This might look sloppy but here is the data from this
For both tests:
Case fans on high(2 AP181
Prime95 Small FFT 45min
First, some background info. After taking this
picture, i put the heatsink back on without changing the thermal paste, thus creating some air bubbles and what not. Then i left it that way when i did this test. So the temps are a little higher than they would be prior to taking the picture.
Average NF-P14 RPM: approx. 1295RPM
Results: The average core temp was 65.773*C so 66*C.
Reseating of heatsink:
As you can see, the backplate is stuck to the motherboard. This did happen the last time i reseated as well. My case was in its normal position when I took the picture. I might be stuck because of the amount of pressure from screwing the mounting brackets tightly.
Pulling with my hand didnt seem to work so I pushed a ziptie through the the backplate to get a good grip on it. It took more force than i expected for taking of a backplate. About the same as the last time it was stuck.
Here you can see the mark left on my motherboard by the foam feet of the backplate.
I then re-installed the backplate and mounting brackets.
If there's one thing i need contact Noctua for, it's this screw i somehow stripped the first time I installed my NH-D14. It has gotten so bad that i don't think I could use it again if i remove it.
I couldn't get a clear picture of the NH-D14 base, so ill have to explain what i saw. The bottom of the base had an outline of the IHS almost entirely on the sides with the spring loaded screws. It didn't clean off, so it is definitely a "dent" and is caused by a lot of pressure. This must mean that the NH-D14 is getting enough pressure on the IHS, or that it is getting most of the pressure and contact on the sides with the spring loaded screws.
Here's a sorta blurry picture showing how i applied the TIM.
Average NF-P14 RPM: approx. 1245RPM
Results: The average core temp was 62.557*C so 63*C.
There was an insignificant drop in the average core temperature. That means i didn't completely screw up with the installation. So i still think my NH-D14 is not working the way it should. And I think it's due to the heatpipes having poor contact with the base of the heatsink, which leads to slower heat transfer. I tried sticking a thin piece of metal through the crack to see how far it went, but it was too thick.
Let me know if i should post the other BIOS settings. They are not auto or standard. And if someone can find or take a picture of the bottom of a NH-D14 so that i can compare it to mine, there is a guaranteed +rep for you. Just make sure it is large and clear like my pictures:
The more pictures i can compare to, the better. But no more than 5 NH-D14's.Edited by nawon72 - 5/29/11 at 2:28pm