Noctua NH U12S SE AM4 or Corsair H115i PRO [2600x/3600x]
As I stated on this topic my "old" Noctua NH U12P is not working well with my actual Ryzen 2600X and I want to replace it.
I was thinking about going the same line, with Noctua NH-U12S AM4 SE or try a the CLC Corsair H115i PRO
Points to consider:
- My case is Phanteks Enthoo Pro M SE full with 4x14cm phanteks fan (2 intake, 2 outtake)
- I apreciate silence, my actual build is very silent IMO
- Price is not a problem, 60€ for the Noctua, and 115€ for the Corsair (on sale)
- I DO overclock, I want to keep my 2600x the coolest and in a future the 3600x, just to let PBO max out speed.
- Aestethics is important to me, never had a CLC but I think that this would be very nice with the Phanteks Halos that I already have.
- I dont want bigger air coolers like NHu15D os similar, I usually move the computer and I dont like the aesthetics on them.
So, what would you do?
EDIT 1: First test with Corsair H115i PRO
if money isn't an issue get whatever you like better.
Have you thought about the NH-U12A? It performs better than both, and has great sound performance as well. Infact, the NH-U12A even beats the Corsair H150i.
I would get the NH-U12A. Aesthetics are subjective, I personally think air coolers look better than AIO's.
Dont buy a CLC cooler its going to be worse in every way compared to your old NH-U12P
The NH-U12A or NH-D14/15 are better options than the NH-U12S
Don't buy NH-U12S , it's not stronger than other $40-50 coolers at this point such as Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B, Thermalright ARO-M14G (Macho Rev B with AM4 mounting only) , or Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power (one of the strongest slim towers due to 6x 8mm heatpipes). The NF-F12 fan is also rather underwhelming on its own so neither the heatsink nor the fan are standouts.
If you want to buy Noctua I'd probably spend ~$60 on the NH-U14S. It's been shown to outperform the ARO-M14G in some tests and the NF-A14 hasn't been replaced by a better fan yet.
The NH-U12S doesn't have the heatpipes or fin area of other top slim towers which is why NH-U12A came out this year.
If you're looking at watercoolers , even if you want RGB, I'd be looking at full copper solutions such as Swiftech Drive x3 series for ~$160. The step up is from $50 air coolers to $150 copper expandable watercoolers. You can go from a $40-50 air cooler to a $70-90 one but the improvement isn't as large as from a ~$30 4 heatpipe Scyhe Kotetsu MKII/ Be Quiet Pure rock / Cryorig H7 / Arctic Freezer series to a 6 heatpipe Mugen 5 or ARO-M14G.
Buying a H115i is like going from a NH-U14s to a NH-D15s, a few degrees at most unless you have a overclock on a 8+ core CPU pulling over 160W.
When limited to 30dB the Mugen 5 (the Mugen 5 has a 1200rpm fan rather than 1500rpm) outperforms the NH-U12S.
Hyper 212 to Mugen 5 is over 10 degree drop
In computerbase's latest testing on Ryzen 7 CPU overclocked in a highly restrictive Thermaltake F51 case which favors liquid cooling:
Be Quiet Dark Rock 4 52.4 degrees delta temp @ 35.5dBA <--- failed HardOCP testing
Thermalright Macho Rev B 51.2 degrees delta temp @ 37dBA
Mugen 5 50.8 degrees delta temp @ 37dBA
Silver arrow T8 with Noctua fans 48.8 degrees delta temp @ 36dBA (otherwise ~ 48.8 degrees delta temp is achieved with ~ 39dBA)
Noctua NH-D15 49.3 degree delta temp @33.5dBA
Noctua NH-U12A 48.1 degrees delta temp @ 35.5dBA
H115i pro 46.5 degrees delta temp @ 34dBA
Noctua NH-D15 = 44.2degree delta temp @36.5dbA
H115i pro = 41.9 degree delta temp @37dBA
From NH-U12A review
easy to find other reviews that disagree
Thermalright aro m14. Big, heavy, cheap, reliable and silent.
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