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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hey guys i wanna get a H100 or Noctua DH-14 for my amd fx8120 but
my problem is i can't figure out where to place the h100
in my case without actually having it, i would get 2 extra fans
for each side of the radiator, and i would also like to know the best direction for he airflow

with the DH-14 i'm not entirely sure on the safety and reliability of a cooler of that size
putting stress on my motherboard and cpu, with the system upright is it safe, will it not put too much
stress on other parts, i would probably get 1 extra fan for it


here are my specs

CASE: Thermaltake Mk-1 Chaser
MOBO: Asus Sabertooth 990FX
CPU: AMD FX8120 Black Edition
GPU: MSI R6850 OC Cyclone Edition
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 720w
RAM: 3 x 4GB Sticks Kingston 1600 HyperX

all the fans on the case are in the same place and configuration as when i bought it
i may be looking to buy some more of the 200mm fans/moving them around for airflow direction
depending on what is the best position for the h100 for max cooling efficiency
i would also like to be able to keep the top and front panel on the case (removable), but
i'd be happy to take them off should i need to

would it be possible to secure the DH-14 onto the rear exhaust fan of the case,
if so would it fit together perfectly, or would i need something else?

last thing is that the left side and back of the case are closest to walls



Thanks in advance
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by DracoManX69 View Post

Hey guys i wanna get a H100 or Noctua DH-14 for my amd fx8120 but
my problem is i can't figure out where to place the h100
in my case without actually having it, i would get 2 extra fans
for each side of the radiator, and i would also like to know the best direction for he airflow
with the DH-14 i'm not entirely sure on the safety and reliability of a cooler of that size
putting stress on my motherboard and cpu, with the system upright is it safe, will it not put too much
stress on other parts, i would probably get 1 extra fan for it
here are my specs
CASE: Thermaltake Mk-1 Chaser
MOBO: Asus Sabertooth 990FX
CPU: AMD FX8120 Black Edition
GPU: MSI R6850 OC Cyclone Edition
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 720w
RAM: 3 x 4GB Sticks Kingston 1600 HyperX
all the fans on the case are in the same place and configuration as when i bought it
i may be looking to buy some more of the 200mm fans/moving them around for airflow direction
depending on what is the best position for the h100 for max cooling efficiency
i would also like to be able to keep the top and front panel on the case (removable), but
i'd be happy to take them off should i need to
would it be possible to secure the DH-14 onto the rear exhaust fan of the case,
if so would it fit together perfectly, or would i need something else?
last thing is that the left side and back of the case are closest to walls
Thanks in advance

The H100 only mounts on top of the Mk-1 Chaser, I believe. Here's a video of somebody installing it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=W0iNedBOzLA#t=321s

Looks like you should be fine.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Just had a thought,
could i possibly move the top 200mm fan to the side and use that as an exhaust, and have the h100 pulling in air from the top, or would it be better heat wise as it is in video

Thanks in advance
post #4 of 13
Noctua D14 is cheaper and quieter than the H100. Both perform within 1C of each other. I've seen many pump failures with the H100 (corsair is good with warranty though). The D14 is not going to break your motherboard. I had one on mine for a year and I took it to LANs and car rides and it still works.

If you want the H100 for the "cool" factor.. go for it, but the D14 is a better cooler. I've personally tested both in the same computer. The H100 might pull slightly a head if you give it better fans.
Edited by Murlocke - 4/10/12 at 11:12am
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post #5 of 13
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i was thinking the same thing, just that a year doesn't sound like much, did you only have it for a year because something broke, or you upgraded?
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by DracoManX69 View Post

i was thinking the same thing, just that a year doesn't sound like much, did you only have it for a year because something broke, or you upgraded?

I upgraded to a full water cooling loop and sold my D14 on here. It's not going to break anything unless you drop your computer or something. For $100 and less, the D14 is arguably the best cooler on the market. To get noticeably better, you need to go custom water... which ends up being 3x more money and 3x more complex.

If I ever got tired of my custom loop, I would go back to a D14. It's a solid cooler if your motherboard/case has the room for it.
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post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post

Noctua D14 is cheaper and quieter than the H100. Both perform within 1C of each other. I've seen many pump failures with the H100. The D14 is not going to break your motherboard. I had one on mine for a year and I took it to LANs and car rides and it still works.
If you want the H100 for the "cool" factor.. go for it, but the D14 is a better cooler. I've personally tested both in the same computer. The H100 might pull slightly a head if you give it better fans.

I don't mind the preference you have, and I understand you might have seen many failures, but to be fair, you don't know our RMA percentage as a result of sales. The H100 has beaten all our sales projections and become a massive success - the failure rate is about the same as it was on H50/H70 (still very low), so it's not a massive failure rate.

