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post #1 of 85
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For many enthusiasts, Noctua represents the gold standard in CPU coolers. The Austrian company has been in business for less than a decade yet has developed into a firm favourite among high-end users who will accept nothing but the very best.

You could argue, however, that getting to the top is the easy bit: staying there is the real challenge. And in a business that's as competitive as CPU coolers, besting your earlier efforts is often easier said than done. Noctua bagged numerous awards with its enthusiast-grade NH-D14, but said cooler was released way back in 2009, and it's taken some time for the firm to follow-up with this year's upgrade, the NH-D15.

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post #2 of 85
It seems to be worth the price, but I'm debating with myself. Should I get this, or a D14 or a ~€150 custom water kit.

This has the extra advantage of getting any RAM, though with 1 fan, and its piping is of the improved type.

Any cheap water cooling though would be unstable. And a D14 would be suboptimal to it.
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post #3 of 85
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if you are a person that spends his life looking inside his case looking to see if his pumps leaking then go the air route

I myself prefer to keep water and electric separate. Who can moan about the Noctua 's performance?

Those that like moaning for nothing biggrin.gif
post #4 of 85
It appears in the range of ~€87 to ~€115 in EU. Median and mean seem around ~€90-~€95. It will probably stabilize around there for a while.
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post #5 of 85
Overclocked to 1.22v? Might as well leave voltage at stock tbh...

This review tells me nothing about it's capacity to handle overclocks which I personally would be looking to run (read: voltages between 1.25v and 1.35v)
post #6 of 85
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Originally Posted by ladcrooks View Post

if you are a person that spends his life looking inside his case looking to see if his pumps leaking then go the air route

I myself prefer to keep water and electric separate. Who can moan about the Noctua 's performance?

Those that like moaning for nothing biggrin.gif
Leaking of for those that buy a water cooling kit and simply assemble it without using vacuum grease.
Not only is it easier to apply the tubes, you don't need to tighten them afterwards and the main reason; doesn't leak.
Unless your rad or pump or block leaks but that falls under warranty since it's not related to the tubes or fittings.
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Seems like a terrific cooler, but I just can't accept its aesthetics when the AIOs on the market look so nice and don't cover as much of your rig. If you got the room and don't care about looks more power to you, these things certainly seem to be great.
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post #8 of 85
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Originally Posted by TheBenson View Post

Seems like a terrific cooler, but I just can't accept its aesthetics when the AIOs on the market look so nice and don't cover as much of your rig. If you got the room and don't care about looks more power to you, these things certainly seem to be great.

Those things scare me. There are stories of them leaking or breaking with zero chance to be fixed. And they are loud.
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post #9 of 85
I don't know guys, it looks damn good to me, but this is personal preference. What turns me off more is the price, then again it's to be expected for the best air cooler evar?
post #10 of 85
Looks pretty good, although I'd like to see a higher OC(with higher voltage) being tested. I think I will wait till other review sites give their opinion.
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