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So Now that i have decided i will be upgrading to a 2500K in the next couple of weeks, I would just like to confirm a couple of things.

Is the NH-D14 the best air cooler for the 2500K with a High overclock (Hoping to hit 4.8GHz and beyond, Depends how well i do with the silicon lottery tongue.gif)

Also if anyone can confirm this to me, Would i have any problems mounting (that's what she said) the Heatsink to a Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard and have at least enough clearance to fit G.Skill Ripjawsx memory.

This one to be exact


I won't be getting the cooler straight away, so i will be using stock cooling for a week or two, maybe use the Hyper 212 if i can find some mounts for it.

Thanks biggrin.gif
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D14 and Silver Arrow are the way to go..you will get dissenting opinions about which one to get but you can't lose with either.
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Get the NH-D14, its the best air cooler as of now. You shouldn't have too much problems with clearance.

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Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah;13249219 
D14 and Silver Arrow are the way to go..you will get dissenting opinions about which one to get but you can't lose with either.

I'm pretty much sold on the D14, i like the looks of it and it will fit nicely in my case, just need to know if its got good clearence around the board with that RAM and that it will be decent with cooling with a heavily overclocked i5
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Originally Posted by Buzzin92;13249189 
So Now that i have decided i will be upgrading to a 2500K in the next couple of weeks, I would just like to confirm a couple of things.

Is the NH-D14 the best air cooler for the 2500K with a High overclock (Hoping to hit 4.8GHz and beyond, Depends how well i do with the silicon lottery tongue.gif)

Also if anyone can confirm this to me, Would i have any problems mounting (that's what she said) the Heatsink to a Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard and have at least enough clearance to fit G.Skill Ripjawsx memory.

This one to be exact


I won't be getting the cooler straight away, so i will be using stock cooling for a week or two, maybe use the Hyper 212 if i can find some mounts for it.

Thanks biggrin.gif

When talking about the king of air coolers much can be debated. But honestly you can't go wrong when choosing between the Noctua NH-D14 or the Thermalright Silver Arrow. Only complaint I have with the Silver Arrow is that it sometimes poses conflicts with the RAM in the first two slots because of the 14cm fan in front (which can be remedied by changing the front fan from push to pull on the left side of the cooler), where the NH-D14 has a 12cm fan that has the ability to be mounted higher to simply clear taller RAM.

I love my NH-D14 and it keeps my i7-950 nice and cool with a mild 4GHz OC @ 1.28v.

Now keeping in mind the fact that for 4.8GHz you might need more voltage than I do for 4GHz, but Sandies run pretty cool so it shouldn't be a problem.

Get the NH-D14 and don't look back. smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Buzzin92;13249380 
I'm pretty much sold on the D14, i like the looks of it and it will fit nicely in my case, just need to know if its got good clearence around the board with that RAM and that it will be decent with cooling with a heavily overclocked i5

Clearance on D14 isn't my long suit since I have a SA but I can tell you for sure that the D14 will cool your heavy 2500k OC, that is definitely not a concern.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Buzzin92;13249380 
I'm pretty much sold on the D14, i like the looks of it and it will fit nicely in my case, just need to know if its got good clearence around the board with that RAM and that it will be decent with cooling with a heavily overclocked i5

I have a set of Corsair Dominators and trust me, they're pretty damn big.

Only thing I needed to do was remove the top of the heatsink and raise the fan a little bit.

Check out Noctua's RAM compatibility page.

EDIT: Seems like you won't have a problem. smile.gif
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I have been watching cooler review's like a hawk the last month or so, and it seem's the D-14 is stronger with high VCore/high OC's when compaired to the Silver Arrow. SA seems to work best at 4.0GHz and under. I chose the Silver Arrow becouse I think it will beat out the D-14 when high power fans are used, but this is just my opinion and has not been tested yet:) Go D-14, dosnt have as many fitment issue's with ram, cools like a hoss! Cheaper than Silver Arrow too! so there's my 2 cents.
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Originally Posted by blackbalt89;13249388 
When talking about the king of air coolers much can be debated. But honestly you can't go wrong when choosing between the Noctua NH-D14 or the Thermalright Silver Arrow. Only complaint I have with the Silver Arrow is that it sometimes poses conflicts with the RAM in the first two slots because of the 14cm fan in front (which can be remedied by changing the front fan from push to pull on the left side of the cooler), where the NH-D14 has a 12cm fan that has the ability to be mounted higher to simply clear taller RAM.

I love my NH-D14 and it keeps my i7-950 nice and cool with a mild 4GHz OC @ 1.28v.

Now keeping in mind the fact that for 4.8GHz you might need more voltage than I do for 4GHz, but Sandies run pretty cool so it shouldn't be a problem.

Get the NH-D14 and don't look back. smile.gif


Ah thats great news, being with how Sandybridge is, would'nt i need to install the RAM in the second and fourth slot for dual channel, instead of the first and third slot? if so then that should make it easier for the NH-D14 to mount.

I don't know why, but i just really like the look of the Noctua Heatsinks. The nickel plated colour will be well suited next to the matt black finish of the case tongue.gif
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Pick based on color scheme and price, the performance difference between the two isn't worth losing sleep over.
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