From left to right; Noctua NF-P12, NH-D14, Thermalright True
This is probably the third time I rethink my choice of CPU cooling.
1. Thermalright True Black PHP 2,500 / comes with a measly 120 mm fan that I'll replace anywa
2. Thermalright Venomous X Black PHP 3,400 / comes with a 140 mm Thermalright fan and with just an additional PHP 600 I can get another 140mm
3. Noctua NH-D14 PHP 3250
4. Noctua NH-C14 PHP 3000
Here are my thoughts:
So, I have the following specs down below on my siggy. As you may have noticed I don't need uber cooling. I am looking for pound-for-pound performance and aesthetics. I'm not aiming for top of the line cooling that comes at high price, nor am I aiming for lowest price but crappy cooling. I want something in the sweet spot.
In summary the Thermalright coolers are like your high maintenance prostitutes. They come at a seemingly decent low price but to increase performance you have to add a few bucks. The Noctua coolers however are like rich girlfriends, they aren't as slutty as the thermalright coolers but they already come with the good stuff but with a stock price that is quite high already.
Thermalright looks-wise is top-notch. The "black" theme is really to my liking as it goes well with my black and white theme. This is a huge plus for thermalright.
I believe the thermalright true comes at a very good price at 2500php as well which is the lowest of the batch. But the downside is... it only comes with a cheap 120fan, that i don't really know the brand. With an additional 600php I can get a decent 140mm Thermalright fan. But that would defeat the purpose and make the total cost 3,100 with just one fan.
The NH-D14 will cost 3250php cash. I don't really like how it looks. I'm kind-of obsessive-compulsive and the non-symmetry of the NH-D14 is a huge minus. The cooling is top-notch I hear and (correct me if I'm wrong) beats all others in this list when it comes to performance.
Aside from my nit-picky subconscious telling me that the NH-D14 is ugly, I don't have much issues regarding it aside from in the future I'd like to be able to use high-profile rams. A definite-NO if I chose the NH-D14
Plus to the NH-D14 for including two fans already for 3250.
Plus to the NH-C14 for including two 140 fands for just 3000K. But aesthetics wise... This is the least tasty.
The Venomous X Black is also a good deal since the retailer has a promo of adding a 140mm Thermalright fan free. So 1 fan for 3,400php and there is also the same option to add 600php more to get a 2nd fan. But in total that brings the amount to 4000php.
So what are you're thoughts? If the Thermalright Venomous X Black with one 140mm fan equals the performance of the NH-D14 with two fans then I'd get the Thermalright Venomous X.
If you guys can provide me with a link that reviews all 4 of these coolers side by side (and I hope it also has pics of all 4 of these coolers side by side) please let me know. I'd really like to see how the Thermalright True compares to the Venomous X size wise.
Looking at these coolers and reading reviews make me think. If the fins are closer together and much more dense they have more surface area but would need more powerful fans to push air through the smaller spaces. If the fins are wider spaced, then there's a lot more room for a slower rpm fan to push air and cool the fins. I prefer the latter, since I'd like my cooler to benefit from the other fans in my case as well. So there must be some difference with these coolers when it comes to this.
Edited by shogrran - 6/28/12 at 3:17pm