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post #11 of 18
Dark Rock 2 is a good cooler but probably about 5-9c warmer than NH-U14S. NH-U14S is one of the top coolers so almost any other single tower will be warmer.

I still suggest the Prolimatech Megahalem Black with a good black & white fan.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1277-page6.html
post #12 of 18
Yeah it's not quiete as good as the top coolers, but it'sd definetly not bad either, plus it comes with a great fan and looks sweet. So 50€ is a fair deal imo, if you dont need the few extra degrees that is.

The Top Single Tower coolers are the Archon SBE X2 and the U14S.
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post #13 of 18
And both are a few degrees better than Megahalems. wink.gif
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I saw the Dark Rock that was on sale for $50. Is it a lot worse than the U14S?
Noctua NH-U14S - Single Fan 31 K 61 °C 1300 rpm 39.8 dBA
BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 33 K 61 °C 1400/1400 rpm 42.0 dBA
Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow - Single Fan 36 K 59 °C 1400 rpm 37.0 dBA
BeQuiet! Dark Rock 2 - Single Fan 38 K 65 °C 1400 rpm 42.0 dBA
from http://www.ocaholic.ch/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=871&page=1

so the U14S is very good

other reviews saying the Dark Rock 2's heatsink is not that great (thermally, noise-wise it's superb):


http://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.php/artikel/hardware/kuehlung/22649-test-be-quiet-dark-rock-2.html?start=6



http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4331/5/be-quiet!-dark-rock-2-cpu-cooler-review-cheaper-dark-rock-pro-2-test-results-socket-1155-125-watts

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4751/be_quiet_dark_rock_2_cpu_cooler_review/index7.html

http://www.technic3d.com/review/kuehler/1487-be-quiet-dark-rock-2-cpu-kuehler/4.htm#oc

http://www.eteknix.com/be-quiet-dark-rock-2-cpu-cooler-review/6/

& a hardwaresecrets chart


Go for Megahalems or NH-U14S.

Edited by AlphaC - 6/27/13 at 6:45pm
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post #15 of 18
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It looks like the Dark Rock 2 is quite a bit worse than my old H70. I'll probably go with the U14S. Thanks for the help everyone.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Snuckie7 View Post

It looks like the Dark Rock 2 is quite a bit worse than my old H70. I'll probably go with the U14S. Thanks for the help everyone.
Keep in mind that in most CLC vs air cooler reviews in cases the CLC have complete isolation of cool intake air versus hot exhaust.. the air coolers do not.. so the temp of air going into the CLC is 3-5c + warmer than into the air coolers.. and that means CPU temps are 3-5c + hotter under the air coolers. wink.gif
post #17 of 18
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One last question about the U14S, would I be able to mount it with the fan blowing towards the back of my case on my motherboard?

The cooler looks like it might hit the VRM heatsink at the top.
post #18 of 18
Look at the Noctua Site. They have comaptibility lists for every cooler.
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