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Should I get a Noctua NH-D14?

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UPDATE: Alright guys thanks for the suggestions and everything. I have finally made a decision. I am going to be splurging on a water cooling setup and take the plunge (no pun intended)! I will start off with the XSPC Rasa 750 RS240. I have made a thread about it here: http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/976076-taking-plunge-into-water-cooling-xspc.html



ORIGINAL POST: My temps are horrible with my H50.

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I need a new cooler. I was looking at the top high end air coolers and came across the Noctua NH-D14 and must I say this thing is friggin gargantuan. I was wonder if I should get it, but I have a few questions to address first:

1.) Will it fit with my current setup (sig rig), since I'm populating all 4 DIMM slots.

2.) Will it perform better than an H70? (This is my second choice, and because of the size it seems more viable. However, if the Noctua performs better I will choose it over the H70)

3.) What fans should I use with it? Or will the stock ones suffice. I have a Lamptron FC3 fan controller.
Edited by Aznboy1993 - 3/27/11 at 5:00pm
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post #2 of 14
Don't forget about the silver arrow.
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post #3 of 14
or real water, I don't think an NH-D14 will shave that much off your temps do you really need 5 if so you may want to consider the xspc kits
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post #5 of 14
Depending on the fan you have on the H50 they are pretty close temp wise. H70 will cool a a few more degrees but isnt worth the upgrade IMO. Better off saving up for a WC loop.

Corsair H50 Noctua NF-P12 120mm fans = 63.88c

Noctua NH-D14 = 62.25c

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post #6 of 14
Noctura D14 is one of the best coolers out there, only beaten by stuff like Water cooling and phase change.

Grab one and join the cult!
post #7 of 14
Get the noctua dh14 or the silver arrow. The sa has better fans and performs slightly better, but I would just get which ever is cheaper.
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The very best heatsink is the Archon, followed by the Silver Arrow and then the NH-D14, which is very close to the SA. The SA and the Archon are quieter. The Archon doesn't interfere with RAM, but it is 170mm tall and many cases do not have room for it.

Archon, SA and D14 all come with their own fans.

Why did you get RAM with such tall heatsinks? At 1.65v you don't need such things. An NH-D14 can handle RAM up to 44mm tall. Check out mine with some Ripjaws, for example:

Noctua_NH-D14_with_G_Skill_Ripjaws.png

And that RAM is designed to handle 2000MHz.

Well, all I can say is you should look at the Thermalright website or write them to find out if an Archon will fit in a 902.

Further back in the pack is the Prolimatech Armaeddon, which is on sale at various places. Buy a couple of Prolimatech Blue (or Red) Vortex 14 fans. That'll be quiet and really cool very well.

Or just get an H70. But it will be noisy when you're overclocking.
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post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by joemaniaci;12883945 
Don't forget about the silver arrow.

Yep, the Arrow wins in looks (well that depends, if you get Noctua fans for it they would look similar tongue.gif ) but they both perform similarly.

I've heard the Noctua NH-D14 is a giant, in weight aswell. I reckon the Silver Arrow would go well.

Yea, the Corsair H50 sux eek.gif
post #10 of 14
ehume, where do you place the megahalems with 2- D12SH-12 fans on your list??
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