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I just bought a NH-D14 on an impulse

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by douglatins, Sep 25, 2010.

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    What do yall think? Did i make a bad decision?
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    I would've went for the Silver Arrow but the D14 is still a good cooler.
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    I was an impulse because if would have bought the arrow would be from the US the noctua was available here
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    The Noctua is better with 2 fans :)
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    Thanks man, i think that HSF reviews are kinda misleading, and since the silver arrow is really close to the noctua well
    I would hate to ahve to buy the arrow too
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    The Arrow is superior both as stick and with identical fan setups as shown by xbitlabs & vortex.co.

    Edit: Not that I'm saying the D14 isn't a great cooler, one of the best really and I would pick either of them depending on which was cheaper.
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    I love Noctua coolers man I think you made a good move, it will support a 4+ ghz overclock on your i7 930 all while staying whisper quiet.
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    I think hey are both great coolers bro, so you can't go wrong with either of em, so u made the right choice:toast:
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    The D14 and Silver Arrow are so close in performance (about a degree at full fan speed) that the decision factor should be price. I went with the Arrow because it had free shipping at a shop with some other stuff I needed. In your case it wouldn't have been worth it to pay extra for the Arrow.

    They are both great aside from the installation issues because of their size.
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    Yeah at least someday i will have a display of tens of different heatsinks, quite an awesome display. They last forever after all. Also wont get outdated, at least until a freaking awesome breakthrough comes, but aluminum and copper HSF are pretty much the best they can be already
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    No, you made a great choice. The Silver Arrow is a complete rip off of the D14 design, and the performance benchmarks on those sites show a 1C difference, negligible at best.

    I own two D14s, one on a 1090t, and one on an i7 920, and there the best coolers I have ever had, easy installation, insane performance.
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    Ripoff not really since the IFX came earlier, but my guess the increased mounting pressure takes the arrow to the oh so slight lead
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    Noctua rip off of TR? The Silver Arrow is off Cogage Arrow which is off the old TR IFX-14.

    I got a Noctua (2 now) since the mount is simple and better than what TR had out at the time. I still want to get the Silver Arrow just to see how it does with a 32nm fan though.

    I was messing with my 920 again last night and I have 2 PWM Xigmateks (~1500 rpms max) on the Noctua right now. Ambient was 22C and in a closed case was able to keep the 920 under 80C running LinX full memory for 25 loops with ~1.26v core with llc.

    Almost forgot how awesome it is. :rockout:

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