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[Mini-Review] Noctua NH-D15 vs Corsair H110

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I decided to make small review showing how the Noctua NH-D15 performs against the Corsair H110 under equal conditions: same fans,case,cpu and more or less the same ambient temp (25c for the NH-D15 and 27c for the H110.

I hope you like it.



CPU: 4930K @ 4.20Ghz HT 1.16v // Case: Corsair Air 540
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Corsair H110 + 2 x NF-A14 (pushing air through the radiator) @ 1000RPM:
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Noctua NH-D15 + 2 x NF-A15 @ 1000RPM:
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* I'm glad the NH-D15 didn't block my 1st PCIe 16x slot (X79-Deluxe), the thing is HUGE, so before you buy it check you don't have any clearance issues

** NH-D15 Mainboard compatiblity list: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&products_id=68&lng=en
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Results (maximum temp of each core) after a 35 minutes loop of Linx(AVX):


H110: 73-76-70-70-77-74 // NH-D15: 66-68-63-64-70-68

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Edited by leoxtxt - 10/20/14 at 1:48am
post #2 of 42
Nice temps! thumb.gif

6 - 8c cooler on air! applaud.gif

Take that, you CLC lovers. poke.gif
Edited by doyll - 10/19/14 at 12:01pm
post #3 of 42
If you could bump the voltage to 1.3 and do a test again.
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Originally Posted by smithydan View Post

If you could bump the voltage to 1.3 and do a test again.

Indeed i could but only with the NH-D15, i won't install the H110 again :S ...
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I love my NH-D14,but my god,it is huge! I can only populate 2 of my 4 ram slots on my P55 board.It also kisses my first PCI-e slot,and my side intake fan. Love the Noc,but it is a "spacehog".
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D15 is awesome, it's huge it's intimidating but easy to install and cools very well thumb.gif
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Basically the only reason why the CLCs seem superior is because they have higher speed fans. After adjusting for noise, they are inferior.

There are various other issues with CLCs
  • Pump dying
  • Leaking (the worst since it can damage other components)
  • Fluid loss due to evaporation
  • Tubing getting punctured (vulnerable)


All for something that does not cool well as the best towers. I wonder if a 360 CLC could close the gap. It's a huge risk just for something that looks like watercooling but is not as good.

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Originally Posted by cutty1998 View Post

I love my NH-D14,but my god,it is huge! I can only populate 2 of my 4 ram slots on my P55 board.It also kisses my first PCI-e slot,and my side intake fan. Love the Noc,but it is a "spacehog".

This is not an issue with the newer D15. All you have to do is to adjust the fan upwards



One flaw with the D15 though is that it is somewhat wider, which makes you unable to use the first PCI-E slot on some motherboards.

Likewise, the Cryrorig R1 Ultimate does not go over the RAM DIMMs. The R1 is a bit more narrow, so the first PCI-E slot is more likely to be usable on more motherboards.
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post #8 of 42
Speaking of how big the NH-D15 is, it's not so much it's overall size as the way it's positioned on the CPU. Cryorig R1 Ultimate and R1 Universal are just as big .. as are others. Here is a comparison of NH-D15 along side Cryorig R1 coolers. The scaling isn't perfect, but as close as I can get it
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Originally Posted by CrazyElf View Post

Basically the only reason why the CLCs seem superior is because they have higher speed fans. After adjusting for noise, they are inferior.
Linus balanced all his testing with F12s or A14s to show and give consistent results which have proven their(CLCs) ability. Yes adjusting fan noise usually makes them 'not as good'.
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All for something that does not cool well as the best towers. I wonder if a 360 CLC could close the gap. It's a huge risk just for something that looks like watercooling but is not as good.

360 CLCs aren't that much better than 280s. Yes there is a risk a huge risk especially the downtime and the expense, but I think some like Corsair covers damage caused by leaks. For me and some other's CLCs have a cleaner look and allow for easy work around the motherboard, big towers can be bothersome.
Edited by smithydan - 10/20/14 at 8:15am
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Originally Posted by smithydan View Post

Not true.

360 CLCs aren't that much better than 280s. Yes there is a risk a huge risk especially the downtime and the expense, but I think some like Corsair covers damage caused by leaks. For me and some other's CLCs have a cleaner look and allow for easy work around the motherboard, big towers can be bothersome.
CrazyElf is correct.
As far as I know there are no 360 CLCs being made .. the pump and waterblock play a very important part in a loops cooling ability, not just the radiator.

Corsair does not cover damages that laws do not require them to.

The below is quoted directly from their warranty from link below:
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Limitation of Liability
CORSAIR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUE, OR DATA (WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT) OR COMMERCIAL LOSS FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY ON YOUR PRODUCT EVEN IF CORSAIR HAS BEEN ADVISED PREVIOUSLY OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Some local laws do not allow the exclusion or limitation of special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, so this limitation or exclusion may not apply in your jurisdiction.

Exclusion of Implied Warranties
EXCEPT AS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ON THIS HARDWARE PRODUCT IS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED Some local laws do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty may last, so this limitation may not apply in your jurisdiction.
http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/support/warranty

As for looks, it's individual choice. I do not like the look of hose loops .. but the new rigid tubing formed to nice clean lines looks nice. wink.gif
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