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Noctua NH-U12P Dual fan Vs Megahalems single fan

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    I got tired endless reviews and of wondering If a new cooler would make any difference in the cooling inside my case and so after a trek to Micro center I decided to purchase a Megahalem cooler to compare it to my current Noctua. My Noctua is one hell of a cooler but was being overwhelmed buy my case temps and every review I read said it was on par with the Meg, TRUE, Hammer and all the rest. Orginally I was going to purchase a TRUE RT 1366 revision B with the new fin arrangement but look at my feet to see the Megahalem on sale for 10.00 less. So here is the comparison

    Noctua NH-U12P with a Antec TRI cool 120mm fan 78CF in push pull with a Noctua 120mm 55CF fan
    verses a Megahalem with a single Antec Tri cool 120 mm 78CF couldn't added a second fan because a second set of clips are not sent with the MEG. So The Noctua has the benefit of a 55 cf additional fan.

    Both heatsinks had Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste applied but again the Noctua had about 3 months of curing as a advantage so here we go. Testing was done in my Thermaltake armor case with a solid side panel on. Room temperature is 70F, my case has 5 120mm fans, two 92 mm fans and a 140mm psu fan. The Noctua once again get an advantage because the Meg loses a 120mm fan from the heat sink. Here is the test..

    1.Noctua NH-U12P with a Antec TRI cool 120mm fan 78CF in push pull with a Noctua 120mm 55CF fan

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    2.Megahalem with a single Antec Tri cool 120 mm 78CF

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    My mouth dropped when I saw this and this is with one fan and remember the Noctua is no slouch of a cooler.


    Okay Found a rubber band to rig up a second fan on the Meg and a 4c drop in max temps occurred
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    Halloween art work is by my 10 year old daughter feel free to copy and paste it LOL!!!:laugh:
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    Nice numbers TRT....you didnt mention...is the mega a ton easier to install?
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    Because that wouldn't be true at all the Noctua has just as good if not better a mounting system in fact they are very similar.
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    I didnt ask if they were similar, I asked which is easier to install....lol
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    Come on Trt, grab some scythe's and go at it!!

    as for the facts you have there.. pretty nice. Glad to see it dropped like that for ya.

    :toast:
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    I agree my Jyuni is quiet too, and does well over 80CFM. get a pair and the wire mount kit and enjoy:)
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    Neither really Noctuas color instructions are much better and they install almost exactly the same way the new TRUE mounting system is a rip off of them both. The MEG is quality surrounded by crappy packaging, in fact the worst I have ever seen. Where the Noctua is not as good a performer but is packaged like a Rolls Royce and even includes a screw driver, 1366/775 mount and AMD mounts, some of the best thermal paste made, plus it comes with 2 sets of fan wires, 2 fan controllers and in my case one of the best 120mm fans made. The MEG comes in a crappy beat up looking blue box with a 1366 / 775 mount with black and white instructions and one set of fan wires Having said this give me the MEG please. The only thing I have seen to compare it's performance to is a TRUE and I would have to say this is better. However, the last TRUE I used was a A revision. For those of you that missed these results thats a 12 degree drop using one less fan wow!!!!
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    now that is an acceptable answer:)

    The packaging couldnt have been all that bad, the mega got to you in one piece;) but I do get what you mean.

    Seriously tho, look into some better fans, it can only get better....BTW I used to use tri-cools myself, then to loud ass Yate Loon H fans, now to the Scythes....get some!!!!one !
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    I have two Scythe fans but like the TRI cool better, but that's me I just needs some extra fan clips to mount them. The Scythe when they pull hum and are 66cf but the Antec is 78cf and is silent plus has a purdy red led. I will most likely use one of the Scythes as the second fan or buy another 78 CF TRI cool.
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    You and Paul both told me but I was hard headed but in the end it was you two that made the decision to set the purdy ( man has Thermalright stepped it up) TRUE 1366 RT B down and pick up the MEG
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    i want some pics of that beat up box ;)
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    hey, I got 12 going in my case right now... And the Sound isn't bad at all. IMHO

    The only reason I even have the Tri Cool fans is that it was all right for the front fans.. since there isn't anything there but to show.. Now, I got my hands on some Cooler Master fans, and once I get back from my trip I'll be switching out the 3 tri fans for the Cooler Master ones.
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    About that box, I just got mine out....what is so bad about it?

    Mine is baby blue, not pretty but oh well, with an inner cardboard box. Inside the box mine was bubble wrapped and inside of another bag with the anti corosion paper in it. They even layed a piece of high density foam over the top to protect the fins even more. I would say similar to a BARAM, or alot of other manufaturers. Was you looking for blister packaging or something?
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    I'm not even gonna debate that with you lol!! just compare that to any current packaging from any other heat sink maker :D except maybe the old thermalright packaging and even it was nicer than that. That my friends is not very well done at all, and will turn off alot of buyers when it's in a store. I know thats dumb but it looked horrible on the shelf with the rest of the packaging. It reminds me of the generic beer cans that are white and say beer in black lettering on the front next to say a Budweiser select can. It shouldn't matter how it's boxed but the fact is it does. :laugh:
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    ahhh I think I get ya on that, I wasnt trying to debate it really, just trying to gain perspective as to what the off the shelf buyer sees. I do all of my shopping via e-tailers, so I cant give good perspective on my impressions in the stores.

    Basically you are saying it could have been in a brown bag and not been any less noticable?
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    Exactly the way it was presented compared to say OCZ or Thermalrights new packaging or the Hammer which Micro Center wants 100.00 for was crazy. The debate things wasn't meant like it sounded :laugh:
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    here are the two at 3.9 ghz

    1. Noctua NH-U12P tested earlier this week

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    2. Prolimatech Megahalems tested today

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    it appears the Noctua gains a bit when more voltage is added like at 4.0ghz but in this case it loses by 14 degrees. Thats crazy!!!! it's blowing away the Noctua which is in the top ten air coolers made and it's only using one fan. Remember these tests are performed in the exact same case under almost identical conditions with the same I7 920.
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    I knew what you meant I just wanted to clearify. As I say I dont get to look in the store. Best buy is the closest I have to a PC store, and they dont carry shit.

    Its good to see what the retail buyers see, it helps me to add things to my writing:toast:
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    I can tell you the true test of a cooler is under stress in a case not in the open air as you can see. I'm stunned buy these results that has to be near water cooling.
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    my testing is done in a box, no incomming airflow. I wait for a 40*C ambient then record what the die is reading. As close to closed case as possible, if not a bit more abusive. Altho this does show worst case scenario, and to be honest, temps in the reverse TEC are almost spot on with linpack testing numbers.
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    The Megahalem's description says that it yields optimum CFM/performance results with a 57 CFM fan, or that's how I interpreted it.

    Anyhow, I'm glad you ditched the Megashadow and the BARAM idea, can't go wrong with a classic Prolimatech Megahalems! I'm still set on getting the TRUE Black Rev. C when the time comes.
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    the way I take it is they recommend at least a 57 CFM fan for optimal performance. My box says 1200 RPM BTW;)

    clerification from the horses mouth....http://www.prolimatech.com/products/megahalems.html Look at the top right features bullet point. 1600 RPM and up is recomended!
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    good the antec fan I'm using is 2000 RPM 78 CF
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    the scythe I run is 110CFM at 1900. Just saying trt, there are better solutions, and your i7 will like it;)

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