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http://www.eteknix.com/cooling/corsa...iew-1614/page6


Their results with a stock and overclocked 2600K are shown below.

Tbh, I'm not impressed with the results. The H80 with its dual 2600 RPM fans did about 7C better than a CM V6 GT. 7C better than the V6GT is about what an NH-D14 or Silver Arrow will do. To me, the fact that the H80 with its 2600 RPM fans can only manage such a performance suggests that it would do considerably worse than the NH-D14 or Silver Arrow if the same fans were used on all 3 coolers. If you look at the noise measurements on the last graph, the H80 is very loud with its stock fans.

Now, for pricing (lowest prices I could find):

NH-D14: $69.99 @ Directron
Silver Arrow: $69.99 @ MWave w/free shipping
H80: $104.99 @ Xoxide, $109.99 @ FrozenCPU, $109.99 @ Amazon


So, to sum it up, the H80 should perform similarly to an NH-D14 or Silver Arrow, but is much louder and costs considerably more. That's kind of a letdown for me since I was expecting great things from the H80.

Perhaps that's why we haven't seen any tests of the H80 vs. the D14 or Silver Arrow? Because the results would not look favorable for the H80?




7C difference here between H80 with stock 2600 RPM fans and a CM V6 GT. So basically the H80 performs similarly to an NH-D14 or TR Silver Arrow.



Performance drops with 1850 RPM AP-15s mounted, suggesting that part of the reason the H80 beats the older H70 is because it uses higher speed (and louder) fans. This also suggests that if really quiet fans (like the low-RPM fans that come with the D14 or SA) were mounted on the H80, performance would take a big hit.

With the dual 1850 RPM AP-15s mounted, the gap between the H80 and CM V6GT shrinks to just about 4C:





The noise tests say it all. Corsair included 2600 RPM fans with the H80, and they're LOUD! Much, much louder than an NH-D14 or Silver Arrow, since those coolers use fans that spin at half the speed.


Edited by 996gt2 - 7/21/11 at 10:08pm
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Great find. I was waiting for something like this. Now I know what my next CPU cooler will be.
 
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Well yes, the stock fans are 2600 rpm, they will def beat out the AP-15's performance wise.
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Another review against heat sinks nobody cares about. That makes three for three that I know of now. Why won't anybody compare this thing with the D14 or Silver Arrow???
    
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Another review against heat sinks nobody cares about. That makes three for three that I know of now. Why won't anybody compare this thing with the D14 or Silver Arrow???
You can extrapolate the relative performance of an H80 vs. the D14 or Silver Arrow from these tests though.

I'm going to estimate that the D14 and Silver Arrow will be about 7C better than the V6GT. Notice how the V6GT with 2050 RPM fans is still about 5C worse than a Thermalright Archon using 1290 RPM fans.

The D14 and Silver Arrow are slightly better than the Archon (especially at high overclocks/voltages that hit the limits of the Archon's single tower design), so it makes sense that the D14 or Silver Arrow using their stock 1300 RPM fans performs similarly to the H80 with its dual 2600 RPM fans.

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I look for both those heatsinks compared to D14 and the D14 beat them by more then the H80 beat them so maybe corsair should sell the fans to go on a D14
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I look for both those heatsinks compared to D14 and the D14 beat them by more then the H80 beat them so maybe corsair should sell the fans to go on a D14
If you're gonna mount 2x2600 rpm fans on a D14, you might as well go all the way and get 6000 RPM Deltas and a 100 pack of earplgs
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I hate to hijack another HXX thread, but the h50/70/80/even the 100 are comparable to high end air coolers... in that they are a waste of time when you want very good cooling performance. They are typically more expensive, and at the cost of a h100 @ 160$ - you could get a RS240 RASA kit if you are willing to put in a little time to assemble and maintain it.

The H80 performance above isn't impressive.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
Well yes, the stock fans are 2600 rpm, they will def beat out the AP-15's performance wise.
The stock H80/H100 fans beat the AP-15s at the same RPM - that they're capable of going to a higher RPM is just a benefit to those who want the extra performance. Like those who buy AP-29s.

The stock H80/H100 fans @ 2600 RPM also outperform the AP-29s @ 3000 RPM when it comes to static pressure, with similar airflow.
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Dude, there's a dedicated H80 thread here that has several tests posted on it including a direct comparison to a D14 done by an OCN member. The H80 is a very good cooler, there is no need for you to bag on it just because you have a D14. Some of us have high-profile RAM you know...

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post14190843
Edited by Majin SSJ Eric - 7/21/11 at 9:46pm
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