Originally Posted by Elohim
Sure, on the other hand you could also get a cooler that's $15-25 less than the Megahalems and is only 1-2°C worse or even better in some cases *
Scythe Mugen 3 - ~$40
Thermalright True Spirit 140 ~$40 *
Thermalright HR-02 Macho ~$40
Silverstone AR03 ~$50
also what Bruennis said
Tbh, all HSF reviews have a common problem, the type of fan used, airflow of the case and ambient temperature of the room it was tested in. IMHO, the Megahalems and U14S are neck'n neck. Since I don't need the extra fan I'm going with the Megahalem. I believe the extra $10-$15 for the U14S is the cost of the included fan and I wish they sold it without it because I like the thinner profile of the U14S more than the Megahaelms.
I already have 2x 120mm Gelid WING 12 PL fans (2.66mmH2O) in push/pull and will move them to whatever new cooler I get.
My case is a Lian Li PC-P80N and I swapped the stock 3x 140mm intake for 3x 140mm Gelid WING 14 (1.45mmH2O). I tried 5 different makers (Noctua, NoiseBlocker, Cougar, AP-15, Silverstone) of 120mm & 140mm fans before I settled with GELID. Although I am tempted to try the new Silverstone FHP141 with 3.7 mm-H2O. The only problem is the noise at max speed.
Noctua, NoiseBlocker, Cougar and AP-15 all had some weird mechanical noise at high speeds I didn't like. The Gelid sounded natural.