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says the one running a 1090T with 2g of ram. doh.gif

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OP, I were you, when i ordered it then worried too much. till i received the package by mail and then installed it into my rig. I fell in love it without regets. you, D14, and your rig will be fine! keep in mind- don't TOO TIGHT-up, please. however, using a common sense.

Actually the instruction for mounting tell you to screw the fasteners all the way home, that's what I did with my NH-U12P (and added washes) and that's what I did with my NH-D14 no drama's.
The instructions say "Caution: Tighten the screws until they stop."
Edited by smash_mouth01 - 1/11/11 at 7:30pm
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you can use the 2500K stock cooler its a 980X stock cooler it will probebly be able to get your CPU to 4.5 if its not enugh just order anther cooler

a H70 is about as good as the NH-D14...
^^ THIS.

Everyone is correct - there is no such thing as unspecified overkill, and the Noctua IS a better cooler and will run quieter.

But for Sandy bridge which can and has reached 4.5ghz on the stock cooler, the Noctua *might* reach a class of overkill simply because it will not achieve you any higher overclock or cooler performance (noteworthy) than a much smaller, lighter and cheaper cooling solution.

These chips hit their wall well before the temps sky-rocket, and heat-dissipation seems to be the least of your overclocking worries with a half-decent heatsink fan.

Is the Noctua a BAD ASS cooler? Yes. Is it HUGE and weighty? Also yes.

Does the OP need to spend that much, carry that much weight and perhaps lose his side-fan just to use the Noctua?

Unequivocally no, because it will not net him any performance benefit that cannot be equaled by a smaller, cheaper and less intrusive cooling system, and one that could very well be just as silent as the oversized Noctua.

So is the Noctua NH D14 Overkill for 4.5ghz i5 2500k?

Probably, yes.
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For a Thuban or C3, sure. But if he's got an earlier C2, I doubt it. They only seem to hit 4+ ghz with a good water system or sub-ambient, except for rare cases and very talented overclockers.
Yup RC-C2 stepping. When I did my initial overclocking 3 years ago 3.8ghz was the highest stable I could get at 1.5v but I could not add more volts at the time because my cooling was not up to par. I will try pushing to 1.55v but I doubt I will get to 4ghz just because from 3.6 to 3.8ghz takes at least half a volt.

Just an update on the the Noctua NH D14 cooler. I got it today and installed it and I have to say thank you to everyone recommending it to me because it is awesome. The box it comes in, instructions, parts, were all high quality and installation was cinch especially with my AMD mobo because the backplate was preinstalled so I did not even have to take my motherboard out of the case. I cannot believe how quiet it is and my temps are down about 8-10 C idle compared to the Arctic Cooler Freezer 64 Pro and load with Prime 95 running about a half hour they peak at 50 C down from 60C.

I took some pictures but I do not have a cable to hook my camera up to my comp atm so hopefully I can get them up in the next couple of days. The cooler was a lot easier to work with than it looks and it did fit in my Antec 900 after I took the side case fan and plastic mount thing off.
    
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Actually the instruction for mounting tell you to screw the fasteners all the way home, that's what I did with my NH-U12P (and added washes) and that's what I did with my NH-D14 no drama's.
The instructions say "Caution: Tighten the screws until they stop."
Yeah I screwed the it all the way down because that is what the directions said and the screws are spring loaded so it is not like you are putting all that torque directly on the CPU.
    
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^^ THIS.

Everyone is correct - there is no such thing as unspecified overkill, and the Noctua IS a better cooler and will run quieter.

But for Sandy bridge which can and has reached 4.5ghz on the stock cooler, the Noctua *might* reach a class of overkill simply because it will not achieve you any higher overclock or cooler performance (noteworthy) than a much smaller, lighter and cheaper cooling solution.

These chips hit their wall well before the temps sky-rocket, and heat-dissipation seems to be the least of your overclocking worries with a half-decent heatsink fan.

Is the Noctua a BAD ASS cooler? Yes. Is it HUGE and weighty? Also yes.

Does the OP need to spend that much, carry that much weight and perhaps lose his side-fan just to use the Noctua?

Unequivocally no, because it will not net him any performance benefit that cannot be equaled by a smaller, cheaper and less intrusive cooling system, and one that could very well be just as silent as the oversized Noctua.

So is the Noctua NH D14 Overkill for 4.5ghz i5 2500k?

Probably, yes.
I also wanted something quiet though and I figured it was cheaper to go with this Noctua than to go with a H50 and buy 2 new good fans for it. I just saw the new Corsair H60 video today on MaxPC but it is not supposed to be released til April so when that comes out and if the reviews are good and it is quiet I could always sell the Noctua and go with that.

It definitely added some weight to my case cause I brought it up to my kitchen table to put the cooler in and then lugged it back down my stairs into my room and noticed the extra weight. Only con I have for it but should give me some muscles, right?
    
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you can use the 2500K stock cooler its a 980X stock cooler it will probebly be able to get your CPU to 4.5 if its not enugh just order anther cooler

a H70 is about as good as the NH-D14...
I heard the 980X coolers that all the reviewers received were special order from Intel and that the retail Sandy Bridge chips will just have small crappy coolers.
    
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