is the best option? Why? Difference?
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post #2 of 26
both are very close, whichever one you can get cheaper
post #3 of 26
I chose the Silver Arrow because I like the fans it came with better and the way the mounting plate bracket torqued down from the middle to even the load.

They are both good coolers, can't really go wrong with either.
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post #4 of 26
Flip a coin and save yourself the trouble..difference is too small to matter.

Take the cheaper one in all reality
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post #5 of 26
One of them, I think the silver arrow, covers RAM slots on some mobos. May want to google to confirm, and then go with the one that doesn't.
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post #6 of 26
Silver Arrow clears RAM just fine, I actually have both it and NH-D14, having trouble deciding which one to keep and sell .



post #7 of 26
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I just watched a video fron overclock3d.net 30 min review. Looks like when the voltage and speed is at it highest, the noctua is the winner.
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post #8 of 26
Silver Arrow. Not only does it come with better fans, but it can fit a 38mm in the center whereas the Noctua can't; the Silver Arrow also performs slightly better, though the difference is really small in that aspect.
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post #9 of 26
Depends on your motherboard. Not sure if Thermalright has a compatibility page but Noctua does.

Noctua Motherboard Compatibility List.

And,

Noctua RAM Compatibility List.

Best I could find from Thermalright.
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post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post
I just watched a video fron overclock3d.net 30 min review. Looks like when the voltage and speed is at it highest, the noctua is the winner.
I have a D14 and have seen that video and as anyone else seeing this post will tell you it's a load of crap.

The Silver Arrow is just fine with higher OC's. He must have botched up the installation or something. Those results are not typical.

Get whatever you can find for cheap and be happy. Fans can be changed to suit your needs anyway.
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