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Silverstone Case: choosing between Noctua D14 and Megahalems

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I've been going back and forth in my head between these 2 coolers for far too long and I cannot decide. I'm using a Silverstone Raven case (so the motherboard is rotated 90) and I'm thinking this may play into how well each of them cool. Does anyone have experience with both of these, or either one in a Silverstone case? I've read reviews that sway in favor of either heatsink.

I'm upgrading from a Coolermaster V8 that I haven't been too happy with. Just want something that cools great with a relatively low noise output.
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Noctua D14 will be the better performer for sure, but Megahalem is definitely enough to keep your CPU cool at a modest OC. I OC'ed my 970 to 4.0 and it never hits over 60 degrees with my Mega Shadow.
    
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Is it the

or the ? In order of oldest to newest(as far as i know):
Megahalems - Mega Shadow - Super Mega
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Silver Arrow, or NH-D14, they are about the same. Megahalems is near the bottom of the list as you can see.
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The Noctua will perform better... by a coulpe of degrees yet it's a behemoth.

Get the Megahalems, it won't block any RAM, perform to a level more of what you will need anyways ^^

The MegaShadow [black nickel version of the Megahalems] and DH14 fit in my FT01... though for me the H70 was the best option for me, doesn't take up as much space
    
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Supermega is within 0.5 degrees of SA and D-14 in that chart you provided. It is at the bottom of the list becuase it was used PASSIVELY.
    
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Is there a reason you're not considering the SA?
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Is there a reason you're not considering the SA?
Newegg doesn't sell it and I'm buying an SSD at the same time. Also, I think the Noctua fins are wider. I'll be going with the D14 I think :-)
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You pay a big premium for the D14, but don't gain much as far as cooling capability. I think about buying the D14 and SA every time I see one for sale used, but ~1C cooler isn't worth the extra cash over the Mega series. (Plus you can get a Mega cheap now)
 
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Just so you know, the stock NH-D14 fans do not work very well in 90ºC position, sure the cooler is great, I had it my self, but you should consider buying some decent fans that work fine in such position, like a pair of Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM.
    
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