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Nice, cheers for that; now I need to find something like that in Australia lol.
post #492 of 3983
Is anyone using this cooler with Noctua's U.L.N.A. (I believe it's Ultra Low Noise Adapter) that's included in the box? Just wanna know if it really made a difference.
Edited by reaper~ - 5/23/10 at 12:28pm
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@smash_mouth01

You may want to consider cutting out the rear grill to improve the airflow through the exhaust fan.

If you are running a positive pressure rig, you can improve your cpu temps by a degree or two by moving that second P12 from case exhaust to heatsink exhaust. Noctua may not think triple-fanning the D14 is worth it, but if you've already got the fans, use 'em. And you have that second P12.
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hey guys, finally got around to installing my NH-D14. Holy moly so much easier than the coolermaster hyper 212+.

Anyway, I've never applied thermal paste before in my life. Soooo I read up here and there, (couldn't find any in this thread) and a lot of people put a pea size in the middle and let the pressure/heat do the spreading. Other like to spread it with a business card or something before putting the cooler on.

So I decided to put what I hope was a pea sized shape in the middle and dabbed the little dangling bits from the tube around it and put the cooler on to let the pressure do the spreading.

Does that sound about right? I'm really worried I didn't put enough
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Pea sized is way too large. The people at Benchmark Reviews show why, with a real pea. Basically, the two-grains-of-rice method works best, according to most. I have used that method and gotten consistently results.

One way to learn is to mount and remount your cooler several times until you get the hang of it. Looking at TIM spreads is really great feedback.
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damit. Would you go as far to take it off and re-do it?
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@smash_mouth01

You may want to consider cutting out the rear grill to improve the airflow through the exhaust fan.

If you are running a positive pressure rig, you can improve your cpu temps by a degree or two by moving that second P12 from case exhaust to heatsink exhaust. Noctua may not think triple-fanning the D14 is worth it, but if you've already got the fans, use 'em. And you have that second P12.
I might have to look into that, I'll email Andreas @ Noctua and see if I can get another fan clip set.

Does anyone know if the clips from the NH-U12P would fit for the last set of clips, and now I have to get a multi-tool. Cheers ehume +1
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I might have to look into that, I'll email Andreas @ Noctua and see if I can get another fan clip set.

Does anyone know if the clips from the NH-U12P would fit for the last set of clips, and now I have to get a multi-tool.
I don't have a third set of Noctua clips yet, so I've been using Megahalems clips. They fit fine, and go on much faster. The latter bit is important to me since I am doing so much fan testing. And you can buy them cheaply. SVC sells them for a buck more than everyone else, but their price includes shipping.

@rogueblade:

Dismount the beast and take pictures of the TIM-print on the heatsink and the cpu heatspreader. I do this whenever I think I've put on too much or too little TIM. When you have a record of before and after, it really helps with the learning curve. And Ãœbung macht dem meister.
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So after installing my NHD14 I've been running a prime95 blend for 1 hour and 30 minutes and already my max temps have come within 1 degree (84c) of my past 24 hour blend test with my coolermaster hyper 212+
Not very impressed so far....
any ideas/tips?
Edited by rogueblade - 5/23/10 at 8:42pm
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Shows you how good that CM Hyper 212+ really is, for one thing.

A couple of things: It takes a day or two for TIM to set, regardless of what the official folks say. If you're not happy with the results, pull the beast off and try remounting.

Then there is orientation. They haven't published yet, but the last quarterly heatsink review at Benchmark Reviews suggests that the orientation of a cooler makes a difference. The cooler tubes should be horizontal, they say. That would mean an Armageddon should point up or down, and a D14 should point right or left.

So far, my own D14 doesn't seem to be outperforming my Megahalems by more than a few degrees. But I am testing fans on the D14 at 3.5GHz right now, looking at quietude vs performance.

For higher OC's, however, it looks like a Kaze Maru 2 1700 rpm fan is the fan to get for the center position. Yate Loon D12SH's seem to work fine as push and pull fans. OTOH, using 100 cfm fans like the San Ace 9G1212H101 as push and pull with a box shroud in the middle may be better yet. But I've not yet begun to really explore the D14 at 4GHz. Just tasted it.
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