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Windows 7: Advice on a Cooler

22 May 2014   #1
web

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Advice on a Cooler

Hi all I'm about to take the plunge and go with my upgrade Asus Maximus VI formula, i7 4770k 3.5Ghz

but need a cooler going with air for now, been looking at a "Noctua NH-D14" but just noticed its nearly five years old, is there anything better on the market


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22 May 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

It's still among the best, but look here:

Top 5 Heatsink Charts on FrostyTech.com
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25 May 2014   #3
web

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

is this statement true read it someplace "1150 uses the same layout as 1155/1156 they haven't changed it"
I ask because so far cant find a cooler that says 1150 on it ?
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25 May 2014   #4
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

The NH-D14 is a brilliant air cooler and it will fit a Haswell set up. Here's an instance of someone running an i7-4770k with the NH-D14 fitted.
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25 May 2014   #5
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I have a Noctua NH-D14 and have tried a lot of coolers. In my opinion the D14 is the best air cooler on the market. I tried a Corsair H100 and found, in my case, the D14 gave me 3C lower temps than the H100. But, be prepared, it's huge, but has to be to be efficient. No matter what cooler you get, it's a fact that to be efficient, it requires a lot of radiator area. If you look at some of the best air coolers, the D14, Silver Arrow and the larger Phanteks cooler, they are all about the same size. If you have room in your case, you can also add another 140mm fan on the end of the D14. The more intake case fans you have the better job any air cooler will do. Just my opinion, but most of the review sites rate coolers by ambient temps, which is wrong. While ambient is a factor, the cooler is inside the case, so it should be measured by the internal case air temps, because that's what the cooler is using to remove the heat.

If you go to Noctua's web site and look up the cooler, it has a list of what motherboards it will fit on and what ram you can use with it, but the cooler has 44mm of clearance for ram height. G Skill Ripjaws for example is 40mm tall and will fit fine. If you are going air cooling, the D14 is an excellent choice.
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25 May 2014   #6
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I'm considering getting one myself, my current cooler is performing quite nicely but man the Noctua's nice!
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25 May 2014   #7
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
I'm considering getting one myself, my current cooler is performing quite nicely but man the Noctua's nice!
It really is a Beast of a cooler and has an excellent mounting system.
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25 May 2014   #8
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

I know you said you want to go for an air cooler. but the d14 is like 60!! few more pennies and youd get a decent corsair all in one system!

then again I do have a personal issue with the gigantic heat sinks of today! I had an arctic freezer pro 7 back in the day and I thought it looked stupid! the d14 is MASSIVE!
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25 May 2014   #9
web

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I'm using an artic freezer pro 7 now on a old P5Q pro is the d14 bigger than that ??? .....plus its too late now already got it, the d14 that is 57 thanks for all the advice
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25 May 2014   #10
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by web View Post
I'm using an artic freezer pro 7 now on a old P5Q pro is the d14 bigger than that ??? .....plus its too late now already got it, the d14 that is 57 thanks for all the advice
Yes, the D14 is much bigger.
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