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It would be one thing if it were a case of "you can't go wrong either way" but to be honest, you're laying out a lot of extra cash for the H100 to get the same performance of a high-end air cooler, but with the added bonus of more noise and more points of failure. If a fan goes bad on an air cooler, the unit itself is still there, cooling things down albeit with lower efficiency. If any one part goes bad on a CLC, that's the ballgame. You may be able to RMA the unit and get back up to speed, but if you want to use your machine while that process plays out, you'll either have to dig your stock cooler out of the trash or go out and get a stopgap... that's provided the CLC didn't take anything else out with it when it failed. For a difference of 0-3 degrees at any delta, why even bother with it?
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Originally Posted by Badness View Post

"...support and warranties are really good not to mention build quality"
These are staples of Noctua also, and to be honest, while Corsair is above the competition, Noctua is even better.
The H100 has the advantage of being able to exhaust air out of your case directly, or even better, have a constant supply on fresh air from outside the case.
The D14 has the advantage of being way more reliable, because it won't break unless you hit it with a bat.
EDIT: Also, the performance of the products is roughly equal.

The noctua might not break, but the poor mobo that has to support it!
Wont someone PLEASE think of the mobos.
post #53 of 167
Corsair definitely. Air coolers are going to become a thing of the past- they are less efficient, larger, heavier, and just plain unsightly to most people. CLC's give you flexibility on how you want your air to flow, with the air coolers, you dont have much flexibility. Im sure many will jump on this and say their noctua is the best thing since the discovery of electricity, but I beg to differ. Some of these air coolers these days are massive pcb-cracking beasts that are just unnecessary. I look at it like this- instead of making larger and larger engines to get more power, the mustang was capped off at the v8, and other changes were made to be more efficient. There comes a point when you get diminishing returns, and thats how I view air coolers. And the ones small enough to not bother me (arctic cooling freezer 7 for example) dont perform well enough

Go with corsair. For every one vocal complaint about the pumps going or being loud, etc, there are thousands of happy users
post #54 of 167
The only real reason of getting an H100 is its small size. If you think the D14 blocks your airflow, or if you just don't like the way it looks, get the H100.
In every single other case, D14 wins.

And no, your mobo wont break if you put it on there. Not in a year, and not in 5 years.
    
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I personally switched from a NH-D14 to a H100 recently. I did this because I did a H60 mod to my video card and with the Noctua I had no place to put the rad. In my case the H100 is actually netting me much better results than the Noctua. I have a i7 960 and it is getting about 5 degrees cooler at idle and about 10 at full tilt. Also my other components are running much cooler as they are getting better airflow. My ram used to get hot to the touch with the Noctua and now it is just slightly warm. I have also noticed that the Motherboard chipset is running cooler. I am not saying that everyone will get these results and I really did love my Noctua cooler, but for me the H100 has impressed. I am very glad I made the switch. Also working in my case has gotten light years easier. I never realized how hard something simple like plugging in a new fan was with the Noctua in place.

Edit: I forgot to say that the Noctua is still in use on my other system and is currently cooling a Core i7 920. So it is still being put to good use.
Edited by Warsteiner - 3/28/12 at 8:29am
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PEOPLE NEED TO GET THEIR FACTS RIGHT AND LEARN HOW THEY MAKE MOTHERBOARD PCB'S THE NH-D14 WILL NOT BREAK YOUR MOTHERBOARD.
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PEOPLE NEED TO GET THEIR FACTS RIGHT AND LEARN HOW THEY MAKE MOTHERBOARD PCB'S THE NH-D14 WILL NOT BREAK YOUR MOTHERBOARD.

"PEOPLE WILL NEED TO GET THEIR FACTS RIGHT AND LEARN THAT WATER COOLING TRANSFERS HEAT FASTER THAN AIR!" Fixed. biggrin.gifrolleyes.gif
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H100 is rated at 40 DBA with stock fans by Corsair....and the difference in temps in minor unless your adding in the noise factor, so your argument is pretty useless on that front. Fact: the H100 has over twice the volume for hardly 1-3c temp difference..... its not that the H100 is loud. More that the noise in comparison to other options is absurd.

Well my computer already makes a humming noise witch actually makes a great white noise for sleep. but the H100 making a ticking grinding noise? does this happen on all H100's?
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Well my computer already makes a humming noise witch actually makes a great white noise for sleep. but the H100 making a ticking grinding noise? does this happen on all H100's?

I have not noticed any grinding noise on mine at all. The fans are loud, but I am going to replace those soon.
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"PEOPLE WILL NEED TO GET THEIR FACTS RIGHT AND LEARN THAT WATER COOLING TRANSFERS HEAT FASTER THAN AIR!" Fixed. biggrin.gifrolleyes.gif

H100 is not real water cooling. If you wanna go water cooling, go big or go home.
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