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NH-D14 over my zalman 9900LED?

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I have a Phenom x6 1090T running 3.85 ghz and im at a totall HEAT WALL. i am running a zalman 9900LED in my HAF 922 case. Is it worth dropping $90 Bones on a NH-D14? any idea on what kind of a heat drop i can get if i did? i tried to look up benchmarks between the two but i couldnt find a single one on google. any links to bench marks or comments will be appreciated.. thanks boys!
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Read this.

Hope that helped.
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i guess it said just about anything is a good upgrade from the 990LED? lol it didnt give bench marks of the NH-D14, any idea on a temp diff i would be looking at. maybe 5-10c? i have no clue
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NH-D14 > Zalman 9900LED

Hell you can even check out the Thermalright Silver Arrow or the Thermalright Archon, but the only issue I see there is your Dominator RAM. I've got Dominator RAM under my NH-D14 easily. Just gotta take the heat fins off the first stick. The Archon should only give you issues if your case is too small or the video card is too close to the socket.
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Thanks blackbalt89. i was searching to see if my ram would fit the NH-D14. when one of the heat sink fins above the fan in removed is that stick noticably more in danger of overheating?
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Thanks blackbalt89. i was searching to see if my ram would fit the NH-D14. when one of the heat sink fins above the fan in removed is that stick noticably more in danger of overheating?
Heat-spreads on Dominator 1600mhz sticks are a joke, a scandal, a marketing gimmick; pick your poison. You'll be fine removing the spreads from it.

The Noctua NH-D14 is one of the best performing air coolers for extreme overclockers. This holds especially true for CPU's with higher TDP's.

I would purchase a D-14 and wouldn't look back if I were you.
    
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I went from a Zalman 9900LED to an Archon. Glad I made the change! Also the Zalman 9900LED mounting system is awful.
    
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The NH-d14, Is really AMAZING, I have seen a insane amount of great review's It's the best Air cooler on the market, It even beat's H50, H70 watercooler's, They are not that good to begin with. Hope this helped
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The top 3 air coolers are Thermalright Silver Arrow, Thermalright Archon and NH-D14. All 3 of them trade blow for the top air cooler. The biggest difference I've seen on benchies is 2c.
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d14 all the way! Definitely worth it.
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