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It has been weeks, or must I say months now since I wanted a Noctua NH-D14 but with so much people giving bad temps about using it, so I began thinking of the Silver Arrow...Yet again, rumours spread quite quickly, that the Noctua is able to cool more efficiently at higher overclocks which the SA did not.

Here comes another problem....I can't use the flip a coin method to determine which cooler should I get rolleyes.gif cuz their price which my nearby seller tells me is that....they sell both of these coolers at a 3$ difference only, in which the SA is 3$ cheaper than the Noctua, can anyone help me on deciding a cooler which will make a long run in the computing age? ( overclocking )

Thanks
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Originally Posted by O.CModderz View Post

It has been weeks, or must I say months now since I wanted a Noctua NH-D14 but with so much people giving bad temps about using it, so I began thinking of the Silver Arrow...Yet again, rumours spread quite quickly, that the Noctua is able to cool more efficiently at higher overclocks which the SA did not.
Here comes another problem....I can't use the flip a coin method to determine which cooler should I get rolleyes.gif cuz their price which my nearby seller tells me is that....they sell both of these coolers at a 3$ difference only, in which the SA is 3$ cheaper than the Noctua, can anyone help me on deciding a cooler which will make a long run in the computing age? ( overclocking )
Thanks

Ask this guy named Seanwebster on ocn, he owns a 2500k with a SA at 5GHz 24/7 IRC.
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can anyone help me on deciding a cooler which will make a long run in the computing age? ( overclocking )
Thanks

quoted from noctua's web site:

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Noctua - Kits
We provide mounting upgrades for Noctua CPU coolers free of charge, so if you would like to continue using your Noctua cooler on a new socket, we will send you a new mounting kit at no additional cost. For ordering our mounting kits, a proof of purchase (photo, scan or screenshot of the invoice) of both a Noctua CPU cooler and hardware components corresponding to the specific kit are required.

The following kits are currently available:

NM-I2011 Mounting-Kit: Upgrades older Noctua CPU coolers to LGA2011.
NM-I3 Mounting-Kit: Upgrades older Noctua CPU coolers to LGA1156/1155 & LGA1366.
NM-A90 Upgrade-Kit: Makes it possible to install NH-U12P SE2 and NH-U9B SE2 CPU coolers turned by 90° on AMD motherboards.

in the LONG run, the cooler that will have mounting brackets for newer sockets wins. i'm still using a 12 year old scythe mugen on my current machine. i DID have to buy a new mounting kit tho biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by chrisguitar View Post

Ask this guy named Seanwebster on ocn, he owns a 2500k with a SA at 5GHz 24/7 IRC.

you're saying that a SA pretty much offers better cooling than the D14?
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quoted from noctua's web site:
in the LONG run, the cooler that will have mounting brackets for newer sockets wins. i'm still using a 12 year old scythe mugen on my current machine. i DID have to buy a new mounting kit tho biggrin.gif

+1 for scythe mugen biggrin.gif great cooler, I know that both companies offer newer brackets but how bout their mounting pressure? I heard that the SA could increase the pressure up to 70 Ib?
Edited by O.CModderz - 2/13/12 at 3:00am
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+1 for scythe mugen biggrin.gif great cooler, I know that both companies offer newer brackets but how bout their mounting pressure? I heard that the SA could increase the pressure up to 70 Ib?

quality of the TIM and skill in TIM application matters alot more then mounting pressure in the scope of heat transfer. mounting pressure matters little as long as you are using high quality TIM and are able to mount the HSF with good TIM contact between chip and cooler.
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quoted from noctua's web site:
in the LONG run, the cooler that will have mounting brackets for newer sockets wins. i'm still using a 12 year old scythe mugen on my current machine. i DID have to buy a new mounting kit tho biggrin.gif

12yo mugen? wth.gif



@TS

it doesnt really matter, i tested both and the SA was like ~2°C bettern than the D14, the D14 is slightly better at lower fan speeds though.

you could also wait a few weeks and get the SA SB-E, obviously no one knows how good it actually is yet. but chances are high that it will edge out the old sa:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1096408/new-high-end-cpu-vga-coolers/400#post_16428017
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post #7 of 23
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Em...Ok, so mounting pressure don't really affect that much. What if I'm using a Thermalright Chill Factor 3? Is that a good TIM?


Oh nos.....Another one is out, I wonder how's the price biggrin.gif
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cf3 is decent.
yes another one out, it will be avaible next week i believe here in europe, but i dont know about malaysia. smile.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k @4,6GHz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Sapphire 7870XT @1,2GHz 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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buhuhu frown.gif oh well, another long wait... but hopefully a worthy one smile.gif

I would like to point out, does the number of heat pipes affect the performance because via my observation, the base looks kinda too wide for the arrangement of the heatpipes
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12yo mugen? wth.gif

used to be called infinity back in 2006. mugen = unlimited = infinity in Japanese. it's not until mugen2 that they changed the English name to mugen2 instead of using infinity 2. i guess the mugen name sounded cool and less confusion between the English named product and the Japanese named product.
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