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Easy installation, great thermal paste included, beats most other air coolers on the market, completely silent. Only con is the huge size.
    
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I would say take a look at these two. They both have advantages over the likes of a D14 or SA.

Zalman CNPS10X Performa
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13884

Noctua NH-U12P SE2
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=12931

Prices are in Australian, so you could obviously do a lot better.

The Performa is a very good cooler, it wont beat a D14 or SA but it comes close and it costs about half the price or less.

The Noctua U12P performs almost as well as the D14 yet doesn't take up the same amount of space and has good clearance for ram.

Just some food for thought.
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5 year warranty.
If you are using the D14 in 5 years...well OK then.
And I don't give a poop about dBA, although I understand that some people do.
I'm glad you are happy with yours, but I like to see my mobo/fans/RAM.
And the fact that you don't care about Noctua's obvious lame attempts to dismiss manufacturing errors/don't care as intended features makes me wonder...they obviously make a good HSF, but I have to think it could be better if the end user didn't need to lap.
Wrong. H60, H80, H100 have 5 year warranty. H50 and H70 have a 2 year warranty. I compared the H-series coolers with the D14 before I made my decision, and most of the advantages (better performance, quieter operation, better included fans, etc) favor the D14.

The ONLY benefit of the H50 is that it's smaller. Once you put two decent, high static pressure fans on it, you'll have spent the same as what a D14 costs anyway, and it will 1) peform worse and 2) be much louder.

Plus, with any water cooling system, even if it is sealed, there is a possibility of leaks. Do a google search and you'll see that some H-series owners have already experienced leaks.

Here's one: http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost...57&postcount=1

Also, regarding your "lapping" comment...why is there a need to lap? If the NH-D14 with stock fans already greatly outperforms the H50 with high RPM fans, there's no need to lap it to gain an additional few degrees
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