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post #1 of 11
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Yeah... haven't been in a bios in 4/5 months I think, when I left the Noctua NH-D14 and the Thermalright Silver Arrow were the best there was in top end coolers. A bit of looking showed nothing new from Noctua, although a new (?) HS from Thermalright called a Silver Arrow SB-E. Is it actually better than it's predecessor? I just want something very quiet and capable of cooling my i7-930 with a bit of an OC (~4Ghz). mobo is a classy 4 way.

thanks guys smile.gif
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008000%2050060115&IsNodeId=1&name=Phanteks%20Company these guys are the new kids on the block and have been getting great review's. I'm thinking about dumping my H70 for one of them.
post #3 of 11
the situation hasn't changed much other than Phanteks joining the top tier. For quiet I would go with an Archon, provided it could fit. just imo.
    
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What about

Thermalright True Spirit 140
Cooler master TPC-812
Noctua NH C14
Prolimatech Megahalems+2x XSPC Xinruinlian 2000 RPM
TRUE 120 Black+ 2x Scythe kaze jyuni slip stream
Akasa Voodoo Venom
Themarlright Macho 2x TY 140
TR Venomous X RT
Noctua NH D14
Phanteks PH-TC14PE
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Noctua NH D14 SE2011
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post #5 of 11
Dont forget the nzxt havik 140 which is as good as the nhd14 for a better price and a better form factor.
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post #6 of 11
I guess you also need to consider your surroundings around the cpu with Ram clearance, etc. That's the only thing holding me back at the moment, my ram heatsinks are kinda high.
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Dont forget the nzxt havik 140 which is as good as the nhd14 for a better price and a better form factor.

Agree. I don't know if it truly tests equal (+2C), but it will get the same overclocks with the same sound.
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post #8 of 11
SA SB-E and phantek seems to be the new HSF's you've missed out on. however, they still perform within 1 or 2 C of the D14 so no worries. the only difference is they might not fit on your mobo since they are bigger.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008000%2050060115&IsNodeId=1&name=Phanteks%20Company these guys are the new kids on the block and have been getting great review's. I'm thinking about dumping my H70 for one of them.
Yeah I was aware of them... but they're kind of ugly. and when they're all within 2C, and about the same price, yes aesthetics matter tongue.gif
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Dont forget the nzxt havik 140 which is as good as the nhd14 for a better price and a better form factor.
Yes, it looks like a safe, inexpensive buy...
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I guess you also need to consider your surroundings around the cpu with Ram clearance, etc. That's the only thing holding me back at the moment, my ram heatsinks are kinda high.
actually this is my biggest potential issue, my RAM has some very tall heat spreaders
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SA SB-E and phantek seems to be the new HSF's you've missed out on. however, they still perform within 1 or 2 C of the D14 so no worries. the only difference is they might not fit on your mobo since they are bigger.
I'm thinking about that new variant of the SA very favorably...
post #10 of 11
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I'm thinking about that new variant of the SA very favorably...

it doesn't fit a gene-Z as one of our members found out recently. make sure it fits on your mobo before you think any harder at it smile.gif
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