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I placed my order for my H50 but it is still in the "Processing" stage due to the holidays so it can still be cancelled. I have been reading about cooler comparisons all day and I am extremely indecisive about this at the moment. It seems that the Thermalright Archon is an absolutely wonderful cooler that is designed to not be so wide as to overlap the RAM Slots, although it is tall but my case still has 10mm of Space left which should be okay. However, the ZEROtherm ZT-10D outperformed it in basically every benchmark I have read where they were compared to one another and it costs $30 less. These two air coolers even outperformed the Silver Arrow in one benchmark.

My question is which is the better option between those two and the H50? I have 2x GT AP-15's on their way that will be paired with whatever I purchase so which would accomplish the best performance with two of those in Push/Pull? Sorry that I keep asking so many questions on this topic, it's just that I don't want to make an unwise purchase. I'd like to get whichever cooler is better overall for my Rig. Thanks!

Here are links to each of the 3 coolers for you guys to check them out. If there are any that are better, in your opinion, then please feel free to make other suggestions. I cannot use the Silver Arrow as it is incompatible with my Mobo/RAM. The D14 is still an option, I guess. The only thing that worries me about it is the Width and Weight. I checked their lists and it is compatible with my Motherboard and RAM, but it is gargantuan. Will it outperform these options and be worth the extra $15-ish? Keep in mind that I have a Mid-Tower Case as well.

D14

H50

ZT-10D

Archon
Edited by Melee - 12/25/10 at 12:34am
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post #2 of 45
The Noctua NH-D14 is the best air cooler right now but if you have anything besides standard height RAM heatsinks it probably won't fit, it's really quiet too.
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post #3 of 45
I would choose in this order

D14 (best air cooler with SA)
archon (close to D14&SA)
ZT(you will need high RPM fans to move lot of air through thin spacing between fins to cool your CPU effectively=loudest from these 3)
H50 (IMO worst of these coolers)
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post #4 of 45
If you have the room and your ram heatsink is not to high. Noctua NH-D14 all the way.
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post #5 of 45
Archon, H50, NH-D14 [erases ZeroTherm]

The Archon imo is the best choice as it take up almost no space compared to other tower coolers, and with the same fan config can beatout a Silver Arrow... which trades blows with the NH-D14 and edges it out in many cases.

The H50 will perform weaker than either the NH-D14 or the Archon, but it is a tiny-footprint install, it gets in the way of nothing which makes designating airflow much easier

The NH-D14 comes last for me since it's a monstrosity that quite frankly the Archon laughs at and beats it. The H50 is smaller and performs well.

In terms of raw performance: Archon > NH-D14 > H50

Not even considering the ZeroTherm since it's large and requires decent speed RPM fans which increases overall noise and makes all of the other choices much more viable
    
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post #7 of 45
why does every D14 fan point to that overclock 3D review. The guy screwed up. Firstly, he complained that the Silver Arrow was a nightmare to install (it took me like 5 mins). Then it fails @ 4.4GHz when other reviews have had no problems with the Silver Arrow. I'm not saying the D14 is a bad cooler (it's not) but the Silver Arrow is better.
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yeah better by 1C maybe
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Originally Posted by hawkeeyee View Post
yeah better by 1C maybe
It is also quieter than the D14.


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I'm not saying the D14 is a bad cooler (it's not) but the Silver Arrow is better.
Yep
post #10 of 45
i would like to know for how long it will be quiter...
I have 3 noctua fans nearly 3y and they are running like new, dont know who makes fans for thermalright...
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