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Noctua NH-D14 vs H100i pros and cons

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Now I know people say if you are gonna do watercooling than go with a custom loop. The problem is I am a total noob with PC's and this will be my first rig. For my first rig I want to keep it as simple as possible for cooling. I really like the performance of the Noctua, but it is just sooooo darn big. With the size it I am forced to use low profile ram, and it can look kinda crappy. I was thinking about going with an H100i, (if it performs at least equally) because it is much smaller and cleaner. I am either getting a full size Obsidian 800d or a NZXT 810 case for reference. Which one do you recommend in this case?

Edit: Or should i take a look at the Phanteks PH-TC14PE
Edited by guinner16 - 2/15/13 at 12:44pm
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I know that a H100 and NH-D14 performs about the same. H100i is about 5c better than h100.
Edited by dixson01974 - 2/15/13 at 12:54pm
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Keep it simple... go air cooling.. NH-D14, TC14PE, Silver Arrow SB-E, Alpenfohn K2
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positives: better performance (depending on the setup)
negatives: more potential for failure (pump, leaks, etc), pump noise, price
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I tend to recommend the NH-D14 to pretty much everyone, because it is so incredibly versatile. Quiet, great performance, best mounting system on the market and the size is just right that it will fit in every decent case, including the smaller mATX cases. (as opposed to the Thermalright Silver Arrow, which requires more space)
As a nice bonus, it will probably transfer to the next generation of CPUs. On request, Noctua will send you new mounting hardware when a new socket hit the market.

The RAM clearance is not much of a problem unless you want to use RAM with ridiculous heat spreaders just for looks.
If the optics of the fans are not to your liking, you can switch them out for other quality fans and still pay less than on a h100.

However, if you can tolerate the noise and price of the AIO watercoolers for the looks and a slight increase in performance, then the h100i is probably a decent option.
post #6 of 19
Get the H100i or the H80i. They perform the same if not better than the D14.

They even give the case a much better look and take up much lesser space making upgrades or changes easier.

The Hydro series failure rates are way low to even consider it being a con.
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Originally Posted by chip94 View Post

The Hydro series failure rates are way low to even consider it being a con.
Don't know where you live but in my world there are way more serious problems with Corsair Hydro than air.

Google Corsair H100 or H100i problems

Google Noctua nh-d14 problems.

Find lots of H100/H100i RMA's

Didn't find any NH-D14 RMA
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Don't know where you live but in my world there are way more serious problems with Corsair Hydro than air.

Google Corsair H100 or H100i problems

Google Noctua nh-d14 problems.

Find lots of H100/H100i RMA's

Didn't find any NH-D14 RMA

I'm talking about failures, not pump noise or the Corsair Link Software.
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Way more failures with CLC than air. and when a pump fails system is out of service.

On an air cooler, especially a big twin tower, as long as you aren't doing heavy loads you can keep right on going. wink.gif

And Corsair Hydro have had a much higher failure and problem rate than any other CLC/AIO.

I personally know of 4 Hydros that failed. And the list is endless of people with pump noise, fan noise, USB software problems, LED failures, firmware not working, updating firmware bricking cooler, mounting holes too big for screws to work in..... RMA and get a brand new cooler back that's DOA, RMA'ing H100 and getting H80 back. Taking weeks for RMA to be resolved.. sometimes months.

All of the above are good reasons to not get one.

All this time you either need another cooler or your system sets collecting dust.wink.gif
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Originally Posted by doyll View Post

Way more failures with CLC than air. and when a pump fails system is out of service.

On an air cooler, especially a big twin tower, as long as you aren't doing heavy loads you can keep right on going. wink.gif

And Corsair Hydro have had a much higher failure and problem rate than any other CLC/AIO.

I personally know of 4 Hydros that failed. And the list is endless of people with pump noise, fan noise, USB software problems, LED failures, firmware not working, updating firmware bricking cooler, mounting holes too big for screws to work in..... RMA and get a brand new cooler back that's DOA, RMA'ing H100 and getting H80 back. Taking weeks for RMA to be resolved.. sometimes months.

All of the above are good reasons to not get one.

All this time you either need another cooler or your system sets collecting dust.wink.gif

Strange, nothing like this ever happened to any of the Corsair CLC's I have.
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