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Noctua NH-D14 vs Thermalright Silver Arrow for 2500K +4.5GHz OC?

Poll Results: Which CPU cooler will help me OC 2500K to its maximum potential?

 
  • 51% (24)
    Noctua NH-D14
  • 48% (23)
    Thermalright Silver Arrow
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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'm planning to overclock my 2500K to at least 4.5GHz and even higher if it lets me.

I've read dozen posts about both coolers and this is what I've found about them so far:

Thermalright Silver Arrow:
  • 1 degree cooler in low voltage OC
  • 3 decibles quieter
  • Harder to install
  • Less space for RAM

Noctua NH-D14:
  • Cooler for high voltage OC
  • Easier to install
  • More space for RAM

I can get them for pretty much the same price:
Noctua NH-D14 $94
Thermalright Silver Arrow $89

Which one will help me OC 2500K to it's maximum potential?

BTW: I'm going to use G.Skill Ripjaws X RAM.
post #2 of 20
In terms of performance, they are virtually identical.

Get whichever one is cheapest for you and begin enjoying some excellent air cooling.

Ram configuration is not an issue. On the SA, I placed the first fan between the 2 towers and the 2nd fan on the backside of the SA. With a 120 on my front of my D14, I can fit my ripjaws just fine (I have 4 sticks sitting under my AP15)

There really isn't a bad choice here.
    
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post #3 of 20
I have chosen D14 because it was on a special deal for only $75, and Silver Arrow is out-stocked eveywhere priced below $90
plus I needed to buy a Y-spliter to put fan connectors on my mobo, that makes D14 about $20 cheaper...

I would go with SA if I could find it cheaper tha D14 thought
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post #4 of 20
Performance wise they are the same. I would pick Silver Arrow mainly because of PWM fans.
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post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

I'm a little worried about this test showing Silver Arrow becoming 20 degrees hotter in high voltages. Is this test flawed/biased or is NH-D14 actually much better cooling in high voltages?


Also some guy in OC forum said that he tested both NH-D14 and Silver Arrow and he also found that NH-D14 was cooling better during high voltages, while Silver Arrow was cooling better during normal voltages. He didn't say how much cooler though.

Isn't it better to get a CPU cooler that cools better during high voltages since in order to overclock CPU to its maximum potential, you would need to reach high voltages anyway?
Edited by Bountysky - 10/10/11 at 10:35pm
post #6 of 20
I never threw extreme voltage through my Silver Arrow, but I did put 1.5 vcore through a 6 core AMD 1055T and it never, ever approached anything scary (iirc 55C was max temp, and yes that includes adding 10C) in an Antec 300.

There is no way there is a 20C difference between a D14 and SA in any test. 2-3C, yeah.
    
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post #7 of 20
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These CPU Cooler seems to be the popular ones right now. Considering the fact that how far I can overclock depends on luck, which CPU Cooler should I get to OC 2500K to its maximum potential?

• Thermalright HR-02 $59
• Thermalright Archon CPU Cooler $79
• Thermalright Silver Arrow $89
• Noctua NH-D14 $94
• XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit $165
• Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler $169

All prices comes from www.pccasegear.com and I live in Australia.
Edited by Bountysky - 10/12/11 at 12:33am
post #8 of 20
where do you live ? these pricings seem pretty high o_o
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post #9 of 20
the RX240, will be the best option by far, and the jump to water is really fun, thats my 2c have a rs240 myself cant be happier
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post #10 of 20
I just got an NH-D14 and am pretty satisfied with it. I have Dominator Ram and the clearance is a little better with the Noctua. Other than that, go with whatever is cheapest. For all intents and purposes, performance is identical.
 
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