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Have you tried remounting? Do you have another heatsink to compare to? How hot are the ambient temps in your house?

I have remounted several times. Ambient is 23C.
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post #1492 of 3950
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Originally Posted by LemonMeringueTy;13984852 
I have remounted several times. Ambient is 23C.

What temps did you get with your last heatsink?

Check the base on your D14. If it's really concave or convex, that could be the issue.
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post #1493 of 3950
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Originally Posted by 996gt2;13984865 
What temps did you get with your last heatsink?

Check the base on your D14. If it's really concave or convex, that could be the issue.

The only other heatsink I have is the stock heatsink that came with the cpu, never used haha. Still has the paste on it untouched.

EDIT: I did have a Hyper 212+ which also ran hot, Noctua obviously better but you get the point. Perhaps I should lap my cpu?
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post #1494 of 3950
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Originally Posted by LemonMeringueTy;13984888 
The only other heatsink I have is the stock heatsink that came with the cpu, never used haha. Still has the paste on it untouched.

EDIT: I did have a Hyper 212+ which also ran hot, Noctua obviously better but you get the point. Perhaps I should lap my cpu?

If there is an 7-10C difference between the Hyper 212+ and the NH-D14, then you can probably eliminate the heatsink as the source of the issue. If the 212+ and D14 are performing similarly, then the issue is probably with your D14.

Check the top of your CPU's IHS and see if it's flat.

Also, how is the airflow in your case? Do you have good intake/exhaust fans?
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post #1495 of 3950
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Originally Posted by 996gt2;13984935 
If there is an 7-10C difference between the Hyper 212+ and the NH-D14, then you can probably eliminate the heatsink as the source of the issue.

Check the top of your CPU's IHS and see if it's flat.

Also, how is the airflow in your case? Do you have good intake/exhaust fans?

Pretty sufficient.

1 x 140mm in front (intake)
2 x 120mm on side (intake)
2 x 200mm on top (exhaust)
1 x 120mm on roar (exhaust)
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post #1496 of 3950
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Originally Posted by LemonMeringueTy;13984948 
Pretty sufficient.

1 x 140mm in front (intake)
2 x 120mm on side (intake)
2 x 200mm on top (exhaust)
1 x 120mm on roar (exhaust)

I'd compare the 212+ to the D14 then. If you see a noticeable difference in temps at 100% load, then your D14 is working fine. In that case I would check the CPU's IHS to make sure that it's flat.
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post #1497 of 3950
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I'd compare the 212+ to the D14 then. If you see a noticeable difference in temps at 100% load, then your D14 is working fine. In that case I would check the CPU's IHS to make sure that it's flat.

I don't have the 212 with me anymore which is why I didn't post exact temperatures from it. But from the information I've given, you guys think the CPU isn't flat?
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post #1498 of 3950
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Originally Posted by shaolin95;13984826 
What exactly do you mean by "right amount of TIM" ? What TIM is it and how did you apply it? What is your room temp? Too many variables come into play.

Uncooked rice size amount in middle of cpu, put heatsink down flat, turn screws half turn then switch to other, repeat until tight. It's the Noctua TIM. 23C ambient.
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post #1499 of 3950
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I don't have the 212 with me anymore which is why I didn't post exact temperatures from it. But from the information I've given, you guys think the CPU isn't flat?

Without knowing how another heatsink performs in your setup, it's hard to say. You stated that you've remounted the D14 and have good case airflow. So we can eliminate those factors right off the bat.

I would remove the D14 and install another heatsink (even the stock one) and test your temps at 100% load.

Only then can you tell if the issue is with your D14. If the stock heatsink does considerably worse (say, 15C hotter at full load), then you can be relatively sure the problem is not with your D14. If the stock heatsink gives you similar temps, then the problem is either with your D14 or with your CPU's IHS.
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So I got my NH-D14 today. And it is perfectly compatible with my RAM (Patriot Viper DDR3), despite the compatibility list on Noctua's site saying otherwise. Here are a few pics to show the clearance of the heatsink over the heatspreaders on the RAM:

IMAG0158.jpg?t=1308886782

The metal fins of the heatsink only go over the first DIMM slot on a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard. Also, between the 1st picture and the 2nd & 3rd picture, I moved the fan down by one set of fins to clear my case's side panel fan.

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IMAG0164.jpg?t=1308886783

I had to move the fan up a little higher than it came as, but its still not too bad, and it clears the side panel fan on my case (HAF 932). The heatsink, however clears the RAM heatspreaders by quite a bit, so anyone else (Recipe7) who has the original Patriot Viper RAM should be fine with this heatsink.

My temps seem a bit high though compared to what Recipe7 said it should be around. With an ambient currently around 29c, my idle is ~40c, while it was around 50c with the stock intel heatsink, and at full load (prime95 large FFTs) I get 63c with the Noctua, while I used to get around 89c with the stock cooler. Are these temps a bit high? I think I might not have done a good job with the thermal paste application, but I don't want to go through the hassle of taking off the heatsink and re-attaching it. Maybe I will reseat with a better thermal paste application when I decide to overclock, but until then, I think I will leave this as it is, since it looks fine.
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