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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)
If you get the Megahalems you have to spend $20 at least on fans, makes it the same price.
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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.
Could you give me some more info on this? I haven't heard or read this before. This could be a big sway to the Megahalems. Right now it would cost about $96 for the Megahalem and 2 slipstreams (Megahalems alone is $69). The D14 is about $89, but if I had to buy 2 new fans that would rack up the cost quite a bit. As it sits, the D14 is the cheaper choice, contrary to what others here have said.
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Could you give me some more info on this? I haven't heard or read this before. This could be a big sway to the Megahalems. Right now it would cost about $96 for the Megahalem and 2 slipstreams (Megahalems alone is $69). The D14 is about $89, but if I had to buy 2 new fans that would rack up the cost quite a bit. As it sits, the D14 is the cheaper choice, contrary to what others here have said.
I'd like not info on this also.
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For sound, get the Megahalems. The fins are wider allowing you to use lower rpm fans.

For pure performance, get the D14.

But the performance difference is almost not there. Any OC you attain with the D14, you can get with the mega. Note that the choice of fans in cooler testing has the biggest difference.
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You can get a Silver Arrow for $75 here. It is quieter than the D14.

Do enter UserCP and look on the left. Find New System and add yours. Then we can know whether a heatsink will interfere with your RAM.
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Or NH-D14 for $75 here . I bought mine there.

Also for fan's I would look on svc.com and directron.com.
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Could you give me some more info on this? I haven't heard or read this before. This could be a big sway to the Megahalems. Right now it would cost about $96 for the Megahalem and 2 slipstreams (Megahalems alone is $69). The D14 is about $89, but if I had to buy 2 new fans that would rack up the cost quite a bit. As it sits, the D14 is the cheaper choice, contrary to what others here have said.
Sleeve-bearing fans (which is what Noctua fans and these Slipstreams are) tend to not like being mounted horizontally due to how sleeve bearing works. Try holding a running fan in your hand then tilt it around, you will most likely feel it vibrating a lot more while horizontally than vertically.

For ball bearing fans, such as already suggested Gentle Typhoons, orientation doesn't matter.
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Thanks all, I just ordered a megashadow. Ehume, I sent you a message in regards to fans, your article is excellent!
Edited by rtnlsltn - 5/21/11 at 6:24pm
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Or NH-D14 for $75 here . I bought mine there.

Also for fan's I would look on svc.com and directron.com.
Great find! That's the best price on this heatsink I've seen since I got mine - and that was from a Hong Kong vendor.

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Sleeve-bearing fans (which is what Noctua fans and these Slipstreams are) tend to not like being mounted horizontally due to how sleeve bearing works. Try holding a running fan in your hand then tilt it around, you will most likely feel it vibrating a lot more while horizontally than vertically.

For ball bearing fans, such as already suggested Gentle Typhoons, orientation doesn't matter.
Noctua uses SSO bearings - a proprietary modification of sleeve bearing similar to the Sony Fluid Dynamic Bearing. I have had my Noctua fans in all different orientations with zero issues. Now, the Scythe Slip Stream fans indeed have sleeve bearings, and generally will not do well when their airflow is pointed up. And indeed GT's don't care what direction they're pointed.
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