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Poll Results: Is the Noctua NH-D14 still the best cpu air cooler?

 
  • 60% (72)
    No
  • 40% (48)
    Yes
120 Total Votes  
post #151 of 192
Yeah, but my thought process was like this:

You won't buy something like the NH-D14 if you don't want to overclock. Now, if you want to overclock on ITX or mATX, you can't buy a random board as you need to look at VRM and stuff. The ITX boards that are kind of good for overclocking with regards to VRM, have a heat-sink on there etc., also typically seem to put the chipset between the CPU socket and graphics card slot instead of the other way around. That will make the NH-D14 fit. The mATX Z77 boards I looked at when I was interested in this also seem to take care with regards to the CPU socket position.
post #152 of 192
Yeah, problem is you do your homework to be sure everything will fit. FX 8320
Many don't..
And even when we do try covering all the bases the gremlin bite our posterior every once in awhile. biggrin.gif
  • What I would like to see is manufactures giving better measurements and details of their products so it's easier to determine what will and won't fit without buying it. mad.gif
  • Their hermetically sealed packaging makes it impossible to get precise measurements. mad.gif
  • None of the motherboard manufacturers give use CPU center to RAM or PCI-E measurements, mad.gif
  • Many RAM manufacturers don't give measurements. mad.gif
  • Many coolers don't give bottom fin to CPU measurement. mad.gif

Edited by doyll - 3/9/14 at 9:14am
post #153 of 192
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Originally Posted by doyll View Post

Many ITX and mATX boards have CPU too close for 140mm wide coolers to clear PCI slot. Even some ATX have problems with cooler clearance on 1st slot. I don't think Asus Rampage IV Extreme will not accept a GPU in 1st slot with 140mm wide cooler.

donno what the discussion is about, however i can confirm that a rampage iv gene WILL accept a NH-D14 while 1st PCIe slot is populated since i built one recently smile.gif
post #154 of 192
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Originally Posted by psyclum View Post


donno what the discussion is about, however i can confirm that a rampage iv gene WILL accept a NH-D14 while 1st PCIe slot is populated since i built one recently smile.gif
Good to know, thanks. +rep thumb.gif
How much room did you have between NH-D14 and first slot? Assume it was populated with a GPU?
post #155 of 192
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Originally Posted by doyll View Post

Good to know, thanks. +rep thumb.gif
How much room did you have between NH-D14 and first slot? Assume it was populated with a GPU?

not much room, maybe 2 to 3mm clearance. i had to bend the clip that's holding the fan in place on the GPU side so the clip doesn't touch the back of the GPU.

and yes. it was a GTX 770 on the 1st slot.
post #156 of 192
Hi guys,

I want to buy a 4670k CPU and i need a decent cooler. I was thinking to get Noctua NH-D14, but after i saw the bench on the page 4 link and the Akasa Medusa seems to be much better. The price is almost the same on the shop where i will buy. Witch you think is better? Any other options?
post #157 of 192
Hi Leo. Welcome to OCN. thumb.gif

Cooling difference is minimal. I think the biggest difference in the top coolers is their fans. Use the same fans on all and the results will surprise you. When Sahil Mannick was doing cooler reviews for Vortex he uses different fans (Noctua NF-P12s/NF-P14s and 2 SWiF2-120Ps). You can use them to compare cooling in below link.
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14cs_cpu_cooler_review,14.html

Build quality and customer support are also very important.
post #158 of 192
Quote:
Originally Posted by doyll View Post

Hi Leo. Welcome to OCN. thumb.gif

Cooling difference is minimal. I think the biggest difference in the top coolers is their fans. Use the same fans on all and the results will surprise you. When Sahil Mannick was doing cooler reviews for Vortex he uses different fans (Noctua NF-P12s/NF-P14s and 2 SWiF2-120Ps). You can use them to compare cooling in below link.
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14cs_cpu_cooler_review,14.html

Build quality and customer support are also very important.

Thank you. I know the cooling performance is based on the fans, i talk about NH-D14 with stock fans vs Medusa with stock fans , what to get? What other options i have? Got 60 £ on amazon uk .
post #159 of 192
Red PH-TC14PE for £55.10 (probably not PWM fans but does have PWM adapter)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B005ORDOBQ/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1395065008&sr=1-1&keywords=cpu+cooler&condition=used

Akasa Venom Medusa £59.83
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Akasa-AK-CC4010HP01-Venom-Medusa-Cooler/dp/B00BQ8A6HW/ref=sr_1_29?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1395065151&sr=1-29&keywords=cpu+cooler

NH-D14 £57.89 (not PWM fans)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/NH-D14-Processor-LGA1366-LGA1156-LGA1155/dp/B002VKVZ1A/ref=sr_1_19?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1395065313&sr=1-19&keywords=cpu+cooler

All are very good. I have used Phanteks and Noctua and both have good quality with easy to use mounts and fan clips with great customer support from both..

Medusa mount looks good. Fan clips might need to be tweeked to clear VGA in first PCI-E slot, but not a big deal. Have no idea how Akasa customer support is as have never used it. Have only used their PWM splitter (do not recommend them) and a few of their fans (which were fine).


Edit: Been doing a little research and it appears Medusa is not as quiet. It's as loud at 900rpm as Silver Arrow SB-E, Archon SB-E, PH-TC14PE, Alpenfohn K2, etc. are at full speed. 12.23 Sone @ 900rpm, 12.34 Sone at 1500rpm
http://translate.google.com/translate?langpair=auto|en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gamezoom.net%2Fartikel%2FAkasa_Venom_Medusa_Test_Review-28123-2
Edited by doyll - 3/17/14 at 8:14am
post #160 of 192
Thank you a lot for help. There are so many options and is hard to chose. I like the Phanteks PH-TC14PE the most, but unfortunately only amazon ship to my country (no other shops that sell on amazon) and they sell it for 69 £, 12£ more over the noctua D14 and im not sure if worth. Too bad that Akasa Medusa is so noisy because i like it.
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