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post #1 of 10
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I was going to get the NH-D14. I heard it was good and quiet and perhaps a bit overkill for my setup. But I looked at it as insurance.

Now Ive read that P8P67 has a 4 pin PWM connector. NH-D14 has voltage dependent fans--3 pin.

I am not hard over on the NH-D14. My requirements are great cooling, QUIET, and simple ( which means preferably no fan controller, preferably no fan swapping out with PWM fans). I also prefer to not run the D14 at 100% so taking the default NH-D14 setup is not attractive to me.

My case is Haf X. Motherboard is P8P67 Pro, CPU is i7 2600K. I do plan to overclock--at least to 4.5 or so. No gaming. Just Photoshop and lightroom.

1. Recommend an easy QUIET PWM alternative to NH-D14.
2. Tell me I should get a fan controller anyway and that it is easier to setup than it sounds.
3. If 2 is true, recommend a good fan controller.
4. Tell me that options 1, 2, and 3 are not that great and I need to swap out voltage fans for PWM fans anyway.

Input is appreciated.
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post #2 of 10
Even at 100% the Nocuta fans are almost silent so it is still a good option. Another cooler that is neck and neck with the D-14 with PWM fans and is actually even a little quieter is the Themalright Silver Arrow.

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post #3 of 10
HEY, you can easily get an adapter to make the pins work. Megahalems here, but noctua is really good and equally chunky. It def fits in the case.

Noise and cooling depends on fans. I am on 120mmx38mm at low rpms -certainly not over 1500.
post #4 of 10
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Wanted to throw another option out. Changing the motherboard?

I did not buy the setup yet. Was planning on the Asus P8p67 Rev 3. Pro LGA 1155. Going with i7 2600K and G.Skill RipjawsX (all 4 slots with 4GB, total 16GB).

Should I consider a different motherboard?

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

Does the adapter allow the default NH-D14 fan setup to be regulated by the board?

Thanks!

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post #5 of 10
While the D14 is quiet, I have yet to see one quieter than the Gelid Tranquillo if there just absolutely needs to be a fan attached.

For absolute silence, there's always the HR02 beastly cooler and completely passive, no fans required

edit: just a heads up, almost any fan that's plugged into your motherboard headers can be controlled speed wise through BIOS, which in turn controls noise. Well, 99% of newer boards, and I'm sure a quality board like the Asus P8P67 has you covered ^^
    
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post #6 of 10
Can't really beat the D14.
post #7 of 10
Yeah, the D14 is probably your best bet. It is quite even at full throttle, but can easily be turned to silent mode in the P8P67's UFI/BIOS. If not doing anything that runs your CPU non stop, such as folding, it will run sub 800RPM most of the time, as long as you keep the power/cooling features turned on. I have a Mugen 2 and it is very quite even while folding, on the stock fan. The D14 is even more quite from what I remember. No need for a fan controller imo, you would be better off just getting another, even more quite aftermarket fan if it really bothered you that much.
post #8 of 10
Checkout the Thermalright Silver Arrow. I've read a couple reviews that state it is quieter than the Noctua NH-D14 and it's a very similar dual fan/tower set up. The TY-140 fans it come with are very excellent products.
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post #9 of 10
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This CPU Cooler decision is getting out of hand. The SA looks good but the clearance is even less than the NH-D14!! I did a lot of research and the Ripjaws X I have selected looks to be within 1mm of clearance. That seems too close to me. I am not stuck on the RAM but I heard great things about the Ripjaws.

I do want to overclock my CPU to say at least 4.5 to do Photoshop and Lightroom work. I thought overclocking my RAM would be appropriate as well. Can one OC the CPU and not the RAM?

Any PWM compatible coolers with slightly more clearance than SA? I do not want to OC my chip too far. I prefer to lean on the conservative side. Will the 212 or Gelid Tranquillo work for my needs? Quiet is still important.

I hear I can do pull pull config with the SA but will that cause major issues with my exhaust fan?

Any additional help would be great. So do all you SA users out there just use low profile RAM and call it a day???
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i7 2600K P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 896MB Unclocked Mushkin 16GB (4x4GB) 1600 PC3 12800 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Multiple Black Caviars and Intel 510 SSD Windows 7 Pro 64bit Dual Setup: NEC2690 + Viewsonic 2365 AX750 
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post #10 of 10
I have the 212+ and it generally runs between 1000 and 1500rpm, and I can only hear it among the rest of the case if I pay attention. It should cool your conservatively OCd CPU no problem.

RAM heat spreaders for DDR3 are really little more than cosmetic/aesthetic. DDR2 output some heat and spreaders were useful, but DDR3's far lower voltage results in far less heat. A low-profile heat spreader will be more than adequate.
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