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Well that one has two different modes;

Low Noise Mode (with RC24P): 1,000 ~ 1,450 rpm ±10%
Performance Mode (without RC24P): 1,000 ~ 1,950 rpm ±10%

While the NH-D14 has a max RPM of 1300;

Rotational Speed (+/- 10%): 1200 RPM (NF-P14) / 1300 RPM (NF-P12)
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%): 900 RPM (NF-P14) / 900 RPM (NF-P12)

1,300RPM compared to 1,950RPM.
Thats not a fair comparison... The fan speed does not determine the CFM of the fan completely, and it doesnt determine how the fans work with the cooler anyway, Lower RPM fans work better on the D14 anyway. And changing the fans on that cooler would be crazy anyway because the D14's fans are silent and move tons of air through that massive cooler

Also the Silver Arrow has been known to perform better than the Noctua from posts I have read
 
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Ahhh, Okay. Sorry about that. I just thought that it is still a good cooler, It would be a nice choice so he doesn't have to worry about clearance with his ram or heat issues.
    
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ok, so I see that the zalman has a higher speed, does that guarantee a cooler cpu ? and I have heard a few people talk about zalman not being reliable?
Personally I have had good luck with Zalmans (My server is cooled by Zalman, and so are two other AMD rigs I own) but I do not think that this cooler would outperform the D14 or the Silver Arrow but I have not seen benches so I cannot say that I am sure, let me look some up

EDIT** : The CNPS11X Extreme is a nice cooler beyond a shadow of a doubt but I would not think it would outperform the other two I mention, but if you are deeply concerned about space for your RAM enough that you would be willing to sacrifice some performance this cooler is one of the better ones to consider, another cooler to look into would be the Cooler Master Hyper 612

EDIT 2: Here is a link about how this cooler performs to others and the D14 performed in this test better by about 10*C
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OP: you have a Gigabyte motherboard. You should get a Silver Arrow or NH-D14. All other heatsinks do not measure up. Either get a budget HS like the 212+ or get the top end. The middle stuff - well, you'll upgrade from them eventually.

Because you have a Gigabyte motherboard you can set your cpu fan control to PWM or Voltage in BIOS under PC Health (see your manual). The Silver Arrow can be controlled with PWM or Voltage. The D14 can be controlled with Voltage.

I have two Gigabyte boards, and I can tell you that Gigabyte boards can control beautifully with Voltage. So go ahead and buy either cooler. None of the Zalman, Be Quiet, etc. can hold a candle to either one of these, and the integrated radiator units can only match them by making a lot of noise - plus, they cost a lot more.

Go with your first decision.
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OP: you have a Gigabyte motherboard. You should get a Silver Arrow or NH-D14. All other heatsinks do not measure up. Wither get a budget HS like the 212+ or get the top end. The middle stuff - well, you'll upgrade from them eventually.

Because you have a Gigabyte motherboard you can set your cpu fan control to PWM or Voltage in BIOS under PC Health (see your manual). The Silver Arrow can be controlled with PWM or Voltage. The D14 can be controlled with Voltage.

I have two Gigabyte boards, and I can tell you that Gigabyte boards can control beautifully with Voltage. So go ahead and buy either cooler. None of the Zalman, Be Quiet, etc. can hold a candle to either one of these, and the integrated radiator units can only match them by making a lot of noise - plus, they cost a lot more.

Go with your first decision.
wow, that was detailed, thank you. which would you personally choose of the two and why?
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wow, that was detailed, thank you. which would you personally choose of the two and why?
Normally I would say that the SA costs less, runs 3dB quieter, cools 0.5 to 1c better than the D14 and can be controlled by PWM, which is an advantage in non-Gigabyte boards. However, the TY-140 is a 140mm fan, and I don't think this case will allow you to stack a 140mm fan over Ripjaws. You should do a search of OCN to find references.

BTW - this is why after buying two sets of Ripjaws I went to low profile RAM, and will buy nothing else from now on.

So if you buy an SA, you probably would not be able to run it push-center, which can get 1-3c better cooling than center-pull. Still, it's a great cooler with two of the best 140mm fans in existence.

When you move on from your present system you will want to be able to choose whatever motherboard you like. So PWM fans are your best choice. When I finally get done testing my NH-D14 I will mount it on my sig rig with PWM fans.

Actually, you could put a 120mm PWM fan in front of the SA and then it would cost about the same as a D14.

A thought about center-pull: you would find that a pull fan on any two layer heatsink will interfere with the exhaust fan of your case. But the RV-02 has no grill downstream from its exhaust fan, only a finger guard. So you could run your cooler with a pull fan and no exhaust fan: you're grill-less.

Finally, you could test the TY-140 in a push position, and if it will not fit you can get low-profile RAM heatsinks for one or two of your Ripjaws.

So, until Noctua releases their own PWM fans I'd recommend a Silver Arrow.
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ok, alot of that seemed to be over my head, I will look into the sizes of the D14 vs silver arrow and see what will fit best. I was hoping to just install and leave alone as I really don't understand much about cooling, it took me ages to just find a case, and I was told this was the best on the market for air cooling, at the time so I just grabbed it lol
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