Originally Posted by MKHunt
If you're talking custom loop, i would beg to differ. My OC'ed CPU at 1.35V tops at 41C in the same loop as my overvolted 590. But maybe I just have a lot of radiator space (6x 120mm anyone?) chock full of SP120 fans at 50%.
For the price, the NH-D14 is ridiculously cool running. And Noctua's fans are ugly and trout-colored, but man are they ever nice.
I was thinking that I'd be in the low to mid 40's with my custom loop, since I would max out in the low 50's when I was full-stressing my Core i7 920 with a TDP of 130W. Considering that the Core i7 3770 has a TDP of 77W, I was pretty sure I'd get quite a bit lower than 50 degC.
But, since I did not implement my water loop (yet), I couldn't say with certainty that I'd get any lower.
I may run a loop sometime in the future, but the Noctua is actually quieter than my water pump was (which was still pretty quiet). I only have 3 120mm fans that I ran at 40%, which was fine for keeping my old system cool. But when I start cranking while gaming, my nVida 560 Ti starts to get pretty noisy (Oh ... and hot, too!). I still use those fans to cool my case, still running at 40%.
I would like to water cool again someday. I already have all the equipment (GPU & CPU mounting adapters for my blocks, a cooling fin plate for my graphics card, water loop leakless quick disconnects, etc.) purchased and ready to go.
Oh, and about the Noctua looking butt-ugly - Yep, I've seen prettier.
That said, I really don't care that much. If somebody came up with an inexpensive cooling solution that worked as well as a water cooler - and it looked like a *real* butt - I'd be first in line to purchase one! For me, the only purpose for a cooler is to keep my CPU / GPU as chilly as possible. Looks are a nearly non-existent second.
AJEdited by AzJazz - 2/27/13 at 9:19pm