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Three or four of the other coolers beat the NH-D14 in cooling, their later charts are factoring in noise.
I don't really like how they did the charts. I prefer to just be given the data, delta over ambient and noise levels, and then reach my own conclusions.
To be honest the performance is so close with all of these solutions that it just comes down to price and how it will fit in your case.
CLC leaks happen but definitely NOT "all the time". I work at a shop where we fix and sell computers, I have used CLCs in many builds and have yet to have a single one leak. I know it happens but the failure rate is very low.

Should of clarified myself. Was comparing large heatsinks breaking motherboards, and CLC's leaking.
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CLC leaks happen but definitely NOT "all the time". I work at a shop where we fix and sell computers, I have used CLCs in many builds and have yet to have a single one leak. I know it happens but the failure rate is very low.
Nocturin had an antec 920 leak, but other than that, I have never seen a CLC leak. It's not a significant risk; the pump dying, however is a real issue, and they are still not all that reliable.

I am also yet to hear of a dual tower heatsink cracking a motherboard.

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You meant extrapolate, right? thumb.gif
Yes, I confuse those words a lot.
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i have a phanteks sitting inside a thermaltake chaser MK1; i have an old Jeep wrangler YJ, and i move my computer at least 2 times a month for work; is only like 10 miles on secondary roads.. still not a single problem/crack or whatever you guys imagine/write all the time

and trust me, if i still have no problems, they will NEVER happen thumb.gif
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The last wkstn I built used a 3820 and a D14. The D14 was fine on temps till about 4.8ghz which is where it just melted lol. I set the machine to 4.3ghz for daily use and it stays below 60-65c iirc.

a 4.8 ghz SB-E chip will melt just about every cooling solution that comes in one box rolleyes.gif

but i had mine at 4.5 on a scythe ninja and it did no more then 75 or so at full load...
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and trust me, if i still have no problems, they will NEVER happen thumb.gif
I think Fed Ex would disagree with that, judging by what they did to my Crossover 27Q.
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a 4.8 ghz SB-E chip will melt just about every cooling solution that comes in one box
Depends how well you scored in the silicon lottery.
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I think Fed Ex would disagree with that, judging by what they did to my Crossover 27Q.
Depends how well you scored in the silicon lottery.

Well, no one is going to send a fully asembled rig with the cooler attached.. (i think) in that case even a watercooling would be destroyed
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I just recently got the NH-D14 and don't regret anything at all. I was deciding between the NH-D14, Phanteks, and H100i. I absolutely HATE when I have to RMA a product so that automatically eliminated the H100i out of the equation. Please don't get me wrong. I'm not saying they malfunction all the time, I just don't want the risk of a pump going bad and making noise since I'm a silence junkie. I'm sure most of you guys with the H100/H100i have no problems at all. It's just annoying when you have to RMA something and pay more money to ship it out so I'd like to avoid that at all costs. For the most part, I chose the NH-D14 over the Phanteks since it had quieter fans and the reputation Noctua has as a company. I will admit that the Phanteks looks better and more slick than the NH-D14 though and it does outperform it slightly by a few degrees, but anyone that likes silence would rather deal with slightly higher temps and less noise than cooler temps with more noise. I don't have a problem with the size of the cooler being so large, I'm actually love the look of a big cooler in a small case and currently I'm looking to buy the smallest atx form factor case to use with it. biggrin.gif

Unlike most people I actually like the color scheme of the fans, they have a classy look to them imo. Even with the brown and beige color scheme they're still one of the most popular fans. I think it's a huge statement if a company can sell a quality fan with a color scheme that most people don't like. When you see those Noctua colors you know its a quality product and that distinguishes them.

Since the performance between all these coolers are pretty close, I think it comes down to personal preference. All of these coolers have their pros and cons, you just have to pick the one that best suits your rig. The NH-D14 does everything I need it to, but If I wanted to squeeze the most performance possible out of a cpu cooler without going full on water-cooling I'd get the H100i with 4 static pressure friendly fans wink.gifthumb.gif
    
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I love my h80 for one thing which is how much space it takes up. biggrin.gif
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Well, no one is going to send a fully asembled rig with the cooler attached.. (i think) in that case even a watercooling would be destroyed
Well, there were several holes in the packaging and the corner of the monitor was dented through a couple of layers of styrofoam, so I doubt any computer could make it through that. Fed Ex are certainly pros at this.
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Oh yeah, wait until the Eisberg comes out in a couple months... A pre-built water cooling system that works right out the box but can also be ungrade. I'm excited wink.gif
    
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