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Should I upgrade from CM Hyper 212+? Space Restrictions

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Hey guys, I currently have a CM Hyper 212+ running a Push/Pull config with a CM SickleFlow in my Raven RV02-E Case. My issue is that while I'm happy with how it preformed, I'm not too happy with my current tempts when overclocked at 4.6 GHz and v1.29. I'm currently Idle at 38c and Hit around 79c on Prime 95.

The issue I have is that I have 4 Ripjaw X Memory Sticks at 41mm. So I need a Heatsink that would provide enough clearance, even now on my Hyper 212+ I had to move the bottom fan up by nearly 1/2 inch to get the clearance I needed for the first slot.

I was currently looking at upgrading to a Noctua NH-D14 (Not a big fan of the the Fan's Colors, but for better cooling, I'd make the sacrifice). Is the Noctua NH-D14 the best CPU Cooler I can get for with my clearance limitations? How much of a decrease in temps can I expect from the Hyper 212+ or should I not even bother and stick with the CM Hyper 212+?

Also if the Noctua is the best CPU Cooler available to me now, what would be some better fan options? Should I stay with stock even though the color doesn't match anything in my all Black/Red Setup or just stick my 2 SickleFlows on there and find a compatible middle fan?

Price isn't really a major issue so long as it stays below 120 with the cost of fans included.

Any suggestions appreciated.
Edited by 3xVicious - 4/19/11 at 5:39am
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post #2 of 7
If you're worried about space, then why not spring for an H70 with some nice push / pull? I think that the N14 would only hurt space not help out as it is a much larger heat sink.
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That's pretty much for CM 212+ under 4.6G. Can't compliant for that price. Upgrade to NH-D14 or Silver Arrow does give you better temp but at 3x+ money.
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Can a H70 be put in a Raven RV02-E? I was under the impression that you needed to use up a spot for a Fan to make it pull fresh air from outside. Raven RV02-E doesn't really give you that option because of the unique layout, 3 180mm Fans on the bottom and only 1 120mm Fan for Exhaust up top, no room for any other fans.

As far as Space Restrictions, that's due to my memory, if the HSF can clear the Ripjaw X Heatsinks (41mm) then it should be fine.

How cooler can I expect to be with the CPU with a Noctua NH-D14? Is it worth the switch? I'm more than willing to spend an extra $40 for a 6 - 8 c drop.
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You use it on the 120mm as an exhaust utilizing push / pull configuration. Many people use the same setup on their raven / fortress

With stock fans (on the D14) the CM Hyper 212+ actually does fairly well - check out the review: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...review-14.html

I don't think you're going to see much more than a 4c drop at most.
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not worth it if your cpu can't overclock pass 4.6ghz
    
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Here are some pics of a Silver Arrow with Ripjaws. It's a top rate cooler that trades blows with the Noctua every time they meet.




Source: http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...l#post12796392
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