Originally Posted by sexybastard
anyone else think this thing is only starting to stretch its legs at 3.8ghz?
maybe take it to 4.2ghz+ and see how it does. I feel it can handle 300w.
I think the only reason why the CPU (i7 930) is only taken to 3.8GHz is because all the previous reviews done by the site are based on that frequency. So, in order to be able to compare with other coolers, 3.8Ghz was used.
I also think they should test it at 4.2GHz (or at least at 4GHz). I do not think many people using NH-D14 or this cooler or any other high end coolers would run their CPU at anything less than 4GHz.
Additionally, this review is too superficial not to include the followings:-
1. Study how much the RAM, North Bridge and Mosfet benefit from the enormous down blowing air from this cooler
2. Use non-stock fans.
Stock fans are four 100x100x25 at 500-2000rpm and 13-50CFM. Very small airflow! The 1C improvement from a stock NH-D14 (with 2 stock fans) could be widened if non-stock fans (eg 120x120x25 fans with higher CFM) are used. Granted that NH-D14 could also use non stock fans and/or 3 fans, but member ehume's (excellent) study seems to suggest the thermal gain is not much (1-2C but with good acoustic improvement though).