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Fans seem to make all the difference...

That's why i mostly care about tests where the coolers are additionally tested with the same reference fans and/or with difference fan speeds...
When i see a test where one cooler is 6°C better but the fan runs twice as fast, it's not really all that interesting to me.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/nzxt-kraken-x40_7.html#sect1
the guy from xbitlabs makes decent tests for example, so you can get an idea what the performance would be at a similar noiselevel

@doyll:

I don't unfortunately...
Edited by Elohim - 5/5/13 at 1:51pm
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post #52 of 57
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That's why i mostly care about tests where the coolers are additionally tested with the same reference fans and/or with difference fan speeds...
When i see a test where one cooler is 6°C better but the fan runs twice as fast, it's not really all that interesting to me.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/nzxt-kraken-x40_7.html#sect1
the guy from xbitlabs makes decent tests for example, so you can get an idea what the performance would be at a similar noiselevel

SPCR does a very good job since they do use reference fans. They have by far the most comprehensive fans reviews of any website. Sadly their sample size isn't large as some other sites.
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We need to see SPCR or someone else test all common air coolers using stock and then using some reference standardized fan. That will legitimize the differences between coolers and eliminate the fans as a variable. Repeating tests a few times each will also give greater confidence in the results being normal vs aberrant.
    
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Tweaktown says U12S is on par with Phanteks single tower, but really pulls ahead with second fan (close to Silver Arrow SB-E) redface.gif

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5417/noctua-nh-u12s-cpu-cooler-review/index8.html
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http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/noctua_nh_u12s_u14s_review,1.html
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Noctua cooler are just fantastic in terms of performance versus silence. The NH-U12S we like, the NH-U14S we like the best. The latter one is a just great in terms of cooling versus sound versus size. We just mentioned the prices and allow me to add that you will understand the price level once you unpack the cooler as the intricate detail just oozes even from the packaging. The mounting kit is superb, sturdy and easy to install. Sure the motherboard will need to come out, but the mounting design and ease of use in installation is just great. Even a Philips screwdriver is included in the kit. Performance wise, you'll achieve great heatpipe based cooling for the NH-U12S and downright impressive performance for the NH-U14S. The noise levels are great, heck even if you can't PWM control the fans, small resistor wires are included to force the fans at low RPM. Silence I say... SILENCE. The looks and aesthetics, well you either love or hate the Noctua colors I guess, there is nothing in-between it. We would really like to recommend Noctua to look into aesthetics more, these coolers end up in high-end systems, and these are all black or at least have a black base color these days.

Overall we feel the Noctua U12S and NH-U14S coolers are very nice, the looks are a matter of taste, the performance winner however is the NH-U14S. Both products can be found in the stores as we speak and are covered by a 6-year carry in warranty. So once again two thumbs up for Noctua, and we do apologise if that is getting a little boring wink.gif
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Tweaktown says U12S is on par with Phanteks single tower, but really pulls ahead with second fan (close to Silver Arrow SB-E) redface.gif

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5417/noctua-nh-u12s-cpu-cooler-review/index8.html
You sound like their advertising rep. biggrin.gif

Second fan only improved 1-2c.. That's not "really pulls ahead". That's normal improvement with 2nd fan on most coolers.

With CPU stock yes it's close, and 0-2c better than TC12DX overclocked.. But Silver Arrow SB-E is 5-7c cooler than U12S overclocked. I don't think 5-7c hotter is "close to Silver Arrow SB-E" wink.gif

NH-U12S is a very nice cooler. NH-U14S one of the best singles out right now.. It's in a select league with Archon SB-E S2, Prolimatech Megahalem and a few others. I suspect NH-U14S to give the top twins some competition
Edited by doyll - 5/14/13 at 2:48am
post #57 of 57
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That's why i mostly care about tests where the coolers are additionally tested with the same reference fans and/or with difference fan speeds...
When i see a test where one cooler is 6°C better but the fan runs twice as fast, it's not really all that interesting to me.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/nzxt-kraken-x40_7.html#sect1
the guy from xbitlabs makes decent tests for example, so you can get an idea what the performance would be at a similar noiselevel

@doyll:

I don't unfortunately...


It's pretty standard right now. 1-3 degrees for push pull for single tower, and for a 3rd fan on the dual tower designs.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1291-page6.html

SPCR called it a draw between the Phanteks and Noctua.

Right now overall though, I think the Phanteks does lead in terms of standardized fan tests, at least among the dual towers. It's just a bigger tower with more surface area to cool with. I don't know how well it stacks up though in an apples to apples against the U14S though.
Edited by CrazyElf - 5/14/13 at 8:17pm
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