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Have an NT06-Pro; just got a new case, is a C14 upgrade worth it?

post #1 of 9
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So, the miniITX thing wasn't working out for me (temps + noise too high if I wanted a silent gaming rig). So, now I have some room for a Noctua C14 (full towers wont fit), but I'm wondering if its worth the upgrade from an NT06 Pro? My temps max at 85 overall and 90 on the cores on the Intelburntest with an i3570K @4.4ghz and 1.35v (auto set by Asus, not stable at higher speeds) with a 120mm Noiseblocker M12-P pushing and and TY-141 pulling off the top. I can't seem to find a single comparison, but the C14 is the max height that I can fit. So,can I do better?
post #2 of 9
NT06 pro is not a bad cooler.

it's reviewed by [H] and given their gold award

IMO, if you already own the NT06-P, there is very little reason to "upgrade" to a C14 since you wont see enough of a difference. you may be better off looking at AP14 instead of the M12-P but that's more of my personal ignorance as to how well the M12-P performs relative to the proven performance of AP14's
post #3 of 9
What's the new case? Layout?

If you're looking at downblower CPU coolers, is it really a good idea to aim for maximum height allowed? Where's the air going to be pulled from? You've got a PSU / case side panel / whatever blocking the airflow, if you're close to the max allotted space.
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What's the new case? Layout?

If you're looking at downblower CPU coolers, is it really a good idea to aim for maximum height allowed? Where's the air going to be pulled from? You've got a PSU / case side panel / whatever blocking the airflow, if you're close to the max allotted space.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811237026

I have 107mm of clearance, so I can just mount the top fan to the side of case. Dremel smile.gif
post #5 of 9
There also H80i or H100i if you have the room for it.
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How about the H60?
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post #7 of 9
I have the AXP-100 and found that moving air away from motherboard instead of toward motherboard cooled 8c better on open bench. Reason being the RAM, GPU, etc were causing air going through cooler toward motherboard to circle back into cooler.

Even better if your side vent is directly over the cooler and is used as exhaust as the hot cooler exhaust would be pulled right out of case.
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I have the AXP-100 and found that moving air away from motherboard instead of toward motherboard cooled 8c better on open bench. Reason being the RAM, GPU, etc were causing air going through cooler toward motherboard to circle back into cooler.

Even better if your side vent is directly over the cooler and is used as exhaust as the hot cooler exhaust would be pulled right out of case.

I've also found this is true with the NT06-Pro. Pushing air up through the cooler dropped temps a good 5C. I'm thinking of getting one of these to direct the air out the back of my cabinet, using a 120mm adapter on the TY-141 and just being done with it:

http://www.lian-li.com/v2/tw/product/AD-04B-b.jpg
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I've also found this is true with the NT06-Pro. Pushing air up through the cooler dropped temps a good 5C. I'm thinking of getting one of these to direct the air out the back of my cabinet, using a 120mm adapter on the TY-141 and just being done with it:

http://www.lian-li.com/v2/tw/product/AD-04B-b.jpg

Don't think it will fit an140mm fan. Do you need to re-direct the direction your exhaust blows outside of case?
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