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Hi guys, this is my first post at here
I have heard that here is quite a nice place to share.

I did a "4 tower type coolers comparison" bench,
purpose is just get you guys in general idea how these coolers perform.

Air coolers:

1. Noctua NH-D14Se
2. Phanteks tc14pe
3. ThermalRight Silver-arrow (old rev)
4. TT Frio-OCK

--->They look like the following picture here:

4coolers.png


Testbed :
Intel I7-3960x 6c/12t enable
Asus Rampage IV extreme bios 1201
VGA: AMD Radeon 7970
Memory: Samsung HCH9 DDR2400(OC from 1333 HCH9) 1.65v C9-11-11-28
PSU: Corsair AX1200W

** I use original fans from the manufactures come with the coolers;
also use PWM cable pretty much control fan speed around “1200rpm”


**Software to grab temperature as reference: Real Temp GT 3.7

**Software to bench for recording max loading temperatures

1.hyper pi 32m 16 thread,
why 16 threads is I thought adding extra 4 threads more than
it should be will give more stress on cpu native cores and IMC
2. FutureMark 3D vantage full set.

Sample screen from running the hyper pi 32m 16 threads took from camera:

--->

32m16pexp.jpg

Mounting tools from these 4 coolers;
I will just show the parts with socket 2011

mounting.jpg


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Now let's see all these 4 coolers:

1. Noctua D14 SE 2001..

d1401.jpg

d1402.jpg

d1403.jpg

2. TT Frio-OCK

frio.jpg

3. phanteks tc-14pe

ph.jpg

4. Thermalright Silver-arrow (this is the old original one, I will have the SB-E testing tomorrow )

sa.jpg

OK, now, I have to say, running prime95 or LinX is quite time consuming,
so I decide to pick “hyper pi 0.98b” and then 32m 16 threads
(because I have i7-3960x run as 6c12t),
it’s not only able to check CPU but also your memory stability in short term.

So here are the results from what I colleted

Part 1: Hyper pi 0.98b 32m 16 threads

Noctua d14..

noctua16p32m.png

Thermalright silver arrow

TRsa16p32m.png

TT frio-ock

TtFrio16p32m.png

phanteks tc 14 pe

phanteks16p32m.png

As the results, I collect the data of what I see from the max values of
Real temp GT 3.7 and get them to one chart so we have:

32m16pchartdata.png

Part 2: 3D Vantage

Now we check on another old bench, Futuremark 3D vantage

Noctua d14..

noctua3dv.png

Thermalright Frio-OCK

tt3dv.png

Thermalright Silver arrow

silverarrow3dv.png

Phanteks tc14pe

phanteks3dv.png

And we do the chart again

3dvchartdata.png

********************************************************************
OK, From these two charts, we can see Thermalright and Phanteks TC14PE almost about the same results,
and I am quite surprised that Noctua NH-D14se results are not that ideal for holding temp. From my own perspective,
I thought it might be improved by adding the 3rd 140mm fan or speeding the rpm a bit. Color=red]
(note that I use around 1200rpm for all testing fan speed)[/color]

Hope this comparison helps.
post #2 of 12
Dissapointed :C
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post #3 of 12
I would expect those coolers to all be within a couple degrees of each other.
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Nice review TY. +Rep.
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post #6 of 12
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thanks guys, I will have exclusive Thermalright Silver-arrow SB-e cooler tomorrow, will take the pictures and share, bench will be done in couple days.
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Given that the NH-D14 is such an odd one out in your testing, beaten even by the much smaller Frio, I'd try a reseat. That said, I'm fairly sure the Silver Arrow and Phanteks are both considered better coolers than the NH-D14, so maybe it's not completely wrong.

I also wanted to point out that design and fin spacing mean a lot for a coolers optimal fan speed. I'd try both low, medium, high fan speeds if possible to see how the coolers scale. A lot of the users on this site use 1850 RPM Gentle Typhoons for example which have much greater static pressure than a 1200 RPM fan.
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Originally Posted by B!0HaZard View Post

I also wanted to point out that design and fin spacing mean a lot for a coolers optimal fan speed. I'd try both low, medium, high fan speeds if possible to see how the coolers scale. A lot of the users on this site use 1850 RPM Gentle Typhoons for example which have much greater static pressure than a 1200 RPM fan.

Very good point. On the other hand there are some heatsinks (Prolimatech Genesis, Thermalright Macho, Scythe Ninja and the Noctuas) which are designed for silent fans spinning at 500-1000rpm. From what i have seen about the NH-D14, it is designed for fan speeds of ~1000rpm, even the max 1200rpm of the stock fans are more of an "emergency" setting which can not be considered silent.
post #9 of 12
Great work! I own both a Phanteks and a Silver Arrow and the Phanteks is a few degrees cooler in my system. I can't wait to see your results on the SB-E. I should be able to get one next week (fingers crossed)
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by B!0HaZard View Post

Given that the NH-D14 is such an odd one out in your testing, beaten even by the much smaller Frio, I'd try a reseat. That said, I'm fairly sure the Silver Arrow and Phanteks are both considered better coolers than the NH-D14, so maybe it's not completely wrong.
I also wanted to point out that design and fin spacing mean a lot for a coolers optimal fan speed. I'd try both low, medium, high fan speeds if possible to see how the coolers scale. A lot of the users on this site use 1850 RPM Gentle Typhoons for example which have much greater static pressure than a 1200 RPM fan.

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