Originally Posted by Blameless
I agree that it's relevant, but most people
looking for a top shelf air cooler are more than willing to replace stock fans.
I would be part of that group, but from what i see/read the vast majority of D14 users actually uses the stock fans, so i don't know know if that's
I would prefer to see review compare stock fans, then silent fans, then performance fans, and show temperature deltas for each.
Sure, me too, unfortunately all the good review sites like xbitlabs, computerbase.de, hardwaremax.net, pc-max etc who actually do exactly that don't have a review of the U14 up yet.
More than large enough to account for the entire temperature differential.
Fans in serial do little for flow, they just help with static pressure (which is not particularly relevant on non restrictive coolers like the D14). The D14 loses almost nothing (1-2C at a ~250w heat load, in my experience) without it's 120mm front fan, and the remaining NF-P14 has notably less effective air flow than the NF-A15.
ehume has measured a 3,4°C difference, but whatever.
You could also always equip the U14 with a second fan too, wich would give you a 1-3°C extra temp drop.
I get what you are saying, but even if the U14s is slightly worse than the D14 with reference fans, i would still prefer the U14, especially if you plan on using the stock fan(s)Edited by Elohim - 8/16/13 at 2:06pm