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Corsair CWCH60 or Noctua NH-D14?

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Hey all, was wondering which would be better for my case. Yes I do plan to oc, but my friend said that it all depends on the airflow in my case and it won't be that much cooler than the case temp. He says that liquid cooling conducts heat better (makes sense), and it doesnt depend on case temp. I'm more inclined on the H60 because it's cheaper, smaller, and my friend has a valid point that it can keep my CPU cooler because the liquid cooling conducts heat better. Which seat should i take?

Corsair H60-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015

or

Noctua NH-D14-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
post #2 of 24
What case do you have?

In general, the NH-D14 has better cooling (I believe by about 7-8c full load, maybe more) over the H60, however your case may not like how big it is. The main reason for going with the All-In-One Watercooling units is space. They take up a fan slot instead of a large area of your computer, and they do not rely as much on airflow past the p/p fans on the rad. There's no RAM clearance issues with the H60 either.

If you were going for similar performance to the NH-D14, you'd need to look into the H80 or the H100.

Again, need to know your case to see if the NH-D14 would even fit.
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I'm sorry but, is that a rabbits ass in your avatar image? lmao

I'd say go with the Noctua, those corsair watercooling kits aren't the same as the high end water kits you hear people talk about. High end air cooled heatsinks out perform them if I'm not mistaken.

The only reason I'd go with the H60 over the Noctua, is if noise is a concern. If you want a quiet PC, the H60 is the better bet and it does a decent job at cooling your CPU as well. If you don't care to for fan noise, go with the Noctua as its a bit better for cooling.

edit: ah yeah forgot, refeek makes a good point as well, those kits clear up space issues that higher end air cooled heatsink have.. So its H60-less noise, less cooling, takes up less space vs Noctua - better cooling, more noisy, takes up a bit of space..coin toss it
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refeek said it quite well.

The NH-D14 cools better but it's really big, might have clearance issues with your case or RAM. The H60 doesn't cool as well but only takes up a single 120mm fan slot and no RAM clearance issues.
    
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post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by esproductions;15470936 
refeek said it quite well.

The NH-D14 cools better but it's really big, might have clearance issues with your case or RAM. The H60 doesn't cool as well but only takes up a single 120mm fan slot and no RAM clearance issues.

my case is the coolermaster haf 922: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

and my ram is g-skill ripjaw 4gbx2
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Originally Posted by Allen86;15470930 
I'm sorry but, is that a rabbits ass in your avatar image? lmao

edit: ah yeah forgot, refeek makes a good point as well, those kits clear up space issues that higher end air cooled heatsink have.. So its H60-less noise, less cooling, takes up less space vs Noctua - better cooling, more noisy, takes up a bit of space..coin toss it

its just a really fluffy rabbit tongue.gif that's not its cornhole, that's its nose biggrin.gif. ill probably end up flipping for it haha.
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Originally Posted by fluffy wabbit;15470955 
my case is the coolermaster haf 922: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

and my ram is g-skill ripjaw 4gbx2

You shouldn't have any clearance issues with RAM nor your case, so it's really up to the factors that the other two guys mentioned.

H60: Takes up less space, makes less noise (kind of dependent on fans, imo), but the cooling isn't as good.

NH-D14: Takes up a LOT of space, noisy (again, dependent on fans for the most part), great cooling.

Also, if you plan on moving the case around a lot, the H60 is a far easier choice than the D14. No stress on the motherboard like the D14.
post #8 of 24
I love my NH-D14, only drawback is size.

The construction is very solid, honestly I was more stressed installing a stock cooler than the NH-D14.

If you stick to the stock fans it comes with, the Noctua is quieter than the Corsair, which wins it for me.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by refeek;15470983 
You shouldn't have any clearance issues with RAM nor your case, so it's really up to the factors that the other two guys mentioned.

H60: Takes up less space, makes less noise (kind of dependent on fans, imo), but the cooling isn't as good.

NH-D14: Takes up a LOT of space, noisy (again, dependent on fans for the most part), great cooling.

Also, if you plan on moving the case around a lot, the H60 is a far easier choice than the D14. No stress on the motherboard like the D14.

yeah ive heard that ill be fine with clearance for the noctua, but i would be hauling it around every now and then. my friend claimed that he could oc his 1090t to 4ghz and not even reach 40 degrees with the h60. i mean at this point its $12 more for better cooling and i dont mind the noise of the fan that much. i'm gonna probably oc my 2500k to 4+ghz.
post #10 of 24
The D14 (or other Noctua coolers for that matter) do not make any noise (in comparison to the Hydro Series from Corsair.)

Noctua's hole mission objective with fans & cooling is silence.


Also, the D14 is far superior to even the H100 from Corsair. Pick it up if you have the cash.
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