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NH-C14 vs NH-D14

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Hey guys, I'm in the market for a new CPU fan so I can overclock my Q9300. I was looking at benchmarks and according to a few, the NH-C14 is better but everybody seems to love the NH-D14 more. Is it just a price to performance ratio that makes the NH-D14 a better purchase or is the NH-C14 actually inferior? Thanks

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http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...id=2588&page=5
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There's far less reviews showing the C14 as the superior. Frostytech uses a different method than most other websites in their heatsink tests. That isn't to say the C14 isn't awful or anything. Just not as great as the D14.

This review shows that the D14 is clearly a better cooler irregardless when comparing the 2. And considering the price between the 2 (they seem to be both equal at $90). The D14 is a better cooler if you can manage it intruding on ram slots (but they can be adjusted as long as your ram's heatsinks aren't too tall).

Hmm, the D14 is $75 with free shipping on newegg, nice price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...018&Tpk=nh-d14
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There's far less reviews showing the C14 as the superior. Frostytech uses a different method than most other websites in their heatsink tests. That isn't to say the C14 isn't awful or anything. Just not as great as the D14.

This review shows that the D14 is clearly a better cooler irregardless when comparing the 2. And considering the price between the 2 (they seem to be both equal at $90). The D14 is a better cooler if you can manage it intruding on ram slots (but they can be adjusted as long as your ram's heatsinks aren't too tall).

Hmm, the D14 is $75 with free shipping on newegg, nice price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...018&Tpk=nh-d14
Sweet! Thanks for the quick reply. Ill go with the D14 then!
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Originally Posted by yoshi245 View Post
There's far less reviews showing the C14 as the superior. Frostytech uses a different method than most other websites in their heatsink tests. That isn't to say the C14 isn't awful or anything. Just not as great as the D14.

This review shows that the D14 is clearly a better cooler irregardless when comparing the 2. And considering the price between the 2 (they seem to be both equal at $90). The D14 is a better cooler if you can manage it intruding on ram slots (but they can be adjusted as long as your ram's heatsinks aren't too tall).

Hmm, the D14 is $75 with free shipping on newegg, nice price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...018&Tpk=nh-d14

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Personnaly, I and my ex-gf's brother bought an NH-D14 a year ago or so and it is absolutely perfect. Now I don't know for the C14 but I can tell you the D14 keeps my core i5-750 @ 3.6Ghz a bit over ambient temp at idle and in the high 30's under load with a couple of peak in the low 40's in LinX and IBT. But I do agree, check on noctua's website to see a rather full list of compatible RAM modules because it could interfere with them if you use, say... Corsair dominator or something else with tall ramsink. (though you could just move the fan a bit higher on the side of the cooler.
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