The H80 actually fares pretty well here, especially considering it wasn't maxed out thermally at the heat loads provided.
Here's a quote from the review:
A test I have started to unofficially run is to bump the vcore up to 1.4 and the clock speed of the 920 up to a 210 bclock for a nice 4.2GHz clock speed. This test puts an even greater load on the cooling subsystem and Prime 95 will error out if the temperatures reach higher than the mid 70s degrees Celsius on this CPU. Much like the H70, the H80 delivered temperatures in the middle 70s degrees Celsius with the voltage and clock speed bumped up allowing a 3-hour pass of Prime 95 at 4.2GHz running in "Performance" mode. This load is what it took to get the most out of the fans and pump. I say this because at the lower overclock of 3.3GHz, the maximum airflow I could get measured with my Kestral 4100 was a 64 CFM average out of the assembly. When run at a higher vcore and clock speed, the CPU put out enough thermal load to cause the pump assembly to finally ramp up the fan speeds to the 2600rpm range, delivering an 88 CFM average, close to the 92 CFM rating on the fans.
Basically, in his review, the H80 fans were probably running around 1800-2000 RPM based on the coolant temp instead of the 2600 RPM max. He probably got them to max in his "unofficial" test, but otherwise this was right around the same RPM as the H70 fans.
The H80 wasn't designed to beat the snot out of the Noctua NH-D14 in every situation. It was designed to offer a few more benefits aside from just raw performance, including mounting weight on the CPU socket, portability, ability to work around your CPU socket and swap out other components without removing your heatsink, built-in fan control profiles, etc.
To be honest, if you'd rather have a Noctua NH-D14, then by all means, I won't begrudge you. The entire point of the Hydro series is to give people another option. And a lot of people want that option. The Hydro series has been hugely successful for us, as evidenced by every major competitor announcing their own version of it this year. Antec, Cooler Master, Thermaltake, Scythe - everyone is jumping into this market because a lot of people want the product.
This competition is great for you guys - it forces everyone to make better, cheaper products every year. The H80 costs exactly the same as last year's H70, and has better fans, a built-in fan controller, and significantly better performance at the same noise levels, with the potential to go to even better levels of performance at higher noise levels.