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NH-D14 vs

Coolermaster Seidon 240M

Corsair H100i

Enermax ELC 240

Zalman LQ320

A bit disappointed they couldn't get Kraken X60 and Thermaltake Water2.0 in this.








Tested in an AntecP280.
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Yielding CPU temperatures just a few degrees warmer than Corsair's top-performing H100i, generating less noise than the extra-quiet Enermax ELC240, and selling for less than any of the closer-loop liquid coolers in today's story, Noctua’s NH-D14 looks like the surprise winner in our analysis of value.

Unfortunately, if we accidentally knock our PC over, the NH-D14 might very well break our motherboard. Never mind trying to figure out the best way to ship it, installed, across the country. Even if we could guarantee that the folks at UPS and FedEx would handle our machine gently, the idea of having all of that weight rocking back and forth sounds like horrible torture for the delicate contacts of Intel’s LGA interface. From a portability perspective, big air is a bad idea.

Zalman's LQ320 takes second place in overall performance value. A look back at our performance data (before we factored in price) shows that Corsair's H100i is the best outright performer. We’re fairly certain that once we cross into $100+ territory, the $15 difference doesn't matter nearly as much.

Because many of the buyers shopping in this segment opt for closed-loop liquid cooling out of necessity and with less emphasis on price differences, we really have to consider awards for the top performing and best value liquid coolers, Corsair's H100i and Zalman's LQ320.

Edited by sherlock - 12/30/12 at 9:39pm
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Surprise winner?

I've got two NH-D14s and actually went back to one from an RX360 kit (for board/VRM cooling). I am not remotely surprised that it's overall superior to closed loop coolers.

Edit: If they had changed the orientation of the NH-D14 they would have seen a much greater improvement in VRM temps vs any of the WC solutions.
Edited by Blameless - 12/30/12 at 9:42pm
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They really should test these all with the same fans or at the same noise level. I can't interpolate the temperatures to a noise level that would be comfortable to me.
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They really should test these all with the same fans or at the same noise level. I can't interpolate the temperatures to a noise level that would be comfortable to me.

I think the point is to show what these coolers do with their included fans.
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Been thinking on what cooler to buy the NH-D14 or the H80i. The thing the sets me back from the d14 is the size and oxidation.
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What was T ambient? Also, I wonder if that's the most they could push the CPU.
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Been thinking on what cooler to buy the NH-D14 or the H80i. The thing the sets me back from the d14 is the size and oxidation.

Shouldn't oxidize since the entire thing is nickel plated.
    
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i think the h100i will get better temps than NH-D14 on an overclocked cpu.
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i think the h100i will get better temps than NH-D14 on an overclocked cpu.

The test is ran on a 4.5ghz six-core biggrin.gif , and it does beat it at absolute performance (at stock).

Pretty amazing that an ancient air cooler beats most of the new closed loop water ones.
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i think the h100i will get better temps than NH-D14 on an overclocked cpu.

Did you even look at the benchmarks?

The CPU is overclocked.
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