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Should I use my Noctua NH-D14 or Something Else?

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Alright, I have an Intel 2500K that I run up to 4.2Ghz, which isn't all that high. The stock cooler seems to do alright. But, I typically like to run things more quiet and cool if reasonably possible.

So I have this Noctua NH-D14 sitting around I could use. And the reason I have not is I waited to install it when putting everything into a new case and some various upgrades. When I went to install it I found that I did not have the newer brackets (despite having bought the cooler just later year). Thus I was unable to install it at the time on my 1155 socket. I ordered the NM-I3 bracket kit so I could either use the NH-D14 myself or make it easier to sell.

At this juncture my goal is to make my processor run more quiet and a bit cooler. I am using a Lian LI PC7HX case and it has a CPU cutout so I will not have to yank the motherboard off to install the new cooler.

While it would be easy enough to use the NH-D14 I did not know if better solutions have come along or at least those that are less weighty and cumbersome.

So is the NH-D14 still one of the best performers? Is it more than enough or too much for my 2500K? I am not a fan of overkill. Would you recommend something over it? Do I have anything to worry about in concern to it's weight?

Thanks.
post #2 of 10
If you already have it + the adapter bracket you may as well use it unless you absolutely cannot stand the size of it.
It's still a very good air cooler; saying it's "overkill" is only relevant to how much of an OC you want to push - though Sandy chips do run very cool.

Don't worry about the weight either, yea it's a honker, but the mounting system is secure and plenty of people have been using these w/o complaints of warping their boards.
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I use it on my own rig, love it.
It's quite, cool temps 23-26 c, and I like it's looks.
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Since you already have the cooler, might as well use it. If it is running reasonably cool, then just overclock it till it is reasonably hot thumb.gif

Size is a different issue though. If you are like me who focuses on aesthetics and feel "uncomfortable" with seeing the cooler's size, you may want to look for alternatives (to me my alternatives are CLCs). As much as I want to see higher clocks with lower temperatures, I also value quietness and aesthetics.
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Since you already have the cooler, might as well use it. If it is running reasonably cool, then just overclock it till it is reasonably hot thumb.gif

Size is a different issue though. If you are like me who focuses on aesthetics and feel "uncomfortable" with seeing the cooler's size, you may want to look for alternatives (to me my alternatives are CLCs). As much as I want to see higher clocks with lower temperatures, I also value quietness and aesthetics.

I don't have a window panel (and not even sure if they make one for the Lian LI PC7H model line). So aesthetics are less important, but I like to be organized, have cool and efficient air flow, and ease of use.

I had a friend who used a CLC system and it leaked on him and his GPU (and maybe mobo) were fried. Thankfully it was a Corsair model so they did get him some money back.

So the CLC system does intrigue me, but also is still risky it seems. Not sure what would be best even if I went to CLC.
post #6 of 10
It's overkill for 4.2Ghz, even 4.5GHz but that depends on voltage. I think I got 50 or 60°C max temperatures with 4.7Ghz@1.27V (fixed volts) over 14hours on prime.

The speed isn't so much what produces the heat.

see Thermal testing http://www.overclock.net/t/1242313/more-ivy-bridge-benchmarks-sandybridge-comparison-3770k-vs-2600k-performance-temps-etc-couple-of-ln2-scores-are-up#

as well as http://blog.stuffedcow.net/2012/10/intel32nm-22nm-core-i5-comparison/
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post #7 of 10
The NH-D14 is still one of the best air coolers (if not the best) and in many cases it even beats some of the cheap closed loop water coolers. If you already have it it's a no brainier, use it.
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Noctua will gives free upgraded mounts to their older Noctua coolers.

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The NH-D14 is still one of the best air coolers (if not the best) and in many cases it even beats some of the cheap closed loop water coolers. If you already have it it's a no brainier, use it.

What CLC is cheap?? The cost lots of money but are still cheap. biggrin.gif
Edited by doyll - 3/20/13 at 12:32pm
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RoddimusPrime
Noctua will gives free upgraded mounts to their older Noctua coolers.
What CLC is cheap?? The cost lots of money but are still cheap. biggrin.gif

Noctua no longer supports giving out free NM-I3 kits. Trust me, I know. I went to their website as well as emailed them.

And agreed on the CLC snippet above. For a CLC it may be cheap, but the NH-D14 is on the high end of air coolers and in the same ball park. Personally, if I went to water cooling I would probably go with one that has a good warranty (i.e. Corsair) or do a custom loop known for great quality (probably a 2 x 120mm or 140mm radiator).
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Noctua no longer supports giving out free NM-I3 kits. Trust me, I know. I went to their website as well as emailed them.

And agreed on the CLC snippet above. For a CLC it may be cheap, but the NH-D14 is on the high end of air coolers and in the same ball park. Personally, if I went to water cooling I would probably go with one that has a good warranty (i.e. Corsair) or do a custom loop known for great quality (probably a 2 x 120mm or 140mm radiator).
Sorry but you are wrong about the Noctua upgrade kits.
Noctua give free upgrade mounting kits, but do not give free mounts if you already have the latest mount. If you have a NH-D14 SE2011 for example you can't get an upgrade because 2011 is the newest mount. If you have an older cooler you can get the free upgrade.
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Please use the new NM-i115x kit for upgrading older heatsinks to LGA1150, LGA1155 or LGA1156. The NM-I3 kit is now only available to provide LGA775 and LGA1366 support.

Owners of Noctua CPU coolers* can obtain the NM-I3 Mounting-Kit free of charge via this form*. A proof of purchase (photo, scan or screenshot of the invoice) of both a Noctua CPU cooler and either a socket 1156/1155/1366 mainboard or socket 1156/1155/1366 CPU are required.
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=30&lng=en
*this form
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=nm_i3_upgrade_order&setlng=en

As for Corsair having a good warranty, well I guess. Problem is Corsair coolers have a very bad record for reliability.. the worst in the CLC industry.

The only AIO (not CLC) I might be interested in is Swiftech H220. 6 watt pump compared to CLC 2 watt pumps and not a CLC so you can add components as needed like extra waterblocks and/or more radiators... and Swiftech has a reputation for high quiality and dependability.
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