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I'm more interested in hearing what Mkilbride has decided to buy or is considering.

Agreed! Spill it already! biggrin.gif
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I'm pretty sure the D14 since it's "still the king" in his eyes wink.gif

@mkilbride: make sure you get the 2011 Edition if you want PWM fans.
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I'm pretty sure the D14 since it's "still the king" in his eyes wink.gif
@mkilbride: make sure you get the 2011 Edition if you want PWM fans.

Definitely is king for me, it tames Florida weather nicely. I also have the be the only freak who actually LOVES Noctua's colors. Though, I really think that air cooling has hit a plateau, as all top-end air coolers are within just a few degrees centigrade of eachother.

You really won't get better performance from and air cooler unless you start adding more radiators (like what Noctua is doing, that thing is a BEAST), and that just gets annoying and adds a whole lot of weight, all the while taking up a ton of space. I really think dual-radiator coolers are really the pinnacle of consumer air cooling technology without moving in to closed water loops. So really, as others have said, for a long time it'll just be about what you think looks better in your system.
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it's "still the king" in his eyes wink.gif


.....and mine 80
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Definitely is king for me, it tames Florida weather nicely. I also have the be the only freak who actually LOVES Noctua's colors. Though, I really think that air cooling has hit a plateau, as all top-end air coolers are within just a few degrees centigrade of eachother.
You really won't get better performance from and air cooler unless you start adding more radiators (like what Noctua is doing, that thing is a BEAST), and that just gets annoying and adds a whole lot of weight, all the while taking up a ton of space. I really think dual-radiator coolers are really the pinnacle of consumer air cooling technology without moving in to closed water loops. So really, as others have said, for a long time it'll just be about what you think looks better in your system.

sure, personally i dont even care that much about wich is THE best, i look for whats best with slower spinning fans like the Genesis and i'd rather have a slightly smaller overclock but keep my system as quiet as possible.
But there are always consumers who want the very best on the market and something like the phanteks is a (slight) improvement over the D14, obviously it's not worth upgrading. And if the awesome Noctua consumer service or the color of the fans or the slightly lower price or maybe just the good reputation is a reason to buy the d14, then buy it.
Like you said, the differences are rather small. But then you could also recommend a lot of other coolers as well, like a Ven X, Super Mega, Genesis, Archon, HR-02, Armageddon, K2, Havik 140, etc
Edited by Elohim - 12/6/11 at 11:54am
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Havn't bought anything yet.Cause I won't be buying stuff til the Christmas sales start.

2011 Edition?
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The NH-D14 is an excellent HSF but not the best available.
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So it seems the TC14PE beats the NH D-14 and SA by about 1-1.4K on average among the benchmarks I've seen. However the fans in the NH D-14 are quieter and the 120mm fan only moves 31CFM versus 71CFM for the TC14PE fans. I've heard of multiple users reporting a 3-5K increase in performance in their NH D-14 by swapping in 2 120mm 44 CFM, ultra kaze fans, which produce the same or less noise than the TC14PE fans.

So I'd say the NH D-14, SA, and TC14PE are all within 5K of each other at the most for any test under 90K, but the only reason NH D-14 performs 1.3K less is because of it's weaker quieter fans, replace them with fans of the same noise or airflow and the NH D-14 should perform a good 1.5-4.5K better than TC14PE and SA.

I've also heard putting two side fans which blow in increases performance by another 4K or so, which makes since because that way both fans would be drawing in cooler ambient temperature air. Then you want an exhaust fan right next to the middle of that which is easy to do on most cases or even create a duct to exhaust out the middle which I heard increases another 1-1.5K

So I think with price, oxidation factor, customer service, ease of installation, performance with equal fans; the NH D-14 wins in every category.

Is there anything more solid on this new noctua HS rumored to come out soon?
Edited by SpiderWaffle - 12/6/11 at 4:39pm
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So I'd say the NH D-14, SA, and TC14PE are all within 5K of each other at the most for any test under 90K, but the only reason NH D-14 performs 1.3K less is because of it's weaker quieter fans, replace them with fans of the same noise or airflow and the NH D-14 should perform a good 1.5-4.5K better than TC14PE and SA.

nah not really, these two sites test every cooler with the same fans:

http://www.hardwaremax.net/reviews/kuehler/349-thermalright-hr-02-macho.html?start=7

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe_cpu_cooler_review,15.html

phanteks still on top.
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