Originally Posted by Xuanqil
I already own all the other components. I'm just going back to air from an AIO that gives me quality concerns. as for airflow, I got 2 front intake, 2 top intake and 1 rear exhaust. Since Youtube is blocked in China, I can't really get a rough audio sample of what each sounds like. What sounds do the fans make? I do have sensitive hearing so high pitched noise drives me nuts.
As far as clearance, keep in mind that you can remove the trim piece on the Trident X, so you have no issue.
I have done a number of comparison tests of each of these coolers for articles in the past. On a 4790K, the temp differences between them will be very negligible. If you have sensitive hearing, the Dark Rock Pro 3 should distinctly be your top choice - it is incredibly quiet, and the sound is very smooth. The 14PE is also pretty smooth but a bit louder, while the R1 (in either configuration) will be the loudest and coarsest sounding.
But, to put it in perspective, they are all going to be substantially quieter than the CLC you are replacing.
I still have all of these on hand, and if I were going back to air it would be a tough call, but I would likely go with the DRP3.