As for the H100 vs. the D14 goes, there are lots of schools of thought. The D14 is an excellent aircooler. It's also completely massive and many people don't like the space it takes up around their CPU socket, making it difficult to work in the case. But it comes down to preference - just about every review of the H100 proves it to be the best CPU cooler on the market aside from DIY watercooling kits that cost more. There are other things that come close, of course, but I have an H100 in my personal home system, and I have access to literally any cooler you can imagine in our labs. I have almost every competitor's product, and I still use ours because I feel it offers the best mix of practicality, performance, and customization.

But the D14 is quieter and cheaper - and still a very good cooler. Users can make their own decisions, but don't worry about it from a quality or reliability perspective. We've got a low failure rate and excellent customer service if anything does end up happening.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by CorsairGeorge View Post

I don't mind the preference you have, and I understand you might have seen many failures, but to be fair, you don't know our RMA percentage as a result of sales. The H100 has beaten all our sales projections and become a massive success - the failure rate is about the same as it was on H50/H70 (still very low), so it's not a massive failure rate.
As for the H100 vs. the D14 goes, there are lots of schools of thought. The D14 is an excellent aircooler. It's also completely massive and many people don't like the space it takes up around their CPU socket, making it difficult to work in the case. But it comes down to preference - just about every review of the H100 proves it to be the best CPU cooler on the market aside from DIY watercooling kits that cost more. There are other things that come close, of course, but I have an H100 in my personal home system, and I have access to literally any cooler you can imagine in our labs. I have almost every competitor's product, and I still use ours because I feel it offers the best mix of practicality, performance, and customization.
But the D14 is quieter and cheaper - and still a very good cooler. Users can make their own decisions, but don't worry about it from a quality or reliability perspective. We've got a low failure rate and excellent customer service if anything does end up happening.

I actually just edited my original post to include "corsair is good with warranty though" shortly before you posted. Both coolers are great. Corsair is one of my favorite companies. tongue.gif

When I compared my friend's H100 to my old D14 my results were:
H100 beat the D14 by 1-2C on high (but it was quite a bit louder).
D14 is cheaper and quieter, but lacks the "coolness" of the H100. It's also about the size of a tank.

I agree that the results are so close it's going to come down to personal preference.
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post #9 of 13
I went with the H100 myself. Looks great in the case (far less clutter), and does a great job cooling my 2600k OCd to 4.5 ghz (with plenty of headroom on temps). I would ask you to consider the fact that the only downside to the H100 is the fact that you have to open your case to adjust the fan speeds unless you buy aftermarket fans and use some other fan controller option. The switch for the H100 has 3 fan speeds, and on full blast some would consider it "loud" with stock fans.

An optional solution to this is the Corsair Link kit which they just released that gives you control of the H100 and other case fans via your desktop. It's a pretty awesome solution, but will cost another $100 (without the LED kit option). If you are considering this route, I also urge you to check out the Corsair forums. The Corsair Link is still new to the market, and there are a number of bugs they still need to iron out such as control of 3rd party aftermarket fans and saving profiles. I suspect these issues will be hammered out in time, but for now the progress seems to be slow going. The guys in the forums aren't providing us with many answers short of "We'll get back to you, we are working on it".

I use the Corsair Link with the LED kit, and I must say overall I am happy with the product, although working around some of the issues can be bothersome at times. I'm gambling on them fixing it all, and in the end I'd imagine this could be one of the best fan control solutions available on the market imho.

Hope this helps!
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post

I actually just edited my original post to include "corsair is good with warranty though" shortly before you posted. Both coolers are great. Corsair is one of my favorite companies. tongue.gif
When I compared my friend's H100 to my old D14 my results were:
H100 beat the D14 by 1-2C on high (but it was quite a bit louder).
D14 is cheaper and quieter, but lacks the "coolness" of the H100. It's also about the size of a tank.
I agree that the results are so close it's going to come down to personal preference.

Add in some Indigo Xtreme/Maingear Epic T1000 to the NH-D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow and you're looking at the same price of the H100, but it will meet or beat the H100 while still being quieter.
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It's a pretty awesome solution, but will cost another $100 (without the LED kit option). If you are considering this route, I also urge you to check out the Corsair forums. The Corsair Link is still new to the market, and there are a number of bugs they still need to iron out such as control of 3rd party aftermarket fans and saving profiles. I suspect these issues will be hammered out in time, but for now the progress seems to be slow going. The guys in the forums aren't providing us with many answers short of "We'll get back to you, we are working on it". !

If you're going to drop $200 on a CLC, you should grab an XSPC Raystorm kit (or one of the XSPC kits from DazMode) or an EK watercooling kit. It will handily outperform the H100 and they look nice as well.
Edited by nubbinator - 4/10/12 at 11:57am
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