Originally Posted by senna89
so the Dark Rock Pro 2 is not better than the Noctua U14S ?
All of the top 7-10 coolers are within a couple of degrees of each other and which one is best is pretty much up to which review you are reading.
Very few reviewers monitor the cooler intake air temp... They instead use room ambient which in most cases (no pun) is not the temp of air going into cooler... I compare it to saying my cottage is 21c when my lounge with fireplace is 28c with the windows open... Cottage is their room ambient, lounge is computer case and fireplace is CPU & GPU pumping out heat. Every case and component combination will have different case cooling characteristics... which translates into different air temps going into coolers.
I think that explains a bit of why cooler comparisons between reviewers vary by so much..